Rainy day treat

Hello my wonderful readers!! Hope you are having a great start to the decade. I thought I’d start my first post for 2020 with a delicious treat. After months of horrible fires across our country we have been blessed with some rain and boy is it raining outside!

What better way to celebrate the occasion with some comfort food?and what’s better than homemade pasta…absolutely nothing 😋

This recipe is a little bit Persian but mostly Italian! and there is no need for pasta makers or any fancy kitchen equipment. All you need is a pair of hands #oldskool

Barberry and Saffron Fettuccine

Ingredients for pasta dough

  • 2 cups of plain all purpose flour sifted
  • 6 eggs (2 yolk only)
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of Barberries

Ingredients for sauce

  • 100g butter
  • 2 tbps saffron steeped
  • Barberries
  • Olive oil
  • Dill
  • Persian Fetta and Pistacchio slivers for garnish

Method

  • To make any pasta dough start by sifting the flour on a flat surface and create a well in the centre
  • crack the eggs in a separate bowl and transfer them into the well
  • add a drizzle of Olive oil and some salt
  • then using a fork slowly mix the surrounding flour into the well
  • continue to do this step until you can’t use the fork anymore and switch to kneading the dough with your hands
  • once the dough looks and feels easy to roll, cover in cling wrap and leave at room temperature for 30 mins
  • using a rolling pin roll out the dough into a thin flat sheet, add extra flour to the surface
  • Once you are happy with the thickness of the sheet, flour the surface and fold ends into centre to create a square shape
  • Cut the dough into equal size pieces and add some flour to stop the strands from sticking
  • In a pot boil some water and blanch the pasta strands, be careful not to break them
  • In a small pot heat up olive oil, butter some saffron and add Barberries and dill
  • Toss the strained pasta strands and mix well so the sauce becomes incorporated with the strands
  • Serve with Persian Fetta, Dill and Pistacchios

This recipe is so simple yet tasty and it’s always impressive when you can make something from scratch! You can even decide what flavour combinations to use if you are not into the whole Persian fusion thing. Hope you guys will give it a go!

Till next time Xx

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