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May 9, 2005
     So, I did a little bit of experimental cooking and damnnnn did it turn out good. I'm quite pleased with myself. I bastardized atleast 4 different motifs to create my very own 'things'. What are the things? They are dumplings.. kinda. Well.. more like a bun.. kinda... but fried.. and filled. Hard to explain. Here's the deal. I'll give you the recipe, you make 'em, eat 'em and name 'em.

Thing (filling)
  • 1 540ml(19oz) can of black beans
  • 1 (unknown quantity) of chopped spinach. About as much as the beans, but a bit less.
  • 1 (unknown quantity) of curry powder. About 2 tablespoons I think. Maybe
  • 1/2 small can of kernel corn.

         Put the beans and a bit of water into a pot and let them cook for a bit(5 minutes or so). Mush them up with a musherthingy and then add your curry. Let it cook a bit more(5 minutes or so) and add your spinach and corn. Stir it all up and let it cook for a bit more(5 minutes or so). Your general aim is a spicy bean spinach mush with little corn kernels in it.

    Thing (dough)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tspn salt
  • 2 tblspn cream

         Add your water, egg, salt and cream into a bowl and stir it up real nice-like. Add your flour until it becomes unstirrable. Add the rest of the flour as you kneed the dough. I found if you need the dough alot, it makes a nicer dough.

    Thing (The gathering)
  • 1 thing dough
  • 1 thing filling

         I usually end up making the dough first, so it sits for a bit, while I make the filling. This is good for the dough. On the other hand, I made some more things today and the filling had sat in the fridge over night, and was much easier to work with. Do what you can. If you want to let them both sit for a bit, that's groovy, but I'm sure you can manage with unsitted bits.
         Roll out your dough nice and thin-like, about to 1/16' or so. Thin. Cut it into triangles, drop a little teaspoon of filling onto each triangle and then fold them closed. I find making a nice triangle shaped thing works good.
         Heat up a bit of oil, louisianna red hot sauce and light soya sauce in a frying pan(more redhot sauce than soya sauce, more oil than soya sauce, only one frying pan), and put your things into the pan. Cook them until they're a nice cooked colour.
         In regards to the frying, there's a magic temperature that you can cook at where your oil doesn't spit all over it. I can't find it. The easiest way to deal with this problem is to just let the stupid thing spit everywhere it wants and wipe the top of the stove off afterwards.
         Remove the things from pan. Eat things. Send me good name for things. Enjoy!
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