NewsGnocchi – some really good fast foodBy admin – December 14, 2011 596 Email Linkedin Print Twitter Previous articleWarning issued to jewellersNext articleGrant payment delays forcing students out admin Facebook Advertisement WhatsApp GIVING a hat tip to a fast food theme as it were, this gnocchi dish is really very good and as with most things Italian in nature, it is all down to the sauce and the quality of the produce used. A good potato gnocchi is as much about the potato as anything else. So using a good quality potato, baking it and then shaping them may seem like a lot of work but the end result is simply amazing.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up WHAT TO DO For the gnocchi4 baked potatoes2 eggs150g flourPinch of salt and nutmeg (it works)For the sauce1 punnet of cherry tomatoesfresh basil – it’ll be foreign, but worth itparmesan cheese1 finely diced onion 2 cloves of garlicA light squeeze of tomato pureeOlive oilA little knob of butterWHAT TO DOFirst off, you must bake the potatoes, I find that baking them makes for a better result in my opinion. Also, I will say that there are several very good pre-made options out there and for those of you caught for time, they are perfectly acceptable to offer. Making your own gnocchi is something, like many of the Italian classics, that you must do at least once. Once the potatoes are baked, scoop the white flesh out of the skins and add the eggs and flour to a bowl and combine with the salt and the nutmeg. Shape into a long cylinder and cut them to small bite sized pieces. You can roll them into oblong shapes for that authentic feel and look. They will only take a few minutes to cook so have a pan of salted boiling water ready to cook them as they will only take three minutes to bring back to life. Meantime, get the sauce on by sweating the onion and the garlic in a pan with a little olive oil and butter. Add the cherry tomatoes and a little cup of water with the tomato puree. Some pasatta will suffice also. A sprinkle of sugar is an optional extra if you want to lift the sweetness. Allow that to reduce and let the tomato-ness shine through. Drop the gnocchi into the salted boiling water and once they have floated to the top, remove them and combine with the sauce. Top with some shredded basil and grated parmesan cheese.
Modern meets minimalist.“We built it about four and a half years ago, we bought the land off my in-laws who owned the property next door,” said Mrs Dray.The finished residence, given the moniker ‘The Little Tree House’ by the Drays, is built around its very own magnificent fig tree and features an innovative and stylish design, accentuated by polished timber finishes and flowing living spaces. The 6,474sq m property features polished timber.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agoIt has a master retreat.It features a secluded master retreat, with ‘his and hers’ walk-in robes, a modern ensuite and separate access to the pool. “My favourite feature is definitely the swimming pool area, it’s got the sunken bar and bar stools in the pool itself,” said Mrs Dray.“It has a resort feel and is great for outdoor entertaining.”The couple has decided to list the property, midway through their fifth personal house build in Bonogin. Lot 2/2 Stockyard Crt, Tallebudgera is on the market for offers over $1.299 million.A TREE HOUSE with a swim up bar and flawless finish has been designed to blend in with its surrounds, but it’s a standout on the property market.The sprawling ranch-style retreat with hints of resort living wasn’t the Dray couple’s first rodeo.It was the fourth residence Clint and Alaana Dray of local family building company Creative Homes built for themselves. The couple who built the home favour timber pole designs.“We build all the time for clients, so when we do it for ourselves it’s exciting,” said Mrs Dray, who works in the administration side of the business. The couple, who have two young children, design their clients’ homes and favour timber pole designs that suit the block of land.“We try to have as much of a minimal impact to the site as possible, and design the property to fit in with the natural environment and its surrounds,” Mrs Dray said. This property, situated in the Tallebudgera Park estate and nestled in Hinterland surrounds, nails that brief. It even has its own tree house in the backyard.It’s kitted out with 20 solar panels and a charming tree house and swing, and the timber influences, including a large timber breakfast bar, ensure the tranquillity of the tropical environment flows throughout.The entertainer’s kitchen also features a gas cooktop and butler’s pantry, and overlooks the open plan lounge and dining area, complete with a fire place.There’s also a second living space, suitable for a rumpus room or kid’s play room, and a powder room adds to the three bathrooms on offer.Outside, landscaped lawns sprawl over a quarter of a hectare and border a garden shed, that could be used as a workshop space, and a single carport. The property is close to top Gold Coast schools, shopping and centres, while still maintaining a secluded sanctuary location.
SIR Leon’s Lesson completed a 13-0 drubbing of Brickdam Secondary when action in the Petra Organised Ministry of Public Health/ Milo schools U-18 Football tournament continued at the Ministry of Education ground, Carifesta Avenue,yesterday.Playing the third game of the day, Sir Leon’s Lesson was in a no-nonsense mood with Adrian Aaron slamming four goals in the 3rd, 27th, 32nd and 66th respectively,while Meshach Barratt scored another hat-trick of the tournament with strikes in the 1st, 33rd and 42nd.Individual strikes came from Amonick Muir 6th, Richard Rayside-26th, Shamar Carrington-44th, Dante Yannick-47th, Dexter Blue-64th and an own-goal in the 40th as the side asserted their authority.The opening game of the day featured Queenstown,who got past Christchurch 5-2 with a hat-trick from Jermaine Padmore (54th, 56th and 67th) and single strikes from Daniel Ross (5th) and Shaquan Stephens (30th).Christ Church had Patrick Joseph (21st) and Andre Paul (68th) on target.Game two was a close affair as South Ruimveldt overcame Cummings Lodge 1-0 thanks to Godfrey Weeks (34th)Game four was almost a carbon copy of game two, the score line reading 5-2 in favour of Richard Ishmael over Carmel Secondary.Scoring for the winning team were Shaquille Baptiste (9th and 15th) and Randy Roberts (45th and 47th) and Stefan Duke(18th).Closson McLaren and Sherwin Luke scored in the 21st and 51st respectively for the losers.Matches continue today with North Georgetown playing School of the Nation, Dolphin playing Central High, Maes taking on Tutorial High and Queen’s College going up against St George’s. (Stephan Sookram)