Wednesday, 19 October 2011

R12 a day: Day 3

I have new empathy with those who live on less than R12 a day and have to visit the shops. Last night, I went in to PnP to buy a sachet of mix-up juice powder, which we decided would be better than tea (seeing we haven't budgeted for milk). They cost R2.50 and make 1litre of juice.

It was before we'd started cooking supper (homemade potato gnocchi with tomato and onion sauce) and I was hungry. And now I understand just a little bit of how hard it must be to only have enough money on you for a loaf of bread, but to be standing among these shelves filled with delicious ingredients and smelling the hot food and the bakery. Wow. My heart is really starting to ache for the poor, which is the point of this whole exercise.

I've just finished my leftover gnocchi and let me tell you - hunger is a great chef! I picked my mom and gran up at the Gautrain Sandton Station today and we went to Sandton City to Nino's so they could grab a bite to eat (my gran wasn't feeling great). My mom ordered a succulent chicken breast and my gran had chicken strips with sweet chilli sauce. It smelled amazing! I had water. By the time I got home, I was ravenous. And I really enjoyed my leftovers.

Here's the recipe for the gnocchi. It's super easy to make, absolutely delicious and goes really well with bolognese or a bacon and tomato sauce. Or any sauce you like, really. I make this fairly regularly because the gnocchi are much fluffier and lighter than the shop-bought stuff. This is a recipe from one of the first editions of Fresh Living magazine and it has served me well. I just change the cake flour to self-raising flour because it aids the fluffiness.

  • 500g potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 extra large egg, beaten
  • Salt (I use about 1 tspn)
  • 1.5 cups of self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
Boil potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain and mash coarsely. Using a large spoon, rub the mashed potato through a sieve. Mix in egg and salt. Add the flour and mix to make a dough, but don't over-mix. Roll the dough into long 2cm thick sausages. Cut each roll into 3cm lengths and press each piece lightly with a fork. Set aside. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Add the gnocchi and cook until they float to the top. Scoop out with a slotted spoon and serve with your sauce of choice.


Gill said...

It's been great to read how your challenge is going. Very thought-provoking. Thanks for the recipe, I'm definitely going to try that :-)

Shayne said...

thank you so much for sharing this journey with us.

We have gnocchi often, more often that not simply with tomato or basil pesto and parmesan. I love it.

Angel said...

This is an immensely interesting challenge T! And thank you for the recipe, I'm going to try it.

po said...

If you drink rooibos then you don't need milk? Probably too late for your budget :)

IT sounds hard. £1 a day. I would need to readjust my whole attitude to the way I eat. Well done to you, Tamara.

Tamara said...

Gill: It really is a nice recipe. Hope you enjoy it!

Shayne: Thank you for reading! I love gnocchi too, but not the shop-bought stuff.

Angel: Enjoy! I'll make it again too, but this time with the luxury of bacon ;-)

Po: Yup, but the rooibos tea wasn't available in small packets. Plus, I think TSC prefers the juice to rooibos! I think it would be harder in the UK - you can't get very much for one pound (can't find the ound symbol on my keyboard).