Thursday, November 18, 2010

Back at the stove

Actually cooking a real meal tonight, first time in a while.  Decided on making pumpkin ravioli, to be supportive of our lil veggie.  She is doing really well with it, I'm so proud of her.  For the most part, she is sticking to vegetables and fish.  She has every now and again eaten chicken but I think over all she's still succeeding in her goal of not eating animals with feelings.  And yes, chickens have feelings (at least she thinks they do, lol).  She grew up at Grandma and Grandpa's house with chickens running around.  At one point Dad did the whole raise them from chicks thing.  He had this one hen who just followed him everywhere.  One day he was going to go into the travel trailer (they lived in one after the house burned but before the new house) and suddenly there was this SMACK!  The chicken had tried to jump on his shoulder and hit the door instead.  Too funny, it ran around like a chicken with its head cut off. lol

Back to the stove.  The pumpkin is savory, flavored with scallions, thyme and sage.  Got the dough together and set it aside while I made the filling.  Once that was done I pulled out the dough and pulled it into fourths.  Problem #1 showed in that it was too sticky.  Added some more flour and hoped that would do it.  Went looking and found problem #2: No rolling pin.  So, looked around and improvised with the round frozen thing you can put in water bottles.  It left "frozen" all over the dough but no biggie.  Problem #1 reasserted itself because the dough was still too stickey.  Throwed some more flour on and figured I'd just go with the flow.  Finished rolling and dotted half the sheet with filling.  Brushed the egg between the filling dots and tried to pull the dough over the top. such luck.  Dough was MUCH too sticky.  Gave that sheet up as a throw out and went to fix the rest when I more flour ( I prefer semolina for my pasta).  Going to the freezer (which is where any good girl keeps her flour, courtesy of her Momma) and no regular flour either.  Dang it.  Not to be defeated (especially since I had a whole pan full of filling) I deviated the plan and went with pumpkin lasagna.  So, crossing my fingers that the no boil noodles do okay as I haven't always had the best luck with those. 

But, you ask (cause I'm sure you are) what are you going to do with the rest of the dough?  I googled it and it says it can be frozen.  Hoping that I can freeze, buy more flour and then salvage once I defrost.  Fingers crossed again.  So DR, I'm tossing the question backatcha: Does frozen dough work well? 

LGFN...Later Gator For Now!


  1. WOW... What a meal to cook. My husband made the mistake of calling me a baker the other day. I immediately explained that I am no baker and never to insult those that are by calling me one! I cook very simple and quick meals! And we pretty much rotate the same 20 dinners! Horrible, huh?!

  2. Nope, not at all! I used to cook almost every night but its just not in the cards right now. So when I do cook now I tend to get it out of my system and do something big ;)

    And the stupid noodles didn't cook enough. Shade too hard for al dente