This has been a decidedly boring week thus far but I'm sure that things are going to change before Sunday rolls around again.
On Tuesday I left the house. (Sad that it's an accomplishment worthy of note, but it is.) I walked a 3.2 round trip hike to Mega and home again in under an hour (it's impressive because I did my grocery shopping too.)
All I wanted for dinner was a bowl of Bubby's Tomato Soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. However, when I went to the kitchen to prepare dinner I realized that I was 200 grams short of tomato paste and that was for a 1/2 recipe. But I wouldn't give up on soup - instead I made a thick and hearty tomato-based vegetable barley soup. It wasn't exactly the right thing to go with grilled cheese - so I'll have to make the right soup next week - but the soup I made sure did come out deeeeliciously!
When Z got home from school we watched our 'Monday night shows on Tuesday night' and relaxed for a bit.
By the time Wednesday rolled around I was itching to do something fun. I decided that the adventure of the day would involve pasta. Not just any pasta though - homemade pasta. Oh, and I didn't just want fettuccine or spaghetti, no - I wanted ravioli!!! I concocted a filling from cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. Then I started on the pasta. At first the recipe didn't seem to be working too well. The dough wouldn't turn into dough and I had to add a lot of water. Then the dough got so extremely dense that I physically couldn't knead it (I didn't feel too bad though - the mixer couldn't handle it either.) I let it rest for 20 minutes as per the instructions and when I came back the gluten had given a sort of elasticity to the dough. It wasn't quite kneadable, but it was a lot easier to work with. Finally after 4 hours in the kitchen; rolling, cutting, filling, sealing and stacking I put half of the raviolis into the fridge for dinner and the other half into the freezer for another day. When Z got home from school we boiled up some water, added the fruits of my labor and a few short minutes later we were enjoying a really delicious dinner - complete with a tomato basil sauce.
This morning we woke up bright and early. Z had to go to school early to work on a group project before class. He also had to pack up his stuff for Shabbos since he won't have time this afternoon. You see, we're catching a 3:10 bus to Tel Aviv and a 4:50 train to Bet Shemesh for Thanksgiving Weekend. I'm pretty sure that the fun we're going to have will make up for the relative boringness of the past week.
How do I know? Well, that's simple. I'm going to get a haircut, Oscar is going to be there and I'm bringing my kitchen-blowtorch so that we can make some really yummy cupcakes!
If you want to see some pictures of my ravioli making adventure click here!
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