Another thing I decided to do during my time in NYC was to learn how to make pasta. I have a pasta roller and haven't actually used it yet. I have to admit I was a little worried I might be put off by an early failure so thought a cooking class was a great way to be able to learn what the dough was supposed to feel like during the process.
I found Sur La Table online. I have been in their stores before to buy gadgets but hadn't noticed the cooking classes before. They have a full calendar of classes all throughout the day and lots of locations around the US. There was a pasta making class at the Hells Kitchen branch during my second week in NYC so I signed up.
There were only 5 of us in the class and it was very hands-on so we shared out the tasks of chopping vegetables, cooking meat, making pesto and all had lots of practice rolling the pasta. We made loads of pasta, all flat noodles, and three sauces.
The teacher - Lynn - was very patient, answering all our questions, and stepping to help out just before things started to go a bit wrong !!
The best bit of all was getting to eat the fruits of our labour.. fresh pasta is truly amazing and well worth the effort.
I was surprised as how easy it is to make pasta but I know that if I had not done the class I would not of got the texture of the dough right. It needs to be much tougher before the rolling stage than I imagined. I can't wait to get home and get my machine out and give it a try now.
The class costs $69 normally, but luckily I was there when they had a sale so I only paid $33 AND you also get a 10% discount voucher to use in their shop after the class. Its a great way to spend a few hours in NYC and learn a new kitchen skill.
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