Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cooking 101

Tonight for our Beehive activity we went to the Shearer's home so that Brother Shearer could teach us how to make homemade pasta and meatballs. We had 13 girls show up and 3 leader so it was a BIG cooking class. Brother Shearer was a very patient teacher and he knows his stuff!!
We all started out with a little pile of flour, 1/2 a cup to be exact. Then he gave us all an egg, we made a hole in our flour pile and cracked the egg into it. With a fork or our hands we mixed them together until we had a ball of dough. I was really shocked to hear that flour and egg is all it takes to make homemade pasta!! It needed to sit in the fridge for 30 minutes so while we waited for that we started on the meatballs.
He had the girls help him with the ingredients and mixing and they were all really anxious to help. After we had our big bowl of meat ready to go we cut up pieces of string cheese to put in the middle of the meatballs and got them all ready on a cookie sheet to bake. Then we got the sauce started.
The girls loved rolling out the dough the best I think. We just put our dough through the pasta roller and walked around the counter until everyone had a turn and we did this several times until it was as thin as we needed it. Then he switched the attachment and we cut it all into fettuccine noodles.
Here are all the girls posing with the pans of meatballs. It took about 2 hours to prepare the food and then we all went outside and ate it!! It was so delicious. I have never really had homemade pasta and I couldn't believe the difference.
It was a great activity and one the girls will never forget!!!

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