Friday, 10 February 2012
Oh, I am having such a lazy day today. It's gloomy and dull and I hardly slept a wink at all last night . . . it's a low energy day for me . . . a kind of blah day.
There is no rest for the wicked though . . . because I have had to get things ready for our church ladies group activity tonight (muffins, valentines rice krispie treats and bits and bites) . . . but alas . . . all that work has left me with little or no energy for cooking a big meal. It will be all I can do to just get through the rest of the day.
Spying a package of fresh potato gnocchi in the refrigerator though . . . I wondered if there would be something that I could do with them. I took a boo on Tastespotting at the scrummy food pics on there, but there was nothing that
a. struck my fancy
b. I had all the ingredients to make . . . or
c. had enough energy to execute.
And then I remembered one of our favourite suppers, Posh Eggs, Chips and Beans!!! I was inspired to use the gnocchi just like potatoes. In fact this was even easier than using potatoes, and a lot quicker too . . .
And so so so tasty! Puffy little potato gnocchi, gilded until golden brown in a mixture of olive oil and butter infused with sage and garlic . . . two fresh organic free range eggs broken over top and fried until the edges of the eggs are crisp, the golden yolks still runny and just waiting for your fork to dip one of those little gilded gnocchi in . . .
I have little or no resistance when I am very tired. I could just as easily be chowing down on chocolates and potato chips . . . I figure this is the lesser of most evils! a light dusting of freshly grated Parmesan completely the picture quite nicely, thanks . . .
Todd didn't complain about it being pasta either . . . I told him they were potato dumplings, which . . . they kinda are, right? In any case he loved them!
*Sauteed Potato Gnocchi with Egg*
This makes a hearty, quick and simple supper for two. A variation on my regular posh egg and chips recipe.
500g of refrigerated potato Gnocchi (a generous 1 pound)
2 TBS good quality olive oil
1 TBS butter
2 fat cloves of garlic, peeled and bruised and left whole
3 springs of fresh sage
2 large free range eggs, at room temperature preferably
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Finely grated Parmesan Cheese (grate it yourself, preferably)
Put a pot of lightly salted water on to boil. Place the olive oil and butter in a large nonstick skillet along with the garlic and sage. Heat gently while you cook the gnocchi.
Cook the Gnocchi according to the package directions. Once they are done and float to the surface, scoop out with a slotted spoon and drop into the infused and heated oil/butter mixture. Turn the heat up and cook, stirring occasionally until they begin to turn golden brown and the sage leaves crisp up. If the garlic looks like it is going to burn, lift it out and place on top of some of the gnocchi. Make two hollows in the bed of gnocchi and drop an egg into each.
Cover with a lid and cook over medium low heat, just until the whites are set. Season to taste with some sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve at once, divided in half and placed onto heated plates. Sprinkle some cheese on each serving. The gnocchi is delicious dipped into the egg yolks.
Over in The Cottage today, Fish Stick Taco Dogs.