Gluten-Free stuffed pastas!

I did it!  Gluten-Free stuffed pasta!!

I’ve never made stuffed pasta before, other than the kind that I take out of the bag and stick in boiling water.   But I’ve been craving the stuff, and before I was gluten-free I loved tortellini, so I figured, why not give it a try.

First, I had to make the dough.  I knew that this was the most vital part of making the pasta actually be… pasta.  So I decided to start with a recipe.  I found a great one at Bob’s Red Mill

This called for:

  • 1/3 cup Tapioca Flour
  • 1/3 cup Cornstarch
  • 2 TB Potato Starch
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 TB Xanthan Gum
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 TB Vegetable Oil

I mixed them all together, and then – because I am in the midst of chaotic, busy part of my life so once I’d made the dough, I didn’t really have the time to continue with the pasta making until a few days later.

When I did get to the actual making of the pasta it took quite a while.  Having no pasta machine, I was doing it all by hand.  Thankfully I have acquired a rolling pin since the last project (thanks to a friend of mine – Thanks Erica!!)

Creating circles in the dough

I decided to try two kinds of pasta.  One with a filling made of Ricotta cheese, some parmesan, and some Italian herb seasoning.  The other was leftover butternut squash soup I’d made a time back and frozen.  I mixed with it some ricotta to thicken it a bit.  So, I thought it would be easier to make some Ravioli and some Tortellini (so I could have different pastas for each filling!)

First, I rolled the pasta as thin as I could (though I think it could have stood to be even thinner.  I used a cup to form circles – which I rolled even thinner, and then some got a little dab of the squash filling and rolled into tortellini’s, others got ricotta and then cut into squares of ravioli.

Filling the pasta
Folding the pasta
Tortellini!
Ravioli

These sat out for a little bit, while I waited for dinner time, and then I put them slowly into some boiling water.  I cooked them for about 10 minutes and they were ready.

Forgot to take pictures of the finished product – but both types were yummy!  Next time I’ll experiment with some sauces to compliment the pasta 🙂

 

In other news – school is gearing up, and I’m transitioning into the start of the program year at church, and cutting back on my workstudy.  I foresee a potentially bumpy couple weeks as  I transition, so I am entering sporadic updating stage for a time.  With me luck!!

I am remiss….

As I suspected, I’m already falling behind in updating this now that my “vacation” is over. I’ve done a little baking, but between being sick (stupid summer colds!) working two jobs, running – or helping to run – a few worship services, and trying to gear up for a summer intensive class I haven’t had the time to really experiment or try anything awesome. I did make some brownies the other day, using Bob’s Red Mill Brownie mix, and adding some butterscotch chips (I must use them!!) and some strawberry juice (directly pressed out of some strawberries). They turned out pretty yummy I think.  But there is one issue I keep encountering – I put the brownies in the pan as directed (even got the correct size pan in hopes that it would make them turn out correctly!), I cook them in a preheated oven, at the prescribed temperature, for the prescribed time… and they remain liquid in the center.  I cook them longer and still, liquid.  Even longer and I managed to get them less liquid, but they are still very gooey.  Suggestions?

I hope to actually do some creative baking this weekend (still really want to try my stuffed pasta!) but for now, I leave you with some random pictures I’ve taken:

Just across the street. The birds enjoy perching on the peak of that house.
Rainbow Smudge - we've had some storms and this little bit of a rainbow showed through one day. Didn't manage to get a picture of the full rainbow we got a few days later, though.

A cake and a question

It was my roomies birthday, so we, of course, had to have some cake.  Since I’m Gluten-Free, I wanted something I could enjoy as well… and I happened to have some Bob’s Red Mill Chocolate Cake Mix kicking about in the pantry, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

Brilliant Idea!

Continue reading A cake and a question

Can’t quite beat the heat, but at least you can have something cool to drink!

We’ve had a few hot days in Maine this summer.  Not as hot as some places in the country, but still, hotter (and more humid) than I care for!

This sign tends to run closer to what I think must be the "feels like" temp... still... way too hot for me!

I found myself really wanting some strawberry lemonade, something refreshing, cool, and a bit sweet.  And I have all these strawberries, that I’ve only used a little of, which still need to be put to use.  They’ve been taking up too much space in my freezer.

Continue reading Can’t quite beat the heat, but at least you can have something cool to drink!

Adventures in Camping, Part 3.

The Amazing Katahdin, over Sandy Stream Pond

Katahdin, “pulse of the great spirit”

On the way up to Baxter, we stop in the Ranger Station, located outside of the park.  They have a bunch of maps, a slide show about the park, and some books for sale.  This year I picked up a book, turned it over and read the back and said, “Hmm…I think I’d like this book.”  To which my friend, Erica, replied, “I think you’ve said that the past two years.”  I probably had… so I decided it was a sign for me to go ahead and get the book.  I haven’t gotten the chance to read very far in it yet, but in the Introduction, the author said something that struck a chord in me:

“In Katahdin many encounter the mystical.  Some consider the mountain sacred because its presence and its overpowering grandness guide them toward inner contemplation of the vital center of all being.  They are like pilgrims seeking the elemental heartbeat or pulse of the spirit.  This is the most awesome aspect to the Katahdin experience.  Native Americans call it the pulse of the great spirit.” (Katahdin: An Historic Journey.  by John W. Neff, Introduction, xxiv.)

From the first year that I went up to Baxter, I felt a deep connection to the land.  Though I have never climbed Katahdin, there is something about the land around it that calls to me, that stirs up something deeper within me.  It feels mythical and magical to me.  Being in seminary, and needing to do a lot more reflection and thinking about my own beliefs, this park seemed like the right place for me to explore some of these thoughts.  I still haven’t found the right words, or decided just what I want to say – so those thoughts are going to stay in my paper-journal for the time being, but here are some of the pictures of the natural beauty around my campsite and on the trails  🙂

Continue reading Adventures in Camping, Part 3.

Camping Adventures, Part 2!

 Moose Madness!

See… moose!

One of the things that Josh shared in our “interview” was what occurred on a hike he and his mom took to Sandy Stream Pond (an easy hike from our campground).  One of the things he learned as a Junior Ranger was that you should stay at least 20 feet away from the moose (and other animals) and shoo them away if they’re in your path.  This news got put to use on his hike with his mom… they had to shoo away two deer, and then they saw a moose up close… in Josh’s words “I heard a moose peeing – which not a lot of people hear.  And I saw a moose with flies tornado-ing his butt, and they’re big… and even more big.”

I had my own moose encounter on the Sandy Stream Trail.  I decided to go out for a walk on my own during our second day, wanting to take some time to sit out on the Big Rock viewpoint and do some thinking and writing.  I stopped at the first viewpoint to see if there were any moose out in the pond – they love the water there and it’s a popular place to see moose.  On our first night we saw a bull moose out across the water and so I had hope that I could see another one.

Bull Moose from the first night – yay for the zoom on my camera.

Continue reading Camping Adventures, Part 2!

Camping Adventures, Part 1

Katahdin from one of the viewpoints at Sandy Stream Pond.

I just got back from a camping trip up at Baxter State park here in Maine.  It’s beautiful there, Katahdin is a gorgeous mountain, rising up from the area around it, and I always love my visits here.  This is my third summer spending a long weekend at the park, going up with some friends who have been camping at Baxter for years.

We were only there for two nights, but I have a lot to say – so prepare for a few entries (hopefully more than one a week) while I get it all out!  I have a lot of reflecting to do, plus, I have lots of pictures to share!

The story, in no particular order: Continue reading Camping Adventures, Part 1

A bit of this, a bit of that, the meandering thoughts of a dreamer.

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