Thursday, January 22, 2009
First Gnocchi and a Little Late W.I.P.
I admit to not getting around to my well intended blog time last night. But - with good reason. I was given the go-ahead to go back to work last night around 4:30. I never thought I would be this excited over the release of an imposed holiday from work. Funny.
But, never late than never - I am sharing my first EVER gnocchi, which I will definitely make again, and again, and again. I want to change the recipe up a bit and play with the different flour options I might/might not have.
I apologize for the steamy picture, but I just couldn't wait for it to cool down - I needed to sink my teeth right into these little potato & pasta pillows. It was surprisingly simple, something you really could whip up on a busy evening. There are tons and tons of recipes out there for gnocchi, many not vegan. So I played around and came up with my own version.
Gotta Have Some Gnocchi
8 potatoes - I saw lots of variety out there: sweet potatoes, russets, yukon gold
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1/4 cup of chickpea flour
Any sauce that you want to make, have on hand or ask a person on the street to borrow - your choice.
Here is what I did:
I boiled some water for the potatoes (next time I might take veganyumyum's advice and roast them to see if I get a different result), and waited for them to get nice and fork friendly. I pulled them out and went over them with a peeler, and then passed them over a grater. Following some net-advice, I let them air dry for about 20 minutes. I added my flours in halves until I had a nice little ball of dough. I separated the ball into 3 smaller balls and rolled each one out into a little cylinder that was about 20 cms long. Next, I cut them all into little gnocchi sized shapes and then imprinted them with my fork prongs.
I added the gnocchi to some salted boiling water and to my surprise, they popped up after about two minutes. I pulled them out, covered them in a quick tomato sauce and made them look pretty with a little basil. K and I both agree that they were yum yum.
I also have to give another well deserved shout to happyveganface! Earlier this week I got up the courage to make my own tortilla shells using her wickedawesomeface recipe. I changed it only by using a 6-grain flour, and adding some chili pepper flakes to the dough (K likes it HOT!). I stuffed the shells with my Sweet Potato and Refried beans, and some guacamole that I did end up getting all over myself whilst blitzing. Who cares - it was num num.
My work in progress.....is my Mobile of World Dominators. Ok, well that is what K refers to it as. He came home while I was finishing off the cat and we both feel that the cat looks suspiciously like a certain tyrannical leader from the 1930-40s - I am not saying who. I am using a great template from a supergreat book that I found in England. Check out this post for more info. I just have to finish the duck and then put it all together....So far (in case you can't tell in the photo) I have a kitty, a whale and a bird. All done in felt with embroidery thread.
Does it count as a work in progress if I have printed off a template and instructions? I was so excited to read Vegan Noodle's post about the amazing, super, dynamic babyshower that she gave her friends. She posted a link to Chickpea Studios, where I found the pattern for a Birthing Quilt. I think this is a great project, and I have already saddled K into taking me to a Belgian quilting shop so that I can buy some material for this wonderful little project.