on reviving the thrifty, self-reliant skills of home as resistance and reinvention, a reimagining of what our future could be like. this small work* is a friend of the appleturnover film, ‘grain mill’, and in particular, of making fresh pasta by hand. the recipe, more of a basic pattern, is included.
what if the practices that make us resilient are also a great pleasure?
the pasta recipe is simply 500 grams flour to 5 eggs, a pinch of salt, a glug of olive oil, an extra yolk for smoothness. we hand-mill, or rather, bicycle-mill, fine whole spelt flour for this. with chickens, ducks and geese, egg dishes are welcome here! we mix with fork or fingers, knead smooth, tuck snugly into a sealed container to rest a while, or chill if we won’t immediately use it.
then we lop a thick slice and wind it through the machine, cut it as needed and hang it over a bamboo stake cut from the garden, then cook it all briefly in boiling, salted water.
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