Sundays. My one and only true, full day off. Goodness me, how I love them. Waking up knowing that the day is mine to do with as I please. This particular Sunday, after a walk around the quay and a stop off at March for hot chocolate, was dedicated to lunch making. I had friends coming and I wanted to make something that was special. Something that required a bit of hands-on time to show that I cared. You might remember a few weeks ago I tried my hand at pasta making? Take a peek here if you don’t! Well, this week I thought I might try my hand at making gnocchi from scratch. If I am honest, it was a really simple process and it didn’t take half as long as I had thought and the outcome was dreamy. Little clouds of dumplings coated in a rich, slow-cooked tomato sauce and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese which resulted in my happiness levels rising to 100%. A great dish to share with friends with a little wow factor.
Nick and Harry arrived and out came the antipasti keeping with the Italian theme. The vino rosso was opened and glasses poured to have alongside. Then the big event was served to gentle applause and very kind words. I can’t tell you how relieved I was that all my efforts had worked.
Dessert was kindly made by Harry herself. A wonderful bergamot drizzle cake that I dolloped liberally with thick, unctuous natural yoghurt. What a delight. As if that wasn’t enough, I served two of my favourite cheeses purchased from Country Cheeses in Topsham. Blue Bay, made especially for them and categorically my absolute favourite cheese ever plus some oozing Sharpham Elmhurst. Another firm favourite. We are so lucky to have wonderful local cheeses available to us here in Devon.
Now on to the recipe for gnocchi. Please do give it a try. It’s so much easier than you might think and looks so impressive. Let me know how you get on.