A few nights ago I had a dream...about pasta, more specifically about gnocchi! I have always been fascinated by gnocchi...it's almost like a love affair...soft, delicate, pillowy, flavorful little Italian dumplings made from flour and/or potato.
They seem so simple, and yet so intimidating. I know I don't feel comfortable making them from scratch and I like shortcuts in the kitchen, but my dad...well he is an expert at homemade gnocchi, especially the potato ones. His plump potato dumplings are the perfect comfort food!
While I had a dream about his gnocchi and him thumb pressing into the dough and shaping the little clouds, I opted to buy some pre-made ones and just dump them into the water, wait for them to swim up to the surface and follow this recipe. oh and the recipe, it was divine. As usual in the fauxfoodiegirl tradition, it was simple, delicious, Kiki-approved and fast. Definitely put it on your weekly dinner fewer than 25 minutes list kind of a recipe!
Did you notice I didn't say healthy...well, it uses a lot of butter, and I am not the one to cook with butter, but butter is the essence of this recipe. Oh that brown butter...or shall I call it, my practice in patience! The goal with brown butter is not to let it burn, or really not to let it out of your sight...it's like a two year old, the moment you look away, they get into some kind of trouble. So my advice with making the perfect brown butter is to never look away and just keep whisking! The butter should get all bubbly and you will start seeing little brown bits and you should probably start smelling it too...as soon as that happens take the butter off the heat but continue whisking...hey, I told you not to stop whisking, for at least another 30-40 seconds.... and voila, the most perfect dressing you can add to your gnocchi.
And since it is meatless Monday, I loaded this meal with corn and spring onions, sprinkled with grated parmesan cheese.... Needless to say, Kiki gave it two thumbs up and I promised to bring it back to our weekly menu.
Did you know that cooking on fire in a dream means attaining one's goal or achieving one's purpose. If one sees himself preparing food on fire, and if his food is well cooked in the dream, it means that he will attain success and become famous.
And to see pasta in your dream may represent that you will have funny activities, which make you happy with your friends. ~ ha very true, because my best friend is coming to town this week and I have some really fun things planned for us!!! Including Kiki's late birthday party!
What foods come to you in your dreams?