Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Bronze Beast or Troccolaturo

I really adore this new device, but I will admit it scares the crap out of me too. It weighs a ton and the ridges are quite sharp. I would definitely not use it without shoes.

Nonetheless, it works much better than the wooden versions. Simply roll with pressure over a sheet of dough and it cuts beautiful even noodles. They might need to be separated by hand, but otherwise very efficient.

I have made two noodle types with it. Here is a classic durum and white flour in 50/50 proportion, one cup worth and one egg. It makes a perfect large serving for one (my breakfast). I also made another with oat, rye, chestnut, buckweat (all 10%) and 50% all purpose flour. Rolled and cut the same way, also with excellent effect. I think it may be the easiest way to cut noodles quickly, without needing to set up a crack or machine. At 4 AM I did the latter batch this morning in about 10 minutes start to finish, in a state of zen concentration. (And half asleep!)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Noodle Trio: Potato, Bacon, Onion

A day playing with the dehydrator yielded these results. One is a purely potato noodle (rather than potato starch). THe potato just shaved with a peeler, sprinkled with lemon to prevent discoloration, dehydrated, ground and mixed with slightly less than one egg. Tastes great and very easy to roll. I was thinking it wouldn't be for some reason.

The other is 2 slices of bacon pulverized and mixed with flour and egg, hand rolled and cut.

The last is a red torpedo onion sliced, dehydrated, ground and mixed into a flour noodle. The idea was the complement of the three in tandem. I could have used sour cream I suppose, but I wanted a nice soy-dashi based dipping soup since it's been so hot lately. Everything is nicely chilled.

And the photo was totally random and unplanned!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

A Smoked Noodle Soup

I think a few people have experimented with a smoked noodle. Normally that means taking a pre-made cooked noodle and cold smoking it or using a smoke gun. I wanted the depth of flavor that comes from prolonged exposure to wood smoke. So these are fresh raw whole wheat grains smoked for a few hours over grape vine cuttings. I just used a standard red backyard smoker. I think the temperature got to about 200 degrees, not enough to burn them, though I was originally thinking of a farina di grano arso. This is just toasty and smokey. But not burnt.
 The flour is SO deeply malty and smokey, but nothing acrid or burned. I'm surprised actually. I used a spice grinder, since this is a small test batch. Enough for a single serving. Mixed in a malted milk shake, I would swear it was just that. With smoke.
 Easy to roll out and cut by hand. They behave like any whole wheat noodle. No egg, just water. Held together very nicely.
Finally some really smokey noodles. They were served cold like soba. With a soy and dashi stock mixture on the side for dipping. The umami is just intense.

If it weren't so hot out, I think a meat broth and some vegetables would round it out nicely. Maybe mushrooms too.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Tsuketsuyu - a cold dipping soup for summer. Made with dried shirataki noodles, smoked Scottish salmon and cooked broccoli rabe. Black sesame seeds too. All goes perfectly with the "soup" made of soy, sake, mirin and dashi stock.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Leek noodles turned out great

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Yan Pi Noodle Made with Pork Rinds

I have been playing around with adding pork to noodle dough lately, to make something like the Yan Pi wrapper or "swallow skin". Ham dehydrated and ground worked well. This one was equally intriguing: pork rinds finely ground, added to flour, rolled out and cut. This one was made with wheat flour which worked better than tapioca or sweet potato flour. I'm not sure exactly what it should be like, I've never actually tasted them.

Usually they're used as dumpling wrappers, but apparently can be cut into noodles as well. I'll try finely ground cooked pork next.

The piggy flavor went so nicely with shrimp, pork shoulder and cilantro. Fish sauce too. I actually started by sweating shallots in guianciale, which I know makes little sense, but it tasted right. I think if you didn't tell anyone what it was, it would pass as a Pad Thai. I gave my younger son a noodle to taste and he thought it was good, until I told him it was a pig skin noodle!