Hi there!

I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Gnocchi - Gourmet style

We've had a few visitors lately....and one has stayed for a lot longer than the others. She is most welcome to stay any time......and will probably be moving in with us some time in the future. I have told her she is more than welcome.
I'm talking about my DS20's girlfriend 'K'. K was here for his birthday and has to return home on the weekend to rejoin her family. She loves cooking when at home....and while her mother is pregnant, both her younger sister and herself are the main cooks for the family.
My DS20 and his girlfriend K 
While staying with us, K has mentioned several times how she loves to make Gnocchi. On talking more, I realised that she makes it by buying it from the store in packets, which is great, but I had a surprise for her......together, we would have a go at making it from scratch!

K found a recipe here....and I already had some leftovers from a gravy and a lavish tomato based sauce used to make Chicken Parmigiana one night. We'd use these to make up a sauce for the Gnocchi...so it was all systems go....

With her love of Gnocchi making...I new she would like the Gnocchi board I found earlier in the week at a new kitchen shop I discovered...but it wouldn't be at home that she used it for the first time......
You will see them in the photos.....(Well, I had to buy myself one too...lol)

Together we made a double batch of the Potato Gnocchi using 2kg of Potatoes.

 Here is all the Gnocchi we made. 

To boil the Gnocchi in batches it was best to transfer each batch onto a small dinner plate to drop them into the boiling water.....by the time you had the next batch on the dinner plate....the ones you dropped into the water were beginning to float...It's just that quick.....So have your pan of sauce ready to drop the cooked gnocchi straight in.

After folding the two together, grate some cheese into the Gnocchi and Sauce......We used grated Tasty cheese, as we already had this cheese in the fridge....No point buying the fancy stuff...lol

Ooooh Lah Lahhhhhhh...Gourmet Gnocchi....
light and fluffy
This would cost a fortune in a restaurant! 
We served 6 adults....and there's enough to go
in the freezer for another meal.

Will I be making it again?
You betcha!
Special thanks to K for giving me the inspiration to have a go at something new!


  1. Your cooking looks so good! love,andrea

  2. Thanks for sharing! I have recently been thinking about making it, now I'll definitely have to give it a try. I wonder if I can find the board here in town...

  3. Such a sweet story :) I hope you and K. share a lot of moments like this in the future! I've never tasted gnocchi, but they sure look delicious.

  4. Its so simple to make pasta and gnocchi just a bit of time thats all, and so cheap too. I hope K keeps up with the home made, never know what preservatives are in packaged stuff

  5. Love, love, love home made gnocchi!

  6. h that looks like supreme comfort food :) Good for you - building a relationship with your future Daughter In Law through a fun activity together - such a lovely thing to do. :)

  7. That gnocchi looks wonderful and has inspired me to make some!! Thanks Nelly Mary!!

  8. will have to put this on my to do one day list! They look so yummy!

  9. I love gnocchi.... My kids all eat and like it also. So, that is a plus. I always do an extra batch.... Freeze it up. We love to make a chicken and gnocchi soup. I am going to give your recipe link a whirl. Have a great trip.

  10. Thanks everyone....when I get back from Brisbane, I'm going to play around with the gnocchi recipe, and add some herbs and other bits and bobs...I'm thinking of also adding some sweet potato to the mix too....so much potential with this recipe....I can't wait.

  11. Hi Nellymary! My husband and I just discovered Gnocchi a few weeks ago. It was store bought, but as we were eating it we were thinking of how we could make it our self! He will be thrilled when I show him your post!



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