I'm back, baby! And while I was in the depths of invitation hell, there was one thing I kept dreaming of. One thing that gave me a reason to press on. One thing that would make it all worthwhile.
As soon as I saw this two rounds ago I knew I had to try it. But in two weeks there hasn't been a single moment to spare. I vowed that as soon as I was finished the order I would treat myself to an afternoon in the kitchen making some puffy potato pillows of my own.
A quick trip to the nearby garden stand & produce market and I had all the fixins.
Using local potatoes, flour and eggs, I followed Cheryl's tutorial. Since I don't have a ricer I borrowed a hint from Smitten Kitchen and used a grater. Made a tomato sauce from local tomatoes, onions, garlic & basil. Made a salad from the buttery-est lettuce I've ever tasted. Sauteed a gargantuan, just-picked zucchini.
I really enjoyed working with (and photographing!) these fresh-as-can-be onions.
I was praying hard as I kneaded my gnocchi dough. I'd craved it for so long I didn't think I could bear a failure! So I boiled the first batch, added it to the sauce, and steadied myself for the taste test.
Nothing less than phenomenal. Totally worth the wait. Thank you, Cheryl!
Dining al fresco, in my favourite local ristorante.