I’ve been so incredibly busy this afternoon! Since lunch, I mucked out, then came in and got cooking – boy did it take a while! So long in fact that I didn’t have time for an afternoon snack 😦 Anyway, I’ll start with Part I of my meal:
Sweet Potato Gnocchi!
So I saw the idea for this forever ago on Kath’s blog, but never got round to doing it – then I saw it on Kristin’s blog a few days back and decided that was that – I was making some! I followed the recipe Kristin did, which was basically Kath’s recipe…but it consisted of:
- 500g sweet potato
- 1 egg
- approx. 2 cups whole wheat flour
- seasonings, including dried thyme, cinnamon, and garlic (my own additions :))
Boil sweet potato til it’s soft, then peel off the skins (on Kristin’s blog, she has a great tip for how to get the skins off)
Mash the sweet potato with the seasonings:
Add in the egg, and stir it til it’s combined:
Then add in 1/4 cup flour at a time, and mix it in til it’s lot ‘80% of its stickiness’ (Kath!)
Sprinkle flour on a clean surface, turn the dough out and knead it into a nice little ball:
Then divide the ball into 1/4s:
And then into strips. From the strips, you can cut off little gnocchis 🙂
You can either cook them straight away, or do what I did and put them on a baking tray:
And freeze away!
When it came to cooking them, they’re meant to go into boiling water, and after 2 or 3mins, float to the surface:
Mine however, did not want to float! They were boiled for ages, but it didn’t work…meh, what can you do! I just improvised…As Kristin and Kath did before me, I melted 1/2 tbsp butter in a pan, and then added in lots of garlic:
I let it brown a little, then added in the gnocchi, and stir fried them til they were browning:
OK – Before I show the fini product, I’ll re-cap Part II!!
Chinese Lemon Chicken
This came from my 200 Chicken Dishes book, and it was DELICIOUS!
For the chicken (to serve 4) you need:
- 4 chicken breasts
- 4 tbsp cornflour
- 1 tbsp dry sherry
- 1 egg
- grated rind of 1 lemon
Mix the cornflour with the sherry and the egg:
Then stir until smooth, and add in the lemon rind:
Then add the chicken to it and coat it and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes:
When it comes to cooking it, just fry it in a pan til it’s done (no picture, cos there was a bit of a family crisis and things went a bit haywire….but I was back on track for the sauce!).
Ok, now the sauce!
You will need:
- 2 tbsp cornflour
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp dry sherry
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- 300ml chicken stock (I just used a cube)
- 3 thinly sliced spring onions
Mix the cornflour with a bit of the lemon juice til it’s smooth, then add in the rest of the lemon, the sherry, and the sugar with a bit of seasoning:
Put the pan onto a heat and whisk away constantly til it boils, thickens and goes much more clear. Then stir in the spring onions:
It can be reheated very easily (which is what I did), so it can be served when everything else is done 🙂
For my veggies, I roasted a mix of courgette, parsnip, squash (with lots of cinnamon!), leek and garlic, and I nicked a few carrot slices my mum had cooked 🙂 My tremendous meal in all its glory:
Ok, talk about delicious!!
Despite the gnocchi TECHNICALLY not working, it was actually super tasty – frying it in the pan with the garlic brought out the flavours a bit. And it must’ve been at least slightly successful, cos my sister (who doesn’t like sweet potato :p) loved them, as did my mum – who isn’t really a gnocchi fan!
My personal highlight though was the chinese lemon chicken….I LOVED IT!! The sauce was quite tangy, but in a good way (I think maybe the lemon I used was on the large side, but meh – it worked!) – I’d definetly recommend you make it 😀 I’ve no idea what proper authentic chinese lemon chicken tastes like….but I like mine better 😀
All in all, a simply divine meal! I’m hoping the gnocchi was suitably carby enough for a pre-HALF MARATHON meal 😀 Fingers crossed!
Ok, I’ve got lots to do now – I need to make my lunch for tomorrow, eat my usual dessert snack thing, do some uni research, watch the last 9 minutes of my ER episode (yes, still the same one – this’ll be my 4th attempt at trying to watch it), pack up my stuff ready for tomorrow, read my newspaper, WORK, uni research…oh heck. So much!
Wish me luck tomorrow anyway 😀 My post might be an hour or two later, but it’ll be there 🙂
Oh, and good luck to everyone else who has half marys of their own (or 6milers, or Sport’s Relief 1milers 😀)!!