Hey, hey, hey folks, so we have done it, Christmas day has gone and if you are anything like me you have gorged on meat for the last few days and have more of the same heading your way over New Year. Well my recipes over the Christmas lull are vegetarian and focus on pumpkin and more specifically pumpkin puree… I usually have a bowl of pumpkin puree knocking around at this time of year and this pumpkin gnocchi recipe is the perfect way to give it a lift. It would be easy to think that it is the law to serve pumpkin with ubiquitous pumpkin spice but I think there is an even better combination flavours with this seasonal vegetable. This Pumpkin Gnocchi with Roasted Chestnuts and Blue Cheese makes the most of two things that I think just make pumkin sing, nuts and blue cheese… That savoury crunch alongside the astringent saltiness of blue cheese just makes the sweetness of the pumpkin stand out and it is this combination of ideas that will form the next two recipes.
For the record I have nothing against pumpkin spice, it is lovely, but in the same way that ‘oranges aint the only fruit’ pumkin spice aint the only flavour to rock with pumpkin. So much so that I have dishes like Burmese pumpkin Curry that go heavy with tamarind to contrast against the sweet pumpkin and of course a good kick of heat. But give these pumpkin gnocchi a try to get started, the flavour profiles are great and you can double or quadruple this recipe with no difficulty and the gnocchi freeze fabulously, just cook in boilin water then cool and freeze. When you want them just defrost and reboil, they will just need to come to temperature and off you go.
But for now I am off to a thermal spa, the excesses of the last few days have left be exhausted and all bleurgh, unfortunately we have no snow but it is as cold as a cold thing out there and really beautiful. There is just something magical about sitting in naturally heated mineral rich waters at 38°C as the the sun sets in temperatures a few degrees below zero… Getting out of the water definitely feels less magical and the trot of shame back into the changing rooms is definitely not a pretty site, although there is always forralt bor on offer, or mulled wine as it is known to most of you 😀