Usually before the school holidays arrive, we talk about things we want to do during the school holidays and one of the things I promised James and Sienna was, that we would make Dumplings. Today was the day where we all had Dentist appointments in the morning and the kids had a Podiatrist appointment this afternoon so in between all of that we made some dumplings for dinner.
We followed Celia's Dumpling Recipe from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial blog and they were delicious. I purchased two packets of Wonton Wrappers or sometimes known as Gow Gee Pastry as seen in this post which are round however we used the square Wonton Wrappers. They can be found in the fridge section of the supermarket somewhere near the pastas which is near the cheese section. The Wonton Wrappers had 68 wrappers in each packet and we used two packets minus about 6 wrappers however we could have used those if we didn't fill some of them quite so much. I just discovered a recipe for you to make your own Wonton Wrappers however you would have to be pretty keen to make them, and then the actual dumplings but it's there if you feel the need to spend the day in the kitchen.
We each had 10 dumplings each for dinner and the kids would have had more if I let them. The rest of the dumplings were put in the freezer on a tray lined with baking paper so once frozen I can then put them into little ziplock bags for another yummy evening when it's just a matter of boiling some water on the stove and making up a little sauce to dip them into. Totally delicious. It took the 3 of us just over an hour to do all of these (120 or so) we put on some music and got to work. If you were doing them by yourself it would take a lot longer and I would then sit down at the dining table and do them rather than standing up at the bench. Here's a look at our little adventure into making Home Made Dumplings.
Whilst I'm sure our unique shaped dumplings would never make their way into a Chinese Restaurant they tasted amazing and the kids loved them. James wants them again for dinner tomorrow night but I said we could have them on Saturday night. It's a great activity if you have kids because they chopped and mixed and then filled the Wontons and everybody was happy plus it even has Bok Choy in it which there is no way James would eat normally. Take a look for yourself.