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Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Delicious Chinese Dumpling Recipe Tutorial (makes about 48)

500g cooked minced pork
2 eggs - beaten
120 g mushrooms - finely chopped
3 single spring onions - finely shredded
2 slices fresh root ginger - finely chopped
1 teaspoon sugar
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons light soya sauce
some beaten egg in dish
2 packets Chinese round dumpling pastry sheets (see picture below - available from good Chinese food stores) - approx. 48

So here's what you do:

1. To make the dumpling mix, take a large bowl and mix together the minced pork , mushrooms, spring onion, ginger and 2 beaten eggs.  Add the remainder of the ingredients and blend well.

2. Take a dumpling pastry sheet;  dab a little of the beaten egg and moisten the perimeter of the dumpling sheet (this is to ensure the pastry sticks together when sealing)

3. Place approx. one tablespoon of the dumpling mix in the centre of the wrapper & carefully fold into a
semicircle; crimp the edge of the dumpling with your fingertips so that it is all sealed and looks like the following:
4. Repeat this process with the remainder of the sheets and mixture.
5. Place the dumplings in a large steamer, bring the water to the boil and steam moderately for about 25 minutes.   Once ready, serve with a soya sauce/chilli sauce or Chinese vinegar dip.  Enjoy!!

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

I got a call from Tim Lewis recruitment agency offering me a temping job down at Whiteabbey Primary School (where I did a few weeks work last autumn).  They left a message on my answerphone at 12.05 pm, I rang back at 12.20 pm and the job was taken by somebody else. I was rather miffed at that, but I know I'll probably get offered something better.   Hopefully they'll ring me again soon - my fingers are crossed!

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Picnic time!

The weather forecast for this morning was dry and sunny...so we headed off early up the north Antrim Coast . First stop was Carnfunnock, that had a fun children's park. We had our picnic here.

Ryan had plenty of fun

Daddy on a fortress

View of the north Antrim Coast, N.Ireland


Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.

Does anyone also know the existence of the Harbin Ice & Snow Sculture festival in China? I personally have never been but a friend of mine has, and judging by the pictures it is really impressive!
Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - The Big Picture - Boston.com

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Harbin has temperatures as low as -24 C, it really looks so amazing there.

I became an auntie again!

At last I have something REALLY worth blogging about.....My sister Yvonne was due to have her twin babies on the 21st March 2010, but on the 1st March 2010, Jamison & Jenson decided to come into the world early.  They were born consecutively @ 4.14 am (Jamison) & 4.16 am (Jenson).    Jamison is the left baby , Jenson is on the right.

Jamison - 6lb 12 oz

Jenson - 6lb 3 oz

SO Cute , don't you think?
Just looking at these pictures makes me feel kind of.....well, broody (ahem!)

Ryan sings......