Monday, 1 March 2021

“Gwnewch y pethau bychain”

 

 

The one thing I’ve always liked about the Patron Saint Of Wales is that he instructed his followers to “ do the little things” ( Gwnewch Y Pethau Bychain” that you have seen me do! 
To him it was the small kindnesses that we show each other that were important 
Please remember that when you are wearing your daffodil to work..

Yesterday ....not only did I partake in a three hour zoom lecture, I also made my own pasta from scratch. 
Inspired by the recent Celebrity Masterchef I drummed up a small plate of Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli with a herb butter and Parmesan in only 2 hours!!
Two hours!
The kitchen looked like an explosion in Sophia Loren’s villa by the time I had finished
And this was what I had to show for the entire fucking afternoon 





79 comments:

  1. Anonymous3:26 am

    Looks delicious! Next time double or triple recipe and freeze. If your going to go to all the trouble and blow up your kitchen you'll have a fast meal after work!

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  2. They look beautiful John you must have very nimble fingers.I loved watching my aunt make various pasta from scratch.Also those little potatoey knocci(belly buttons)x

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  3. I bet they tasted good.

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  4. Well done you naked Chef. I just can't be bothered to make pasta from scratch, so hats off to you Sir.

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  5. Barbara Anne5:41 am

    Well done - it looks delicious and am glad to hear it tasted so good. I agree with Anonymous that making a larger batch would be an excellent idea for next time.
    Love the quote from St. David and the daffodil Minion.

    Hugs!

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  6. Bet it tasted good though?

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  7. Well done, but was it really worth the effort and subsequent clean up? X

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  8. Good for you, it looks delicious!

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  9. There are good reasons to buy pasta at the supermarket ready for boiling water, and with your experience, I am reassured I am correct.

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  10. The small kindnesses - yes. Making pasta from scratch - no! Bet it tasted good, but all the effort and the cleaning up afterwards takes away the pleasure. Still, well done you! xx

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  11. I hope you have enough left for today!
    Dydd qwyll Dewi Hapus! x

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  12. Success! We never had success making our own pasta. Now that you know it's worth the trouble, you can making a bigger batch.

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  13. Happy St. David's Day John. March the 1st is a very important day for me. It is my 35th wedding anniversary and my son's 33rd birthday. Your dinner looks delicious.

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    1. March 6 th was my wedding anniversary

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    2. Anonymous2:36 pm

      Would have been my 40th today (husband died 33 years ago). Funny story - we were married by a drunken Justice of the Peace and he registered the date as March 8 with the government. One marriage - two dates.

      Annie

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  14. It may have taken two hours but it looks delicious! And next time it'll be much quicker because you'll be familiar with every step.

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  15. Worth it for the taste thought I bet, as Flis said next time make double or triple quantities and freeze some. They actually hold together better after being frozen too.

    Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant.

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  16. 2 hours to make, 2 minutes to cook and 1 minute to eat.

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    1. It did him good. He's been in a strange mood all weekend.

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  17. They look great. The more you practise, the less time it'll take. I recently tried making Chapattis. Like yours, the mess in the kitchen was unbelievable and they didn't turn out that well. I'll keep on trying.

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  18. Looks wonderful, you even fluted the edges! Fresh pasta is so wonderful, it is also delicate. Did you hand roll it, or use a rolling machine?

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  19. If the pasta was good perhaps make unstuffed pasta next time...work your way up to ravioli?

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  20. they look delicious. did you figure out why they fell apart? too thin or not sealed well enough?

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  21. YUM! Next time maybe double/triple recipe and freeze the leftovers.

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  22. is there no end to your talents? one dish I like is lobster ravioli in a vodka pink sauce.

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  23. I think that something so lovely was well worth two hours of your time.

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  24. We did onion soup from scratch. Same story. But ... it's good!

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  25. And today cawl and Welsh rarebit! Happy St. David's Day, John!

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    1. Lol you are the second to say that x

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  26. and yet another achievement....despite the tiny oops at the end. however, delicioso. Have tried my hand at that as well as 100 pierogis for neighbors and friends. I appreciate your efforts. And now you are even more satisfied with your achievements. rightfully so. good job, John. keep on growing (not physically - ha ha).....hugs from Maine.

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  27. Happy St Davids Day...sending a cwtch xx

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    1. A cwtch for those that don’t know welsh is a mixture between a kiss and a hug

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  28. Looks good and I see in your replies to comments that it tasted good. Well done.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. A bit soggy but don’t tell everyone x

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  29. Recipe please, it looks good. Happy St David's Day. Jan Bx

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    1. https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/basil-three-cheese-ravioli-no-cook-fresh-tomato-sauce

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  30. countrygal4:18 pm

    Happy St David's Day. x

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  31. Looks yummy! I had not heard of St. David's Day but according to Wikipedia, you should be eating cawl and Welsh rarebit - not ravioli! :)
    P.S. I had to google it all!

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    1. Cawl is stew like soup and Welsh rarebit is not proven to be a welsh dish xx

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  32. Cooking can be relaxing providing a good focus/distraction while following the recipe. Your pasta looks delicious. Great job. I'm not a good cook and have never tried preparing anything from scratch.
    Happy SDD!

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    1. I have enjoyed making up soups and simple recipes during lockdown ..

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  33. SpikesBestMate5:39 pm

    That pasta looks so yummy! I'm a great believer in little kindnesses, they don't have to cost a lot in either money or time but I find they usually pay back huge dividends. I loaned a poetry book to a friend recently, and she is now so enthusiastic she is not only learning some poems but is also attempting to write one. How's that for a good return! The book is a library copy so it must be returned soon, but her birthday is in April - birthday present quandry solved, so a win-win for us both.

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  34. Small kindnesses mean more than grand gestures. Thank you for that info on your country's patron saint!
    Cheers!

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    1. I liked his teachings
      “ do as I do, not do as I say”

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  35. Fresh pasta cannot take the "rolling boil" of dry pasta. If you are brave enough (and I suspect your are) to try fresh pasta again - have the water at just a bare simmer and do not stir, let them float until tender! Also make sure you use egg wash to stick them together.

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  36. It looks delicious, but I have discovered I am too lazy or impatient to make my own pasta. I truly admire people who do, though! We should all "do the little things" a lot more.

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  37. More to the point - was the taste worth it:?

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  38. Exactly what I was going to ask Weaver.
    John, was it good?

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  39. So that's why they charge so much in restaurants.

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  40. Yep, right on both counts.

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  41. I’ve thought about making my own pasta.
    Debbie

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  42. That pasta looks good!

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  43. I can't believe you didn't just make fresh pasta for the first time from scratch in 2 hours, you made a pasta WITH A FILLING in 2 hours! Seriously I am impressed.

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  44. Congrats. Your pasta looks very pro'. Did it taste as good as it looks?

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