The Glue(-Tin) That Binds
Feb. 27, 2010 5:30 pm
Updated: Mar. 2, 2010 2:34 am
Still flying high from last week’s lovely success, I went into the kitchen again this morning and made what has now become our weekend breakfast:
So, Okay, I cheated by undertaking a project that I have succeeded with before and love to make (and eat), but it maintained my status as Queen of the Lab.
The next dilemma that faced me was what to make for dinner? Aha! Linguine Alfredo
! I still have a couple of pounds of frozen (glutenized) linguine that I cooked up three weeks ago. Fine. Hubby had dinner, but my noodle-craving was unresolved. It’s just a waste of money buying the ready-made Gluten-Free ones. They go gooey and gloppy if they are not eaten in one sitting and they have to be cooked just perfectly, or they’re inedible (with a real nasty after-bite).
Therefore, I figured that, as Queen of the Lab, I could successfully launch (and complete) this week’s challenge of making gluten-free noodles from scratch.
Last week, I bought an All Purpose Baking Flour with the same ingredients as my newly favourite “High-Protein Mix”. So, I found a high-ranking Basic Pasta
recipe, substituted Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose mix for the wheat flour
and launched forth.
When I was up to my elbows in flour, my Beloved sauntered by the kitchen and was overtaken by curiosity. “What’s that?”
“That’s my handy-dandy little noodle maker.” “When did we get that?”
“Oh, about 25 years ago?”
“Really.” (Remember, we’ve been together for only 13 years.) “I thought it was time to try it out.”
Well, that was worth a giggle, but alas and alackl All excitement at experimenting with a new recipe, and the finger- and toe-crossing, and hoping-against-hope for a similar result as last week did not work – but I know what I did wrong. I did not let the noodles dry long enough.
You see, I was hungry, so as soon as the noodles hit the boiling water, the flour started to mix with the water .... Mmmm! Yummy! -- If you like glue.
Even smothered in an Alfredo sauce it tasted as good as it looked. (icky)
Part of being a scientist is knowing what you are doing when you embark on an experiment, and knowing what you did wrong when it fails. And that, my friends, is how I maintain my newly obtained Intermediate rank and Queen of the Lab status (for now)!:D