Tuesday, July 04, 2006

An Incovenient Truth..

That won't be the only thing to scare them. Iraq is not a success, the violence continues and the installation of a new government clearly has not helped (it really was not going to help, this incompetent bunch just does not and will not try to understand what they were getting in to). Afghanistan continues to be a problem and the Taliban continue to fight. The idiot Kim in North Korea wants attention which Iran has been getting much to his chagrin. Not to forget domestic issues like the deficit and the growing income inequality, rising health care costs and many more issues that concern us ordinary folks. And it's been the GOP in power trying to make this country in their selfish, retarded vision. By the time they are done, we may not recognize the country we live in.

On to better things..

Asian Dumplings
We made this holiday weekend while our friend Dan was here.

For the filling -
1 lb ground pork (beef would work too)
1 pkt of glass noodles
3 - 4 leaves of a napa cabbage
sesame oil
Fresh ground pepper to taste

The Skin-
Dumpling wrappers. Make sure you don't get the ones that are meant to be deep fried.

Dipping Sauce –
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 inch piece of ginger, grated
A couple of shoots of spring onion

Mix the soy sauce and rice wine vinegar. Squeeze the grated ginger to extract the juice in to the sauce. One can even add a few pieces of finely grated ginger in the sauce. Add a few chopped pieces from the tender shoots of the spring onion.

Hot Chilli Sauce –
This is basically Thai red chillies soaked in peanut oil. It usually takes a couple of weeks for the heat from the peppers to seep in to the oil. This is excellent when drizzled on the dumplings. One can even mix the hot oil with some soy to make a slightly different type of a sauce.

Cook the glass noodles in some hot water. Blanch the napa cabbage leaves. After blanching, cut off the pieces of the cabbage that are not tender.
Add to the ground pork, along with 1-2 tablespoons of sesame oil.
Fresh ground pepper to taste.
2-4 tablespoons of soy sauce.
Mix all the ingredients. I usually taste some of this mix to make sure everything is fine.

Now the fun part begins. For us the filling of each dumpling wrapper with the right amount of mix and then folding it to make it look like the dumplings in a restaurant is really fun. It always brings to mind the Sundays in the fall and winter spent filling dumplings watching football with *A* and a few friends.
Anyway the process of filling each dumpling is simple. We take the round wrapper in the palm of the hand and put the mix in the center. Then we wet a finger with some water and run it along the border of the entire dumpling and fold it as we seal it. The mositure helps seal the dumpling and they will not break during cooking. It is best to place the filled dumpling on a tray liberally sprinkled with rice flour, to prevent them from sticking to the surface or to each other.

Once done, all the dumplings are sautéed in a pan with some oil. We also put in about half a cup of water and cover the pan.
Serve with the dipping sauce and/or drizzled with hot chilli sauce.
One can freeze the dumplings in a container (rice flour sprinkled) if you don’t want to make all of them at one time. A pound of meat will usually give you about 50-55 dumplings.
We have made these at least 12-15 times and they always taste good. Thanks for this great recipe are due to our friend “M” and her mom. I remember “M” having us at her place in New Haven, and watching with fascination as she made the dumplings. Obviously we have been hooked.


Enyur said...

Thanks! I was thinking of making dumplings...I tried perogies - the frozen ones - (which, I think are similar to dumplings?), and they turned out kinda sticky, it was like chewing rubber! lol!

I'll try your recipe!

Aditi said...

hmm looks good as always

I read somewhere that no candidates in sight yet for the 2008 race

Keshi said...

**By the time they are done, we may not recognize the country we live in.

u've got a great point there!

yummy the pics made me hungry again :)


karmic_jay said...

@Enyur.. we have tried frozen gyozas and they are not as good as the ones that are home made. Good luck witht he recipe, it is pretty easy.

@Aditi. Hillary maybe the popular choice but its too early

@Keshi . Thanks,. They were yummy but *A* thought I could have taken better pics. Well it was late and we were starving so the pics had to be rushed. :)

Aditi said...

yea I figured Hilary might come into the race this year, except a lot of people I know last year simply revoted for Bush because they wanted continuity in the war against terror.
I hope that isnt a reason for them to vote Republican this year

karmic_jay said...

@Aditi. I think most people are fed up with what is going on. The incompetence, the lying, mismanagement. Iraq is really the back breaker. If these fools want to vote for Bush again then there is no hope for us.

Aditi said...

well.. u were out in a rally last week.. u realy think most ppl care about the incompetance or mismanagement.. they will just say these guys are doing the best they can.. given the circumstances.

karmic_jay said...

I think people do care, question is how many chances do you give them? Not anymore if the track record is any indication. But I am not like most people.

opinionatedinjerzee said...

hmmn. looks good! will have to give it a try! no pork of course! lol!

Sadaf Trimarchi said...

Dumplings do look good.

As much as I've supported the war in Iraq, the numerous mistakes that have been made there are deeply troubling. The latest news with the soldier raping the young girl and killing her family sickened me this weekend. I definitely continue to wonder what we are accomplishing there, even as I try to hold on to the belief that we are doing the right thing. It's been getting harder.

It's unrealistic to assume that all of this will signal a turnaround in administration. The Democratic party seems unable to capitalize on what could be spun as Republican mismanagement. And even considering putting Hillary as a candidate is a sign to me that this party - for which I am a registered voter, has absolutely no idea what it takes to get elected these days.

karmic_jay said...

@Sadaf, thanks. As for the war, I was always opposed to the Iraq war, especially since I thought we had not finished the job in Afghanistan (Recent events seem to bear that out).
My opposition was partly based on the fact that I had an inherent mistrust of this administration and how they handled criticism directed against them and the lies and shifting justifications for war. I can also claim to some familiarity with the history of the place. Having lived in the Indian subcontinent which has seen it's share of insurgencies, that was something a lot of people predicted. The mismanagement of the post-invasion events took away any chances we had to do things right. Sadly I believe the only policy this administration has is to say "stay the course" till after the November elections and Bush will say "No withdrawal on my watch" thereby handing it off to a successor (democratic or republican).

I agree the democrats have not capitalized on it as much as they could have. Which is rather hard to do when you have media which largely does not criticize the party in power. It's a lot easy to call the democrats as divided. I would say that the democratic postion on this is far from divided. It is on the other hand a healthy debate about different approaches to the war, which is what we as an open society should be having. With the GOP stay the course (even if it leads off a cliff) approach that debare is just not happening on the other side. This is what people are starting to notice and this will be reflected come November, faced a choice wouldn't they rather go with a party that is at least debating the issue as opposed to covering their ears and being blind to facts like the GOP is?

BTW I am no fan of Hilary as a candidate although I do admire her. I am no fan of the DLC type triangulation that she has been trying to accomplish. Just as the GOP candidate will play to the base (lookie at McCain sucking up to the Falwells who he professed to despise) there is no reason why the democratic candidate not reach out to their own base.
The war in Iraq is and will be an issue esp in light of things in Afghanistan, Iran and now North Korea.

Diana said...

You know, 2 years ago I thought that there was no way Bush-and-his could win a 2nd term. The GOP is horrifying, but the Dems are incompetant at getting themselves elected, even in what should have been a 'gimme' election.

Thanks for posting the recipe. It looks divine. Something to take the taste of the current political situation out of my mouth, so to speak.

karmic_jay said...

Diana..thanks for stopping by. :)

Keshi said...

** we were starving so the pics had to be rushed

lol so u jumped straight into the plate after a quick click :) Good on ya Jay!


Paresh said...

Nice recipe, although T and I don't eat red meats, it still looks quite appetizing and the plating was awesome ;)

thanks for the comment. The levitating globe is an awesome conversation piece for my cube and it always makes people do double takes :)

Teri said...

Pot stickers! We call those dumplings pot stickers. I make them all the time (well, relatively speaking - when I have time to make labor-intensive food). I put garlic and ginger in the filling and leave out the noodles. They are also good made with ground chicken (best if you put some egg in with chicken, or the filling is crumbly, but not neccessary.

karmic_jay said...

@Paresh, Thanks for stopping by.

@Teri.. Hmm, that's an interesting variation for us to try.

Lera said...

Wow,appetising dumplings with step by step pics are so awesome,I would love to try this with chicken mince along with the dipping sauce.