Monday, 7 September 2020

The Week Before the Challenge


So there's less than a week to go before the Challenge kicks off again for this year and I decided the other day to have one final little 'play with my food'.  I had a little bit of flour in a jar in the Van so I weighed out 50g of it added a pinch of salt and just enough water to bind it all together to make me some pasta.

A quick knead and then a half hour rest for the dough while I got on with a few little jobs and I was ready to roll out my pasta.


Just using a rolling pin and a well floured surface meant I got it reasonably thin, well I could see my fingers through it so I reckoned that was thin enough for me.  This was actually only the second time in my life I have ever made pasta from scratch, last time I was at the Vegetarian Society showing that pasta could be made without eggs, but then I had a pasta rolling machine.   If anything I found the rolling pin method easier and obviously there was a lot less to wash up afterwards ... always a bonus in my book!!


I sliced it into sort of tagliatelle width strips, I thought that was so much safer than trying to get to the spaghetti thinness.


And then I hung it to dry, far out of the reach of a certain little permanently hungry Pug  🐕


After a few hours hanging in the sunshine it was almost completely dried out, so I made a quick 'sauce' with half a dozen halved cherry tomatoes and a finely sliced spring onion that had seen better days.  Simply sautéed in some olive oil with a sprinkle of garlic granules and then a dash of the pasta cooking water right at the end to make it a bit more saucy.  It took around four minutes to cook and really was as simple as that to do.


A tasty little evening meal and surprisingly filling for what seemed like a small portion.  A good finale to my practising for Ration Challenge Week. 

I'm home in Wales at the minute but tomorrow morning I will be heading back to the Van and once there I will take some photos of my rations and get myself prepared for starting the Challenge.  I think a bit of this preparing may involve eating all the chocolate that is left in the Van in a bid to take away all future temptation ... it's a hard but very necessary job  😁


Thank you to everyone who has sponsored me by donating money to my fundraising page, between us we are doing an amazing job and we are now less than £11 from being able to feed nine refugees for an entire year.  Wow ... what a result.

Thank you so much.


Sue xx




6 comments:

  1. Well done on getting the pasta so thin....I've made it a few times but can never roll it thin enough, which makes it a bit stodgy. Pasta is very filling anyway, I find.

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    1. It really was filling, it didn't look enough to be as filling as it was!!

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  2. Wow, that looks a great simple meal. I've finally got round to donating, good luck with the challenge.

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  3. I did not know that pasta could be made without eggs. Nice to know. Good luck with your challenge.

    God bless.

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    1. Most dried pasta in the shops is egg free, it's the fresh stuff that is made with egg usually, although there are exceptions 😃

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