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Gnocchi with courgette and gorgonzola

14 Oct

Gnocchi with courgettes and gorgonzola


For the gnocchi (from La Cucina Italiana):

  • 2½ pounds baking potatoes, scrubbed and unpeeled
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour, plus extra
  • Salt
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons Grana Padano, grated

For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin  olive oil
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 3 courgettes, thinly sliced
  • Salt
  • 9 ounces Gorgonzola cheese
  • Freshly ground pepper



I used this recipe to make the gnocchi. Make the gnocchi according to instructions.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil to cook the gnocchi.  This will take about 3 minutes – they’re ready once they float to the top.

In a large pot, warm the olive oil and add the shallots, and the courgettes. Cook for 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the Gorgonzola to the pan and once it’s melted add the cooked gnocchi. Let the ingredients combine for 1-2 minutes and then serve. Enjoy!



Pasta with courgettes and carrots in creamy sauce

8 Oct


I came up with this recipe trying to decide what to do with some courgettes that I bought on impulse when ordering groceries from Waitrose. I’d never cooked anything with courgettes before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The outcome exceeded my expectations, so I’m sharing the recipe with you.



300g pasta (any kind of pasta will do. I used wholewheat penne)

3 medium sized courgettes – thinly sliced

3 carrots

a small onion

25g of butter

150ml dry white wine

60g of single cream (can be replaced with milk for a lighter sauce)

50g parmesan

50g cheddar or edam



Cut the vegetables in thin slices. Cook the pasta according to package instructions and drain.

Preheat the over at 195-200 degrees.

Melt the butter over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and courgettes.  Add the wine and lower the heat. Occasionally stir. Cook for about 30 minutes. Cooking time depends on how thin the slices are.

Add the cream (or milk) and keep stirring for 2-3 minutes.Return the pasta to the pan and heat throgh. Let the mix combine for a few minutes and then move to oven dish. Sprinkle with the cheese and put the dish in the over. Leave it for 10-15 minutes until the cheese on top is brown. Enjoy!

Dinner with International Friends: Curries & Pudding!

14 Dec

A friend from Singapore invited me and a few friends for dinner tonight. The food and the company were great. Even though I was very tired from running experiments all day I had a really good time. Since I moved to the UK I rarely get the chance to have proper homemade dinner with friends.

We had 4 different dishes served with rice. Two chicken based curries, a dhal curry, and a tomato-onion side dish. I was very surprised by the last one. Tomatoes in England taste terrible, or to be more precise, have no taste at all! This dish, however, was extremely tasty! My friend said that the secret is in the onions that should be cooked in really low heat for a long period of time. And here’s a pic of the food:



Lovely colours!

The dessert was a bread and butter pudding, a traditional british recipe. I’ve never heard of it before and I didn’t expect to like it as it has raisins. I rarely enjoy food with raisins as I find their texture disgusting. The pudding served with ice cream was delicious though! I might try making it at home soon. The recipe looks easy and simple. It smells great too!

Here’s a bad pic of the pudding:

bread and butter pudding

bread and butter pudding