Sunday, June 14, 2009

Potstickers: The Daring Cook Challenge, June 2009

I have completed my first Daring Cook Challenge, Potstickers.  The recipe worked well, just as presented by Jen at userealbutter blog.  I followed her suggestion to weigh the flour instead of measuring it. 



We thought the filling was a little bland so I added the equivalent of 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoons gin, and ½ teaspoon white pepper.  To test the new filling, I quickly cooked up a small amount.  Why waste another wrapper?

Making the wrappers was easy and fun. I inadvertently discovered that the dough was easier to work with after being refrigerated for a night.  I left the dough wrapped in a damp towel and kept it in the refrigerator until the next day when I was ready to work with it.



I made potstickers with half the filling.  I assembled and froze the rest about half of which ended up in soup and the rest are still frozen for another day.

I used a recipe from Sunset Magazine (March 1998) for the soup with a few additions. The recipe calls for canned broth but I used homemade stock I had in the freezer.  I also added 4 napa cabbage leaves, 1 carrot sliced thin, and about 1 cup of frozen peas. I don't know how to post a link yet so here's the link to the soup --

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Oops too soon

It seems that in my enthusiasm I published by Daring Cooks results too soon.  Each challenge includes a reveal date and it is on that day and that day only that I am to publish my results. I thought it was a no later than date, not an only date.  My mistake.  Potstickers to be re-revealed on June 14, 2009 … I hope. I return from Boston that day and I’m not sure my blog will be the most important thing on my mind.

In the mean time, here are a few shots from my attempt at the May Challenge.


Ricotta Gnocchi from the Zuni Café Cookbook.

Andrew managed to eat a bowl full. 

Still, not a success story but I learned a few things. The ricotta needs to be dry, really dry. Next time I’ll use a weight.