Every time I make fresh pasta I wonder why I have previously bought the packet stuff.
This fresh pasta is crazy easy to make and takes two mins to cook. You can also decide exactly which fillings you want inside. I chose fresh chilli, Sicilian sundried tomatoes and english farmhouse cheddar.
The recipe is quite rough as I am not one to measure out my ingredients. As I have been cooking for so long I judge it all by eye. All you need is flour, salt and water. That’s it! Mix two handfuls of plain flour and the salt with one glass of tepid water and combine using your hands till the dough is in a smooth ball. Add any extra flour if the dough is too sticky and extra water if the dough is too dry. I use my pasta maker to roll the fresh pasta in to sheets but you can just as easily use a rolling pin – make sure you flour the surfaces and rolling pin first. The pasta sheet should be about 5mm thick. If it’s too thin the pasta can then easily rip and the filling will disperse in the boiling water. If you don’t have a pasta cutter a cookie cutter in a circle or square shape will do. Allow it to be big enough to hold your chosen pasta filling.
It’s a good idea to prep your fillings in advance. Chop the sundried tomatoes and chillis and crumble the cheddar. Once the pasta is cut in to squares or circles you then add the filling then fold the square of circle in half and pinch the top to form what looks like a mini Cornish pasty. It’s very simple and very pretty!
To cook boil the water till it’s bubbling away, add the pasta gently one by one. Cook them for about two minutes each. Remove using a spoon with holes to drain and place directly in to your serving bowl. Drizzle a little of the sundried tomato oil that was in the jar, some toasted pumpkin seeds and pine nuts and add a dash of sea salt.
Tomorrow is officially Record Store Day 2015 which means get down to your local record shop and spend some cash on vinyl, check out the exclusive product releases and enjoy the festivities.
Check out Sounds Of The Universe, Sister Ray, The Book & Record Bar & Flashback Records. Pass through as many as you can!
Soho’s free live music festival kicks off at 12pm with performances throughout the day as well as Exclusive vinyl and CD releases
Live bands, DJ’s, in-store parties
The line-up for the day is:
John Cooper Clarke
Gang of Four
Look out for….THE 101ERS
ELGIN AVENUE BREAKDOWN (REVISITED)
Record Store Day 2015 Release. Double red vinyl. ‘Elgin Avenue Breakdown’ was a compilation album of the band’s recordings originally released in 1981 because of The Clash’s popularity. Based on the CD re-issue by EMI in 2005 with liners by Allan Jones and detailed notes on each track by the band’s drummer Richard Dudanski. This album was previously available on CD but not on vinyl. The 101ers were a pub rock band from the 1970s, notable as being the band that Joe Strummer left to join The Clash. The group played at free festivals, such as Stonehenge, and established itself on the London pub rock circuit prior to the advent of punk. Formed in May 1974, they made their performing debut under the name El Huaso and the 101 All Stars. The name eventually shortened to 101ers. This collection features the demos, studio recordings, BBC sessions, and live audience tapes.
SOUNDS OF THE UNIVERSE is always good to swing by.
They’ve got Lee Perry, Marvin Gaye, Northern Soul, Rhoda Daka, Sex Pistols and many more RSD exclusives. They always throw a big party outside which is what I’m looking forward to.
Lulu Williams, Record Store Day 2015, Sounds Of The Universe
I am a huge fan of Rimmel nail polishes – especially the polishes that dry in 60 seconds. The one feature that really attracts me to them is the curved-edge brush. Unlike square-edged brushes, the curve allows for the brush to cover the whole nail without need for correction. Rimmel X Rita Ora have launched a range of 12 nail polishes that are perfect for the summer and dry win 60 seconds.
I decided to try “Glaston Berry” as I am a sucker for bright coral shades. Also I loved the name! The 8ml bottle cost £2.99 in Boots. I love the 1960s style daisies on the brush it reminded me a lot of vintage Mary Quant cosmetics.
Once applied, the polish dried in approximately one minute. I only used one coat and then one layer of top coat. The colour came out very evenly and was thick enough to use as one coat. This is great for anyone who’s in a hurry when it comes to beauty. It’s also fab for popping in your make-up bag and using to cover chips. Grab yourself a bottle for summer! xx
One of my favourite beauty brands – MUA aka Make Up Academy has released a nail polish shade called Orchid. It is a pinky mauve that I am finding quite hard to chip. I have tried so many different nail polishes and this little beauty is proving the best. I have been wearing it for 4 days and so far no cracks! It’s officially a record! And what’s the cherry on this cake? It’s only £1. Go and stock up now ladies!