A Step by Step Guide To Making Gnocchi At Home

15 May 2020

As we're currently not allowed to visit our favourite restaurants, I've been making an effort to cook 'restaurant style' meals at home, and using this extra time to make everything from scratch. I have some cook books published by my favourite restaurants {This one from Polpo and this one from Dishoom are my faves!} and they've been great for recreating the restaurant experience at home, but I've also been learning how to make some of the ingredients from scratch instead of just purchasing them in a bag {yes I am the typical millennial in lockdown caring for my Sourdough starter 😅}. I posted this 'how to' on my Instagram Stories the other day and the response was so great that I thought I'd also pop it up on here for future reference!

To make gnocchi, you simply need 500g potatoes with the skins on, 130g 00 flour although I'm sure plain flour also works, and 1 egg...so it's a great recipe to make when you have limited supplies.

The first thing you'll need to do is boil your 500g of potatoes (any kind work) until they're just cooked, they should be soft all the way through. Then drain the water and leave the potatoes to cool, when they're cool enough to handle peel off the skin and leave to cool completely. Cooking the potatoes with their skins on mean that they keep more of their flavour which will make your gnocchi even more delicious! 

Once your potatoes are cooled, you want to grate them and make a 'well' in your mixing bowl. Then crack your egg into the well and mix together until you have a wet mixture. 

Add your 00 pasta flour to the mixture and knead until you have a dough, you may need more than 130g if your dough is particularly wet, as it should be dry enough to not stick to a surface. 

Once you have your dough formed, place the ball onto a floured surface and cut into quarters. Roll out each quarter into a sausage shape using your hands. The sausage should be around 1cm in diameter and then cut into 1cm pieces that look like little parcels. 

To add grooves to your gnocchi, roll each piece along a butter curler {if you don't have one of these then a fork also works!}. Adding grooves means that the gnocchi will hold the sauce better and be more flavoursome. 

When your gnocchi looks like this, it's ready to be cooked! Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and pop your gnocchi into the pan. When the gnocchi floats, it means its cooked and is ready to be transferred to your sauce! My favourite sauce recipe for this is tomato and mascarpone, topped with shavings of pecorino cheese...I'll also pop my sauce recipe below for anyone interested.

To make the tomato and mascarpone sauce you'll need 1 can tinned tomatoes, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and 250ml vegetable stock, 1 teaspoon dried basil {or fresh if you have it} and 150g mascarpone cheese. Simply put all of the ingredients into a pan apart from the mascarpone, bring to the boil and simmer for 15 mins, then stir in the mascarpone until it's melted and you're good to go!

I hope you liked this recipe and the step by step photos were helpful! Please do let me know in the comments if you've tried this yourself or if you'd like to see more recipes on here! 

xo Becky

Lockdown Beauty Favourites

It's safe to say my lockdown beauty regime has been a little different to normal. Before the country went into lockdown I came to my parents house so I could make use of the outside space and of course, the dogs company! However, I {perhaps naively} didn't realise that I'd be here for 10+ weeks so I've been a little low on skincare and have had to purchase a few bits and bobs. Today I thought I'd share the bits that have really stood out for me while I've been trying to combat a number of new skin and hair issues that the lockdown lifestyle has thrown at me...there won't be any makeup today as honestly, I've only been wearing it once a week for a trip to the supermarket {otherwise known as the social event of the season 😝}. 

Darphin 8-flower Oil Cream Moisturiser - Here. 

When I first came home my skin was horrendously dry, something I've never really had to deal with being an oily skinned girl for my entire life, so I actually pinched this one from my Mum who thought it might help. The cream is quite thick in texture so I mix a little in with some facial oil {at the moment I'm using the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Oil} to make it apply a little easier and to also make the cream last longer as it's quite pricey for someone who can't work right now! This was a game changer for me though, instead of waking up in the morning with skin so dry it was sore, it was plump and felt fresh, so I've been using it a few times a week for the whole of lockdown.

Olaplex Hair Perfector No3 - Here.

I've had Olaplex in my haircare stash for a while now, but being the lazy person that I am, I rarely used it because it meant I had to leave it on for 20 mins before a shower and I was always busy doing something. So I've been using all of my free time to take a little better care of my hair. I gave my hair a little DIY chop and cut about 4 inches of dead ends off and have been religiously using Olaplex to get it into the best condition I can. Instead of the 20 mins I used to leave it on for, I've been leaving it on all day and washing it off in the evening, and my hair is definitely thanking me for it - it's so much healthier and thicker now and hopefully it will continue on in that way as it grows!

Antipodes Aura Mask - Here.

Like I said, when I first came home my skin broke out in the worst break out I've had in years, it was sore, red and just all around annoying. I have so many masks at home which I know would have banished it but I didn't want to purchase something I knew I already owned, so after a few recommendations I decided to try the Aura mask from Antipodes and I've been pleasantly surprised. The Aura mask contains Manuka Honey which is known for its blemish fighting properties and also hydrates your skin at the same time, so it was perfect for my spotty, dry skin. It also has a really calming scent so its perfect for a lockdown pamper evening!

Jo Malone Vitamin E Hand Cream - Here.

With all of the extra hand washing, my hands have been so sore and sometimes cracked which was obviously quite painful. To combat this I've been road testing a few hand creams and the Jo Malone Vitamin E Cream has been the best out of them all. It's thick so its perfect for really dry hands, and its not heavily scented so it won't interfere with your perfume. My hands are now lovely and soft and really that's all you can ask for with all of this hand washing! It is quite expensive {as with everything from Jo Malone} but the cream, although thick, spreads really well on your hands so you only need a tiny bit meaning the tube lasts a very long time. 

xo Becky

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