Good Sunday to you all my dear followers and readers!
Do we have any Pokemon lovers here? Maybe your kids are if you are not ?
Well… I used to watch Pokemon as a child and I think I ended up sending over the Pokemon fever to my eldest son, Aaron. His birthday is coming up and he wished for a Pokemon cake and so I took the challenge this morning to actually create one. Although I must admit that sugar paste crafts are not a piece of cake. I believe I lack the knowledge to handle the materials.
But well… let me tell you how I proceeded with the construction. You are free to be my judge because to me my childs smile matters the most.It says it all.
If you want to make it the easy way, go with simplicity. I bought a package of cookies which I crushed and blended with melted butter and then I put it to oven for 5-10 minutes to make a giant cookie chip as a buttom of my cake. I put this to freezer for few minutes to cool it.
Then I have mixed seperately chocolate powder and vanilla powder together with milk which became chocolate mousse and vanilla mousse. I added a tea spoon of gelatin to each mousse for it to be more hard as the next step would make the cake collapse if it was too soft.
Next, I put the mousse cake in the freezer and started coloring the sugar paste. Its good if you have some icing sugar as it can get quite sticky. I did not have any so I had to use flour which dried the sugar paste completely and make it break all the time.
I believe that I don’t need to explain much here. Making crafts requires a lot of patience and proficiency which I totally lack at the moment. But this challenge taught me that there are limitations which I have to address but that as long as I try I win as I know what I am good at and what I need more practice in. I did not have black color for example so I used medical charcoal for the belt. I did not have any cutters or dyes and so I took whatever could make a circle shape. Problem solving skills has been increased for sure and I cannot wait to create even more awesome things for my babies.
I believe that my effort was great as my son got all excited and wanted a charmander on the cake as well and even the younger one was eager to make his own figures but well, got to wait until 9th to see if the cake really is a success.
Today I want to gift you a recipe for chicken dumplings which is just delicious! It’s easy to make and you can involve your kids in the making as well just as I did.
The dough consits of water and flour. You can add a teaspoon of oil if you don’t want your dough to be too sticky. Use always warm water else your dough will be like worse than a rubber.
For the filling I have used :
2 chicken legs
2 red onions
3-4 garlic cloves
a half chicken cube
You have to cook the chicken legs. While the chicken legs are cooking dice the onions and garlic. Fry it together until the onions becomes soft and the colors seem to be less purple with the chciken cube. You can add a little bit of water if the chicken cube is not disolved. Set aside and check the chicken. If the chicken is cooked and there is no sign of blood left peel off the skin and put the meat in a bowl together with the fried inions and garlic. Use a handmixer if possible or blender to blendall the ingredients together into a paste.
Then roll the dough and cut out circles with a glass. Put feeling inside with a spoon and fold the dough. You can use the fork to tighten the edges just like my baby did.
You can cook the dumplings in water, steam them or fry them. Don’t forget to enjoy!