So what does everyone think of John Torode? Do we like him? Is he one of the ones off the telly we like? I must confess I hardly ever watch Masterchef although I know I really should. I’ve also never seen The Great British Bake-Off which is a sin, no question, but I like to think I atone by watching Man V. Food very nearly every day.
Anyway, so I haven’t seen much of John Torode – except for this Buttery Biscuit Base youtube sensation – but I have tried one of his recipes, namely this one from Good Food (where else?) and it was pretty darn nifty.
It doesn’t take too many ingredients – and I always like to have a bag of gnocchi lying about in the fridge as it’s cheap and can be knocked up with butter, a bit of cheese and a few sprigs of sage if you have basically no money and less inclination to cook – but this gnocchi recipe has the added value of spinach to make you feel Popeye-strong and creamy blue cheese to indulge you on a winter’s day.
*500g gnocchi *250g bag baby spinach *100ml crème fraîche (half-fat if preferred) *4 tbsp grated parmesan *100g soft blue cheese (I used Saint Agur)
1. Cook the gnocchi in a very large pan of boiling, salted water to instructions (usually only for a couple of minutes until the first little pillow bubbles up to the surface) and plunge the spinach into the same pan and then immediately drain through a colander and get rid of any excess water.
2. Put the crème fraîche in a small ovenproof dish with the grated parmesan. Add the hot, drained gnocchi, spinach, a load of freshly ground pepper and give it all a nice stir. Crumble the blue cheese over the dish and make sure the seasoning’s just so.
3. Pop under a hot grill until the cheese is bubbling and golden brown. Serve straight away.
This meal is said to feed 4 but it only made 2 dinners and a small-ish packed lunch for me. I am a chubalub, it’s true.