18 Sep 2017

Our time in Italy (2) Making gnocchi

Our granddaughter wanted to make some gnocchi with my husband for the last evening meal before she and the rest of the family went home.  It's quite an enjoyable process making the dough combining the mashed potato with the special 00 flour, but the right combination is needed so that the pieces of gnocchi are not heavy. 



The dough is rolled into long strips before being cut into small pieces.



An indentation is made in each piece which means that some of the tomato sauce
fills it.

The pieces of gnocchi do not take long to cook in salted boiling water.  When they rise to the surface they're cooked, are drained and then ready to dish out. Our daughter made two types of tomato sauce, one meatless and one with stewing beef.


This last weekend has been quite an emotional one for many students who are going to university for the first time.  It was also our granddaughter's birthday and as well as celebrating her birthday Mr P and I, together with our daughter,  loaded up our two cars with our granddaughter's belongings and went with her to settle her into her new Halls of Residence in a gated complex of modern apartments near her university.  She's now over two hours away by car, but she did well in her exams and got her first choice of university where she'll be studying for a degree in Psychology.  We're a close family so we shall miss one another, but we're pleased for her that her hard work has brought her to this new phase of her life. We're sure she'll settle in her new surroundings in a different city and hopefully enjoy her studies.   

I'm still having problems with my internet connection.  The connection keeps going on an off and it's been like it for nearly a week.  My internet provider has said that the problem should be completely resolved today. I'm doubtful, but in the meantime I'm writing and posting when I can.  Thank you in advance for your interest, for visiting and for leaving comments.  I'm moderating comments so they won't appear straight away when I can't access Blogger if the connection goes off again.  I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

As always, wishing you a good day!

20 comments:

  1. I like gnocchi, but like ravioli I never have any luck making them at home.

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    1. Making gnocchi is quite tricky because it depends on what variety of potato is used. It's something we don't make or eat very often, but our children used to make them with their Italian Nonna when on holiday in Italy and the grandchildren also want to know how to make Italian food and have fun in the kitchen.

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  2. That looks like a fun activity to do with someone who knows what he's doing. Love it and it looks delicious. Hope your internet issues are resolved soon. All the best to your granddaughter.

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    1. My husband is a good cook and the grandchildren all enjoy his food especially Italian recipes. I'm hoping that the engineers have sorted out the problem as the internet has been working most of the day. So far so good. Thank you for your best wishes for our granddaughter's time at university.

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  3. Good luck to your granddaughter. Going to university is a big step for them and for us but I'm sure she'll settle in no time and she'll have a wonderful time.

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    1. Thank you Jo. Our granddaughter has been looking forward to getting down to more study. It's an exciting time and there's also a new city to explore.

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  4. Yum, how nice to have a couple of experts in the house. I hope your granddaughter soon settles in and has a wonderful time.

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    1. Thankfully several of the grandchildren are interested in cooking so we can sit back sometimes and enjoy what they cook for us! Thanks for the good wishes for our granddaughter's time at uni.

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  5. Wishing your granddaughter all the best in her studies. I did enjoy the cooking! So that's how you make it.xxx

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    1. Thank you Dina and also glad you enjoyed seeing how we make gnocchi in our family.

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  6. Your Grandaughter's gnocchi looks delicious! Her new flat mates will make use of her wonderful cooking skills.
    Have a lovely day Linda :)

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    1. Thank you Prunella Pepperpot! Our loss here will be her flat mates' gain as she's a good cook! Happy day to you too!

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  7. Something that I would love to learn how to make, he made it look so easy but I am sure it isn't. Hope all goes well with your Grandaughter.

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  8. Our children and older grandchildren have fond memories of helping my late MiL make pasta dough and bread. We've tried to carry on this tradition and thankfully the grandchildren enjoy cooking. (We have one grandson who is a professional chef still learning his trade). Thank you for the good wishes as our granddaughter starts her university course.

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  9. This looks like such a wonderful day spent with your lovely granddaughter. I've never attempted gnocchi and I can imagine it is absolutely delicious, especially made with such love. An exciting new chapter for your granddaughter, but yes, it's always bittersweet to see them grow up before your eyes. Now your reunions will be filled with happy catching up! Wishing her all the best! xx Karen

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  10. The recent Italian holiday created some lovely memories. Now back home in the UK it was good to see our granddaughter's new accommodation, the city and the university where she'll study. She'll be back home for the Christmas vacation - something for all of us to look forward to. Thank you for your best wishes Karen.

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  11. I need to try to make some gnocchi one of these days! Best wishes to your granddaughter - kudos to her for the high marks that allowed her to go where she wanted!

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    1. Do have a go Lisa! Thank you for your kind comments regarding our granddaughter's exam success. Way to go for her, but we understand she has settled in well already and is making friends so that's good to know.

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  12. If I were nearby I would have wanted that gnocchi lesson too. That sounds so delicious. Best wishes to your granddaughter in her new adventures in school.

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    1. It would be fun doing some cooking together Marilyn. I wish you lived nearer! Thank you for your good wishes for our granddaughter's time at university.

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