Spicy Olive & Pepper Stew (v)

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Due to the faceache/Instasham outage yesterday, I think this picture was one of the only ones available for a while as it’s got waaaaaaaaaaaay more likes than usual for a pretty rubbish photo 🤣

It was supposed to be puttanesca sauce. But I cut the veggies up too big, couldn’t be bothered to slice the olives and added too much water so it turned into a stew. Oh well. It tasted pretty good nonetheless.

For two portions you need

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • Handful green olives in chilli
  • 1 red pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, cut into chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 red chilli, chopped
  • Handful flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 2 tsp stock powder
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp chilli flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • pasta to serve
  1. Begin by frying the onion, garlic and chilli in the oil for 2-3 mins.
  2. Add the pepper, olives and capers and cook for a further 2-3 mins.
  3. Add everything else apart from the parsley and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 mins until slightly thickened.
  4. Serve with pasta and a large glass of red (if it’s not a school night!).

Gnocchi (v)

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I have never made gnocchi from scratch before, only ever purchased those pre-made packages from the supermarket. I’d wrongly assumed that they would take forever and be messy and not worth the effort. How wrong I was. These took a few minutes to make, and cooked just like shop bought ones in a few mins in a pan of boiling water. The texture was lovely – really light and fluffy, not dense, heavy and disappointing like every other gnocchi I’ve eaten has been. Recipes online say use an egg, but I subbed that for 4 tbsp soya milk.

For 4-5 portions you need

  • 400g mashed potato (mine was a mix of potato and swede)
  • 200g plain flour
  • 2-3 tbsp soya milk or 1 egg if you eat them
  • salt and pepper
  • extra flour for dusting or some semolina/polenta
  1. Mix all the ingredients together to form a dough. Don’t over knead.
  2. Break into 4 tennis ball sized portions and roll each out into long sausages on a floured work surface.
  3. Cut into equal sized pieces and push the back of a fork lightly in to each piece (to help the sauce cling apparently). Dust with polenta to prevent them from sticking.
  4. I left mine to chill for 45 mins in the fridge because they took less time that I thought they would! They should be fine to cook straight away however.
  5. Bring a pan of water to the boil and then add the gnocchi one piece at a time to prevent them from sticking together. Allow to simmer and once they start to float to the surface, remove and scoff. We had ours with a quick and easy to make rich tomato and vegetable olive sauce. Really delicious!

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