After a delightful birthday celebration for my friend at Boneta in gastown I fell in love with Gnocchi and just had to make at home!
One day I will make it from scratch but for now I'm just going to take advantage of having convenient access to local granville island artisans.
I picked up about 300 grams of Yam Gnocchi and a stick of Parmesan from Zara's Deli as well as 2 marinated bocconcini cheese balls for my side salad.
This only took me about 15 mins to prepare and was oh so satisfying.
Butter (brown on low in a cast iron pan)
Sage (toast in toaster oven)
Yam Gnocchi (throw into boiling water for 5 mins, drain in colander, add to browned butter and stir)
Add sage--- Salt & Pepper --- garnish with slices of parmesan cheese & fresh sage
(I used the amazing JEAN-PIERRE COTE
Organic Heirloom tomatoes
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
This dish was perfectly complimented with the elegant Gehringer Brother's Merlot from Village Wines. Village Wines has a fantastic selection of VQA wines from BC and actually sell for the same price as the wineries! They also have tastings on weekends, yay! Click here for the schedule :)
I also recently picked up a herbal almanac from a garage sale and will start incorporating health benefits into my posts :)
Health Benefits of Sage
-aids in digestion
-helps settle stomach
-soothes and stimulates skin (ie. facial steam)
Sage contains hormone precursors useful for treating menopause & irregular menstruation
Dipping a cloth into the hot tea creates a sage compress which can be applied to the forehead to help relieve tension headaches & hot flashes...breathe deeply to inhale as well as absorb sage's aromatic benefits.
A compress applied to the diaphragm or abdominal areas can help soothe stomach cramps, flatulence and general intestinal/digestive discomfort. Whenever a compress is applied, also consider sipping a cup of the sage tea (honey may be added for flavor).
tea brewed from sage leaves (just add boiling water to a couple teaspoons of dried sage and let steep for 10 mins): serves as an antiseptic blood & nerve tonic; also works as an astringent agent for the body to dry up breast milk, night sweats & mucus congestion.
Hunters often slept with bundles of sage tucked ito each armpit. THe herb would help suppress perspiration, absorb human odors and impart a subtle leafy fragrance to the skin. Hunters would also chew the leaves to whiten their teeth and freshen breath.