As the country continues through the Coronavirus crisis, we’re all going shopping less and when we do it is not always easy to find the goods that we need.
Various outlets have been promoting easy ways to create essential goods – from bread to pasta – from a very basic set of ingredients that may be found in your cupboards.
The country’s most famous chef, Jamie Oliver, suggests making your own pasta – which is something I’ve actually tried this afternoon to surprisingly edible effect.
I have essentially no cooking skills; quorn nuggets or curry from a jar is pretty much the extend of my usual culinary oeuvre. I don’t even own a rolling pin.
So when I decided to try this, I was pretty nervous as I’d decided to make it my dinner – however it ended up.
And whilst the product was 100% underdone; too chewy and thick, it was edible. Hell, with the paprika, pepper, salt, sweet chilli and garlic I added it was actually pretty damn nice!
If I tried this again, I reckon I could actually make nice pasta. Never buying a bag again.
The recipe is surprisingly simple, and requires just one ingredient – flour.
Combining flour and water, then boiling it, is the easiest way to create your own pasta.
Jamie Oliver has created a new cooking show, Keep Cooking and Carry On, to help people create tasty food with just some essentials.
It airs at 5:30PM every weekday on Channel Four.
- Add flour into a bowl (the amount depends on the number of people you’re cooking for) Add a splash of water
- Mix the two ingredients together with a fork – if it’s too sticky, add more flour
- Once shiny and not overly sticky, it’s already done.
- Roll it out until it’s thin Dust with a little bit of flour and roll out again.
- When it’s shiny and not too sticky, it’s done
- Cut the pasta into half a centimetre thick slices.
- Toss pasta between hands
- Add to boiling water
Boom – pasta! You’ll never need to visit the supermarkets again.
Elsewhere, Facebook groups have become populated with fantastic and simple cooking instructions, including how to make the cheapest and easiest form of bread – flatbread.
You only need the following to make a flatbread for six:
2 cups flour 1
1 1/4cup of lukewarm water
1 table spoon baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1 table spoon oil/butter/shortening
He shared a simple recipe with the ingredients:
Mix dry ingredients together and add most water, mix and add water until it has the consistency of tacky pizza dough
Knead for a few minutes
Let rest in greased bowl for 30- 60 minutes
Divide into 6 pieces and roll out on floured surface thin. (Tortilla thickness)
Heat pan to 180°C Cook until golden brown spots and flip, cooking until done
They can be made ahead and kept under a flour towel or frozen for later use.
Pretty simple, too! We can’t wait to try that one.
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