Dinner with the Kids: The Movie

October 8, 2012

A visit from the nieces on the weekend was great fun, especially because they brought with them a birthday gift for me & Senor of a pasta machine. Rose & I got adventurous and made our own cooking TV show, as well as dinner. Here’s the result – and the rav was excellent!

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/50913394″>Ravioli with Rosie</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user8019348″>Charlotte Wood</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

A few notes: We used two fillings but cooked and served it all mixed. The fillings were a Jamie Oliver ricotta, pine nut & herb one, and a quite delicious sweet potato, amaretti and bacon one from her majesty Marcella Hazan (the recipe is for prosciutto but as we didn’t have any we used cooked bacon instead).

The egg separation method was learned from regular howtoshucker Julie as she sent me this amusing video – but as you can see from our experience, it takes a bit of a knack and more than one egg went astray the other day! Kids absolutely loved trying it though ….

Not long before dinner I rather desperately Googled “how to stop ravioli falling apart” and discovered that some people recommend freezing the finished ravs, so we bunged ours in the freezer for about 20 minutes before cooking on a gentle rolling simmer. We taste tested a couple of times during the cooking; nine minutes was optimal. Next time I think I would dry the ravs for a little while and then freeze them for at least an hour.

And Rosie’s mum Alice made a perfect napoli sauce with capers – you’ll notice that my separation anxiety prevented me from finessing the presentation (!) but a beautiful day and a delicious dinner was had by all.

I highly recommend a ravioli-making session if you have a day to fill with kids – it certainly took most of the day to do, but once we mastered the pasta and got rid of the tears and holes (it didn’t take long) it was lots of fun. Do recommend the ravioli frame thingo though, as I understand they’re more likely to fall apart if you don’t have a way of sealing them very firmly.

I imagine that lots of you are much more experienced pasta / ravioli makers than us – any tips? Things we were doing wrong?

And I wonder if you have done any adventurous cooking with kids lately? Do tell.


  1. Charlotte! This is fantastic. I want Rosie to teach me all her dishes. Sensational. My favourite is that the bottle you used for the egg separation ( a compete revelation to me!) was called Neverfail!

  2. I LOVE this video–Gorgeous!!!!

  3. Wow! Rosie’s a real champion! She made me a bit anxious with that egg separating method, though. Finished dish looks yummy.

  4. Yumm, that is fantastic and looks delicious, I will have to pull down my pasta machine. Charlie and Lucy were fascinated by the egg separating trick and so was I! More Rosie cooking videos. xo

  5. Delightful cooking show. I especially liked the egg separation method. It looks like fun and I can’t wait to try it. My daughter (24) can make pasta and while she has come over to give me a lesson, I didn’t really learn anything. I luxuriated in allowing her to take over the kitchen. She disapproves of the ravioli frames (and our raviolis didn’t fall apart) but I think you can stuff more filling into them with it. She also makes great gnocci and learnt how to make it while living in Italy a couple of years ago.

  6. That was FAB. i’ve always wanted to make my own pasta but just never have. This must be rectified.

  7. We loved the cooking ravioli with Rosie experience. Very confident Rosie…. and they looked yum!,,

    Jack and Janet Goldberg

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  8. It was DELICIOUS!

  9. […] Wood uses her smart phone to make video clips for her food blog posts. For example, she cited a video clip made by herself in one of her posts recently, in which a little girl is demonstrating how to […]

  10. Brilliant work Rosie and cameraperson Charlotte, going to show the family this as soon as I get home.

    John Cheney

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