I've mentioned in previous entries that my summer vacations back then were spent learning the basics of cooking. I was pretty proud of my pasta dishes, Japanese hand-rolled makis and my specialty -- Pearl Balls. Someday I wish to be able to make my own Paella Negra and to bake my own Roast Garlic Chicken too! That's me wishing I can be like Julia Child or at least Martha Stewart in the near future.
As we got to our 3rd dough, we were tasked to make Squid Ink (Black) Pasta Dough for our Marinara Pasta. This time, I finally got the correct rhythm and pressure in kneading and my dough came out just right on my first try. I proudly held out my dough for Chef Gigi's approval and beamed with pride as she gave her go signal to wrap it up and put it inside the chiller.
As we waited for both the dough and the filling to be ready, we had our lunch break. Note that lunch is not included so you'll have to either bring your own food or eat out. Had I known this earlier, I would have probably brought my own lunch as it was a bit stressful to grab lunch outside and be back within 30 minutes.
We resumed class right on time. I noticed that Chef Gigi is really strict with this as she makes sure we stick to our schedule. Really impressive and professional, in my opinion.
We later learned how to prepare three dishes and once again it was no easy feat. I got oil splatters all over my arms and face, my hands were sticky and slimy and yet I was having the time of my life! I first prepared the Fettuccine Alfredo and ohh I love the smell of bacon with garlic. Heavenly. For Fresh Pasta, we were taught to cook the noodles quickly and right after that, we had to dump it into our sauce that should be ready to coat the noodles. Everything should be synchronized well and I fumbled at the start but later on was able to catch up with the needed momentum and speed that I proudly present to you my three pasta dishes:
There you have it! I happily brought them all home to Paul who gave me two thumbs up. Hooray! I really love the feeling of being able to please my husband by cooking for him. However, Paul will have to stick to pasta in the meantime while I learn more dishes in the coming months.
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