Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Daily meals

Some nights it's all I can do to put food on the table -- sometimes going so far as to order takeout or pick up burritos from the very nice people up the street. But I do write a menu every week and try to stick to it. I also like to try new things -- tonight is one example.

I like gnocchi. At restaurants. At home, it's hit or miss. Out of nowhere, I figured I'd give it a try, and was inspired by some pop-up recipe with spinach. So I looked until I found a recipe I really liked. Also I'm trying to clean out the freezers, and we had two half-bags of spinach waiting. Coincidentally, they were exactly the weight specified. Yay!

After I baked the two kilos of Yukon gold potatoes, then riced them, mixed in the cooked and drained spinach and two cups of flour, it looked like this.


Then the dough got rolled out into ropes. It's pretty wet, so we'll see how it goes.


I tried cutting pieces with a knife


But decided that kitchen shears were easier and squished the ropes less.


 After cutting, a quick push with a fork makes groovy places. Apparently, it helps sauce cling.

 

A test run in the afternoon.


They're. . . okay. I think they'll be better with butter, Parmesan, cream, and nutmeg tonight. How could they be worse?


Edited to add -- gnocchi were only okay. Sauce was terrific. Oh well . . .

The other first is this plum torte. Very very easy to make. I can hardly wait to cut into it. I may end up taking it to spinning to share.



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Michelle said...

I hate it when that happens, so much effort and it doesn't come out great. They look good though and it was a good excuse to indulge in butter, cream and cheese. :)

That's the first time I've seen potato and spinach gnocchi, ricotta and spinach seems more typical, at least that's what I've made.

Stefaneener said...

Michelle, thanks. They were gnucky. . . and it's the second time I tried potato. I may have to buy my gnocchi instead.

kristin said...

Your plum torte looks prettier than the one you sourced your recipe from (tee-hee). Oh, I bet that was yummy!