Dumplings (Part 1)

March25

The first dumpling that I ever tasted was made by my Grandma Felicia.  She was a little Polish lady and my Dad says I am most like her.  When I reach for another helping of potatoes or noodles, my husband remarks “That’s my little Polak”.  Her dumplings had a prune inside and she served them with hot butter and cinnamon and sugar. 

Dumplings Previous to Boiling

Dumplings Previous to Boiling

My second dumpling exposure was when my husband owned a family restaurant.  One of their weekly specials was chicken stew with dumplings which he thinks had an Austrian origin. The technique was really unusual because the raw dumpling dough was dropped right on top of the stew and then covered.  The steam from the stew would cook the dumpling.chicken_stew-thumb

The first time I had Chinese dumplings was when my husband and I had just begun our family life.  We took our new born daughter with us for dim sum and I had taken her to the Ladies Room to change her diaper.  When I returned, the table was covered with food, we ate and were back in the car in 10 minutes!  Needless to say, we had to learn the fine art of dim sum dining.   When the kids were still little I would buy dim sum in Chinatown (The Oriental Market on King St.) and take it to the lake for a special dinner.  My son would ask for more of the pork dumplings by saying “Can I have more of those little brains?”

 My Chinese Dumpling recipe in Part 2.

Kath’s quote: “The fricassee with dumplings is made by a Mrs. Miller whose husband has left her four times on account of her disposition and returned four times on account of her cooking and is still there.”- Rex Stout

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5 Comments to

“Dumplings (Part 1)”

  1. Avatar March 25th, 2010 at 7:28 am Victoria Says:

    I, too, make chicken soup and beef stew with the raw dumpling (or gnocherle) dough dropped on top and steamed. so yummy


  2. Avatar March 25th, 2010 at 7:45 am kath Says:

    Is gnocherle a French word?


  3. Avatar March 25th, 2010 at 8:00 am Victoria Says:

    No – that’s what the recipe in the Joy of Cooking calls them:-) And I use real butter and often add minced parsely to the dumplings.
    Yum…


  4. Avatar March 25th, 2010 at 6:02 pm Caroline Says:

    Mom used to make dumplings on top of a fresh blueberry stew thing… she cooked them in the warm blueberries and their steam.. they were placed tightly togther in the pot and the steam would escape making a grunt noise.

    I just had my first Dim Sum last week with the boys.. it was so much fun and very tasty!


  5. Avatar March 26th, 2010 at 4:54 am kath Says:

    Caroline-the blueberry dumplings sounds absolutely divine!


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