There's this video below. Alex sent it to me a few days ago and as I started to watch it my first reaction was frustration because it's in Italian and I don't speak Italian. This passed quickly because the point is actually watching this woman make pasta by hand. She mixes the dough and stretches it, much in the way you see Chinese chefs making noodles. And then she stretches it over a disc like a web, cuts off the edges and restrings the remaining dough. It's quite beautiful to observe. FInally she breaks up the dried pasta into pieces, packages it and sells it. I have no idea if you cook it or eat it like a cracker, again with the frustration, though she does talk about different preparations, which I sort of got from my menu-Italian. And then I realized that I don't need to understand how she serves it because I can use my imagination and make it my own. At least I can once I figure out how to construct this beautiful pasta creation.
April 5, 2006