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Starting from Scratch…Tunie B. & Me

I am getting a Divorce.

There I said it….out loud… Now everyone knows.

No more excuses for hiding from reality.

Today is the first day I woke feeling like I just had enough. Enough of walking through my days like a coma patient.

Enough crying. Enough what ifs. Enough why me. Enough how could this be….

5 1.2 years ago my life and dreams were on a very different path. I had my little cafe that I loved so much. I had met the man that I thought was going to be my everything.

Life was good. Life was full of promise and sunshine.

Today life is very different. Dreams and goals that were once right at my fingertips have now slipped into an endless black abyss. Not even a glimmer in sight.

Yet there is Tunie B. For her there is nothing but good and wonderful on her horizon.

She is and will always be, all I need – to be a success.

Tunie B. & Me. Blessed that every day is Mothers day.

These last 2 years were a lesson taught and a lesson well learned – NOTHING is in my CONTROL.

So I am giving in – I am in someone else’s hands… and I am going to try my best to ENJOY the ride.

Starting from Scratch – literally.

For the tastiest most awesome kinda cooking  -it is the best and only way – I like to do things.

Something from nothing is the way this girl rolls. I am awesome like that – you have tasted my food – you know…

My future is going to be delicious!

I am back.

thank you all for sticking with me ….

its gonna be a wild ride….hang on.

:) Sarah

 

And because everything is always about food – and it has been my one true thing to keep me sane through the crazy – I have developed my own kinda therapy – FOOD THERAPY.

I also have decided to start a more personal blog called ThePatchkePrincess.com  - launching this week in its very early form. Please help support me by joining & liking my Facebook page. I am not sure of the fate of kosher street – I love it and it is my passion project, however, because of my life situation I feel the need to temporarily  abandon it. But if you are a fan of my recipes, life style ideas (home decor, fashion posts, Kid ideas) and can handle a little of my real life venting – then thepatchkeprincess.com is my way of starting Life from Scratch.  Sometimes Life needs that extra 5 minutes to make it Just RIGHT!


From Scratch…. Hand Rolled Pasta  (the most delicious you will ever eat.)

I have made pasta from scratch quite a few times before in my life. Always with a pasta machine. I always found it more trouble than it was worth. Recently I saw a recipe for hand-made pasta – no machine. I had to try it. And I did – to the most outrageous delicious results I have ever tried. I am ruined for life – I can never ever go back to pasta from a box.

Do not be frightened. It literally takes minutes to assemble. And yes there is an hour wait for the dough to rest – but so what. The meal you will eat.. it will be so worth it! And I found that rolling out the dough, engaging my mind and muscles in this mindless methodical way with Adele basting in the background… the best THERAPY money could buy. Satisfying with immediate results. Try it you will be hooked.

Shavous is only a few weeks away. Make this now. It freezes like a dream. And for your milchig meal all you have to do is boil water, have a great sauce and some terrific cheese – and your dairy  meal will be more than worthy for a YOM TOV table.

Hand Rolled Pasta

I have tried this recipe with gluten free flour and white whole wheat flour – and it works just as well with both kinds.

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

2 eggs + 6 egg yolks

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. kosher salt

Directions:

In a food processor, add all your ingredients and pulse together for about 40 seconds until dough is formed. Your dough should be able to come together when pinched between your fingers, but should not feel sticky to the touch.

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Add more flour if too sticky

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Dump your dough onto your counter and form a ball. Kneed dough and roll into a 6 inch long oval shaped form.

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Cover completly in plastic wrap and let sit on counter for minimum of 1 hr – up to 4 hrs.

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After the pasta dough has rested. Unwrap from plastic and cut into 6 portions so we can start making Fettuchini. (you can also make spaghetti and other shaped pastas with this dough – but we are starting with the most basic and easiest)

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Remove one piece and rewrap the rest in the plastic wrap.

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Working one piece at a time – Lightly dust all sides with flour.

 Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a small rectangle.

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Dust both sides lightly with flour

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Starting from the middle, roll out the dough into a longer 9 x 12 inch piece. Constantly adding little dustings of flour to both sides as you roll out. This will help the dough avoid sticking to the counter.

The dough is at its perfect thinness once you can see the outline of your fingers through the dough.

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Lay the dough down on a try that you have lined with parchment paper. Cover with more paper to avoid drying out. Repeat process with rest of the dough.

Once you have rolled out all your pieces it is time to cut the Pasta.

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Fold one long pasta piece gently into an oblong roll.

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Then with your knife gently cut slices that are about 1 inch apart in width.

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Unfurl  - and viola its Fettuchini!

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TO COOK: Just boil water with a little salt. Once water is boiling – Drop in your pasta, and watch for your pasta to float to the top. About 4 minutes. Drain and serve with your favorite tomato sauce and grated parmesan cheese.

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And if you are smart like me – you get your close friends to come join you for dinner and put their kids to work!

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And YES! that is Dr. David Lieberman (husband of my close friend Shira – one of my rocks thru this crazy time) eating my Pasta from Scratch – I told you this was FOOD THERAPY! Cheaper then the real thing – and oh so much more delicious!

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About the Author

For the last 8 years Sarah Lasry has been the heart and soul of the successful and celebrated Tastebuds Gourmet Café & Flower Shop in Howell, NJ. Sarah opened and ran Tastebuds to much critical appraise for her unique approach to delicious, kosher gourmet cooking as well as her legendary parties, original style and artistic culinary flair. In 2006 Sarah wrote the acclaimed bestselling cookbook “THE DAIRY GOURMET” which revealed all the secret recipes of Tastebuds Café. With much anticipation from her many fans and fellow foodies, Sarah’s brand new cookbook “THE AT HOME GOURMET” just hit the stores with high praise and reviews. Sarah currently resides in Lakewood, NJ where she has recently left the restaurant business to concentrate on her passion for writing cookbooks and is hard at work as the Food and Home contributing editor for Binah Magazine and www. Kosherstreet.com.

Comments (13)

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  1. Fashion-isha says:

    Sarah we love you, you are awesome and that attitude will bring you lots of happy sunshine :)
    xo
    Sharon

  2. Been There Done That says:

    Sorry to hear. Yep it’s black now, very difficult… but with time it will be white again. Give it time, see what lessons you can take from the experience, if you made any mistakes you can fix them, and you’ll see – things will get better. But with all said, I feel for you.

  3. Marilyn Gothold says:

    Wishing you much Hatzlocho (all the way from London) in all your endeavours. You should have only good times ahead and much Nachas. Will be reading your page often.

  4. Aidel.K says:

    I recently discovered your blog and FB page and assumed you didn’t post too often because you’re busy like we all are. I’m hopeful your bumpy ride smooths out. Hashem is always right there with you.

  5. Setembrina says:

    Sad to read about your up coming divorce.

    I hope your Food Therapy works for you and your future is as positive as your blog has been for me and your many followers.

    Thank You for being a food inspiration.

    Setembrina

  6. Fabio says:

    Sarah,I do not you,I can be your grandfather (I’m 75),but let me tell you thru your recipes I can say you are a high value woman. You can do in your life whatever you wish and you will be sucessful.Thus never take a single backstep,loot at the future with optimism.
    Best wishes,
    FFFigueredo

  7. Wishing you much happiness & success. May your blogs not only be a success but a healthy, healing outlet for you.
    shoshana

  8. Rivky E says:

    {{}} hugs, Sarah! We love you!!

  9. Chani V says:

    Sarah, Kudos to you for ur upbeat attitude,, and for allowing urself to be human!!!
    As to the pasta, I tried it today. My family LOVED IT!!! DH said it had a better bite than anything he has ever tasted before.. I used a pizza cutter to cut the pasta into the desired shape,, They were not uniform, but nothing about me is,, and that was just fine. Thanks for a great recipe!
    Chani

  10. Deena says:

    It took a lot of courage to share your news with the world at large. It takes a lot of courage to end a marriage. It will take a lot of courage to build a new life.

    But, Sarah, although I don’t know you, it seems as though you and courage are the best of friends.

    And just as we tuned in often to follow your creative life, we will be with you as you put things back together and build something UNBELIEVABLE.

    May Hashem bless you and bring shalom and shalva to your home.

  11. LB says:

    Good luck Sara! I’ve been there and it was a very bumpy ride, but BH, things in my life are so much better now. B’ezras Hashem, it’ll be the same for you.
    Wishing you & your daughter much luck :)

  12. Dear Sarah,
    I’m so sorry that life has been so hard for you. I wish you only the best in your future endeavors. If you ever need to take a break and want to come to Chicago you have a place to stay with a decent bed and food :-)

    Sharon

  13. Prag says:

    Looks easier than I ever thought, thanks for the great pictures, they’re a big help.

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