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free pasta

25 Oct

london 1.49pm, 15C cloudy friday 2019

today is pasta day, it seems, so one restaurant is celebrating it by givng a free pasta dish to everyone who goes there between 12pm-4pm, and 5.30pm to 9pm. rather generous of them, as there is no quota. 

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that was my dish, ravioli filled with lamb, about 10 large ravioli. the others have pappardelle (a sort of flat noodle) in bolognese sauce (so it is a minced beef dish) , and what you see in the background of the picture my friends with their bucatini, a hollow long strip of macaroni like pasta, with smoked salmon.

they have cheese in all the dishes. mine makes it very salty.

there was no seafood dish, but wait, there is the smoked salmon, but there are no mussels, or clams  which is rather strange, why dont they have a fresh seafood option? but perhaps it is just for today, as maybe it might be too expensive to give it free in the list of choices that we can order and which are included in this free offer.

i think the cheese swamps the taste of the dishes… the saltiness makes u unable to taste whatever and there dont seem to be a lot of herbs in it. or if there are herbs there, it is all lost amongst the saltiness of the cheeses.

its nice of course to be able to taste these free, to try it, their pasta are all made in the premises, using machines , two of which they show in the shop window.

perhaps my tastes are not very refined, because i cannot tell how different they are from dried pasta. what i do know is that  i dont want to pay those prices for it. my dish costs £14. the others about £12.

i could not help thinking i would prefer to cook my own pasta, made from dried pasta, and mince meat sauce and eat it without the cheese. so perhaps all this refined servings are wasted on me.  i wish i could say more good things about it, after all, it is free and very nice of them to give this offer to everyone. and it would be so great if i can taste it and realise what i have been missing when i dont eat freshly made pasta, as opposed to eating dried regenerated pasta. but i cannot say it is so much better than dried pasta. i wonder if i m missing something. 

substitutes

12 Dec

london 1.39pm 13c cloudy, monday 2016

i have just been to lidl and asda to shop. bought  1kg of tagliatelle from asda for £1. i am thinking it can be used as flat noodles too and i can stir fry it. (after softening it of course). usually tagliatelle is expensive, but these were two 500mg packs for £ 1.

i remember when i was on holiday with my friend in pulau langkawi, i ordered tagliatelle in a restaurant, and was rather miffed that the noodles were actually chinese flat noodles being used like pasta. and if you eat out, you will know that  pasta dishes are very expensive if u have them in a restaurant. (the profit margin must be very high, similar to pizza i think).

now i can turn the tables on that and use these pasta tagliatelle like chinese flat noodles. haha.

i have noticed even the dried tagliatelle pasta sold here in london is expensive , even at supermarket prices. the asda ones i bought are the exception. why are they so expensive i wonder? are they very difficult to make? (correction. it is not expensive. i checked with tesco online and found their tagliatelle is about the same price. £1.20/kg. i wonder where i got this impression it is expensive. maybe because i have been looking at the fresh tagliatelle, perhaps.) i think the stores dont seem to stock enough of them. they may be featured online but when u go to the store they are never to be found.

the chinese flat noodles are even more expensive at  £1.25 for 400mg in chinatown. if after i have made a dish with these pasta and i find they are suitable for being treated like chinese flat noodles i shall get some more and substitute them . but perhaps durum wheat will  taste so different to rice noodles that it cannot be done. we shall see. one thing the size of the flat noodles are bigger than these tagliatelle size. 

you can see the pasta is not very wide. quite narrow in fact. like the narrow flat noodles. when i buy flat noodles i chose the extra large ones. the other picture is one i took on the way to the lidl in clapham junction. it is premier inn, renovating a row of old shop houses which used to have  very nice plaster work on the facade.  they have removed quite a lot of it, leaving only the central bits. and putting stucco on the front walls to cover the brick work. behind this facade they have built a huge tall building stretching quite a way back. in a way it is sad that they cannot repair the old plaster work, and have to remove them. but i can understand it will be difficult to restore them even if u can find workmen skilled in that kind of work nowadays. old buildings are expensive to adapt to new use, i can understand why in malaysia and singapore, we dont retain old buildings and prefer new modern ones. growing up i never feel we should preserve the old… all of us who grew up in malaysia, (and i should also say s.e.asia) i think have bad experience with old buildings and anything old. they are cold and damp and smell rotten and wormy. we dont have that reverence for old buildings like they do here in uk. i think because in the tropics anything is attacked by all kinds of creatures who thrive on that hot moist environment and so they get rotten real quick.

 what is authentic? and is it that desirable? people i think have mixed feelings about it.