lasagne.

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The mixture in this lasagne is actually only 1/3 meat. This makes it super, super cheap and also absolutely huge, and it doesn’t compromise any flavour. In fact, this may be the best lasagne I’ve ever tried, let alone made myself.

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new years haul: pasta master.

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Yeah … we were in Farmers today to buy a new bin and we ran across these. I’ve wanted one for the longest time, and being as this was the cheapest I’ve ever seen one ($40 – down from $80) and also cherry red (to match my mixer), and I was having a phenomenally crap day, I decided I needed it.

So, meet the pasta master. Yes, it’s actually called a pasta master. I am so looking forward to trying it out!

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The pasta master all assembled – the handle looks ungainly but it isn’t really. It does need to be out over the bench for rolling though. This is fine as a clamp is included for anchoring it to the surface.

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On the left, we have the cutters – spaghetti and fettucine. On the right, the roller!

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Knob for adjusting the thickness of the pasta dough. From 1-7mm.

Squeeeeee! Watch this space for amazing homemade pasta. Except obviously I won’t show you any homemade pasta until I’m good at it, so it could be a while …

christmas haul.

Tomorrow’s post has no pictures. Not cool. So, this one will have ALL the pictures. Or at least, quite a few.

These are the pretties that my boyfriend and I received for Christmas, or went and bought in the boxing day sales. I love cooking gear. Sue me.

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From my uncle and his lady friend, an oil can! I love this! Isn’t it freaking adorable? Being a poor student, I have filled the can which is clearly marked olio d’oliva with canola oil. I am sure they won’t mind, though. They also gave us some boutique olive oil, presumably to go in it. I shall be using that for dressings!

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12cm ramekins. I’ve been after these for ages. Got 4 for $13 at Farmers – they’re on sale for half price. I wanted them primarily to use for making pot pies, but at the moment they’re in the fridge full of homebrew hummus (which you’ll get to see soon!).

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Unsure what the official title of this gadget is. To me, it is a gnocchi skimmer. Cost $8.49 or something equally ridiculous.

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A new mini-muffin pan. It drives me crazy when making tiny tarts that I can only do 24 at a time. Now I can do 48! Also, this is a Baccarat pan – they are AMAZING. And they come with lovely silicon grippy handles.

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A frilly pie dish! I now have no fewer than three pie dishes. Isn’t it just gorgeous? And it matches my lasagne roaster and my 9cm ramekins. Success.

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