We had friends over for dinner on Friday and I was determined to try some new recipes, rather than falling back on my standard chocolate pots and fajitas. I ended up discovering two of the simplest but delicious dishes I’ve ever made, which I think is worthy of making a note of.
Really easy recipe # 1: Chinese dumplings
You can buy wonton skins to make these, but since all you need to DIY them is just 150g of plain flour plus enough water to make a non-sticky dough, it’s a lot easier to make your own than track them down in a supermarket. Put the flour in a bowl, add water gradually, and keep kneading until the dough is pliable throughout. Separate out into balls – it makes enough for about 12-16 dumplings – then roll out on a floured surface until they’re very thin.
For the mixture, anything goes. I made mine veggie, so food poisoning through under cooking wasn’t an issue, so just had grated carrot, finely diced pepper, finely diced radish, chopped spring onion, garlic and dark soy sauce.
Put a spoonful of mixture in the centre of a skin, wet the edges of the dough with a little water, then seal up the edges with a crimping motion, so the dumpling looks a little like a Cornish pasty. Heat some oil in a wok, and fry the dumplings (in batches of about 4-6) on one side until golden brown. Flip them over, add about 1/4 cup of water to the pan, and put the lid for about 2 minutes on so they steam on the other side.
Serve with a dipping sauce – mine was simply dark soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce and rice wine vinegar.
Really easy recipe # 2: Lemon cream
This came from Nigel Slater’s Real Fast Puddings, and it certainly is one of the quickest desserts I’ve ever made. Mix 6 tbsp of Greek yoghurt with 6 tbsp of creme fraiche. Add 4 tbsp of good quality lemon curd and the zest of a lemon. Chill for ten minutes then serve in little espresso cups or small bowls. Should be enough to serve 4 people with some left over for Sunday picking.