Sunday, March 23, 2008

Spring Renewal

It's a start, at least. It may be nothing new and groundbreaking for well-stocked foodies out there in the bloggieworld but I had to share my next level of foodiedom. I made pasta from scratch for the first time.

Even with all the quirks and annoyances getting to that stage, I am very proud of myself for getting there. And to think it was all so easy (if you don't count a borrowed pasta maker that would rather fling itself off the counter than stay put). Now I'm hooked. I want to try again. And again. And maybe... again!

I even made sure I tried the pasta maker before I went down south to Vancouver so I'd know what little things would make my next time easier. For example, I definitely needed to level up on the scale. So I got one. Wish I could have got one of those hundred dollar examples out there but I'll just have to save up for it along with the pasta maker, a new car, etc. But I have other things I got to make the three month wait worth it--fresh herbs for the garden, Italian tomato paste, anchovy paste and the funkiest kitchen shears given as an early birthday present from my dear friend.

Freshly made pasta ready for the pasta pot.

The homemade pasta with asparagus and prosciutto, cream sauce

I've been doing some spring cleaning of my more whiney posts and maybe take the Easter message of rebirth seriously this time. Can't think of a better time to blossom back into the foodie world. Let's just hope I mean it this time. ;-)


linda said...

Nerissa, so nice to see you again. Your pasta looks phenomonal and I hope to see more from you!

Zoomie said...

I used to make my own pasta and it rally *is* better, isn't it? It's a fair amount of work but somehow satisfying. Keep up the good work!

Christine said...

Nerissa!!!! You have been missed by many, me among them. And what better way to "blossom back into the foodie world" than with this beautiful pasta. Kudos to you for making it yourself! I look forward to more of your posts.

s'kat said...

Hey, stranger, it's good to see you 'round! Keep on crankin' the good stuff.

jasmine said...

It's so good to have you back. You've been missed.


Anonymous said...

Hi Nerissa !
You know what?
Happy to see you again on this blog.
Go on, go on...
Bernard de Brillon

Nerissa said...

What a welcome back, everyone! You've touched my heart. And you know what, B de B? I am 'appy too :)

Michelle said...

YES! You're back! Hip hip hooray!! And you came with pasta, homemade pasta! It is addicting, isn't my dear friend? We love it. Darn, if I'd known you needed a pasta maker, I'd have shipped mine to you instead of to the 2nd hand store (with the move). Rebirth it is then - welcome back!

Anonymous said...

I'm almost a week late in seeing the miracle of your return, but better late than never-- especially if it involves pasta!

So very good to see you back :)

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Michelle said...

Hi luv,
Just stopping by to see if you're back at it again and how you are. I'll try emailing you soon too, just to check in!!

Michelle said...

I am new here. This pasta looks great. Think I'll have to try making my own pasta now too. Just wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed your site. Especially the parts about France. I have a friend in Camaret. Also, my daughter is going to study in La Rochelle next year.

lisa maria said...

hey Rissa!

just stopped by to see what you were up to! yummy!

Michelle said...

Ok, my dear friend, here is a swift kick in the pants to get back to blogging: *kick*

everybody else is doing it...including me :) plus, i miss you!!