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.
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!