I had a plan to have Z help me cook dinner last night. The kid doesn’t eat. I’m not quite sure how she is taking in enough calories to maintain her vital functions. I was guessing that if she helped make food she might try to eat it. But she was in such a meltdown after canoeing yesterday that I didn’t even try. But the food was good anyway.

Spinach Gnocchi

10 oz box of frozen spinach, drained
14 oz ricotta
1 t nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup flour

Mix all the ingredients together. It should be a soft dough. Roll out on a floured surface and roll into long cylinders. Cut 1 inch pieces and shape into gnocchi.

That’s the plan at least. The dough was too sticky for me to work with so I mixed in more flour while I was shaping the pieces. Then I cooked it in boiling water until they floated. I topped it with a tomato sauce. I didn’t know how good it would be but it passed the “feed it to the Italian” test.

Potato Candy

1 small potato, about the size of a large egg
1 lb confectioners sugar
Peanut butter
Chocolate chips

Peel and cook the potato until mashable. I microwaved mine for 10 minutes. Mash the potato and then add the sugar slowly until a soft dough forms. Spread this into a thin rectangle on waxed paper. Cover with peanut butter. Roll jelly roll style and then put in the freezer for one hour. Remove and cut into bite size pieces. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave. Pour chocolate over candy pieces. Freeze until solid.

I’m not a peanut butter fan but this stuff is good.