Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Haram Comfort Fest with Chinese Dumplings

Before I give you the recipe, I wish to point out that Seanymph, whose shining visage is on the left hand side of the page, has some truly delightful recipes on her blog, and I urge you to go there after reading this and drool. Her minestrone makes me hungry after the smoked pit beef sandwich I had at Root's farmer's market today....yeah, that good.

Last night, struggling with leftover ideas, I asked the youngest fartling what she wanted for dinner. Since Tyler Florence was making the Ultimate Chicken and Dumplings, and that sounded my-tee tasty, I asked her if she would fancy that.

Dumplings, yes...but they had to be Chinese style.

This was what I came up with:

Chinese Pork and Spinach Soup with Dumplings

And was it a hit! So I thought I would share it with you.


2 lbs pork chops bone in
1 bag frozen pot stickers or Chinese dumplings
1 tablespoon crushed ginger
3 cloves crushed garlic
1 tablespoon chinese five spice seasoning
1 teaspoon roasted sesame oil
salt and pepper to season
32 oz Chicken stock
1 bok choy, chopped
1 bag of cleaned spinach
1 small jar of hoisin sauce
chopped scallions to garnish

In a large stock pot, heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium high heat. Add the meat. Sear til browned on each side. Brown a few at a time, so as not to steam them, and then remove.

LOWER HEAT! Add garlic and ginger and saute. Add stock to lift off the crust on the bottom of the pot and add back the meat.

When the liquid comes to a slight boil, reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook for one hour, until the meat begins to fall off the bone. Remove chops from the pot and set aside.

Use entire jar and whisk into the broth. Add seasonings, including five spice and roasted sesame oil and stir well.

Add spinach and bok choy.

Pick meat off the bones and add back to the pot.

Add dumplings or pot stickers and cook til heated through. This soup is more like a stew than a soup, and the dumplings thicken the stock up a bit.

Add scallions and serve.

You may substitute many things in this soup, including tofu for pork, or noodles instead of dumplings, as in the picture above. It was a fly by the seat of my pants moment, and it turned out deliciously well.

As I told Seanymph: Aaah. Soup, the ultimate comforter, after the Holy Ghost hisself.

Now for some fun news. I have a new blog, in addition to this one:

The Blasphemous Blog. I won't say what it's about here, you'll just have to go there and read it for yourselves. Have fun. Forward any and all death threats to kafirtiti AT Gmail DOT com.


  1. You come to my blog drooling over the latest recipe for soup and now Ill be leaving here doing the same from yours. That soup looks and sounds wonderful and I am going to have to make it now. And thank you for the blog advertisement. Its funny to go to someones blog and see your own mentioned.....sort of like the Twilight I hear music..........??

    I just love soup tho. Your right, the ultimate comforter. And I loved the fact that you called the child a fartling.......giggle. Now why didnt I think of that when mine were little....its just so perfect!

  2. Jewel2:05 AM

    Rae IS such a fartling, too. Especially in the morning. Toot toot toot.

  3. I miss you posting here. I like this blog better. Hugs.

  4. I'm sorry I haven't posted for so long, dear. I miss you, too. I wish I could meet all the people with whom I have become friends on the web. How are things in your neck of the woods? I am going to post something tomorrow evening. I have some excellent vegetarian recipes I made for my finicky daughter which turned out very good. One is a taboule recipe and the other is for dinner tomorrow night. I will post asap!
    (I have been busy doing a lot of work. I have a myriad of part time jobs which are at all times of the days and nights. I am trying to sleep when I can)

  5. I understand busy, things are finally getting done around here with my house so Im in and out too and Ill be here less and less as time goes on and finally gone till I find a new home. Just dont disappear! I love this blog of yours. :)

    We are still dealing with "those" people tho and last week it got hairy. We are supposed to have one final day in Aug. but after how this day went, I have my doubts. So if your the praying sort, we sure could need some to get "those people" out of our lives for good.

  6. Well, Jewel. Where the hell are you? It's been months. I keep checking back and--nothing. I hope all is well with you and the little fartlings.

    This is a bad time to abandon the anti-jihad. Even I'm reconsidering, now that I'm back in PC's (two!). Except I've lost my millions of adoring fans.

    You still have at least one.



  7. Well, I haven't died yet, so don't worry, there. It has been an arduous busy summer and fall, however, and if the muse is upon you guys, I better get my act together. Sorry for the no show.


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