I found this stashed at the back of some kitchen cabinet around late 2012, and Bert has been happily using it ever since, delighted to discover a new interest to add to his culinary repertoire: making his own pasta.
My late father bought it because he had a passion for making epok-epok, which is Malay for curry puffs, deep fried pastries filled with curried potatoes, and sometimes with a quarter of boiled egg too. He used the roller function for that, to make sheets of dough for the pastry shell. I can still visualise him in the kitchen, carefully and lovingly rolling out those sheets, each one over and over again till they are of the thinness he wants. The happy and serene expression of his face as he does this. Chopping up potatoes into little cubes to cook into a thick curry in a big wok, for the filling.
I don’t know how to make curry puffs or my own pasta and as far as I know, none of my siblings do either. I have a feeling he would be pleased and have a good chuckle someone still uses the pasta maker he had bought. That it’s still working just fine and appreciated. Bert has used it to make pasta for ourselves, family and friends many times now.
They had the chance to meet several times before my dad passed away in 1995. I’m glad about that too.
- marcato.it – the Ampia in the market today
- google.com – Images: Ampia pasta maker
- thekitchn.com – Kitchen equipment: Choosing a pasta maker.
Day 43 of ‘100 Happy Days‘.
Happy meter: thankful