c) We can do this without a stove, thanks to our rice steamer. Rice steamers can take a little bit of time to boil the water, but ours, which normally burns the rice, was completely up to the task (thank you Martin Aquino for your step by step enthusiasm in your 2007 blog entry about trying this out).
What we learned:
a) Hand making pasta takes a lot of elbow grease.b) The mortar & pestle is one of the most satisfying pieces of equipment to use. Again.
Also, we ended up getting more official and used our Friday cooking, eating and cleaning together combination to really focus on three work ethics:
Positive Response, Pride of Work & Staying within the Team.
It was delicious and satisfying, and reinforcing these practices is valuable for anyone at any age, including me. Here is a link to the pasta lesson plan since it summarizes many of our efforts and the reasoning behind them.