I’ve never been the best cook in the house, and if dinner is left to me I usually go for something healthy, quick to make and crowd-pleasing. So many times I’ve tried out a new recipe hoping the kids will give it a go and it’s been rejected, quite often now I’m pressed for time and just make what I know everyone likes to eat.
My husband is a brilliant cook and always used to be trying out new recipes and ingredients at home. A vegetarian since he was 16, he used to make us a lot of meals from his original Cranks cook book and look for new ones in the paper or on cookery programmes. I always used to tease him when he asked me on a Monday, what do you fancy for dinner on Thursday? I mean when I lived alone, I never used to plan ahead and usually ate the first thing I saw when I got in.
Now Rog isn’t really well enough to cook and his appetite comes and goes, but quite often when he’s spending time at home he’s spied a recipe he fancies and asks if I can give it a go. Who am I to argue?! I mean I have objected to buying star anise and liquorice root in Asda when I really just want to buy a pizza, but always agree in the end. This week the whim was to try making vegetable gyoza, a kind of Japanese dumpling that we always used to have as a starter in Wagamama.
Armed with the actual restaurant recipe which we found online and a packet of gyoza wrappers (thin pastry circles really) from the freezer, we were ready to go. We even got the kids involved with the veg chopping in the hope it would make them want to eat them. And it did, kind of! Anyway, it turned out not to be too much effort and the end result was well worth it. The middle part is basically chopped carrots, onion, water chestnuts and celery mixed with sesame oil, and tastes amazing. We served them with a dip made from peanut butter, soy sauce and a bit of warm water, which was a hit with Sam more than anything else. Sweet chilli sauce worked well too. I wasn’t going to go to all this effort without taking some photos, so here they are in all their glory! A similar recipe for gyoza can be found here.
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