Thanks to everyone who participated in helping choose the very first recipe I’ll test from the It’s All Good cookbook. The big winner was Veggie Dumplings followed very closely by Japanese Chicken Meatballs. So no one feels left out, I will make the meatballs next, okay?
I am planning on making the dumpling with my 10.75 year old’s help (she would really want me to tell you she’s ten and three quarters). She truly is my sous chef. I started cooking and baking with her when she was about one. First, she “helped” (i.e.: made a huge mess and caused a lot of havoc but had a great time). Now she truly helps. For real. She reads recipes, measures, chops, cracks eggs, blends, toasts, and can even make some recipes by herself start to finish. It’s a revelation. After all the hard work of incorporating her into my kitchen endeavors, even on days when it would be so much easier to do it by myself, she now truly makes cooking and baking easier on me! It only took about 10 years, but here we are. So anyway, the picture of the dumplings above are what they would look like in my dreams. The end result will surely be delicious but maybe not so pretty. Regardless, I will post the real photos of our finished product.
On a separate but related note, I started my classes for my Nutrition Consultant program yesterday. I am enthralled already by the material so that’s a good sign. My favorite takeaway from yesterday’s reading was this: “Being in conflict over what to eat, when to eat, how to eat, and with whom to eat may be a greater problem than what to eat, as distress sends a major stress message to the nervous system, inhibiting robust digestive response”. — Ed Bauman. I find this to be so true. I know so many people who are on special eating programs, or who just feel really stressed about eating in general. I think it’s so important to remember that being relaxed about eating, whatever it is you are putting in your mouth, is so important. Stress surrounding eating just messes up your insides. I truly believe that when you are relaxed about it, your digestive system works better. Remember though, I’m no doctor, so if you are on some sort of medically required eating program, you should stick with it and listen to your physician.
Until next time, eat well!