Jonny Draws a Starfish

Monday 12/9/2005


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Being somebody with plenty of free time and nothing really to do in the evenings except cook, I have enrolled on a painting and drawing course at Manchester City College. Yes, I am a student again - but this time only between 6 and 9 on Mondays.

This is not some bizarre scheme in order to meet foxy art chicks and seduce them with my daring brushwork and skill with a 4b pencil, I actually quite enjoy painting and my ill composed daubings are hung all over my bedroom walls - I believe they help scare off burglars and wandering ghosts. Of course any foxy art chicks would be a bonus and I am not one to turn down the advances from members of the opposite sex, but I did really take the course up in order to improve my artistic skills.

Unfortunately, the hours of 6.00 - 9.00 are normally reserved for me cooking up my evening meal and scheduling the class during this time does make things a little awkward for me NoshBlog-wise. I think in future Mondays are likely to be very swift affairs - at least it will give me a chance to practise speed cooking - the sort of thing most people do of an evening (those who don't just stick something in the microwave or order a pizza that is).

So after a very enjoyable three hours sketching a starfish and a slice of dried lemon*, I toodled off home and rustled up something using some pre-made gnocchi I bought in Sainsbury's and kept in for such an emergency. The whole meal took only a few minutes to prepare and wasn't bad at all.

And then off to bed early - I'm going to Exeter again tomorrow and have to catch a train. What joy.

* I called my creation: The eternal wheel of Samsara - the birth and death of Shiva the destroyer in dreamspace.

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A Chocolate Halva Bar: Like compacted dust but slightly less palatable. If I were Lucifer scrabbling on my belly eating dirt and this were offered by God as an alternative, I'd probably stick with the dirt.


  • Gnocchi with Salami, Olives and Mushrooms
  • Crusty Brown Bread and Butter


    Gnocchi with Salami, Olives and Mushrooms
    200g Gnocchi
    50g Salami
    5 Mushrooms
    10 Black Olives
    1 Rasher Bacon
    1 Shallot
    1 Tbsp Olive Oil
    1 Clove Garlic
    ½ Glass White Wine
    ½ tsp Crushed Chillis
    1 tsp Capers
    Parmesan Cheese
    1 tsp Dried Oregano
    Black Pepper


  • Slice the shallot and bacon. Mince the garlic. Sweat together in a little olive oil with some dried chilli until the shallot is soft. Add some roughly chopped salami and mushrooms. When the mushrooms are soft, stir in the halved olives, a dash of white wine (I had some cheap Frascati), some capers and oregano. Simmer gently until the salami swells. Put some water on to boil. When boiling add the gnocchi - wait until they rise to the surface then remove, drain and stir into the salami mix. Season and eat with some shaved Parmesan cheese.


    *All quantities are very approximate and for a single person