This week I will be posting about a few new experiences relating to my Perfect Pasta Project. I attempted the dreaded ravioli, I checked out a couple of new video editing apps, and explored some recipe storage apps to try and find some technology to help me get organized in the kitchen. Some of these experiences were great while others were less successful. Find out more while you read my blog.
I was challenged this week to explore and learn about some new apps while documenting my learning project. I decided to try out a new video editing app, so far I have used iMovie and Splice. The iMovie app is definitely in my comfort zone as it is already on my apple device and it is simple to use. It is the video editing app that I used for my Rolling Egg Dough Pasta learning project blog. The only problem that I have had with using iMovie is that if I do not take the recording from far enough back it crops the screen so that the top of my head gets cut off. I now know to put my phone far enough back so that the frame is bigger.
For my Hand Shaped Pasta blog post I used the video editor Splice, It has a free app version that you can download and choose the way you want your video cropped, so no more heads are cut off. The only problem that I had with this app is that once I tried to save the video I could not because I had added features to my video that were not included in the free version. I was disappointed because it let me add them and then I could not save them. So I took out the music and the special effects and I was able to save my video.
I was set on going back to iMovie but then I found InShot. This free app is similar to the iMovie app but it gives you more options for sounds and effects. You can also use it to make picture collages and edit pictures. I was also able to add multiple sound tracks and change the music part way through, splice it and use a different music or sound track. In the screen shots below you will see what the screen looks like as you edit, add text, add music, and add voice over. With this video I also used a picture and a voice over at the end. I liked that I could extend the amount of time the picture was shown to match the amount of time I needed for my voice over. The full video will be included in this blog post when I go over my ravioli making experience.
Ravioli is tricky to say the least. I thought that I was ready give it a try as I felt confident in my ability to make egg dough pasta and rolling it into sheets. I found that the tools that I had were hard to use. I ended up trying a few different methods where I used a press, then just used a knife, and with each ravioli I had to go through and press the edges to make sure they were sealed so that the filling would not come out when they were cooking. I used a few recipes to guide me through the ravioli making experience. I used the egg dough recipe from the Instructables site, as it was the recipe that seemed to turn out the best. Then for the filling I used a combination, I used a food.com recipe that showed four different fillings and one for butternut squash ravioli from the blog, Self-Proclaimed Foodie. I made a butternut squash and ricotta filling with a brown-butter and sage sauce. Next time I will choose just one filling recipe and follow it exactly, trying to concoct my own filling did not turn out so great. As for the pasta, I liked with the taste and texture and I am happy to report that not one of my ravioli came apart in while cooking. Yay! I would say that is a victory. Unfortunately, the over all taste of the ravioli was not that great and think that this was due to the filling. It just did not taste that good and it had a weird texture.
I go through my ravioli making process in the video below using the InShot App to edit.
Here are some process photos of my ravioli making experience.
I Found one other app this week that I wanted to share on my learning project blog. It is called Recipe Keeper. I decided to find an app that I can automatically save recipes from websites. It can also make notes, add grocery lists, add photos, and many other things that I have not yet discovered. So far I am still using the free version which has a limit of how many recipes you can store. I thought that this would come in handy for this project as I am constantly finding recipes for fresh pasta and needed a place to store them. Below are some screen shots of this app.
I hope that this post inspires you to try a new app, try a new recipe, or at least stay tuned for my next learning project blog post where I will be attempting flavored pasta. If you have any app or recipe suggestions please feel free to let me know in my comments.
“This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!”
― Julia Child, My Life in France (quote retrieved from Goodreads.com see link)