When my daughter and I cook we regularly use the same cookbook over and over. It’s a book written by two very successful cooking professionals, and we use it all of the time. As a result, we have made pasta, brioche bread, an omelet, ricotta cheese, among many other items directly from recipes in this book. Sometimes life is so busy but you still need to cook something at home. Having a go-to recipe book is a great resource for quick decisions and support.
The book that we use is Ideas in Food: Great Recipes and Why They Work. It’s written by Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot. Tonight Alessandra wants to cook egg pasta noodles using the following recipe.
225 grams of all-purpose flour
8 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon / 14 grams olive oil
2 tablespoons / 30 grams whole milk
4 tablespoons / 56 grams unsalted butter
Fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper
We simply cut up some tomatoes and saute them with a little garlic or salt and pepper. Very simple and quick.
Combine the flour, egg yolks, olive oil, and milk in a food processor (you can mix by hand too). Once the mixture comes together into a rough dough, turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface and finish it by hand. Knead it, and if needed, add a little more flour until it becomes silky and smooth. Let it rest for 30 minutes and then you can finish the pasta using a pasta rolling machine, or even a baker’s rolling pin until it’s uniformly thin. Flour the dough and cut it into noodles or you can make ravioli.
It does take a little work, but your child can help you most of the way and kneading dough is easy and fun for all ages.
As a treat, I was lucky that the authors of the book were at a local book store and they happily signed a copy of the book for Alessandra. I already have this book and have a copy on my Kindle app for the Ipad, so this book is for her. When she grows up she will have this book as a resource and as memory of our cooking time together. It was so cool when I showed her the book; she was so happy and surprised that it was her book. It’s tucked away for now but she knows it’s there. We use other books and recipes, but if you look at this book it’s so easy to follow and they give you background on why it works.
I hope you can find your own special cookbook or resource. Having a resource of cookbooks is very helpful to me and to my family.
Hard at work kneading the dough…Add just a little dough and it’s really easy to knead and work with.