“Enough of the sweet stuff” Mouse squealed. “Have you noticed we haven’t even published our staple food?” She looked at the recipe list in disbelieve.
“What would that be?” asked Devil looking over her shoulder trying to glimpse what’s been published so far.
“Pasta” replied Mouse.
“But we had pasta! Remember? Right at the beginning.”
“Yes, but that was no egg pasta. Now that we have started using eggs we can finally make our famous egg pasta public”
Egg pasta is such a common thing for the Dedes they nearly forgot about it. It only takes them 5 minutes to make, though they do have a pasta machine. Mouse demonstrated and took a picture of the dough before and after using the pasta machine. You can use different flours such as wholemeal or spelt, or mix some buckwheat with normal flour. Anything. Once you know what the dough should look and feel like it is easy to add other ingredients.
1 cup of flour, 1 large egg, dash of water
Knead all the ingredients together to form an elastic ball. Only add water if necessary and only enough for the dough to stick together. It should not be sticky at all, but rather dry. Divide into two, roll out with a rolling-pin. Fold over, roll out again, fold over, roll out again, fold over…. you get the picture. This is the part where the pasta machine comes in handy. You have to repeat the procedure until you have a very smooth piece of dough (pictured above). With the machine, you just wind it through, fold over and wind it through again. Once the dough has the right consistency you will have to roll it out as thin as possible. With the machine you wind it through, increase the pressure by one notch and wind it through again until you have the desired thickness. Cut the dough into strips and hang up to dry. You can place a clean tea towel over the back of a chair and place the dough strips on the tea towel, or you can hang it up on a pasta drying rack.
Bring a pot of water to the boil and while you are waiting for that prepare the sauce you want to have with your pasta.
When the water is boiling place pasta in the water and cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
Mouse’s favourite dish is pasta doused with garlic and chillies fried in olive oil. Simple, but yummy.