Hi! 你好! Salut! Γεια σου! Hola! Cześć! I’m Riley Williamson, and I’m here to tell you all about my experience trying to cook international food. My goal is to try to cook authentic food from many different nations. A goal of mine has always been to become a good cook and learning how to cook many dishes that are so different I believe will really help me. Also, I am currently in Chinese 2, and I love learning about their culture; I thought that to expand my knowledge more I would learn how to cook Chinese food along with many different places food.
Each blog post I will pick a country and cook food inspired by something that would be made there. I am going to talk about the challenges of cooking it and how the food turned out. My plan is to cover as many countries as I can
This week I am cooking homemade pasta. Inspired by the country Italy. My first step was to take a cup of flour and a pinch of salt and mix them together to create a well with the flour. Inside the well, I put a egg which I lightly scrambled. I added a little bit of oil and two tablespoons of water and then folded the flour in mixing the flour and egg together. After all the flour and
egg were incorporated, I kneaded the dough for three to four minutes. After it was kneaded, I put the pasta dough I had just made in a Ziploc baggy and let it rest for thirty minutes.
After the dough had rested for thirty minutes it put it through a pasta roller. I ran it through to the level 6 which makes it thinner, the higher the number. After that I put it through the pasta cutter roller. I cut the pasta and then hung it on my pasta hanger. I then started my sauce.
To start my sauce, I sauteed onions with about a half a tablespoon of olive oil; I then added the one and a half tablespoons of olive oil, two cloves of garlic, a pinch of salt and peppers, and one half tablespoon of crushed red pepper. I sauteed over high heat. I then reduced to low heat and mixed in one can of crushed tomatoes and a can of tomato paste. I stirred in celery, salt, and ¾ cups of brown sugar.
I then put my sauce on my noodles stirred and enjoyed!
A challenge I had while making my pasta was kneading the dough. The dough was kinda tough and hard to roll so to knead it took a lot of force which made my arms sore after doing it for a while. What I found surprisingly easy was was rolling the dough. Since my machine is automatic, I just had to put the dough in and it went through with ease.