Good food. Real food. 😋
Today, we go to the store and buy food, if we are lucky to find any now thanks to all the hoarding, that is processed and preserved. Who knows what is in it? Who knows how fresh it is? Don’t get me wrong, I love the simplicity and ease of food that is ready to go, yet we are sacrificing something very natural and very human every time we eat pre-made meals and processed foods. The art of preparation. The art of cooking. It is a skill that we lose sight of in our buys lives. That is why this whole quarantine stay at home thing is actually very rewarding to the soul. It is giving us the ability to return to our roots. To try new things. To enjoy the process of making food and knowing where it came from.
Last night, I made noodles from scratch. It was so fun! I used the KitchenAid noodle maker Camille got me for Valentine’s Day last year (she knows me so well!). All it took was 3.5 cups of flour, salt, and some water. The recipe called for eggs but we didn’t have any.
Making the dough was super easy and fun. You put all the ingredients into the bowl and then you have the bread hook spin around and mix up the dough. It only took a few minutes. The dough came out a little too stick and didn’t hold its form very well at first. We tried to make bucatini noodles but they collapsed on themselves.
So we started over, put the dough in the fridge to help it stiffen, and then did rigatoni noodles. So, so good! 😋
After we made the noodles from scratch, we had to make a sauce. It was a cream based sauce with milk, mozzarella cheese, diced red and white onions, and olive oil. Super simple. Super delicious.
Lastly, and in good Frutopian style, we made the vegetables. Asparagus is so good for you. It has all kinds of health benefits that can be found in the Health Benefits Menu found in the back of the Frutopia Novel.
We ate the food and it was good. Nothing like homemade noodles 🍝 The one piece of advice I would give is to get a higher quality flour than the one we used. It was a generic brand from Smart and Final. Great to buy in bulk for quarantining, but I’d prefer a more whole wheat type flour that has more nutritional benefits than simply pure white, all-purpose flour. The more you know!
I hope this post inspires you to make some of your own food from scratch. If you do, please share a pic or a comment. I’d love to see what you did!
All the best my friends! And stay healthy!