One day, after months of grey and clouds the sun shone.
It almost sounds like a fairytale, which is why I blew off my extensive to do list, dusted off my summer wardrobe (which I was beginning to think I would never use again) and spent the whole afternoon soaking up weak golden rays.
After a leisurely stroll along the river to watch the ducks (no fluffy ducklings yet) we ended up at the Goods Shed perched on the steps as it was the only seating in the sun, drinking ales and eating olives in chilli and locally produced cave aged cheese.
The change of weather always makes me excited food, thick stews and plates of hearty roasted meats that sounded so appealing at the beginning of winter are being happily traded for salads.
One food type I can eat at any time of year, rain or shine is pasta. I can’t believe that I’ve never tried to make it before. I’d always imagined it would be really difficult and impossible to make without one of those metal pasta makers.
This recipe takes under an hour to make, rest and cook and produces something unlike any pasta you could buy in a supermarket.
Spelt and Sage Pasta
1 1/2 cups spelt flour
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp water
pinch of salt
tbsp olive oil
Mix the dry ingredients together on a clean surface.
Create a well and add the two eggs and water to it.
Slowly mix the wet and dry ingredients together using a fork until combined.
Using your hands knead into a smooth dough.
Roll into a ball then let sit for 30 minutes.
Dust your work surface then using a rolling pin roll the dough to approximately 2mm thick.
Using a sharp knife cut into strips.
Throw into boiling water with a pinch of salt and a tbsp of olive oil and boil for 2 minutes.