We didn’t go to all the trouble that the man in the movie did, to make the noodles, but we did make them ourselves. It turned out to be very easy and very very fun. Not as easy as opening a cardboard box of dried noodles, but much more delicious. We’ll be making more noodles, soon. And different shapes, too. Watch out!
Here’s Culture’s beautiful I’m Alone in the Wilderness.
3/4 cup semolina flour
1 1/4 cup (plus a bit) white flour
1 t salt
2 T olive oil
Combine the flours. Make a well in the center and crack in the eggs and measure in the olive oil. Mix everything together, adding just enough water to make it into a workable dough. (I think I used about 1/4 cup) Knead on a lightly floured surface for about five minutes, till it’s lovely and soft and smooth. Wrap in plastic or cover with a damp cloth and set aside for about 15 minutes. Break into three balls. Roll each piece (one at a time) as thin as you can make it. I think I might have gotten to about 1/16th inch. You want it to be fairly even. It will become almost transparent. At this point you can cut it into whatever shape you like. I used a pizza wheel to cut long noodles that were about 1/8th inch wide. But, to be honest, they were anything but neat and uniform, until I asked David to take over. Set the noodles aside while you roll out and cut the other pieces of dough. I draped mine over a cutting board. They got kind of tangled, and I worried that they’d stick together in a big clump, but it was fine in the end.
1 T olive oil
2 cloves garlic – minced or smashed
1/2 inch piece of ginger, minced or grated
1 t red pepper flakes (or to taste)
1 t basil
1/3 cup scallions, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
1/4 cup tamari (more to taste)
3 T brown sugar (or raw sugar)
1 T balsamic
1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
Cucumber sliced thinly and hard-boiled eggs, chopped for garnish.
Warm the olive oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium heat. Add the garlic, ginger, basil and pepper flakes, and cook until the garlic starts to brown. Add the scallions, tamari, sugar and balsamic, and cook till it reduces quite a bit and becomes syrupy. Add the black beans. Stir to coat and cook for a few minutes. Add about 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer the sauce till it’s just as thick as you like it. If it gets too dry, you can always add more water.
Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Drop in the pasta, and cook for a few minutes, till it all rises to the top. I think I cooked mine for about 5 minutes all together. Drain and toss with the tamari sauce.
Top with cucumber and hard-boiled egg, if you like. (My sons used their easter eggs!)