Well I left my camera up at mom and dad's.
That should be reason enough to turn around and go back up for two weekends in a row, right?
In the meantime my phone has to suffice for the hundred snapshots a week that I have the sudden burning need to take.
I was making noodles and I suddenly thought, this is so crazily easy and cheap, I need to put this on the blog because I bet there are people out there who have never experienced homemade noodles. Some of my earliest noodle memories are sneakily tip-toeing across some great '79 era linoleum and reaching my little paw into the cool oven racks to break off little pieces of the noodles as they dried. I loved that salty forbidden fruit. Mom is definitely off the hook. I'd been warned about raw eggs.
So with my phone to the rescue and a few poor quality shots (you know you aren't here for the photography)
here are the noodles. . .
Best part. There are 21 cents worth of eggs in here and about 20 cents worth of flour. You do the math.
The American Version is (typically) complicated, wasteful and salty.
The Italian Version is (typically) easy, resourceful and bland.
So I feel that I have combined the best of both worlds by adding salt to the Italian version.
2 cups flour
1 T. salt
2 T. water
Make a well in the flour, crack the eggs into the well, pour in water and salt.
Froth the water and eggs with a fork.
As the eggs mix up, start adding flour from the sides. Mix the dough around until the flour disappears.
Let the noodle dough set for about ten minutes. This allows the flour to absorb the water and it will be less sticky.
Divide into three sections.
It's just like rolling pie crust, only lots thinner. The dough should not stick to your rolling surface.
Use lots of flour. (Did I already say that?)
Then gently fold up the noodle rectangle just exactly like a business letter.
You don't HAVE to dry them, but I always do.
If you turn a ceiling fan on, they dry to a lovely brittle in about two hours. Then you can pop them in a zip-lock bag and freeze indefinitely OR
pop them in some chicken broth brought to rolling boil + chicken + carrots + potatoes for some pretty good eating. (It will take 10-15 minutes to make sure the noodles are cooked.)
Oh yum! Comfort food at it's best! :)