For those of you who don't know I am Italian, born in Oderzo, Italy, immigrated to Canada with my parents and sisters in 1971 and Sunday was the first time I ever made pasta.
My mom gave me a pasta machine for my birthday last year but before she could show me how to make it I moved to Powell River so the machine has been sitting in it's box for a year.
The house I bought in Powell River was owned by an Italian widow. She and her family lived here for forty odd years and in that time Maria and her husband raised four kids. Needless to say I felt right at home the first time my husband and I toured the house. I've kept in touch with Maria and on Saturday she invited me over to make pasta. She made it look so easy that I had to try making it on Sunday.
I changed the recipe a little to make it a bit more healthy. I used a mix of whole wheat and white unbleached flour and a no yolk mix instead of whole eggs. The mixture was a bit too wet and the pasta too soft but it worked out OK. Next time I'll have to use less no yolk mix or add more flour but the dough will have to be quite a bit harder.
My original plan was to dry the pasta completely for future use but I don't think I'll do that again. I'll just make it and eat it the same day. The dry pasta is hard to store because it's not as hard as commercial pasta and the savings are not significant enough to warrant all the time it takes to make it, dry and store it.