Truth be told, it’s sometimes hard to muster up the willingness to make dinner after a day of work. Sometimes, by the time I get home, the sky is dark, I am tired and all that beautiful daylight has just disappeared right out of the kitchen. Just picture me, madly cooking under fluorescent kitchen light, already starving and about to throw my spoon into the pot of sauce I’m making in frustration. Now, don’t get me wrong, sometimes it’s nice to cook in the evening, maybe with friends under the glow of candlelight and some wine, some of my favourite evening memories were made like that. But oftentimes, I just want to get that meal cooked and on the table ASAP… or to hell with it, just order greasy, satisfying takeout.
But I’ve been trying to cook more, try more recipes, experiment, be curious in the kitchen, save money – all those good things, you know? So last night, I braved the kitchen and made some gnocchi, sauteed with spinach and then tossed in a simple tomato sauce. Now I’ve never made gnocchi before… but I have had disastrous experiences making pasta that was heavy and hard to swallow so understandably, I had my reservations. But what do you know? It wasn’t so bad. And really, that’s just the magic of getting my butt down to cooking at the end of the day (or getting my butt down to doing anything really)…I never have enough foresight to remind myself how good it feels to actually get it done (bonus if it actually works out in the end too.)
And if all else fails, there’s always takeout, isn’t there?
But back to the gnocchi – light and fluffy like little cloud pillows. So good and so worth a little extra effort in the kitchen, if you’re up to it, that is (you’re up to it, I just know it).
Here’s how it’s done: