You didn’t think I was serious about the Jumbo & Jaden Project, (and I probably wasn’t) but every time I visit Jaden’s site I can’t help it, I want to make what she’s making. If her drool inducing photos aren’t enough to convince you that you’re missing out by not being a guest at her table, her words certainly will. So even though I was sort of joking about the whole Jumbo & Jaden Project it seemed as though fate had other plans for me when Lynnylu of Café LynnyLu announced that the theme for this round of Hay Hay It’s Donna Day would be gnocchi. Well that just settled things, I would have to make gnocchi and I would have to use Jaden’s recipe for Pan Fried Lemon Ricotta Gnocchi, the Project required it.
Much to my surprise, it was easy too. Dad walked into the kitchen as I was setting up, asking what was for lunch because he was hungry. I said I was making gnocchi and he looked at my inquisitively, asking “for dinner?” No, I replied, for lunch. He seemed unconvinced that I could make gnocchi quickly enough to quell his hunger and wondered aloud whether or not he should make himself a chicken sandwich. I told him it would be ready soon. He grabbed a piece of bread and some cheese and lumbered off to the garage to occupy himself while I finished making lunch. Dad wasn’t the only one who had doubts that gnocchi could be made with relative ease. I had previously thought about making this gnocchi one night when I was making dinner with a friend. We were in the grocery store, puttering around, looking for nothing in particular when I suggested we made gnocchi, (I was also planning on making Jaden’s salmon that night so I figured I couldn’t go wrong with two Jaden recipes). His response was to look at me skeptically and say that he was really getting hungry and didn’t think we had time to make gnocchi. On that particular day I gave in without a fight and we ended up having pasta with our salmon, which was good, but gnocchi could have been great. Although I should have known better than to let this friend influence my decision making in any way, he’s the same person who ordered his lamb medium-well done the last time we ate out, (and in a very nice restaurant no less). I almost ended the friendship right there. Medium-well? Lamb? You’ve got to be kidding me. I’m still struggling with this one, but he does like ice cream and chocolate so I guess he’s not pure evil.
Much to Dad’s surprise, the gnocchi didn’t take an eternity to make and the end result was worth it. The gnocchi were cute and pillowy and filled with flavour and just a hint of spice. To get the recipe, visit Jaden’s site, I copied it exactly: Pan Fried Lemon Ricotta Gnocchi. The Jumbo & Jaden can’t be stopped now, it’s full steam ahead. Who knows what we’ll make next? (Possibly me, but I’m not telling.)