Today is part two of my Dark Days meal from last week. I decided, instead of making ravioli, I would make ricotta gnocci. I made gnocci with friends before, but it was potato gnocci, and when I saw mention of Riccotta gnocci on another blog, I thought that would be a prefect use for my homemade ricotta from yesterday!
I searched online for a recipe and found a very basic one: 2 Cups Riccotta, 2 Cups Flour and 2 Eggs. Perfect! I beat the eggs, added the ricotta and flour, stirred, then a little kneading, and on to the fun, shaping. I used a fork to put the little indents. It worked well, dropped into boiling water, and they cooked up perfectly.
I shredded some cabbage, steamed it, and then heated the sauce from yesterday.
My yard: Eggs
Local: Ricotta made by me with Brookford Milk, Cabbage (Brookford Farm)
Not Local: Flour
Roll Call reminder from yesterday's components:
Pasta Sauce Roll Call:
My yard: Peppers (frozen from summer)
Carrots, onions and tomatoes (Nippo brook farm all dried or canned by
me to preserve), Goat sausage (Jenness farm), butter (made by me from
Brookford Milk), Kale (Black Kettle farm (frozen in the fall), Oregano,
basil and parsley (a friends garden), Salt (Maine Salt)
Not local: Pepper
Ricotta Roll Call:
Local: Milk (Brookford Farm)
Not Local: citric acid to make the curds for the ricotta
I'm not in a photographic mood lately. I didn't take a picture of today's meal, even though it was beautiful, and I whipped up a little night gown, and there are no pics of that either. I love Angry Chicken…the blog. It's the first one I read if there is an update, when I check in on my Google Reader. She was on a streak of making underthings for a while and I was jealous. I loved all the things she was making, (like this, this, and especially this!) but had no pattern to work with and was intimidated to wing it.
Well, necessity being the mother of many things, she became the mother of "taking a leap", today. My night ware is so lame. I never see what I want in stores, and I really wanted something new, comfy, cute, that fit nice, and would be easy access for breastfeeding. I grabbed a piece of inexpensive cotton knit jersey, one of the few nightgowns I have that fits well, and some fold over elastic. Perfect!! This nightie fits, is comfy, worked great when breast feeding, and despite it's inexpensive origins and slapping together construction, it's quite cute.
I'm now going to need a nice shopping spree! Pretty knits, new fold over tape in coordinating colors. I'm just giddy at the prospect of a new night wardrobe. Oh, and the whole project, including "drafting the pattern", a term I use loosely, took less than one hour.
Why do I procrastinate? Seriously, when I finally jump in, it usually does work out, so I don't know why I put some things off for so long. Maybe I'll feel more photographically inspired when I make the other nightgowns.
The other thing I did today, was sign up for an E-Course. The subject is Nourishing Traditions Style cooking, and I'm excited. I've been wanting to make sprouted breads and figure out some of the lacto fermentation stuff, and this seems like a fun and clever way to learn about it. I also bit the bullet and ordered a Vitamix.
I've put this purchase off for a VERY long time. Mom bought one a year ago and she tells me CONSTANTLY of all the things she makes in it. I've actually asked her to either crush/grind or let me borrow the thing several times, and finally decided I have enough uses for it. It's recommended for the E-course, though is in no way necessary for the course, but it was the last little nudge I needed, along with getting a check in the mail from my insurance company for an overpayment…that's as close as I'm going to get to unexpected money, as I never get a tax refund. Now I'm anxiously awaiting the UPS trucks arrival…in 7-10 days.
Well, I'm awful chatty when pictures don't need to be involved!