Sunday 01/13 early afternoon in a dense fog - which was so pretty - we headed over to the Market Basket in Lee, NH to do our food shopping for the big event tonight: Spaghetti Bolognese over hand made pasta. Yup, both Sue and I have wanted to try to make our own pasta for a long time and we just decided that tonight would be a great time to try.
With a nice glass of 2009 Big Vine Cabernet, I started the sauce prep (also from scratch) while Sue got the pasta dough ready. While the sauce simmered and the dough sat to cure, or whatever it does..., we had another glass of wine while we played out about 4 sets of backgammon.
I'll tell you what, though: even after switching out, our arms were really sore after kneading out that dough and then cutting out the strips of pasta. Oh, it was fun, and I'd like to give it a try again, but I'm not sure I'd make this a regular process. It's really pretty labor intensive without all the fancy equipment available. But if you have all that stuff, then where's the difference in just getting a good box of pasta and using that? Let's see: 10 minutes of no effort vs. over an hour of pretty significant effort with no real difference in the end result - a plate of pasta that basically has no flavor other than what permeates it from the sauce.....
We finished off the night with the enormously entertaining 2007 movie, Dan In Real Life, even watching the little feature on the disk as to how they made the movie. Just a really well done movie.