Friday, 17 April 2009

I Feel Pretty!

I know you are wondering.. did I lose weight? Did I get some sun? Perhaps a little work around the eyes? No, I got a blog makeover! I was visited by the Blog Fairy, and I liked it! I am feeling wonderfully refreshed for spring. What do you think? I hope you like it too.

Now... on to dinner, shall we?



This week for Tyler Florence Fridays I made his Shrimp and Ginger Siu Mai Dumplings with my new Breville Healthsmart Steamer that I got for Christmas. I have to say, the steamer seems to have a design flaw. The baskets are numbered and the second and third don't fit into the base - they have to be put on in order. If the foods in the top baskets are not done yet, you are a bit out of luck unless you want to overcook what is in the first level. Sigh. I will play around with it some more but tonight I just had to balance the others on top of the base to finish steaming.

On to the dumplings, they were pretty good. I think I would have liked them better with homemade wrappers (not Tyler's fault) and maybe with something crunchy in them like celery or water chestnut - they were pretty soft. All in all I would give them a 3 out of 5. They did get a perfect score on the Food Network website though, so it might just be me.

Hubby quite liked them, and the flavour was nice and shrimpy.. maybe I am more of a fried wonton sort of gal.

Shrimp and Ginger Siu Mai Dumplings
Tyler Florence, Real Kitchen

Ingredients:

For the Shrimp Filling:
1 pound shrimp, shelled and deveined
1/2 pound ground pork
1 green onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, grated
2 egg whites
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce, plus some for dipping
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Wrappers:
1 (10-ounce) package round wonton wrappers
Canola oil, for brushing the steamer
Savoy cabbage, for lining the steamer, optional
Cilantro, for garnish

Directions
Special equipment: wok, bamboo steamer
To make the shrimp filling: Pulse all the ingredients in a food processor until partly smooth but not completely pureed. It should have a little texture. Season with salt and pepper.
To assemble dumplings: Hold a wonton wrapper in your hand. Dip a spoon in cold water and then drop 1 tablespoon of the filling onto the center of a wrapper (dipping the spoon in cold water first will make the filling come off easier). Gather the edges of the wrapper up around the filling and squeeze the sides slightly with your fingers. The sides will naturally pleat, leaving the filling slightly exposed. Tap the dumpling on the table so the bottom is flat and it stands upright. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling. (You can freeze the leftover filling for 2 or 3 weeks.)
Lightly oil the bottom of a 10-inch bamboo steamer and line it with the whole cabbage leaves. Stand the dumplings in the steamer in a single layer and don't let them touch. You should be able to get 12 siu mai in the steamer at a time. Bring 1 to 2 inches of water to a boil in a pot. Set the bamboo steamer over the pot, then cover it with the bamboo lid. Steam for 10 to 12 minutes or until the filling feels firm and is cooked through. Serve in the steamer basket and garnish with cilantro and soy sauce.

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