Thursday, February 11, 2010

Little Angels~

Share great recipes..dragonflies..etc:)
I've often mentioned that this is where I am learning to cook and bake more than anywhere else..through the wonderful blogs and people we come across..

This week two charming blogs(more than charming..that sounds clichéd..MUCH more than charming..) that I follow.. taught the same thing in different ways..

Feast your eyes here at Mary's and here at Linda's to see beautiful photos..step by step instructions..links to recipes..and discover this delicious little recipe..Dumplings/Potstickers~

Mine made 16 following Linda's technique of rolling it out to a log shape then cutting 16 pieces..then flattening with the base of my 4 Cup Pyrex glass measuring cup in between 2 sheets of cling wrap..

Do not do what I did and make the wrappers the night before.. because the soft little warm dough is so tempting to play with, unless you have a better idea than I did of placing each wrapper in between small disks of wax paper..they will will have a heck of a time removing them and will have to resort to a little gizmo I have on hand to seal..No pretty fancy pleats here..just my pierogie/samosa..sealer..thank goodness it worked to make my wrappers look more presentable..

They make clean neat little pockets..

My filling was my usual filling with pork and spring green onions some sesame oil,ginger soya sauce and asian sweet chili sauce..I made her dipping sauce with less soya and a touch of orange juice concentrate..and some thinly sliced spring green onions~
I served it w/ One Perfect Bites Rice/ cabbage warm salad..and we had a feast.

I would love to say we had some leftover..but we ate the all!! Just the 2 of us..That says a LOT.

The Dough Recette~

10 ounces (2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour
About 3/4 cup just-boiled water (see Note)
To prepare the dough in a food processor, put the flour in the work bowl. With the machine running, add 3/4 cup of water in a steady stream through the feed tube. As soon as all the water has been added, stop the machine and check the dough. It should look rough and feel soft but firm enough to hold its shape when pinched. If necessary, add water by the teaspoon or flour by the tablespoon. When satisfied, run the machine for another 5 to 10 seconds to further knead and form a ball around the blade. Avoid overworking the dough.
Alternatively, make the dough by hand. Put a bowl atop a kitchen towel to prevent it from slipping while you work. Put the flour in the bowl and make a well in the center. Use a wooden spoon or bamboo rice paddle to stir the flour while you add 3/4 cup water in a steady stream. Aim to evenly moisten the flour. It is okay to pause to stir or add water—it is hard to simultaneously do both actions. When all the water has been added, you will have lots of lumpy bits. Knead the dough in the bowl (it is not terribly hot) to bring all the lumps into one mass; if the dough does not come together easily, add water by the teaspoon.
Regardless of the mixing method, transfer the dough and any bits to a work surface; flour your work surface only if necessary, and then sparingly. Knead the dough (it is not hot) with the heel of your hand for about 30 seconds for machine-made dough, or about 2 minutes for handmade dough. The result should be nearly smooth and somewhat elastic; press on the dough; it should slowly bounce back, with a light impression of your finger remaining. Place the dough in a zip-top plastic bag and seal tightly closed, expelling excess air. Set aside to rest at room temperature for at least 15 minutes and up to 2 hours. The dough will steam up the plastic bag and become earlobe soft, which makes wrappers easy to work with.
After resting, the dough can be used right away to form the wrappers. Or, refrigerate it overnight and returned it to room temperature before using.

Note: Recipes for hot-water dough often call for boiling water to hydrate the dry ingredients, but I find that practice too dangerous and prefer to let the water rest first. For the just-boiled water, half-fill a kettle or saucepan with water and bring it to a boil. Turn off the heat and after the bubbling action subsides, 30 to 90 seconds (depending on the heating vessel), pour the amount needed into a glass measuring cup and use for making the dough. I typically wait no more than 2 minutes after boiling to use the water.

PLse read the whole article here..
The link provided by Linda~

Mary's cute little tortilla press would have been fun to try:)
You must go see both the girls superb photos..And learn from there first..I am here to tell you the recipe is great..I had tried homemade potsickers last year..the no avail..WE had once purchased Gyozas on a trip to the US at TJ"s.. NO comparison with all due respect~

I lightly sautéed mine..till they were golden..then added a bit of water..and a clear lid and steamed them until can also par boil then crisp my daughter did..I will try that too~

Merçi Les Filles~


  1. so pretty, i loved lindas too! but those angels, where did you find those, cute cute cute!

  2. These lok wonderful!! I agree-Blogland is better than most cookbooks!
    xoxo Pattie

  3. Thanks for the kind words about the warm rice salad. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  4. It looks like fun even if there was a degree of frustration! You had the perfect solution. I have never seen the little "gadget" before. The little pockets are perfect.

  5. I'm so glad you liked dough too, Monique... and thank you for letting us know about making it ahead.

    Your pleats are perfect using your little device...I have one but have never used it. I'll bet you know how I'm going to shape mine next time! Perfection. xo

    P.S. You know, at first I thought the little tiles in the first photo were your Valentine's Day handpainted cookies. You could do that. I know! :)

  6. Oh, we do find a lot of inspiration on blogs, don't we. I know I find much on yours. You are an inspiring cook! I love those tiles -- where did those come from -- so perfect for Valentine's but not the common red and you know how much I LOVE blue and white anything!

  7. Oh, we do find a lot of inspiration on blogs, don't we. I know I find much on yours. You are an inspiring cook! I love those tiles -- where did those come from -- so perfect for Valentine's but not the common red and you know how much I LOVE blue and white anything!

  8. I love blog inspriation, it makes me step up my game. I too thought those tiles were hand painted cookies, Maybe next time?

  9. Bloggers have certainly inspired me, especially in plating. Your photos and recipes would be fabulous in a cookbook.

  10. Beautiful blues! Just what I needed this morning.

  11. Beau blu!!!!!
    and your little press is perfect!
    We would have ate them all too...even a doubled recipe!
    Thanks M...Always an inspiration and a motivation for me.
    I'm hearing some here!...Here's! too!
    xoxo~Kathy@ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  12. They are perfect Monique! I would never know you did not pleat them by hand...cute little gadget!

    Now we are going to have to have a joint Macaron session...right?

    This was fun...I love doing this and sharing...with you and Mary. It is a wonderful learning experience.
    You know how much you inspire me all the time!

  13. I never thought to use my little press to make the dumplings - what a genius idea! I will be using that next time I make them. And, of course, I'll have to get on the bandwagon with everyone else and make them soon! Beautiful, Monique!

  14. Oh lala..I can't believe there were thoughts of my painting cookies that look like this..:) So cute!! No no no:)

    I am not making time I think..

    Those beautiful tiles were in a shop in Cortona Italy~!

    I am making a triple dumpling recipe and sharing w/ my daughters next weekend:)
    A joint macaron moment would be lovely~
    Have a wonderful evening~

  15. Love that potsticker gadget! And your tile angels are smashing! They look just like Italy!

  16. I have the little gizmo..never used it! Maybe someday soon.
    Yours look beautiful..and the "background" is so pretty..

  17. Love the blues...the perfect potstickers...I've been watching in awe as all of you have been making these.

    I agree, it is wonderful to be able to share and inspire as we go.

    Thanks again for such a lovely post.


  18. What? You too, Monique? ;) Dumplings every corner I turn. Oh dear! Is this a sign? They are beautiful! Little Angels they are. And of course, there won't be any leftovers! :)

  19. How terribly delicious sounding Nana! Yours look perfect! Oh, I need a perogi clamper!!! I always do mine by hand and they would look so much prettier with one of those!

  20. These must be delicious. Great things come in small packages. Yummy!

  21. I think I need another gadget! They almost look like crowns - very pretty and so beautiful photoed, M. The angel tiles were a beautiful find and I spy the dragonfly :)

  22. Thanks:)
    Susan.. your dragonfly..that flew from your home to mine.. arrived happily telling me stories of nanas:)It's been sunny here so he is at his best! Her best! Merçi encore~

    Maureen I am off soon to see if Fridays with father is there..I love your entries I really do.
    Marie.. I am doing the Ann /Lori post about you~

  23. What beautiful photos... for a moment I thought the tiles were cookies... the shades of blue are fantastic!!

  24. oh waht beautiful blues and angels..a gorgeous post Monique and dumplings too!!! oh my now i want tomake some too!!

  25. Nana, I too, thought the blue angels were your hand-painted cookies! :D You COULD do them that beautifully, I just know you could.

    I have 2 of the little pierogie shapers & have never used them. We live in an area now where homemade ones by Polish women are very affordable, so I've never bothered. They made great little dumplings!
    I supposed I'll just have to try these now, huh? LOL

  26. You are very creative in processing something , but it was very cool :) :)