Are you into homemade pasta?

Written by Lisa Baggio — September 19, 2014

 “Spaghetti can be eaten most successfully if you inhale it like a vacuum cleaner.” 


 Sophia Loren

 

 

FARM VIGANO, & HOME MAKE IT presents…

PASTA 101 - homemade pasta workshop series! 

If you enjoyed our recent Salami 101 and Wine 101 Workshop, you'll be delighted with our Pasta 101 Workshop! Price includes a fabulous lunch of an array of freshly made pasta. This could be the perfect day out for a small group of friends or family..or just one! Either way, it will be an awesome experience at a stunning and unique location. Please click the flyer below for more details and to book your spot.  

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Here are a few photos from our recent Wine 101 Workshop at Farm Vigano. An afternoon spent learning the basics of homemade wine making, wine appreciation and wine tasting. A great way to spend a beautiful Spring afternoon in Melbourne. If you would like to see more highlights from the day, please follow the link to our Facebook Album.  

 

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Have a great weekend!

A culinary match made in heaven...

Written by Lisa Baggio — August 7, 2014

~ Home Make It's night to remember ~

With the salami season all but over, and following on from back to back seasons with the tomato season and wine season, we wanted to thank the awesome team at Home Make It for all their hard work and sharing of knowledge and passion for everything homemade! What better way to thank them, than to share a meal together at the exquisite and historic Grossi Florentino's last Saturday. Our menu for the evening was personally selected by the revered Guy Grossi. You can only imagine the delight by staff when Guy took the time to meet the team during the dinner. Here are some highlights from the evening:-    

Frank sharing his dream with Guy Grossi about Home Make It sharing a meal at Grossi Florentino's…."I had a dream ...."

Our awesome team at Home Make It! Steve, Celeste, Carla, Ilaria, Pina and Elena.  

Our stunning menu, personally selected by Mr Grossi himself! 

It wasn't all social! It was work too! As you can see, the "wine appreciation" component of the evening was well underway!        

 

Here's a little sweet treat for all our foodies out there! The menu really was exquisite!           

The amazing S'FERA AL MANDARINO' - Sugar Ball, Campari Mousse, Mandarin Sorbet, Baba, Saffron Mandarin Composta

The heavenly VALRHONA CHOCOLATE SOUFFLÉ - Malt Ice Cream, Chocolate Sauce, Hazelnut Praline

 

~ Wine 101 ~

Due to the huge popularity of our recent Salami 101 Workshop at the stunning and historic Farm Vigano, we're back with more in our series of 101 Workshops! If you love wine, and it's on your bucket list to learn how to make it, then you'll just love the Wine 101, wine appreciation workshop series. You'll learn the basics to making homemade wine, followed by a wine appreciation and wine tasting session. The wine tasting session will be accompanied by a stunning anitpasto and cheese platter. Book early, as places are limited. Bookings can be made ONLINE or you can contact our Reservoir Store on 9460 2777 or our Clayton Store on 9574 8222.  

 

~ Pasta 101 ~ 

Our 101 series of workshops would not be complete without, Pasta 101 where you will experience a hands-on workshop in the art of homemade pasta, including basic pasta making, shapes and fillings. You'll then get to sit down, relax and enjoy a scrumptious pasta mista lunch and enjoy the atmosphere of Farm Vigano. Book directly ONLINE or contact one of our stores. (Reservoir 9460 2777) or Clayton (9574 8222).

~ Salami 101 ~ 

If you need some inspiration, then check out the video from our recent Salami 101 at Farm Vigano.

 

~ Pizzaiolo Masterclass ~ 

We are thrilled to announce that we will be running a very special Pizza Making Workshop in September which will be facilitated by the internationally renowned savoury Chef and worldwide Executive savoury Chef for Brunitti's, Michele Circhirillo. Participants will experience a hands on workshop by an authentic Italian pizzaiolo to make homemade pizza at home. Participants will also get to take home a batch of their own dough to try at home, as well as end the workshop with a pizza tasting. You can book directly ONLINE  or contact our Reservoir or Clayton store.  

 

~ mEAT your Sausage Makers! ~

  

Mr Bianco's Restaurant in Kew, together with Home Make It and Dal Zotto Wines will be holding a hands-on Sausage Making Masterclass and Dinner on the 25th August, 2014. This will be a unique dinning experience, and accompanied by wine tasting and appreciation by Dal Zotto Wines, where you will also get to meet the winemakers. Book directly ONLINE or call Mr Bianco's on 03 9853 6929.

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Have a fantastic weekend!  

Fall in love with homemade food

Written by Lisa Baggio — February 7, 2014

It’s no secret that here at Home Make It, we have a deep passion for homemade food! Join us in our quest to encourage the return to simple and wholesome living and fall in love with homemade food.

Home Make It has all the tools you will require, as well as the expertise and experience to help you become a homemade cooking king or queen!

So when it comes to showing your love on Valentine's Day, historically by the way, also known as ‘The Feast of Saint Valentine’; what could be better than a delicious homemade dinner? Go ahead and treat your loved ones to something special and get savvy in the kitchen.

Here are some ideas to get you started with planning your romantic dinner for this Valentine's Day, coming up soon on Friday 14th February;

Homemade Heart-Shaped Pizza

How fabulous do heart shaped pizzas look? 

Click here to see a demonstration on how to make the heart-shaped pizza base.

Homemade Heart-Shaped Ravioli 

Fancy trying your hand at homemade heart-shaped ravioli? 

Here’s our very own PASTA RECIPE for ricotta and spinach ravioli for you to try:

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Ravioli pasta dough:

Filled pasta needs a hard dry dough, so no water in the mix and we add egg yolks, leaving out two of the egg whites

250g plain flour

1 whole egg and 2 egg yolks

pinch of salt

slurp of olive oil

The dough mixture will be very dry, wet your hands to help bring it together, but hold back with the water. If you add too much water the dough will be soft which means it will end up too thick around the double edges of your ravioli… too much pasta and not enough filling. So persist with the dryness of the dough it will come together …it will surprise you. But the kneading is tough work.

It is essential to rest this dough for an hour which will allow it to soften up and become much more workable.

When we roll out the pasta dough for filled pasta we go down to the thinnest setting on the pasta machine.

Ravioli Filling:

250g ricotta

1 bunch of spinach - wilted, squeezed dry

Nutmeg - lots, freshly grated

20g Parmesan, grated

Basil - 8 leaves

Salt

Lightly steam the spinach to wilt it the cool and squeeze to dry it as much as possible

Chop spinach and basil well but not too finely…leave some texture.

Stir all ingredients together

Finally:

Layout the pasta sheet over the 10 hole ravioli heart shaped mould, add the filling, then lay the top layer of pasta sheet and use the rolling pin to finish.   

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To make the ravioli filling job easier try using our Imperia Raviolamp Ravioli heart shaped mould, available in-store and online

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Homemade sweets

Here's a great blog, Buttercream Bakehouse that covers several different recipes for homemade sweets this Valentine's Day that you may enjoy!  I personally would love my Valentine to bake me the marbled red velvet cheesecake brownies. One can only dream :)

Homemade gifts

We love these easy homemade Valentine’s day gifts in jars. Try filling jars with your favourite pink and red lollies or homemade biscuits, use some fancy ribbon and quirky note cards to decorate.

Looking for some great Valentine’s Day gift ideas? How about a gift card or voucher to participate in our fun and interactive food and beverage workshops.

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What's on:

Check out some of our upcoming courses:

Hard Cheese Making Course

Feta Cheese Making Course

Advanced Homemade Winemaking Course

 

Top Shelf Boutique Drinks Festival

See our talented Steve Lamberto run a free workshop on 'How Home Make Your Own Beer' at the Top Shelf Boutique Drinks Festival this Sunday 9 February at 12.45pm at the Royal Exhibition Building in the "Drinks Lab". 

 

If you are wanting to spoil your loved one this Valentine's Day, then check out our Specials or Online Store. We have lots of unique gift ideas for "Him" and "Her".  

You can keep up to date with daily news from your Home Make It team by following us on Twitter and Facebook.  

 

Have a great weekend!  And if you are one of the many thousands of families having a homemade Passata Day, enjoy and stay cool...  

 

 

13 Acres Blog - Giveaway

Written by Lisa Baggio — January 24, 2014

We are very proud to get involved with Brenda Pomponio and her family on a newly launched Marcato pasta machine giveaway. The best way to describe what their blog is all about is found on their site -  "Imagine a place, a place where you will find a home. A guy and his gal and their two children seek freedom and peace. The kids are running outside with animals at their feet. There are trees, orchards, chickens and wide open spaces. Nature is all around, inspiring and creating with the seasons helping feed this family. He is tending to the garden whilst she is cooking food they have grown."

We love this outlook on life and look forward to working again with the Pomponio family in the future! 

Check out their blog here and subscribe for a chance to win one of our pasta machines! There's also a special "online discount code" for all her readers/subscribers :)

http://www.13acres.com.au/create/create-home-made-pasta-giveaway/ 

Photography by: Brenda Pomponio

Recipe: Homemade Pasta

Written by Lisa Baggio — October 30, 2013

Homemade Pasta Recipe:

Ingredients

100 grams of “00” flour/per serve (very refined wheat flour)
1 egg at room temperature
Pinch of salt
Slurp of Olive Oil
Extra flour to dust or if required
Water (only if required)

Step 1
Sift the flour and salt together onto a clean work surface. Use your hands to make a well in the center. Place the egg in the well with a slurp of olive oil and use a fork to lightly beat while you gradually blend a little flour into the egg mixture. Working with your fingertips, continue to gradually draw the flour into the center (being careful the egg mixture does not run out of the well) until the mixture forms a dough. To check if the dough is the right consistency, press a clean, dry finger into the center of the dough. If it comes out clean without being sticky, it is the right consistency. If not, knead in a little more flour and test again. If dough seems to dry lightly wet your hands with some water and knead in a little more.

Step 2
Lightly flour the surface if necessary. Firmly knead the dough by using the heel of your hand. Continue kneading the dough for 6-7 minutes or until smooth and elastic. (Kneading is an important part of the pasta-making process by giving it a firm, tender texture). Cover the dough to prevent it from drying either in cling wrap or simply place a bowl over the dough ball. Set aside for 15-20 minutes or longer if required to rest. This helps make the pasta more pliable and easier to roll out.

Step 3
Fasten the pasta machine to the side of a table and adjust the machine's rollers to the widest setting. Cut the dough into smaller pieces and use the palm of your hands or rolling pin to flatten it into a rectangle. Dust the dough with flour and roll the dough portion through. Dust again with flour and repeat on the same setting. Fold in the shorter sides of the dough to meet in the center to form a smaller rectangle and feed through the machine again. Repeat this process 6-8 times or until smooth.

Step 4
Reduce the space between the rollers by 1 notch and roll the dough through as before. Repeat the process. Continue reducing the space between the rollers, one notch at a time, each time the pasta has been passed through.

Step 5
Leave the pasta sheets aside for 10 minutes (depending on the temperature in your kitchen) so it is ready for the chosen cut.

Step 6
To cut the pasta lightly sprinkle flour on the sheet left to rest (to prevent it from sticking to the cutter). Use the pasta cutter to cut your sheet and lay out to dry. You can cook the pasta immediately or store individual portions as loose nests.

Step 7
Cook the fresh pasta in rapidly boiling, salted water. Once it has risen to the surface of the water, cook it another minute and it will be done.

Step 8 
Buon appetito!  

Mangia, Mangia! Eat, Eat!

Written by Lisa Baggio — February 21, 2013

Our friends at Mangia Mangia, Angela and Teresa have written a fantastic book that celebrates Southern Italian Cooking & recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. You'll see some great YouTube footage which beautifully captures the essence of their book. We just love watching them make pasta!  

 

What better way to honour homemade tomato sauce or passata, than eating it with homemade pasta! Once you have eaten homemade pasta, it really is very hard to go back to store bought dried pasta or "fresh pasta" from the supermarket. Well, actually, that's not necessarily true. I don't think there is such a thing as "bad" pasta! Couldn't you just eat pasta 3 times a day, 7 days a week, whether it was dried or fresh? I definitely could! Or is that just me? 


Anyway, back to homemade pasta. Making it at home is a labour of love, but it can also become a family affair, including all the children in the process. It can also give new meaning to Sunday night dinners with the family, when you all come together to share a meal that is made together. It's much lighter and tastier than dried and store-bought pasta, and it cooks faster. It's also more nutritious since no preservatives are added.  

Don't be afraid of the thought of making it yourself. You will get the feel of the dough and you'll get used to how your machine works. With a bit of practice, there are no limits either with what you can do when you get the hang of it. Shapes, colours, flavours and textures.  

One handy tip includes using the right flour! We recommend using "OO" flour.  Letting the dough rest at room temperature for up to half an hour beforehand. And making a well in the centre of the flour for the egg, oil and salt, for mixing the ingredients in preparation of kneading the dough.    

The simplest way to make pasta is with a pasta machine. You can use a manual machine and turn the handle or you can attach to motor to the machine for ease and efficiency.  We have an extensive range of pasta machines and accessories, and something to meet everyone's needs.  

Later in the year we will be running Pasta Making Workshops, from Basic Pasta Making, Shapes Pasta Making and Colours. Our Pasta Making Workshops are hands-on workshops and very social.  You'll get to sample the pasta at the end of the night and take some home to share. Check out some photos on Facebook from our Pasta Courses last year. I'll keep you posted with the new dates.

In the meantime, if you want to get started, here is a great article on the history of Italian pasta making, some great recipes and handy tips.  

 

If you or a family member/friend are serious about learning to make good quality wine at home, then you will love our Advanced Wine Making Workshop.  It runs over 6 nights from March until August and covers all the stages of the wine making process. The normal price is $499.00. Our special offer for you is $350.00 if you mention this email when booking. Places are limited, so don't miss out.  

We also have a couple of places left for our Sausage Making Workshops on the 2nd March, 2013 at both our Clayton and Reservoir stores. 

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates, recipes, events and articles and specials.  

Looking forward to sharing more news from the team at Home Make It.

Have a great weekend...and, all the best for those spending the weekend (like me and my family) making fresh tomato sauce and lots of it :)        

Are you ready for Xmas?

Written by Lisa Baggio — December 14, 2012

Why not book a workshop for your next team building day or special function with family and friends?

The Crew from Italianicious Magazine attend our Pasta Workshop. 

   

  

Check out more pics of this super fun pasta workshop on our Facebook page.  

Our Food and Beverage Workshops have come to an end for 2012.  We will be posting our 2013 schedule of workshops very soon, so stay tuned!  They are becoming very popular for corporate and team building events, as well as special occasions with family and friends, so keep us in mind for 2013!  

 

We have Xmas presents covered

We are very excited to be launching a new product range that is due to arrive before Christmas in kitchenware & accessories for making pasta, pizza, cheese and biscuits.  This range will also include the iconic Bialetti coffee makers. 

If you are still looking for fun and unique XMAS presents for your family and friends, then look no further!  We have a great range of gifts to suit everyone and would be perfect for the food and beverage "hobbyist".  If you still can't decide, then why not give them a Gift Voucher! Check out our Online Store or come visit us at one of our shops. Some ideas include Beer Making Kits, Cheese Making Kits, Pizzelle Makers, Pasta Machines, Sauce Machines, Mouli's, Ricers and much more.

A very large number of our customers are amateur winemakers, with some even making more wine annually than many wineries around Victoria.  If you have been toying with the idea of learning to make your own wine, here is a great article about the benefits and joys of wine-making at home.  "Why Anyone Would Want to Make Wine"

 

Reservoir Village News

Have you signed up for your Reservoir Village VIP Membership Club Card?  We can sign you up when you come in store. Home Make It will be offering a 10% Discount for all VIP Members!  Heaps of retailers in Spring Street and Edwards Street have signed up and offering great discounts, so start saving!  For the most up to date information about participating stores and special offers, follow Reservoir Village on Facebook.

  

Store Opening Hours:  Our stores will be open until 5.00pm on XMAS Eve for any last minute gift shopping, and then re-opening on the 7th January, 2013.

  

For further information on courses, events, competitions & specials, follow us on Facebook and Twitter! 

Have a great week :)  

 

Clayton Reservoir