Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sweet 16

It was a picture perfect, sunny California day today so we decided to take our dogs to the beach. My parents and I collectively have 3 loving dogs that bring happiness into our homes everyday. Today we just took two of our dogs, Xabi and our old family dog Sandy to the Huntington Dog Beach.Sandy is a Golden Retriever and a senior citizen. This year, she will be turning 16 years old! Do the math 7x16= 112... In human years, that would make her 112 years old! I grew up with this sweet dog. She is the kindest and calmest dog you would ever meet. Even though she is a wobbly old woman, she is 16 (in dog years) at heart. She runs, smiles, and plays like she's still a puppy. Her hind legs are getting weak, and she falls over often but that never seems to stop her. We believe she might make it to be the oldest living dog in history. At least we hope so :)
Xabi is our rambunctious pup. He loves to swim and will go no depths for his beloved ball. Today he swam until he was POOPED! At the end of the day he was drooling and blowing bubbles from his mouth because he was so exhausted. haha. It was too cute, I couldn't help but laugh at his foamy mouth.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Homemade Pasta SUCCESS!

My first time making pasta from scratch was a success! (Quite the confidence booster after that homemade bread fail). I had some help from a friend who is a experienced pasta maker, so that made a big difference. I envied her Kitchen Aid attachment for rolling pasta, so my siblings bought it for me & pasta drying rack as a Christmas gift! It was so sweet of them, but I just didn't get around to trying it out until now.Making pasta was surprisingly easy and so much fun! Unfortunately, I didn't have a pasta cutter so we cut the pasta with a knife. It didn't really matter because it doesn't change the flavor and it made it that much more homemade-y. Only 4 basic ingredients go into making pasta.

BASIC PASTA RECIPE
Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons water

Directions:
Basically, you just knead all of the ingredients together until consistent. If the dough is too dry, add a little more water. Roll through the pasta roller, cut, boil and bon appetite! Having a pasta drying rack is so helpful because otherwise the noodles would just clump and stick together. The pasta came out delicious! It tasted so fresh, and elegant. I had my pasta noodles covered in artichoke tomato sauce with scallops and shrimp. I don't know if I'll be making homemade pasta every time I want spaghetti, but I'm definitely going to be making good use out of my pasta roller from now on. I'm thinking lasagna and ravioli next!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Homemade Bread FAIL

They say that all you really need to make bread is a little bit of milk, butter, yeast, and flour. Lies... all lies... My little homemade bread making experiment was pure failure. The dough was as hard as a rock and would not rise even after waiting for hours.
The end product, although looked edible was the weight of a softball. Hard on the outside and still raw on the inside. Is it truly possible to make a nice loaf of bread at home without the assistance of a bread making machine? I am determined to succeed one of these days.

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