Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Edible Cat Toys, a.k.a. Homemade Pasta

One of the (many) great things about working from a home office is being able to actually accomplish something on one's lunch break. Today I made lasagna noodles. Barry has been craving lasagna, and we have all the ingredients except the noodles, so I broke out my Atlas Marcato pasta roller and made these over my lunch hour.

Every once in awhile I think I should just get rid of that pasta maker, because I don't use it very often, but when I do take the time to make homemade noodles, I'm so glad to have it. It is great fun. Remember the Play-Do Fun Factory? This is a Fun Factory for grown-ups.

This pasta dough was of the simplest possible, just flour and eggs.

I remember my grandma making noodles on the kitchen table. If I remember right, she dried them over the back of a chair. Around here, there are too many intensely interested critters to dry noodles anywhere that easy to reach! These that I just made are hanging in a doorway. Even though I thought I was being watchful, I was still surprised at one point by a black paw darting over the edge of the work surface trying to snag a noodle while they were in process.

Now the hanging noodles are encouraging some rather ungraceful leaping about by two cats, at least one of whom can certainly use the exercise.

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