Eat well = Live Well

Mid Week Madness.

My daughter is in her final year of high school, which translates to “I am in my last year of high school.”  Whatever pain and stress she feels, I feel it too.

I’m a high school teacher so our house is full of books and the conversation rarely strays from what a particular author really meant when he/she wrote blah, blah, blah! Metaphors, symbolism, structuring paragraphs and embedding quotes is the usual after dinner conversation as I don’t allow these conversations to take place at the dinner table.

We all need to have a bit of a laugh and I love it when this happens whilst we eat. No matter how tired I am, dinner is always a priority. This never means spending hours in the kitchen slaving away. It is more than possible to eat good hearty meals without it having to kill you.

I’ve spent a lot of time stocking my pantry and freezer in order to have all the herbs, spices, sauces, meat and packet stuff handy to make cooking after a hard day effortless. Shopping for everything is what takes the biggest effort and as I love shopping for the pantry and freezer, it really isn’t much effort at all.

We love steak and fries in our house and one of the best things I saw Nigella Lawson do was shallow fry gnocchi. Instead of peeling potatoes to go with our steak and salad, frying up gnocchi takes 5 mins and there’s no peeling or cutting potatoes or deep frying involved. Simply open a packet of gnocchi and shallow fry. They are crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Perfect for any night of the week.

It took 10 mins to make this meal for 3 people. It’s a favourite in our house.

There’s no recipe just make your steak and salad as you like it and shallow fry the gnocchi. I add a bit of mayonnaise and mustard and topped it all off with coriander.

*A side note…my friend at work made these and said they popped all over her kitchen like popcorn and she spent the rest of the night cleaning up splattered oil and looking for lost gnocchi. She wasn’t happy with me at all!

We worked out that she used too much oil in a saucepan and used fresh gnocchi straight from the fridge. I used the vacuum sealed packs of gnocchi that can be stored in the pantry and enough oil to coat the bottom of a wide heavy based frying pan. If you are using fresh fridge stored gnocchi make sure they have dried out a little as the moisture in them apparently makes them go nuts when frying!