On Saturday night, I had a terrible dream that my teeth crumbled out of my mouth. I woke up, disgusted and wondering what my subconscious was trying to tell me. I don’t believe that dreams have any certain meaning, but I do know that ‘teeth falling out’ is a commonly interpreted dream, so I looked it up. Upon doing some research on the inter-web, an unquestionable psychological source, no less… I found that my dream could be interpreted a million ways, as a fear of growing old (check.), a fear of death (well, yes.), or a fear of change (check.).I carry on my day as usual, prepping pulled pork, coleslaw, drinking beers, dancing in the kitchen to lil’ wayne.
Until I bite into a Dorito. And…one of my molars cracks in half. In half!! The same tooth I had a root canal in years ago. And, that tooth first cracked years ago resulting in root canal when I bit into a DORITO! (click on link to see slightly disturbing superbowl ad)
I visited my dentist and had a terribly traumatic tooth extraction involving medieval looking dental devices, no laughing gas and several tears.
So, I am on a diet of softer foods. Much more difficult than my one-handed food diet in the Summer. Yesterday, a few friends came over and we watched Food Inc., and Iron Chef and made gnocchi. Not just any gnocchi. Pink gnocchi. Valentine’s Day gnocchi?
It all started with a wonderful farmer who sold me pink potatoes at the market on Saturday. He told me they were perfect baking potatoes and would maintain their colour. So, I thought,perfect gnocchi potatoes, and pink! Could it be?
It could! (Recipe below)
- 3 large potatoes (pink or other baking potato)
- olive oil
- 2-3 handfuls of flour (All-Purpose or Tipo 00)
- egg, yolk
1) Pre-heat oven to 400. Scrub potatoes and dry thoroughly. Poke a few holes in each potato with a fork. Cover lightly with olive oil. Bake for 1 hour, or until skin is crispy and inside is cooked.
2) Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Cut in half lengthwise, scoop out inside, and, using a potato ricer, rice each half onto a wooden cutting board.
3) While still warm, add salt, nutmeg and egg yolk. Mixing quickly so as not to cook the egg yolk.
4) Add flour to the potato and knead quickly into a dough. Add flour until dough is soft and pliable, but not gluey.
5) Roll potato dough into thin strips and cut with a floured knife to size. Using a fork, or a gnocchi board, create grooves in the gnocchi by flicking them gently over the fork/board.
6) In salted, boiling water, cook gnocchi for 3-4 minutes, or until they float on the surface of the water.
7) Toss quickly in a saute pan with sauce of your choice, or herbed butter.