Sunday, December 5, 2010

Homemade Noodles

My Mom made homemade noodles.  She stewed whole chicken from the market, which she called a stewing hen, for soup and added the noodles.  When she bought a whole chicken for frying, she called it a frying hen.  It was a young adult at the store buying a chicken one time before I realized they were the same thing.  Remember that everyone has things about them that make them unique and special and its a good thing.   

For years, I didn't make homemade noodles until I bought an old cookbook at an antique store and found a recipe for it.  Recipes and food brings back memories and happy feelings.  So why not indulge in this pleasure however you can. 

Homemade noodles
1 beaten egg
2 T. milk
1/2 t. salt
1 c. all purpose flour or whole wheat flour
1/2 t. dry thyme

Combine the ingredient until you get a smooth ball.  Knead with your hands a few times.  This is a sticky and firm dough.  Flour a board and place the ball the board, turning to cover with four.  

With rolling pin, begin to roll as with pie dough, adding any flour that is needed to keep the dough dry and not sticking to things. 

Every couple rolls, rub it with a floury hand and turn it over.  Rub that side also.  Continue roll it as thin you can. 

Cut it in half with a large knife or a pizza cutter. 

Lay one half over the other so that the cut edges line up. 

Cut it again so that there are now 4 pieces. 

Lay one side over the other so that cut edges line up.

Then start slicing and separating the slices.  Sprinkle with flour and cover with a clean kitchen towel.  They are much better if they dry like that for at least 24 hours, but 48 hours is fine or even longer.  Really, the drier the better.  Then add them to your soup when you are ready.

Remember to have family traditions.

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