With a Toddler!
This afternoon I made pasta for the first time ever (well I did attempt ravioli once upon a time but they were a bit of a failure). Matteo was pretty impressed with the machine and so of course he had to be my assistant. My one fear was that he was going to stick his fingers into the pasta machine as my sister had her finger sliced quite badly in the exact same machine (we are talking 11 stitches!) and so I can only imagine what damage it could have done to a little toddler finger!
He was very enthusiastic and a great help although my kitchen now has a new dusting of flour from one end to the other. Also trying to explain to a three year old the speed that the pasta machine needs to be set only to have him do as he pleases and set it to the highest speed proves that it was a miracle that no one got hurt.
And then there was the predictable toddler dummy-spit when I made fettucine and Not spaghetti as he was expecting…
I was very impressed with how much Matteo ate in the end though as he is a very fussy eater and even more surprised with his skill at twisting the pasta onto his fork. He has obviously observed us much more closely than we realised. The best part was seeing how proud he was of His spaghetti that he had made himself!