Monday, May 16, 2011

switch off sunday

I don't imagine our family are alone in spending too much time online or in front of the TV.  We have a computer in our kitchen which is awesome and awful at the same time.  I usually have it on and check my email and blog reader several times a day, and it's so handy to look things up.

Anyway I'm quite aware that it's not good role modelling or parenting.  We don't let the boys use it except for Skyping the rellies, but they see us on it constantly.

Yesterday we switched it off for the day and it felt really good.  We spent the morning at the zoo and biking around Western Springs, had some quiet time after lunch before launching into a bit of baking and pasta making.

 B and 2 made pasta using our old faithful cookbook (Jamie Oliver's The Naked Chef  - a wedding present) with 6 eggs and approx 500g of flour.  The recipe said five eggs but they were a little on the small side.

 Into the mixer they went and soon we had some crumbly sticky dough. 

Kneading was a shared job but mainly needed DaddyB's strength.  Then they rolled it through our (bargain) machine and put it through the cutters.  We had delicious fresh pasta for tea and there was heaps left which we hung over a string in the kitchen and it was dry by this morning.  So we've got home made pasta in the pantry now, so satisfying.


  1. Auntie Anna9:14 PM

    Yum that looks amazing. I've always wanted to make my own.Love the Switch off Sunday idea. xoxoxoxoxo

  2. I'm loving the idea of a switch off day. I had been toying with the idea of Buy Nothing Sundays. We spend so much of the week and so much money "just getting something" from the shop. However, seeing the kitchen aid and pasta maker come in so handy, maybe I will have to rethink the buy nothing day.

    I'm also pleased to see that kids grow out of gouging gingerbread men's eyes and move onto better culinary pursuits.

  3. Amazing photos as always and incredible looking pasta! Bravo! I'm in AWE!

  4. That is all awesome and very inspiring. Love the switch of Sunday but am not sure if we are brave enough to try it :)

  5. I think adults can do a lot of things kids can't do, and the kids don't think anything of it. The only exception is when you've made rules about it. Not like you're saying don't smoke when you are older and you are smoking.

  6. Yeah Chante you're right. I think my main issue with it is that when I'm connected online, I'm less connected in real life to the people that need it most.

  7. Grandpa12:20 PM

    Is that No 1 riding his bike without trainer wheels ?. Spending time with your kids is the best investment you can make - you guys are doing a great job
    L & C Grandpa xxooxx

  8. awesome that you made pasta !! i still don't have a pasta machine maybe I'll check out KMart since it worked so well for you.... I love my boys in the kitchen :)

  9. Thanks Grandpa. Yes that is big bro without trainer wheels. It's still a work in progress, he managed twenty unsupported pedals which is his best yet. Still a lot of anxiety and tears though. We'll get him there.

  10. Wow! What a cool blog you have! Will have to spend more time looking around here. Such a great switch off Sunday. Love those kinds of days. & have been craving making pasta recently... mmm...


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