I can remember in one of the first jobs I had as a chef I was given the task of making potato gnocchi. I'd not actually eaten gnocchi before, but I followed the instructions given to me and a little mentoring by the chef. I remember the process of scooping out the flesh from a mountain of baked potatoes, trying not to burn my hands in the process. The dish on the menu was a classic - gnocchi with sage butter and lots of parmesan cheese. Wow, the gnocchi were so light and soft, the dish was so simple.
Buying gnocchi in the supermarket has always led to disappointment - tasteless, rubbery parcels that I think has put many people off the delights of this Italian classic. However, here's the game changer. Our gnocchi are made to the same kitchen recipe that I was shown all those years ago and then frozen. They have not been engineered to sit for months on a shelf. This means that you get great tasting, light and fluffy gnocchi, ready to cook straight from the freezer.
This dish is really simple and quicker to make that the more British version, sausage and mash - no peeling potatoes or making onion gravy. I've used Italian style sausages which are coarser ground for a more meaty flavour, but any good quality sausage will work well. Also, there are plenty of other green vegetables that you can use, brocolli, cavalo nero, chard or spinach would all work well.
Nasi Goreng might sound exotic, but foodies this is one of THE BEST dishes for using up all those random odds and ends lurking in the depths of your fridge - especially if you have some leftover cold rice too. The secret weapon here is kecap manis, it's a wonderfully sweet and savoury Indonesian soy sauce that tastes amazing, it's the perfect seasoning for the rice and brings all the flavours together perfectly.
There are times when a comforting bowl of pasta is all that's needed and I cook this regularly because it's so simple and tasty.It's almost a complete 'store cupboard' meal that you can throw together with minimal fuss. Fusilli pasta is my shape of choice for this dish, using a great quality pasta such as our Armando range, makes a noticeable difference.
In a Japanese ramen bar, the menu is divided into three main categories. This recipe is for a 'Shoyu' (soy) ramen - because soy is used to season the broth. The two other types are Miso ramen, which uses miso as the seasoning and Shio ramen that uses salt. Shoyu ramen is the most popular in Japan and there are loads of variations.
Well well, I appear to have cultivated a cinnamon bun habit...
..& I don’t mind one bit.
We now have a weekly rolling order of 4 cinnamon buns. Fairly often there's only two in the box when we get home though.. Love them with a cup of tea, & as the weather turns we’ve been warming them in the oven - upside down, so that they don’t give up their gooey goodness to the baking tray.