Tuesday and Wednesday July 2, 3, 2019 Mendocino CA.
An egg noodle day
So I decided to be lazy and stay at the camp spot for a bit and do some cooking.
I’ve been experimenting making home made noodles. Noodles in the US have to have egg in them to be called noodles or they are not noodles.
Making home made egg noodles
Since I have a bunch of chickens I have a bunch of eggs so egg noodles are right up my alley so to speak.
I mixed up two cups of flour and added five eggs and a teaspoon or so of salt, all corn less of course. I added eggs until the dough was the right consistency.
Once the dough was mixed up and kneaded a bit, I floured the cutting board and cut the dough into three pieces and used up half the dough and reserved the rest for tomorrow’s dinner.
Rolling out is the hardest part as the dough is fairly elastic and pulls back a lot but eventually it starts to rollout. I add flour and roll out as thin as I can like this. I’m using a piece of PVC pipe for my roller as it travels well in the van.
Cut up process
Hand made shouldn’t be perfect
Noodles ready to cook
Cooking things up
Experimenting a bit
I tried an experiment and tried boiling the noodles with just enough water so most of it was gone as the noodles got cooked. I did this as lots of times I’m in the desert and conserving water. It worked but there’s a better way to use the water instead of throwing it out.
Here’s the finished product. The recipe with just eggs flour and salt makes a real adante noodle that is nice and chewy. Much different than noodles that have water added as an ingredient. This batch I boiled for about three minutes. The next batch I boiled for about ten minutes and they were still a bit chewy which is fine with me.
Soup is better
Note the pot above is real sticky which meant it took a lot of water to clean up the pot so wasted water. I decided it would be better to use more water and make a soup instead and the pot would clean up much easier with less water. In other words I ate the stuff instead of using the water to clean up and throwing it all out and the pot was mostly clean after eating the soup. No rinsing as I didn’t want to waste water.
Taking it easy
I ate and then cleaned up and hung out until late in the afternoon when I drove the short distance down to Big River to see about kayaking it.
Around 5 I packed up and drove an hour or so to Marty’s cabin out in the woods near Boonville.
We shot the bull that night and the next day we hiked up the hill a bit on this road and cut some small trees off the road.
The next day Marty’s wife Patti showed up so we mostly took it easy and shot the bull most of the day.
I left for home that evening to avoid all the holiday traffic, about a two hour drive.
I made it home safely and mostly just rested up for a day or two.