the last week of february 2012 will, from now on, forever be remembered here at the Manor as the week of "potstickers". poor jambaloney!!! we both love all kinds of asian food and back in the city had access to a variety of asian markets and restaurants where we could have our fill. here in cape breton, the asian section at our grocery store is one little shelf with a few bags of rice on it!
anyway, jambaloney went into town last week to pick up some groceries and supplies. being the dutiful wife, i stayed at the Manor, tended to the animals (2 sleeping cats) and spring-cleaned the house from top to bottom. i am a good wife like that. NOT! i got on the internet and checked out my favourite daily read blogs which includes a few recipe blogs (i did my daily chores after my daily read - teehee!). one of the blogs had a recipe for potstickers. i started drooling looking at the pics of the crispy, gooey pile of potstickers. so i sent jambaloney an email to his phone and asked him to look for dumpling wrappers. he searched high and low and finally found a package of 40 dumpling wrappers (dumpling wrappers is not and has never been on our list of "preps" so we don't have any. as you read below, you will see that has since been addressed!).
i scoured the internet for a variety of recipes for the potsticker stuffing and then combined them into my own kind of stuffing. i used ground beef, cabbage, carrot and green onion. i cooked the ground beef although the traditional way to make them is to put the ground meat in raw. once the meat was cooked, i shredded the cabbage, green onion and carrot and added it to the meat. i also dumped a nice helping of soya sauce and sesame oil into the mixture. it sure tasted good! i also made a dipping sauce of soya sauce, sesame oil, honey, a splash of apple cider vinegar, garlic, ginger and green onion - that dipping sauce is divine!
when jambaloney got home with the dumpling wrappers we made the potstickers and really enjoyed them. it was about an hour later when the crack in my brain occurred. i wanted more potstickers!!! so we made more. i had 4 more, jambaloney only wanted 2. for our evening snack, i had 3 more.
the next morning, jambaloney asked me what i wanted for breakfast. you guessed it - potstickers!!! at this point we had eaten half of the package and jambaloney did not want any more. i plowed through the remaining 20 potstickers over the next 2 days. and then ran out of wrappers! but i still wanted potstickers?!?!?! what to do??? i had never made the little wraps from scratch and because they are so thin, i worried that i wouldn't be able to make them. back to the internet to do some research. gather some recipes, all of which were pretty much the same AND looked really easy and VOILA! i have enough dough made for 40 more! and when you make them from scratch they taste even better!!! and we have all of the ingredients for making potstickers from scratch in our preps - woohoo! and now i am an obsessed lunatic making 3 or 4 potstickers every 2 hours. and dipping their crispy, little gooeyness into that delicious dipping sauce!
poor jambaloney! he knows not what to do with me except to let me do my thing and make potstickers. he says that he will never eat another one. i was hurt because my potstickers are the best i have ever tasted! he agreed. he loved them. he just isn't ever going to eat another one! which actually just means more for me - woohoo!
i don't know when this obsession with potstickers will end. i plan on going and making some more in a few.
in other news, our friend Max left a comment on our last post about making snow angels. i told him that we would as soon as the snow stopped. it stopped in the early evening and i said "c'mon jambaloney - we gotta go make snow angels for Max". he said "oh for the love of pete!" and started putting on his mitts and boots and coat. so we went out and made the snow angels but of course my sucky little camera did not get a very good pic even though i took several pics. this is the best one. we held hands while we did the angels. yes, it was freezing out. Max, your welcome buddy!
off to make more potstickers!