Perhaps my last hurrah with a favorite… Dumplings!

As lack of mobility and the associated incapacity of old age increase in our daily lives, we become more and more acutely aware of that which we may can do today, but surely may not be able to do tomorrow.

I have for the most part over the years enjoyed cooking but for part of this past year have had to hire caretakers to come in and relieve me of most of my cooking duties. Of course as you may well guess, they don’t do it the way you do it so things don’t normally go so well. Especially if you are as picky about food as I am. Currently I have relieved all those supposedly cooking caregivers and have taken my cooking duties back over as best I could.

Yesterday evening was one of those times when I made up my mind I was going to cook myself a pot of dumplings. Now nobody made dumplings like “mama” but over the years I think I came pretty close to developing her style and technique. Given the standing up involved and the time involved it is now these days a fairly difficult meal for me to attempt to cook. But not knowing if it would be my last time or not, I had to have one more pot of “mamas” dumplings.

As it were, they turned out really well as hopefully reflected by the photo below. I’ve lost a little weight so that pot of dumplings may go a long way in resolving that little weight issue.

Anyway, if that indeed turns out to be my last fling in the kitchen with my favorite dumpling dish, well so be it. At least it was a good experience for the most part and satisfied that old anguished saying, “If only I could have done or had this or that just one more time…”

4 thoughts on “Perhaps my last hurrah with a favorite… Dumplings!

  1. Mmm, that looks good. I’ve never fixed dumplings, but if done from scratch I imagine it’s quite a chore. I’m glad you were able to satisfy this particular craving. I get really grumpy when I can’t satisfy a particular food craving. Mostly it’s not stuff I cook but stuff I used to be able to buy … in Oklahoma. Braum’s Cherries, Pecans, and Cream ice cream; onion burgers from that diner on Memorial Road; BBQ from the place near the supermarket; Steak Sandwich Supreme from Del Rancho; chicken fried steak from Sleepy Hollow Restaurant. I’ve been here for 12 years and have yet to find good substitutes for those things. But then, we always remember things as better than they actually were, don’t we? At least, that’s the way I console myself.

    1. Indeed, I remember a lot of those old places back in the day. And even if you could go back, most if not all of them would be gone by now. Even much of the food we buy in the grocery store has changed. I use to eat an entire package of fish sticks at one sitting back in the day, now it’s hard just to choke one fish stick down. 🙁

  2. Hello, I’ve always wondered about dumplings and even tried to add some to a pot of stew. That was 30 years ago. I don’t know if I did it right or wrong, probably wrong. Congratulations on getting the job done. Gravy looks delicious. Bon Appetit.

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