The rocket and holy goat

I got my hands on some delicious goats’ ricotta, well actually I think it’s called a Fromage Frais to be more technical. I’m no cheese expert, and I used it as I would a ricotta and I made gnocchi for lunch. The cheese is made by Holy Goat, not like a religious goat from the heavens, it’s just the brand of the cheese. Confused? Let’s just say it’s goats ricotta and it’s delicious. I remember watching a documentary on the two cheese-making ladies behind ‘Holy Goat’ as they struggled through a harsh drought for a few years. Poor buggers. I assume they pulled through ok because their cheese is available here and there. I got mine from a food swap, veg for cheese. Nice score too I think. One day we’d love to get some goats and make our own cheese…I just have to convince the landlord or rent a paddock off the next door neighbours, then of course I have to con someone teach us how to make cheese!

In any case, here is the run down on how to make a rocket pesto with gnocchi.

Step one: Plant rocket in your garden.

Step two: Employ the services of children to help harvest rocket

Step three: Mix egg, flour, manchego cheese and ricotta in bowl. Form dough

Step four: Make balls then roll out into long sausages, then cut into dumplings and score with fork

Step five: Process a bunch of rocket, manchego cheese, pine nuts and olive oil to make a pesto. Boil the gnocchi until it floats to the top then mix into pesto. Serve. Enjoy.

*Disclaimer. If you fail to complete step one, the meal usually falls apart in a heap.

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  • November 13, 2012 - 10:46 am

    Ally - Well I’ve done step 1… to get me some goats!!….could be a bit of a wait on that pesto?!…..good things come…..or so they say!. AReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2012 - 10:59 am

    Dixiebelle - Looks delicious. You could always substitute any homegrown greens, really, if you forgot to do Step One!ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2012 - 11:29 am

    Kitty - Nice one. We love ricotta gnocchi in this house, goats cheese sounds tasty.
    I’m a fan of spinach pesto when there’s nothing else about in the garden.

    I now have Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” in my head… but instead of holy dove, all I can hear is…

    “the holy goat was moving too, and every breath we drew was Hallelujah…”ReplyCancel

    • November 15, 2012 - 4:07 am

      rohan - ha ha!! Now I have it in my head!ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2012 - 12:11 pm

    pen - ricotta is easy to make!
    now I am salivating over the thought of fresh warm ricotta drizzled with honey and scattered with crushed fresh pistachios……ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2012 - 1:39 pm

    jaime @ sweet road - Wow, that last photo got me drooling a little bit…
    I have to find some goat cheese ricotta, it sounds like a dream! Sometimes I have issues with dairy products, and though I push through for cheese because it’s just so tasty, I have never had issued with goat cheese.ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2012 - 3:08 pm

    Turling - Ah, yea, my dough didn’t look like that. Not enough flour. Anyway, another attempt this weekend! Minus the rocket. I still have basil, though.ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2012 - 3:55 pm

    la domestique - Rocket is one of my favorite greens to grow in the garden- love that spicy flavor!ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2012 - 4:07 pm

    kenzie king - That looks soooo yummy! Well done on the gnocchi. I love the looks of this dish and will soon be making it as well.
    As for making cheese, it’s a breeze! Much easier than you’d guess. Here is a link to a guy who makes killer tutorials: You’ll get great tips and pictures AND videos on how to make many cheeses.
    I think he is even in your same country! How’s that for friendly neighbors?
    Keep up the great blogging.ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2012 - 4:24 pm

    Sweet Harvest Moon - Sounds like heaven!ReplyCancel

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  • November 13, 2012 - 7:57 pm

    lisa | renovating italy - How funny that step one gave me a shock, oh yes I have to actually grow something myself! We are moving to Italy in March to create a simpler life for ourselves and our children, my husband has set up community gardens here in Brisbane but we really are clueless so it will be fun!

    loved your post, had me laughing out loud
    ciao lisaReplyCancel

    • November 15, 2012 - 4:05 am

      rohan - You taunt me! Italy! Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2012 - 8:37 pm

    annie - Ahhh the greens/cheese combo is ACE! We just made nettle and goat fetta gozleme on the fire, and we’re never going back. Still waiting on your ‘how to do jamon without a cool room’ post! us tiny-house dwellers need the info!!! Thanks…ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2012 - 9:38 pm

    Jenny DeWitt - Loved this post mainly because I just learned all about goat tending and cheese-making last weekend. What timing! I have a recipe for 30 minute mozzarella if you want to try your hand at cow’s milk cheese first. It’s fun to make and so delicious. (Also, it’s my dream to live in a yurt and have a pair of goats.)ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2012 - 11:26 pm

    Veronica - i like step 2. thankful that our 2 kids need little encouragement with helping to take care of our veg & fruit patch. this dish looks incredibly tasty. definitely one we will attempt. the photography always draws me in and just so you know i do read what you have to say. i received my copy of your book the other day. in short i am in awe of the contents. the kids and i are making the slice of spring for dinner tonight. thanks so much to you and your family for the endless inspiration. if your book travels ever end up around the mid north coast or a little closer to home – then i will be sure to stop by.ReplyCancel

  • November 14, 2012 - 2:23 am

    dave b - Nice work… check out this dude for some cool cheese making tutorials:

    he’s got a whole blog devoted to cheesemaking.ReplyCancel

  • November 14, 2012 - 11:51 am

    Zelda - Thanks for a the clear instructions and, as always, beautiful images. It looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • November 14, 2012 - 5:50 pm

    Jennifer S Roberts (@rideboulderco) - I would certainly struggle with Step one as there is already snow on our ground, but damn that last picture may inspire me to make a green house!ReplyCancel

  • November 15, 2012 - 1:32 am

    alan - Gnocchi is a favorite. Have never tried it with pesto. I usually toss it with garlic, onions and spinach.ReplyCancel

  • November 15, 2012 - 4:04 pm

    Amanda - rocket grows in our vineyards like wild fire and the little white flowers come out in the winter like a winters snow fall, they sooth my aching canadian heart when i am feeling homesick.
    This dish will be gracing our winter tables for sure. ThanksReplyCancel

  • November 16, 2012 - 3:41 am

    Leslie Macchiarella - How lovely (as always)! My favorite step is to include the children in the garden but, then again, the “Step Six…Serve. Enjoy” sounds pretty awesome too!ReplyCancel

  • November 20, 2012 - 8:00 am

    Elisa. Bartels - They may grow like weeds but I can’t grow them for love nor moneyReplyCancel

    • November 25, 2012 - 9:40 pm

      rohan - No! Thats amazing! I can’t keep mine from going a bit wild!ReplyCancel

  • November 22, 2012 - 5:15 pm

    Inkeri - This looks so delicious, I have to try this one day! I better get started with the step 1. :) Thank you for a simple and easy-to-follow recipe.ReplyCancel

  • November 22, 2012 - 7:59 pm

    Broadening my horizons « My thought exactly…! - [...] grow your own food and make the most delicious meals from what you have on your backyard. This ricotta gnocchi recipe is simple and easy enough for even me to [...]ReplyCancel

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