As a part of my resolution to make 2014 a brave new year, something I’ve been determined to do is try new things as often as possible. I’ve been trying to make a point of taking up every new opportunity that comes my way as best I can. Aside from leaving me a little worn out from time to time (TIME MANAGEMENT FAIL) it has definitely meant that I’ve had an interesting couple of months!
Last week I got the chance to take a cooking class, which I can say with great honesty is something I need to do more of (culinary skills: I lack them). This one was pretty unique though as it was a hands-on workshop that taught participants to make homemade pasta from scratch. In summary: It’s not an overly complicated process but it is very labour intensive. You’ve been warned.
My friends Chelsea, Amanda, and I decided to make the workshop a team effort (high five to Chelsea for making custom aprons for each of us too! We were the belles of the kitchen!)
Aside from the interesting subject matter and really hands-on approach, what really made the workshop interesting was our host, Paula. Paula co-owns a shop here in Belleville called Pasta Tavola (“pasta table” in Italian). Being from a traditional Italian family, she shared a lot of her history as well as the cultural significance of the pasta-making practice.
Of course, I say “practice” but really I should call it an art form because that’s exactly what it is. Watching Paula work during the demo portion of the evening was misleading as she mixed the egg and flour well and kneaded the dough in swift, delicate motions. The experience was significantly more challenging for the rest of us. Then again, she has been doing it since she was 6-years old.
Challenging as it was, the pay off was so worth it. As someone who doesn’t make a whole lot from scratch (yet?) there is something incredibly satisfying about the final product. I was so proud of myself! And the taste? UNF. Boxed pasta doesn’t hold a candle to the fresh stuff.
This was the kind of experience that I really love and that I hope to have more of. I learned a useful skill and had fun while I was at it. I’d definitely like to do more cooking classes in the future for sure!
If you’re in the Belleville/Quinte area and are interested in a pasta workshop, get in touch with the girls at Pasta Tavola (they even seem to do some in Toronto from time to time too). This was an experiment for them but if they see the demand for more classes I know they’d be happy to deliver. Trust me: It’s worth it!
And speaking of new experiences: After living in Ontario for half of my life I finally attended Ottawa’s Winterlude festival! You can read all about it over on The Let’s Go Ladies!