in this case, fresh and home made pasta
the fella made me a butchers block.. i have this awful, old slate counter top that is hand grouted and i would never dream of rolling out food on top of it.. no matter how many times i disinfect it - it seems gross to me.. so all pie dough and pizza dough is made my taping all these flimsy plastic cutting boards together.. it's a ridiculous hack and a pain in the arse..
so after i oiled and conditioned the new butchers block, i decided to test it out.. and why not with something that has always intimidated me.. fresh pasta .. [yeah, i know Russell, how can i be scared of something so simple? let's say you inspire me]
ingredients were simple.. flour, some fresh eggs from the chicken coop, a little evoo and s & p.. sounds easy.. but where it was a labour of love.. i hand mixed and kneaded the dough [i'm 100 lbs, these scrawny arms got a work out] and i also rolled the pasta out with a rolling pin.. [more scrawny arms work out]..
i served it up with a san marzano marinara sauce.. and i was actually impressed with the end result..