Hi there hope you are all looking forward to the weekend and some family time.
I love to make home cooked food so that I know what has gone into it. Sometimes I get a bit nervous about what I consider more difficult items, such as gnocchi but then I think stop it as these are peasant food and have been made by moms all over Italy for years.
I found the main thing is that you have good floury potatoes and no more than 25% weight of flour to potato. So 100gm of potato and 25gm of flour. The other which I like if I cook them in little butter not water and it is a bit like having quick roasted gnocchi.
If you are Scots you will know Potato Scones and the same ratio of flour to potato applies.. I promise these are truly worth making for you and the family. I will be honest though and say home made is great but sometimes we do need convenience foods and then you have to a have a good supplier that you trust.
That is why you need to find a good vegetable shop and a local butcher. Why not the supermarket? Well they do have their place and if you get to know the butcher and baker etc, then all the better but, you need to able to establish a rapport where you know you can trust them. I know the staff at my Local PnP mostly by name and can go order stuff confidently that I will get the best quality.
When I was back in the UK I was really impressed by the way the butcher can tell you the farm where the meat came from as animals have to have a “passport” to prove their provenance. Yes this was established because of mad cow disease but it also promotes local is ‘lekker’ (good or best).
We need to cut food miles and stop wanting the same produce all year round. Enjoy seasonality of vegetables and fruit. I try only to buy produce from South Africa and so that means you also get variety and seasonality. Plus why do we need any exotic foods when there is a great variety here.
Waterblommetjies anyone? (waterblommetjie |ˈvɑːtə(r)ˌblɒməki| noun (pl. waterblommetjies) South African term for water hawthorn.ORIGIN 1950s: Afrikaans, literally ‘little water flower’.)
Sorry I waffled a bit today but hope it encourages you to make it local and simple. Oh and these waterblommetjies can be bought in tins.