Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Comfort for Winter

So winter is here in Cape Town. The organizers of the DFL IPL cricket must be wondering why they came to South Africa - we seem to have more rain than England!

This however does not worry me, as I did not not pay Us$150 million for a share in a cricket team. I just got out my slow cooker and make a huge pot of bean and beef rib soup - and then added some feather soft, creamy dumplings, to make sure that the comfort level was a 10!

The soup is really easy - I just throw in lots of vegetables,beans, lentils, split peas and about 500g of short beef rib. Add plenty of herbs, garlic and water close the lid and leave it for about 6 hours. When you are about 10 minutes away from serving, you make these dumplings and serve in huge bowls! Winter at it's best!

1 heaped desert spoon of soft Butter
250ml of Flour
10ml of Baking Powder
2 Egg
Salt and Pepper
Enough lukewarm cream or water to blend .(the cream really does work very well)
Mix the first 5 ingredients together, so the butter is well incorporated into the flour.
Then add enough cream (or water) so the spoon slowly falls over.
Work out all the flour lumps.
Place spoonfuls of the batter on top of your stew. Try leaving a small space between each one. Then close the lid tightly and don't open for 10min.
When they are done, it is time to serve. You have these lovely soft clouds floating on your stew.


Kit said...

Looks good - I haven't made dumplings for a long time. I'll have to try it out on the family and see if they approve.

Cynthia said...

Oh my goodness, look at those fluffy dumplings lovingly soaked in soup. Soooooo good!

Jeanne said...

Oh, isn't that just total comfort in a bowl? Delicious!

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