Tuesday, March 31, 2009
You Collect Teapots; I Collect Noodle Makers
Some people out there collect things like bears or teapots or dolls. Not I! Oh no, that would be too normal.
It started when I was a child and saw my grandma making her special homemade noodles for holiday dinners. She knew how much I loved them and as I got older, would send a bowl home with me so I wouldn't starve while away at college. :) I always felt so special when she put some in a container just for me because our entire family loved the noodles. She was just showing me she cared since I was away from home and couldn't join in family celebrations all the time.
So, this memory has always been with me, and when I hit 40, for some reason I decided to try to make noodles myself, probably because we finally had a house with enough counter space to do this sort of thing.
I have my trusty KitchenAid Mixer with a dough hook, so I just needed a noodle maker. Grandma cut them with a knife, but I wanted a method that was a little more speedy.
Do you KNOW how expensive noodle makers are? VERY expensive, let me tell you, even just an attachment for my mixer. I decided to go the garage sale route and I FOUND one for a mere five bucks. WOW! Much better than $50 - $100! I happily purchased it.
I looked up noodle recipes.
I found noodle drying racks on eBay and considered a purchase.
I looked at the noodle machine.
I put the machine (still in the box) in a corner of the kitchen.
That was 3 years ago. Let's just say it's dusty now.
Then the noodle craze hit me again. I was at our church rummage sale and there it was. The PERFECT noodle maker! I immediately realized that my problem was that I had THE WRONG KIND OF NOODLE MAKER.
Obviously, this was the answer. I snatched up the new (to me) noodle maker for a whopping $3.
Today I looked up noodle recipes.
My husband laughed when I mentioned I needed a noodle drying rack.
I put the machine on the counter.
That was this past weekend.
So, what do you think? Will I make noodles anytime soon? :) Or, am I just a strange noodle machine collecting woman? Wait. Don't answer that. :)