The magic of cooking with fire is that it allows you to slow down and let all your senses interact with the process. You’re forced to be more intimate with the ingredients and the heat source that is transforming them.
Whether you’re watching with hawk eyes for the edges of your rosti to crisp, waiting for the aromas of a freshly charred chilli to infuse in warm oil, pressing the thigh of a saffron-butter-smothered chicken to monitor its progress or listening for just the right amount of sizzle as your crumpet batter is poured into the pan, there is a deep connection to be had with what you are cooking, eating and sharing with others.
If I'm making a small amount of pasta I tend to mix it by hand (or pulse roughly in a food processor, then knead until smooth). Otherwise I use a mixer with a dough hook. For each egg I use roughly 100g flour. I prefer to work with a drier dough: it’s harder to knead and put through a pasta machine, but it’s easier to handle and to dry. This amount serves four very generously.