How is everybody doing? Aren’t the days going by fast? Why, I feel like I had just bought all those lemons at the farmer’s market last Saturday, and what do you know? It’s Thursday already.
The day of my purchase, I microplaned all nine of them into my infusion jar to start a batch of home made limoncello (I have the scrapes to prove it), and left the naked lemons in my fridge for later use. Now, everytime I open the fridge, I catch a waft of fresh kitchen lemon and can almost hear them begging me for a dignified end. But what can I really do with lemons that are stripped of their zest?
Here’s a quick one that never fails: lemon butter. With garlic kicks. Doesn’t that sound mildly exciting?
Lemon Garlic Gnocchi – serves 2
Inspired by Giada’s Lemon Spaghetti recipe
2 cups gnocchi
half a lemon worth of juice
1 tbsp butter
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1 garlic clove, finely minced
1 tsp lemon zest (if you have any… It makes it more lemon-y)
2 little basil leaves, finely chopped
coarse ground pepper
1. Throw gnocchi in a pot of boiling water.
2. During the 2 minutes you have, throw in butter, garlic, lemon juice, basil, and zest into a bowl.
3. When the gnocchis start to come afloat, rescue them and throw them into the bowl. Grind in some pepper and then toss gently so that you wont crush any of your gnocchis.
4. Plate. Nom. Blow air into a loved one’s face and see how they react.
The tiny basil leaves came from my windowsill ‘garden’. I purchased the plant from Albertsons a couple of months ago. It initially suffered and was looking pretty bad (like, turning yellow and leaves falling), but after a move from the balcony to the window sill and some emotional support from Gloomy Bear, he made a miraculous come-back. Most of the big leaves went to delicious meals of insalata Caprese.
Last weekend, Don’s Mum gave me several potted plants – cilantro, thai basil, and chives (not shown). They all came in little pots that Mum herself made in her ceramics class. Gloomy is slowly losing his spot on the windowsill…
Since this post is unexciting bland in color, here’s a picture I shot with my Lomo at Balboa Island two weekends ago. The picturesque town is already wearing its Halloween colors.