Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Chicken and Dumplings

I am happy to report that our family has been successfully eating in {for Lent} for three weeks now.  If you know me in real life, you'd agree with me that this is quite an achievement! You see, cooking is not on the list of 'My Favourite Things'.  I cook because I have to.  It is very easy to persuade me to eat out or to order pizza. :-)

I am thankful that God gave us the opportunity to practice Lent this year.  It is definitely leading us towards developing a discipline that molds the body and the soul towards Christ and towards God's will.  For us, it is to give the same money that we would have spent eating out during these six weeks of Lent to this organization where we can help send six under-privileged Filipino children to school for one whole year!

My hope is that this is just the beginning for us... that we would be able to help send more of these children to school and committing to doing so until they graduate high school.

So... where was I?  Yes, the topic of cooking.  In the last week or so, I've had the opportunity to try out a few more new recipes.  Some weren't as successful but a couple of them were!  Here's one that we had just last night... and another one will be posted shortly.    
Chicken and Dumplings
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Makes: 4 servings

3 tbsp unsalted butter
8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
3/4 tsp salt
1 large onion, chopped
227-g package sliced mushrooms
1 tbsp garlic powder
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill, or 1 tbsp dried dillweed
2 medium carrots, sliced
2 celery stalks, diced
2 bay leaves

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp chopped parsley
2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk

Melt butter in a large pot set over medium.  Sprinkle both sides of chicken thighs with salt.  In 2 batches, add to pot and cook until light golden, about 2 minutes per side.  Remove to a plate.

Add onion and mushrooms to pot.  Cook until onions soften, about 3 minutes.  Sprinkle with garlic powder and dill.  Add carrots, celery and bay leaves.  Return chicken and any juices to the pot along with 2 cups water.  Bring to a boil.  Using a wooden spoon, scrape up and stir in any brown bits from pan bottom.  Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 5 minutes.

Stir flour with parsley, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl until combined.  Stir in milk.  When chicken has simmered 5 minutes, drop batter in 8 equal portions over stew.  Cover and continue simmering until dough rises and cooks through, about 15 more minutes.
Bon appetit!!!

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  1. I looove dumplings! I love what you are doing with the money you save by not eating out. What a gift for those children. I'm hoping once we get all the dust settled on adoption fees, reno costs, etc. that we can sponsor another compassion child. Did I tell you that we are hoping and praying to visit our two compassion children while in the Philippines? They're on Negros and our girls are on Panay. Despite our emotions being on high, we want to see our sponsored children before we go to meet and bring home our daughters. It's going to be an incredible two weeks!

    You inspire me greatly!


  2. We are going to visit our Compassion child in the Philippines this summer too! She lives in Masbate. We're all really excited about the possibility... hopefully everything will work out & we get to see her!

    I'm excited about your upcoming trip! I just know it'll be awesome!!! :-)