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Sometimes when cooking after a long day, I sadly start to think, is this worth it? As a food blogger, this probably is not a great phrase to state. Yet, after a day of teaching little guys and going to meetings, cooking is sometimes the last thing I want to do. When making these dumplings, I began to think this halfway through. However, after flour all over the place, lots of ridiculous laughter, and seeing thirty messy dumplings ready to be devoured, I realized that this recipe was not so tedious after all. Instead, it was rather enjoyable. While making these cabbage and carrot dumplings, I realized how silly and fun cooking can actually be.




After a long week working, it was a very welcomed surprise. Although I wanted to jump in and begin eating right away, I waited patiently while making an amazingly fun mess. Sprinkling flour on Dan and trying to make ‘more perfect’ dumplings than him, allowed us to really play and be free in the kitchen. Most notably, this delight made me realized that some recipes are perfect for a stay in date night.

Vegetable Dumplings

 

One reason why writing this blog, is our recent discovery of how exciting cooking can be. Lately, Dan and I have been selecting recipes that bring more enjoyment than an incredible product. While the dishes are very delicious, the process has been a welcomed excitement as well. Any dish where there is a fun assembly or a complicated procedure, we enjoy being in the moment and working through the confusion together. From arranging dumplings to molding perfect meatballs, we have loved the creativity and joy that goes into cooking together.




This recipe was so enjoyable and not as complicated as it seemed. Best of all, it can be customized by adding various ingredients including meats or different vegetables. While we only used cabbage, carrots and zucchini, these dumplings would be great to add more or different vegetables to the mixture. We had an amazing time molding these fun dumplings, and we hope that you and your family can enjoy the same amount of amusement. Buon appetitio!




Cabbage and Carrot Dumplings

Cabbage and Carrot Dumplings

Ingredients

  • For the Dough:
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • For the filling:
  • 1 tsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. peanut oil
  • ½ cup shredded zucchini
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup shredded cabbage
  • *You could easily use a bag of store bought shredded carrot and cabbage mix to skip the cutting steps.

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and water and let sit for ten minutes.
  2. Knead the dough for about five minutes and then set aside for about 1 hour at room temperature.
  3. While sitting, prepare the filling. After shredding the vegetables, combine in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add the rice vinegar and peanut oil and mix.
  4. Once the dough is ready, roll it out. We made long, circular tubes that were about 10-12 inches long. This allowed for easy cutting. Cut about 1-inch pieces after rolling out all of your dough. This should make for about 25-30 dumplings.
  5. Once all of your 1-inch pieces are cut, roll them out so they resemble flat, thin and small pancakes. One at a time, add a small scoop of the mixture to each pancake. When finished, twist and pinch each side of the dough up into the center so that it creates a dumpling. Work your way slowly around the entire dumpling with a pinching and folding technique.
  6. When the dumplings are complete and stuffed, place is a steamer basket over boiling water. Make sure that the basket and the dumplings are not touching the water. Steam the dumplings for about 15 minutes. Enjoy!
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