A while back, I recall suffering a slight hangover after a 40th birthday bash and pondering what on earth to do for dinner. At the time, I really craved dumplings and not having the luxury of a decent take out option in our town, I set off to gather the ingredients that I needed. Usually I make some simple pork pot stickers using a favourite Donna Hay recipe. For whatever reason however, that night I decided to experiment with more fillings and different styles of cooking. Along with the tried and true pot stickers, I made some steamed pork dumplings, steamed chicken dumplings and a chicken filled wonton soup. I did cheat and use a Campbell’s chicken consommé as my base for the soup, however!
Here is my wonton production line – I must say, probably a bit ambitious when not feeling 100%!
The end result…
Having made so many dumplings, I decided to freeze them in zip lock bags. This was an experiment, but it turns out that they freeze and cook well. In fact, I just cooked up a batch of the pot stickers for lunch. Given I am home from work to get organised post-honeymoon, I wanted a quick and easy alternative for lunch so that I could get back to tidying up.
Here is a picture of lunch – all prepared in less time than it would have taken me to get take away.
This is the recipe from Donna’s book and a picture of the cover. I love this cookbook for weeknight meals!
Donna’s dumplings from the book:
Well, here I am clearly in procrastination mode… I think blogging about lunch defeats the purpose of my quick lunch in the first place! So back to unpacking luggage for me….