Today it has been bucketing down in Melbourne. I'm very happy to see the rain, but it does mean I can't get into the garden as much as I'd like. I did some gardening early this morning until it started to really pelt down. Then I had to look for non-outdoor activities.
What's the closest thing to food gardening. Well cooking from the garden of course.
Given I had a bit of time, I decided to do a dish I'd been meaning to do for a while. In fact, I let a nettle plant that sprung up in my garden the year before last go to seed on purpose. I this year have a healthy bunch of nettles in the orchard, and so I put on the raincoat and picked them with the express purpose of making nettle pasta.
So that's what I did.
I picked a basket of the lushest nettle tops. It was probably around the equivalent of 6 big handfuls of nettle, though you'd never want to handle a handful of nettles without the toughest of gloves. Unless you are the type who likes pain.
Said amount of nettles were blanched in boiling water then fished out and put in a bowl of iced water. This apparently ensures they stay a nice bright green, as opposed to overcooking and going a bleugh grey colour.
The blanched tops got a through whizzing in the thermomix to get fully pulped, then the pulp (around one and a half cups) was mixed with 500g flour, 2 eggs and a little water, again in the thermomix.
I let the dough rest, then got to work with the pasta maker.
After much rolling, I have a bunch of nettle fettuchini...
... and a heap of sheets I will dry and break up for lasagne.
Just look at that lurid green.
I just hope it tastes as good as it looks.
Now I'm off to do my other favourite thing on a rainy day, sit on the couch and re-read an old favourite.