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Tips for tops: Fluffy Gnocchi

How do you feel about gnocchi? Unlike its close cousin pasta (which every sane person on the planet adores, and if you claim otherwise I simply won’t believe you), gnocchi tends to divide people. I can completely understand, having a love-hate relationship with the little Italian dumplings myself. A lot of it depends on the quality of gnocchi you’ve had; pillowy, light-as-air morsels will make you a lifelong convert, but dense hockey pucks hardly inspire fervent devotion. Read more…

Phased in: Homemade Granola

homemade granola

With breakfast more so than with any other meal, I tend to go through phases. I’ll have toast for weeks, or quinoa, or eggs- a few months ago it was fruit smoothies every day. Truthfully, there are only so many things you can eat for breakfast (though Mark Bittman disagrees*), so these phases tend to repeat themselves.

(*I shouldn’t be so dismissive of poor Mark’s savoury-breakfast crusade. After all, my all-time favourite breakfast is cold, leftover pizza.) Read more…

Winging it: Homemade Orecchiette with Romanescu Cauliflower

pasta and romanescu cauliflower

This recipe is a summertime favourite of mine. I first made it last year for a quick weekend lunch and a way of using up leftovers. I like that the lack of any real “sauce” leaves the lovely colour and shape of the romanescu intact and visible. Of course, this would work with any shape of pasta, but I like it with orecchiette. The thick, chewy shape seems to hold its own against the cauliflower. Read more…