I hope you all had amazing New Years celebrations. My evening was pretty quiet. I was going to let O stay up but she was getting cranky, so put her early to bed. I had a relaxing night colouring and drinking Rekorderlig.
I was able to finish my only New Years themed picture. I was hoping would be done in time for today. It is from the Japanese Disney Coloring to decorate the four seasons (Boutique Mook no.1255). I used Prismacolor Premier pencils, Mungyo Pastels and gel pens. I was a fun one to do, but after colouring so many Mickey pictures for my Christmas Colouring, I’m excited to start some of my new books. I can’t wait to start Serene, Inklings 1 and 2, the Romantic Country series. If you would like to see more pictures from this book, see my gallery Disney Coloring to decorate the four seasons.
My New Years day was a bigger deal. I made a big lunch for my family, with some of my new Christmas gifts. I used my Kitchen Aid Pasta Roller and Ravioli Roller to make Lasagne and Smoked Salmon and Ricotta Ravioli.
I did a trial of my pasta making attachments the other day, so I knew what to expect. I originally didn’t realise that the Pasta Roller only makes pasta sheets, for lasagne, to use with the Ravioli Roller, or to be cut by hand to make other types of pasta. Kitchen Aid sells the 3 Piece Pasta Roller Attachment, which is for pasta sheets, spaghetti and fettucini. I actually have a little manual machine that does all three-in-one, so I think I would use that when making those long pasta.
I wanted to make a traditional lasagne today, since its such a crowd pleaser. There was nothing healthy about this lasagne except that it was made with real, good quality ingredients.
I first made my pasta sheets with the recommended Kitchen Aid recipe of 4 eggs and 3.5 cups of plain flour. The dough turned out beautiful today. It wasn’t dry and went through the machine really well. I think I left it to rest a little longer today. For my ragu, I used pork and lamb mince, onion, garlic, carrot, passata, sundried tomato, fresh basil, dry herbs and pecorino rind. I also made a bechamel sauce with unsweetened soy milk, flour and pecorino cheese. I layered the pasta sheets, ragu and bechamel with mozzarella cheese. It turned out beautifully. I think it has to be one of my best lasagne yet.
While the lasenge was cooking I used the extra pasta dough to make the ravioli. It was filled with Hot Smoked Salmon and Ricotta and was dressed with asparagus, peas and sage. I won’t give too much away about this one, as I intend on posting up the recipe soon. It was also really delicious and perfectly balanced.
I actually found this New Zealand Hot Smoked King Salmon from Aldi. I was really excited to find New Zealand salmon. I am conscious of not eating any farmed Atlantic salmon and I buy wild Alaskan salmon from Costco. When I was pregnant all the information in books and government websites say to avoid farmed fish for pregnant woman and young children.
I had the opportunity to try New Zealand King Salmon on my short tour of New Zealand and I remember reading it was a really good quality product. It was also the most amazing tasting salmon I had ever tried.
According to Aquaculture New Zealand “In New Zealand, our focussed farming practices, strict bio-security procedures and absence of any native salmon species mean that our King Salmon are raised without need for vaccines or antibiotics. New Zealand farmed salmon are fed food pellets specially formulated for king salmon and contain no steroids or other growth enhancers.”
I originally thought I would have to cook this salmon as it looks quite raw in its packaging. However, once I opened it I realised it was completely cooked through. It still has the skin attached on one side and the chilli and spices on the other side. When I used it previously I just heated it through some pasta and grilled the salmon skin on its own. Octavia and I love salmon skin.
So stay tuned for my Hot Smoked Salmon and Ricotta Ravioli recipe. This will be my first recipe on this blog that isn’t plant-based, but I’m proud of it so it’s going on.
Also a big thank you to Momma M from Your Average Momma, SKS from Exquisite Life and R.K. Sandhu from A Moment with your Book for all nominating me for the Liebster Award! I will be writing a post soon responding to this award and nominating a few of my other favourite blogs.