Saturday, 3 March 2012

Our girls cook for us

The girls get cooking!

Well, our girls are trying to cook a meal at least once a week for us.  Last August they went all out and did a wonderful evening meal for us.  I was picking saskatoons and Gregg had been at work, so the girls did this all together! We were so happy, thrilled, name it! It truly felt like we had gone out for supper.  So relaxed and so yummy ~ I didn't have to use my compliments wisely.  It was yum yum in the tum.
Our greeting

One of our lovely waitresses/cooks

Gregg added a slice of rye toast to his, just to be difficult  ha ha

A beautifully set table set the mood

Taking his order

Frying the Gnocchi
What is under the lid?

Lookin good

Fresh strawberry water with a minty ice cube
Meatloaf, fresh snap peas and gnocchi
We got to eat with the not-hired help girl...what a cutie!

Finally the cook got to enjoy the fruits of her labors
Head cook was last to eat
Gnocchi (recipe to follow)

We are trying to add more beauty to our home and life..
tasty old fashioned oat cookies
Giggles came with the ice cream

Made my heart shaped cookies into an ice cream sandwich with saskatoons

Wonderful cookbook with out of the ordinary teenage cuisine.  Highly recommend looking in your library for it and give some of the recipes a whirl.
Herb Gnocchi Recipe
Gnocchi (with sage and lemon sauce)
1 3/4 lbs baking potatoes (russet, yukon gold)
2 egg yolks
1 cup flour
pinch of salt
1 tbsp finely diced parsley or sage
1 tbsp snipped chives

1. Preheat oven to 425.  Scrub spuds and pierce with fork.  Bake 1 hour or till soft.
2. Scoop out potato insides and mash until smooth.  Add egg yolks, flour, salt, and herbs.  Knead briefly into a ball of elastic dough.  Divide into 4 logs.  Cover with a cloth.
3. Put one log on a board and roll into until it is about as thick as your thumb.  Cut into 1 inch pieces.  Press each lightly with a fork (our girls liked them better without this step).  Store side by side on a cloth.  Repeat.
4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook gnocchi in batches very gently for 10 minutes.  When they swell a bit, remove with a slotted spoon.
5. To make sauce, melt the butter in a small pan, then add the lemon juice, herbs, and salt.  Pour over the gnocchi.  Or top with tomato sauce or a creamy sauce.  Sprinkle with parmesan.

A little involved at first, but so much cheaper than in the store!  One batch feed our family of 5, but they were not huge servings.  We were satisfied, but loved them so much, we wanted to keep eating.  Girls made no sauce, just used salt and pepper.
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1 comment:

  1. Wow your family is awesome! Am very jealous being the mother of one boy who has just this year left home. Thanks for the chick info, the turkey chicks are $15! Peace


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