Well during this creepy Covid-19 crisis my guardian Pauline Conolly has been using a funny little dumpling recipe. She heard about it on ‘Aunty’ ABC radio. It’s just self-raising flour and soap, sorry soup (tee hee, my little joke)….yes, that’s it, very simple. I said even I could make dumplings this way. Pauline laughed at me, which was pretty patronizing. Anyway, I found a tin of tomato soup in the cupboard and decided to have a go.
Well the mixture is already looking pretty good. You could sift the flour, but I couldn’t be bothered. with that. Stirring, stirring, best to use a knife they say. Keep adding flour until it’s firm enough to handle, so to speak.
One little problem is that flour has a tendency to fly around!
I thought I would put in some parsley and thyme to add a gourmet touch. Pity I couldn’t find any sage and rosemary, like in the old song. Pauline’s herb garden is sadly lacking.
How big should a dumpling be? That is one of those eternal questions that has no absolute answer. But not too huge or else when they rise they might topple out of the saucepan Pop on the lid and have a little pre-dinner drink.
Looks like they’re nearly ready.
Well, if I say so ‘meself’ , these dumplings were streets ahead of the pumpkin ones Pauline made the other day. I ate an iso-lated (haha!) one for my dinner. That’s because I don’t really like the chicken stew part. It has smelly chorizo in it, plus onion and garlic. When you have a significant other like I do, a sweet breath will get you more kisses. That’s my experience anyway. It’s why I gave up smoking to be honest.
Garnish with a sprig of parsley to make it appear professional. Pauline said I look like a dumpling myself. Oh very funny…NOT! She never likes me to outdo her in anything, that’s the pathetic basis of her insult.
I made tomato scones with the left over dough. Milly and I had them for afternoon tea with lots of butter
You know how I mentioned pumpkin dumplings? Well I grew a pumpkin once. CLICK HERE