Shopping with FWA

FWA wasn’t feeling well today so he stayed home from camp. By lunchtime he was hungry and was (surprisingly) agreeable to my suggestion that we walk to Nokomis Beach for lunch and then shop for dinner at Oxendales. FWA requested pasta with pesto for dinner (his all-time favorite dinner) so we got some expensive basil. I wish Oxendale’s stocked it in bulk. I had been hoping to go to Midtown Farmer’s Market yesterday to get some, but last night (from 4 PM on) was a big fail–crazy kids, tired adults, pizza from Dominos. Need I say more? In addition to the basil and some farfalle*, I picked up strawberries for dessert, some local squash and fresh corn. I had heard that fresh corn was in on facebook–yes, Oxendales is on facebook! After deciding that we didn’t need any meat for this meal, I remembered that we had some leftover goat cheese so I picked up some roasted peppers. Finally, before heading home (FWA was hitting his limit of shopping), we stopped at 3 Tiers and got a fresh loaf of french bread. As I was paying for the bread I saw this fabulous chocolate cake in the case. So I said to FWA, “Wow, doesn’t that cake look so beautiful?” Naturally his response was, “No, it looks so disgusting that it makes me feel sick.” This, of course, reminds me of FWA’s and RJP’s disdain for coffee (as too stinky!) that I mentioned earlier this summer. Kids just don’t know what they are missing.

I really like our neighborhood and I like taking a break to walk, talk and shop with FWA. Now that he is 7, he won’t usually agree to such a BORING task–especially if I refer to it as an adventure.

*One more thing: Recently I have become enamored with the idea of making my own pasta (sans a pasta machine). They say it’s easy to do. Am I crazy? FWA seems really interested in helping out. Should I try it? Any advice, Anne?

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5 Responses to Shopping with FWA

  1. room34 says:

    Sounds like a fun adventure. FWA doesn’t know how good he has it.

  2. Anne says:

    Making your own pasta can be fun, but boy is it a lot of work. I have a hand crank pasta maker and I haven’t used it in about 4 years. But when I have used it, I was very happy with the results, partly because you can do really different pastas.

    I’ve also made pasta completely without the pasta maker by rolling it out and using a straight edge (or a curly wheel that is fun because of the design it makes). It is fun. I’ve never done this with my kids (for no good reason except I didn’t want to clean up the mess, no surprises here). It is messy – flour everywhere, etc. But don’t let my laziness stop you. The caution I add is that the pasta dough needs to rolled out to a relatively consistent thickness (y relative I mean within about 1/8 inch give or take a 1/16 or so) since the length of cooking time depends on the thickness of the pasta. I suppose one way around this would be to cook each rollout group separately and that would mitigate the thickness issue. OR you can simply just not care and celebrate that you made this yourselves. I vote the latter.

  3. SLP says:

    Thanks, Anne! I think I read somewhere that you need to dry the pasta after it’s been cut and before you use it. How did you do that?

  4. Jennifer says:

    Have you ever made gnocchi? That is pretty good to do with kids (it is my version of “lazy girl homemade pasta”). I once rigged dowels between two chair backs to hang pasta, but don’t see myself doing that again. P.S. One of my food heroes, Jamie Oliver, said that with the variety and quality of dried pasta available today, he does not see the need to make pasta from scratch, and that the taste of homemade pasta is not always going to be worth the effort it takes to make it. Making homemade soba noodles intrigues me, though.

  5. SLP says:

    Thanks for all the great advice on making pasta. I haven’t tried it yet…hot weather + no air conditioning in kitchen = not much experimental cooking. Maybe pasta making is an early fall thing? Any thoughts on frozen treats to try? Anne, I know you could give tons of great advice on ice cream!