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Gorgeous Gnocchi Bakey Bake

Hello food…..

Gnocchi Making

I have to include this recipe on here, as there have now been 2 posts – DriveWorks Masterchef and Dave’s Gnocchi Good Times – about it on the blog and now actual guide as how to make it. So here we go:



  • 4 Large Waxy Potatoes
  • 175g Plain Flour
  • 75g Semolina
  • 10g Fresh Basil
  • Salt and Pepper


  • 10ml Vegetable Oil
  • 1 White Onion
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 400g Tomatoes
  • 100g Spinach
  • 10g Basil
  • 100g Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 big ball Mozzerella
  • Salt and Pepper
  • (200g Sliced Mushrooms / 2 Diced Chicken Breasts optional)
    Making Sauce


1.      Make your gnocchi – boil the potatoes and mash until as few lumps as humnaly possible
2.   Add potato to semolina and flour and tear basil into mix, combine together into a smooth dough and shape into little 2cm big spheres.
3.   Bring water to the boil and place gnocchi in the pan, when it rises to the top, strain and place in the baking dish.
4.   Make the sauce – Finely chop Onion, crush garlic and fry in oil and salt slowly, until softened. Add chicken or mushrooms if using.
5.      Chop tomatoes into large chunks and add to onions. Cook until tomatoes have released juices.
6.      Add basil, spinach and seasoning until  slightly wilted and then add to baking dish.
7.      Make sure gnocchi and sauce all mixed together well.
8.      Cover with grated cheese, tear mozzerella and place over mixture and ground black pepper and bake in oven at 180˚c/ Gas Mark 5 for 20 minutes.
9.      Serve!
Yumety yum yum!


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DriveWorks Masterchef

Hello food…..


Bossing about
The team!

  Last night was the first Jess’s Messes cooking lesson, with the girls from work! I took in a copy of Jess’s Messes – The Cookbook, the ‘students’ chose the food they would like to eat and then it began.

So the food choices:

1. Pleasy, Cheesy Souffle
2. Gorgeous Gnocchi Bakey Bake
3. Le Fondant du Chocolat
4. Unctuous, Creamy Custard

Everyone got here after work and the madness began. My flat at the moment is lovely, yet the kitchen is a little bit teeny weeny for 5 people. However, I set the 4 of them off with their different tasks, and felt very odd bossing people around, “You do this, you do that” it was strange but meant in the end we all had a lovely meal that everyone had worked hard to create!

Gnocchi making

The favourite dish by far was the Pleasy, Cheesy Souffle and luckily it didn’t sink – as shown in the picture!

The after effects though, well first there was the reason it is called Jess’s Messes, the amount of time it takes to clean up after, even with 4 helpers I manage to get everything utterly everywhere and then the clean up mission is ridiculous. But also, everyone was soooo full, Jane and Sarah collapsed on the sofa before dessert was even served, but it was good pain. Enjoyable pain!

It was such good fun and I can’t wait to do the next one. I’ve taught 4 people now, how unbelievably easy it is to make a 3 course meal completely from scratch and now the mission is to tell more, spread the word and get more people cooking from scratch.

They rose!

To see more pictures of this event and others to come just ‘like’ the Jess’s Messes Facebook Page and I will keep you updated on other such events!!

Happy times!!!!!

Enjoying the food
The after effects
And people ask ‘Why Jess’s Messes’