Monday, January 16, 2012

Everyday Moments: Noodle Making with Grandma

I've been making noodles with my grandma for as long as I can remember.  When we visited my grandparents in the summer we'd always request  a fresh batch, and that always meant that we'd help mix, roll out, and cut the dough by hand.  We didn't mind the work too much because we knew the results would be delicious noodles!  This fall I invited grandma over for a noodle making day.  Actually we made noodles a couple of times! It's important to me that Erin and Hayden have this experience with her, that they learn the passed down art of noodle making.  It's even more important to me that I capture these moments.  When I look back at my childhood, making noodles with grandma and Aunt Susie is one of my most treasured memories.  I wish someone had thought to capture those moments on film for me.

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Noodle making always starts with my great grandmothers tried and true recipe. 

Western Pennsylvania Photographer Butler Clarion Kittanning
Just the right amount of flour is added.

Western Pennsylvania Photographer Butler Clarion Kittanning

Everything is mixed together. 
 Western Pennsylvania Photographer Butler Clarion Kittanning

 Western Pennsylvania Photographer Butler Clarion Kittanning

Western Pennsylvania Photographer Butler Clarion Kittanning

Grandma prefers to mix with her hands rather than a spoon.  She says her hands just work better! 

And then you must knead.....
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knead.....
Western Pennsylvania Photographer Butler Clarion Kittanning

and knead some more!
Western Pennsylvania Photographer Butler Clarion Kittanning

Then you roll them out. There are no photos of this process because I was to busy catching and laying out noodles! 

We lay them out to dry on the same sheet we used when I was a kid. 
Western Pennsylvania Photographer Butler Clarion Kittanning

Western Pennsylvania Photographer Butler Clarion Kittanning

I think we let these dry for about four hours before cooking and eating them! They were just so irresistible!
I have another noodle making day planned for tomorrow! My goal is to can some of the noodles, but we'll see if they last long enough for me to do that!

My favorite part of this noodle making session was Hayden deciding that one of the  rolls of dough was his "baby".  He refused to let us roll it out because he thought it would hurt it.  He carried it around in a bowl for a couple hours and then it was tragically eaten by our dog, Mya. 

What's one of your favorite every day moments?  What memory can you share with your children/family and capture on film for them? 




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