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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  • 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!. A

  • Dixiebelle

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

  • 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…”

    • rohan

      ha ha!! Now I have it in my head!

  • 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……

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • la domestique

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

  • 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.

  • Sweet Harvest Moon

    Sounds like heaven!

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  • 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 lisa

    • rohan

      You taunt me! Italy! Beautiful!

  • 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…

  • 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.)

  • 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.

  • dave b

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

    he’s got a whole blog devoted to cheesemaking.

  • Zelda

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

  • 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!

  • alan

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

  • 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. Thanks

  • 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!

  • Elisa. Bartels

    They may grow like weeds but I can’t grow them for love nor money

    • rohan

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

  • 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.

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