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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

What's For Dinner...

For our Memorial Day Dinner, I made a variation of The Mr's Grandma Z's Noodles. "Grandma's Noodles" consists of homemade noodles cooked in chicken broth. The chicken broth is made from a whole stewing chicken, poached in water. The chicken is taken out of the water, breaded and fried. Yum.

I didn't make fried chicken (I bought two roasted chickens from the grocery deli) but I did make the pasta and I did cook it in my own chicken broth.

Pasta really isn't difficult to make. The ingredients are easy - 1 egg and 1/2 cup flour per serving. I made 9 servings, so I used 9 eggs and 4 /12 cups of flour. Grandma Z would mix it by hand on the counter, but I used my Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook.

I have found that the secret to good noodles is making sure the dough is rolled as thin as possible. The easiest way to do this is to roll it in small batches.

I take a ball of dough about 1/2 the size of my fist. Then roll it on a floured surface. Flip, sprinkle with flour, and roll again. Repeat until the dough is very thin.

I then sprinkle flour over it again, and fold it over for cutting. This makes it easier to get more uniform noodles.
After they are cut, spread them apart so they don't stick together. Place them on a floured plate and sprinkle some flour on top of them to prevent the next batch from sticking. Then go on to the next batch.
You should end up with a plate full of noodles like this.
I cook them in batches as well. They don't take long - 3 - 5 minutes in boiling chicken broth (or salted water), depending on how thin you rolled them. They will float to the top when cooked - and you want to taste them before taking them out to make sure they are done to your liking. This is what they will look like when cooked!

I also made some (DELICIOUS) rosemary focacia bread. Here it is straight out of the oven...

... and sliced...

Dinner is served!

For dessert we had upside-down pavlovas (usually pavlovas are a meringue base, with a cream sauce topped by fruit). First I made the meringue. Once baked it looked like this:

Then I assembled. Strawberries and blackberries in a margarita glass. A layer of whipped cream. A spoonful of cranberry curd (like lemon curd - which you could also use - but made with cranberries. Then top the whole thing with the meringue. They turn out like this:
Really tasty and filling dessert, pretty healthy. The Children liked it too!
We had a wonderful Memorial Day dinner. What did you have?

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  1. Wow! That looks amazing! Do you have the recipe for that bread and do you mind sharing it?

  2. I want to come eat with you! Yep, I don't want to cook tonight!