I love freshly made pasta, they taste so much better than the dried ones. So when I saw pasta being made in this shop in Bologna and had to stop and watch.
我很喜歡吃新鮮意粉,覺得它比一般商店買的乾意粉好吃得多。最近在博洛尼亞看到一家店在示範現場做,馬上停下來看。

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When I arrived, there were already a small group of spectators by the shop window. The girl, in fact I'm going to call her PM for pasta maker as I think she deserves a name, had just finished adding her first tray of eggs into the flour, and was starting on the second tray. That's 50 eggs in total!
示範的女生,就叫她做 PM (pasta maker)吧,因為我覺得她很勵害,應該有個名字。我到達店時,她剛加完第一盤雞蛋到麵粉裡,正開始加第二盤。這一共有 50隻!

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Here's the pool of eggs in the flour bath. I loved how the dark yellow yolks were floating inside.
你看,一大盤金黃色的蛋黃在麵粉浴缸裡游泳,多有趣!

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Slowly, PM gathered the flour from the inside of the bath, stirring gently with her hands.
PM慢慢把麵粉撥到雞蛋裡,然後小心翼翼用手去攪拌。

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Then she would flick the flour from the outside into the bath, covering the entire surface with a thin layer of flour. If I didn't tell you, you wouldn't know what's underneath.
之後她把麵粉浴缸外面的麵粉撥到裡面,蓋到蛋上。

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The mixing is getting a bit more vigorous as the egg and flour start to mix together. PM starts to use a fork.
這時候,攪拌動作需要大力一點,還要借用叉子的力量。

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Finally, the dough is starting to come together, PM can break the flour wall and the egg doesn't leak out.
終於麵粉糰開始成形,麵粉浴缸破了雞蛋也不會流出來。

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Now is when the hard work starts. PM is quite petite, probably about the same size as me, but her strength is quite incredible. Despite that, I can tell its still very hard work to knead such a big dough. I later found out it weighs 18kg!!!
這時,辛勞的工作才開始。PM個子比較矮小,但我看她氣力也不小。雖然是這樣,我仍然看的出搓這糰 18公斤的麵糰是很吃力噢!!!

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Then she cuts it into two pieces so it's easier for her to knead it properly. Here's one half, you can see the centre needs a bit more work.
下一步,PM把麵糰切割成兩份,這樣比較容易去搓。你看麵糰中間還要花點功夫。

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After a while, it seems the dough is ready, and she starts to cut it into smaller ball.
然後再把麵糰切成更小。

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Each one is weighed, and it's about 1.5kg. She ends up with 12 balls that's how I know the entire dough weighs 18kg.
每一小麵糰大概有1.5公斤,一共有 12糰。

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And lastly, each little dough needs to be knead again before it is finally wrapped in cling film and rested. In this last stage, I even get a smile from PM for one of my photos.
最後,小麵糰會用保鮮膜包起待用。

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The final end products, are these lovely tortellini and tagliatelle.
製成品就是這些美味的意大利麵和小雲吞。

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This while process took about half an hour and I will always look at hand made pasta with a greater level of appreciation now. Knowing and seeing how your food is made makes it that more special.
我看整個過程大概半個小時,從麵粉和雞蛋到意大利麵,真是覺得這門手藝很了不起。從此,我對手工食物又多一份敬意。

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