Gnocchi with smoked haddock

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Actually, gnocchi with just about anything. If you buy a packet of it, it only takes three minutes to cook. Get water to boiling point. Plop in as much gnocchi as you want, boil for 3 mins, and drain. Then place into the sauce of your choice.

I put some cream into a frying pan, added some skinless and boneless chucks of smoked haddock a bit of dried nutmeg powder and that was about it. Delicious. You can jazz it up a bit if you like or just keep it simple.

Gnocchi comes in different flavours too. I usually just get plain but we had spinach because the shop didn't have the plain that day. You can also get a tomato flavour.

If you do try please let us know what you had, how you got on and what you thought of it. :D
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I love smoked haddock, but never been inclined to try Gnocchi, no idea why as I've tried a lot worse. I actually have a really nice piece of smoked haddock from the fish stall thawing out with the plan to make little savoury tarts, but it's a huge piece & as shopping day tomorrow I will try to get some Gnocchi. Cheers Stravaig!
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Hi Westi,
I just realised I posted something similar a few months ago. Oh well, it shows how much I like it! We're now on home four in as many months so I'm not at my best.. Sorry, but we're a bit more settled now, although still tackling all the boxes.

Re smoked haddock, I don't used prime pieces for fillings, eg filled crepe, or sauces, eg pasta with sauce, nor indeed for serving with gnocchi. I tend to use the offcuts. Gnocchi's just little potato dumplings and is so quick and easy to prepare. Please do try it. Sure, you can make yourself from scratch and I have done it but they're more likely to break up. Why bother? It's so much easier just to buy a packet from a supermarket. And if you only use half the packet, it freezes fine too.

Good luck with it. :D
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I couldn't find it today when shopping & when I asked they looked at me strangely. I expect it because this store is smaller & just a M&S Simply Food, not the full monty, but it is not an uncommon exotic thing now days or maybe the good folk in the area just don't buy it so not sold there? Our population of over 60's is way, way above the average so they are probably happier with the ready meals. They aren't without funds, but probs had enough caviar & posh dinners in their younger days so now just want the comfort food?
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Hi Westi. Had to laugh at your description of over60s and their caviar etc.

I'm over 60 and in my younger days it was rice and red stuff or red and wet (living/working in countries such as Iraq). So now I am happy to have the Full Monty of any luxury going. :D

Simply Food by M&S is fine if you're on the motorway and need to grab a snack. Otherwise forget it. It's nothing like an M&S Foodhall.

I'd tended to think that Waitrose was the posh supermarket but heard or read somewhere recently that M&S is more expensive.

On which subject, apparently Sainsbury's ready meals score higher customer reviews than those of M&S. We checked this out by comparing their dishes and, in our opinion, S's are definitely better. Another thing is I've never been pleased with M&S meat, although their fish is OK. W'rose fish is fine and you get a discount on Fridays. Asda or Tesco are hard to beat for meat if you don't have a butcher handy. I will buy M&S fish if necessary but not usually.
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We used to get our meat from a wholesale supplier to butcher shops which opened to the public Fridays & Saturdays, however they have stopped the public buying as said the demand from other butchers in the area has increased as they want this local outlet & not meat that has traveled long distances. (Well that's what they say). Fortunately there is a butcher who has changed to them a couple of miles away, but it is nearly cost prohibitive in comparison, but worth it for well hung dark beef for a special occasion.
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We are fortunate to have a proper wet fish shop and van near by so do not have to buy the over wrapped in plastic substitute for fresh fish from supermarket.

Never tried gnocchi with smoked haddock usilly have it with new (home grown ideally) boiled potatoes and what ever veg from garden.

An alternative is to chop the potatoes into smallest chunks and fry them in a combination of olive oil and butter, think this goes better with cod as the frying juice sinks into the fish better when poured over it .
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Hi Colin,

I agree - a good fishmonger beats a supermarket every time. We were, still are if we're in the area, loyal customers of our fishmonger in Kent but thanks to govt policy and how badly we were treated we had about a dozen different 'homes' all over the place (including three in Warsaw) in the last couple of years.

We've now had enough of their lack of professionalism and have moved up to Scotland - permanently we hope. Both of us are used to being in foreign countries. That's no problem. What is a problem for us is dealing with stupidity and people who don't behave professionally. The British embassy staff in Kyiv disposed of some of our belongings and not one of them thought to record what was given away or sold, to whom, or for how much. How cr@p is that? And since then they keep saying to put it behind me because there were misunderstandings on both sides. Huh? What did I not understand about your staff looting what had been my home? Even a financial record would have been helpful but, no, they're not accountable for their actions.

I'm not finding a local fishmonger here but I did find "The Fish People" who deliver online orders. I think they might be worth a shot. They certainly look like they have some interesting and exciting ideas.
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It is very weird here, we have fishing boats go out from the quay, but their catch now has to go up to Billingsgate, (or wherever), first then the fish stall on the quay has to buy what they want & it is delivered back down here. Fortunately we have lots of keen fishing rod enthusiasts who are not restrained by this rule, so their catches are sold to the fish stall, the pub on the quay & some others. Limited variety obviously but couldn't be fresher as each individual catch is dropped off as caught.
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Westi, it's not weird. That's the LAW! It doesn't make any sense to any sane person, such as you or me, but it's the law. In Scotland I think it's Peterhead (even bigger than Billingsgate) where everything get sold. Madness. In ye olden days you could just buy fresh landed locally. Now it's all centralised so if you want Cornish fish you have to go to London to buy it. (Please excuse me for a few minutes while I bash my head against the wall.)

And then there's all the waste. If you catch more than your quota or if you catch something different (ie by-catch) you just have to throw it back, even though it's already dead. It really pains me to know about stuff like this.

I recently read 'The Fisherman's Apprentice' by Monty Halls. Excellent book and very informative.

I've been to Billingsgate twice for cooking courses. CJ Jackson is brilliant. She's written several books. And she knows everything worth knowing about fish.

Oh, I could go on all day but enough, eh...
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Never tried gnocchi, really must make the effort, I’m sure I can make it GF.

we’re lucky in that our local fishmongers has just celebrated it’s 103rd birthday. It is a great shop, lots of variety, friendly staff, good prices etc. However, the one near one of the places I work was saying that some of the fish they sell is British caught, sent to Europe for processing then sent back here to be sold… how ridiculous is that.

As far as fishing, most of the rivers around here are mandatory catch and release. When you find out some of the fishing clubs have 1000 members you can see why. I’ve not tried shore fishing yet as I’m worried about wrecking my rod but quite like the idea, no permits required.
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Seems there is still a fish market in Lowestoft which is where fish van man gets his.

He said Europe can't get enough of hake and far east like our cockles.

When on holiday in Hastings there was an area with fish shops and boats together, wonder if the fish did the traveling to London?

Around here Cromer crabs are local as far as I know plus mussels are local as well place beginning with B can't remember full name.
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