Archive for March, 2012

Tomato and olive gnocchi

As you might remember, I recently tackled what I long felt was a daunting recipe: homemade gnocchi. I’ve made it three times now and as long as you can summon your patience it is easy to make these beautiful potatoey pillows.

Cooking is a huge source of relaxation to me and this recipe really fits with that. There is lots of meditative prep work to do preparing the dough, an endless array of choices for dressing the gnocchi and the satisfaction of sitting down to something special and handmade.

We had this olive and tomato gnocchi last weekend. We weren’t doing anything special, but it was Saturday and there is more time for cooking. We spent the day painting the main floor of our house (a beautiful robin’s egg blue) and puttering around outside in the garden (finally a warm weekend!). There is a celebratory feeling about both of those things, so I thought it was a good night for a special dinner.

Olives are a wonderful match with a simple tomato sauce, giving it a good zing of salty, tangy flavour.

Tomato and olive gnocchi
Serves 4 (at least)

1 recipe of homemade gnocchi
1 jar homemade tomato sauce
1/2 cup of pitted green olives, coarsely chopped
Grated parmesan, chili flakes and chopped fresh herbs to garnish

Doesn’t that sound easy and delicious? It is! I made the gnocchi from dough I had frozen in the freezer since I made more than we could eat the last time. This works perfectly fine, just defrost the dough thoroughly and use extra flour when you are making the little gnocchis.

March 28, 2012 at 8:42 pm 2 comments

Time for a trip

It is past time for a trip. The last holiday I was on was in September, when we went to Washington and Oregon and enjoyed a week visiting Portland and Seattle, touring the Willamette Valley wine region and lounging seaside. That seems like a million years ago, especially as I watch friends and family heading to sunny climes for a break from winter and the routines of daily life. Hawaii, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, California…they all sound wonderful right now. The spring flowers are here, but it is still chilly and I am restless and ready for a change of scene.

I can’t complain too much; we will be on Vancouver Island in a couple of weeks and after that we’ll spend most of May in Italy and France, so I know my time for travel is coming. But it doesn’t stop me from feeling ready now!

Until then, here is a smattering of arm-chair travel photos in case you’re shivering along with me these days and longing for escape.

March 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm Leave a comment

First day of spring

Today is the first day of spring,  the equinox. The sun crosses over the equator and, according to the smart folks at National Geographic, the day is slightly longer than the night everywhere on earth. What a hopeful thought.  It snowed in Vancouver yesterday and I am still wearing my gloves and winter coat most days, but at least it is starting to look like spring.

I hope the temperature takes a cue from the flowers soon.

March 20, 2012 at 9:38 pm Leave a comment

Primulas

March 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm 1 comment


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