Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Fresh Pasta with Salmon and Prawns

On a recent trip to Griffith to pick up our little Ruby girl, we stayed with an old colleague and friend of mine, Tania. With Griffith being the foodie region that it is, and Tania being Italian, we had an epic weekend of all things delicious.
Including a lesson in great pasta making.

First, we made the dough using ‘00’ flour, 1 egg per 100 g flour, an extra yolk, a pinch of salt and a splash of water.

During the kneading process, I leant my first tip, which was to use semolina, not flour, to dust the bench.

After the dough had rested we rolled it into sheets, again using semolina. Apparently using the semolina instead of flour stops the pasta becoming gluggy when you cook it – this worked fantastically for us.

The second trick I leant was to not fold the dough back over it self while feeding it through the machine. This helps to create beautiful, delicate and fluffy pasta – it also reduces the amount of work.

For the first batch of pasta, Tania made a delicious sauce type thing…
First, gently fry a leek.
Add the juice of 1 lime then stir through about a dozen prawns.
Slice a fairly large salmon steak into pieces and when the prawns are about half done, stir in the salmon.
Add a handful of fresh parsley then pour in about ½ a cup (or so) of white wine but do not stir, just leave it to gently simmer.
Season with a bit of salt and freshly cracked pepper.

Fold the mixture through the fettuccini and serve with chilli flakes, shaved parmesan and a wedge of lime.


Easy, and amazing! I think I had a third helping.

For those interested, this dish matched perfectly with a Windy Peak - Sauvignon Blanc Semillon from the De Bortoli vineyard.

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