Wednesday, 28 July 2010

gnocchi business

This photo, quickly snapped by G as I was rolling the gnocchi, helps to explain why my home is never tidy.
On the worktop next to the cooker is a list of jobs I wrote out on Monday and have asked G to do, this should be on the noticeboard.
The white packet contains some chocolate chip cookies I bought for the children as a mid week treat. These should be in the 'treat basket' not on the kitchen side.
I'd finished with the Flora so this should be back in the fridge.
I've left the cupboard door open after getting out the plate I needed.
Washing up left draining and not dried and put away before I start on cooking this evening's meal and start to make even more mess!
A tin of cat food next to the sink. Bought at 4pm and won't be needed until tomorrow morning so why didn't I just put it away as soon as it was bought indoors?!
If I was just a little tidier and more organised as I went along things would be so much easier. Especially as what you see if more or less the extent of my kitchen work space.

But the gnocchi was a success. Tried with a new recipe tonight. Served it with bacon and baby spinach in a soft cheese and garlic sauce.
EDIT... the sauce was 5 rashers of bacon chopped and fried, 100g baby spinach added and wilted for 1 minute. Stir 3tbsp milk into 150g of Philadelphia type soft cheese with added garlic and then add to bacon and spinach. The cooked gnoochi is then stirred in too.
I'm sure Michela is the best person to give us a recipe but the one I use is from a cook book of potato recipes and is 250g cold mashed potato added to 1oz melted butter, 1 cup flour, a good sprinkling of black pepper and half an ounce of parmesan cheese. Roll into balls. Place in a pan of gently simmering water, when they bob up to the top they are done. Couldn't tell you what they taste like as I HATE mashed potato, but G, T and S eat them ok!


  1. We were so seperated at birth!!! I need a small army of "clearer uppers" following in my wake!!! You need to post the recipe for th Gnochi - not just tell us how good it is!! (and Ive never made it, so I would give it a try). xxxx

  2. I've had a packet of Gnochi in my freezer for months now because I don't know what to do with it ..... a recipe would be great!
    My husband is always amazed at how messy the kitchen is when I've been making something ... he always clears up as he goes along. I just can't do that, it's not how I am!
    Love Kathy xxx

  3. I always leave the washing-up to drain too. Well I'm not gonna wash it AND dry it! I tell everyone it's more hygenic than using a tea towel, which it is, and it alleviates any guilty feelings lol. Your dinner sounds yum, except for the bacon bit - I'm a veggie. x

  4. Lisa, this means that you don't like Purèe too?! Such a shame!
    Rolling Gnocchi is extremely difficult, I could spend hours looking at my nan doing it,but there's no hope!
    Bacon & spinach sounds yummy and very innovative..the list of sauces could be endless..tomato sauce and Parmesan (Sorrentina), Bolognese sauce, 4 cheeses, crab and rocket, Gorgonzola and walnuts..or just sautèed with butter and sage.

    (I posted my nan's recipe on my old blog last Autumn, I'll send you an e-mail)

  5. You've completely just inspired me to make my own gnocci, I love gnocci!!

    And that's not mess, that's creativity! ;-)

  6. impressed will give it a go

  7. I love gnocchi! I think it's one of my faves when I'm in Italy! As Michela says they eat it with butter and sage and it's delish, my favourite way to eat it!!!!

  8. Never mind that your kitchen is a wee bit can make gnocchi...I'm impressed!

    Bellaboo ;o)

  9. Sounds just like my kitchen at teatime. i haven't tried making gnocchi, now I have read your post i will give it a try.

  10. Sounds delish! Who cares about a little bit of untidiness in the kitchen, its essential for a homely kitchen lol!

    Shirl x

  11. Ack! This post didn't show up in my RSS inbox until today - what's up with that?!?!?

    Love that photo of you! And yum, gnocchi!


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