Monthly Archives: March 2013

Gnocchi Gratin

gnocchi image

I love gnocchi, and I love marscapone, and I really like Nigella. I got her newest cook book a little while ago and when I first saw this recipe for Gnocchi Gratin I could hardly contain my excitement! However, a very very hot summer meant it has taken me a few months to finally make it. I celebrated a birthday this week and instead of heading out for a family dinner I decided to stay in and cook a delicious meal. Everyone contributed a dish and it was a great night of food.

Anyway, back to the gnocchi. This recipe is so so easy yet produces a dish so good people will be going back for seconds….and thirds! I wll definitely be making this again, especially as the weather starts to get a cooler.

Gnocchi Gratin
courtesy of Nigellissima

250grams marscapone
60ml full fat milk (kiwis – I used blue top)
4 T grated parmesan (I may have used closer to 6…)
Freshly ground salt and pepper
Nutmeg (Nigella suggests freshly ground but I used about 1/4 t of packaged and it was fine)
2x 400gram packets of gnocchi


Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. Put a pot of water on for the gnocchi – I used a large soup pot for this.

Whisk the marscapone and the milk over a low heat. I used the tin I cooked the dish in and it worked well, while saving on dishes!

When the marscapone mixture starts to bubble, take it off the heat and stir in 3 or 4 T of parmesan, nutmeg and a grind of salt and pepper. Mix until it is all combined.

gnocchi prep

Cook the gnocchi according to the instructions on the pack – it usually only takes a couple of minutes. When that is done, drain and add to the marscapone mix and gently coat all of the gnocchi with the sauce until every thing is smothered and sorted in a single layer.

Top with breadcrumbs and more parmesan and put it to the oven for about 15 minutes.

gnocchi 1

Let it rest for about 5 minutes and then eat and enjoy.

Fish and gnocchi 1

We served ours with pistachio crusted tarakihi and a salad.

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Best meal I have had in a long time!

Thanks to all my wonderful friends and family who showered me with birthday love this week, I feel so blessed to have you all in my life!

Birthday cards

Have a great weekend,

Andy 🙂


Weekend Baking Round-Up

I have had a brief hiatus from baking lately. I am attributing this to the fact that we have had an amazing summer here in Taranaki which means my kitchen is always super hot – too hot for baking really!

I have been missing it though, and took inspiration from some of my favourite bloggers to get back in to it.

This weekend I have made, devoured and enjoyed:

Strawberry oatmeal bars, courtesy of The Pioneer Woman; (

strawberry bars 10.3.13

These were so simple to make and absolutely delicious! I used strawberry jam I had purchased for a berry orchard and it was divine!

A giant chocolate chip cookie, from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Mine was no where near as pretty as Sally’s but tasted really good, nice and soft and chocolatey! (

giant choc cookie 10.3.13

I came across a recipe for these peanut butter chocolate chip cookies which were so simple to whip up, and turned out pretty tasty. I’m not sure where I sourced the recipe from but may post it at some point as I have a feeling these cookies will find their way into the regular baking rotation!

Peanut butter and choc chip cookies 11.3.13

I also pulled out one of my favourite recipes from the Marian Keyes cook book (Saved by Cake) – chocolate cheesecake cupcakes which I plan on serving for dessert tonight with a berry sauce that I am about to make!

chocolate cheesecake cupcakes after 11.3.13

Also worth sharing, are these carrot, bran and sultana muffins my mums partner (a.k.a my baking assistant for the day!) whipped up this morning! They were delicious, super healthy too 🙂

johns muffins 11.3.13

Thankfully I have balanced out these delicious treats with a few good workouts over the weekend, which has been a long one thanks to Taranaki Anniversay Day. It is so nice to have an extra day off to relax and enjoy the sunny weather!

I am planning on posting something special for my next post – courtesy of Nigellas latest cookbook (Nigellissima). It’s on the menu for dinner tonight, and involves copious amounts of potato gnocchi and marscapone cheese……..

Have a great week everyone,