I’ve been lying in bed for half the day, partly because it’s a weekend and I need to catch up on my beauty sleep and partly because I’m not feeling too well. I’ve had a toothache and persistent headache for the last 4 days. I haven’t done anything about it or taken any meds for pain as I’m not the biggest fan of meds, I know this sounds hypocritical especially considering what I do for a living, but for me drugs are the last resort. And the dentist below the last resort line. Show me a person who’s not scared of dentists? I’m just hoping if I ignore it, it’ll go away. My body will sort everything out, like it always does.
A human body is an amazing thing, it knows exactly what to do, when to do it and how to do it. And because as the human race we have this need to always do, we interfere with a system that works beautifully well. And we end up causing more harm than good to our bodies. Drugs/ medications/ herbal preparations all have side effects: that’s an unrefuted fact!
So I believe only take something if you really, really, really have to. For example, if I have type 2 diabetes, I will work on the eating habits, exercise, losing weight, etc and if it doesn’t work, then I’d have to take the meds. Same thing with high blood pressure, high cholesterol etc. Body pains- massage before meds. You get the idea.
It amazes me how easy and unregulated it is to get the so called ‘over the counter’ drugs. You don’t even need a pharmacist anymore, who at least will tell you about the side effects of your over the counter drugs. Now all you do is walk down the road to your local shop and your shop assistant sells you aspirin or paracetamol or H2 agonists for indigestion/ heart burn. Obviously it’s unlikely he knows how they work exactly of what they’re side effects are.
But what makes me so sad, is when you see children being walking pharmacies. They’re little bodies filled with drugs, to prevent this and that, to treat hyperactivity, attention deficit, anxiety etc. Whatever happened to letting your child get infections to build their immunity, we all grew up getting colds and flu’s and surprise we’re still alive 🙂 ! I’m not saying mental disorders don’t exist, or serious infections don’t kill, they do, so by all means vaccinate your children and go to your doctor if you suspect something. But let’s learn to draw the line.
Did you know that Ritalin used to treat ADHD, that mom’s proudly say their children are on, has similar properties to Cocaine? Would you give your child cocaine? Yet your child having ADHD and being on Ritalin is an ‘in thing’, and you say it as loud as possible.
Anyhow, this rambling has very little to do with dinner. The point was, since I wasn’t feeling well today, I spent most of the day in bed watching TV. Mostly catching up on my food TV recordings. I watched ‘Save with Jamie’ by Jamie Oliver and he made a stew with leftover chicken with dumplings.
This took me back to my childhood, when I used to be sad because no one in my family knew how to make dumplings. But other children on our street occasionally had dumplings in their homes, and I used to be so envious.
So I’m going to try make dumplings tonight, so that my son can never have that feeling. But honestly he probably will, about something else. But I will not stop trying being the best mom :-P!
Dinner tonight: Spicy chicken stew with garlic/paprika dumplings.
What do you need?
- For the dumplings: 250g Self- raising flour, 100g margarine, pinch of salt, 1 clove of garlic, 1/2 tsp of paprika, 1/2 tsp of oregano.
The chicken stew- chicken pieces for 4, 250 ml of stock, 1 carrot, 1 onion, 5 mushrooms, 1 spring onion, 1 tbs garlic, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp white pepper, 1 stock cube.
For the cabbage pickle- handful of sliced red cabbage, 100ml rice wine vinegar, 1 tsp of sugar, pinch of salt, pinch of pepper.
What to do?
In a bowl, add flour and margarine, mix with your hands, then add salt, garlic, oregano and paprika. Keep mixing, then 100 ml of water. Continue folding until you have a soft dough, not too sticky though. Then set aside.
Note: I made my dumplings for 2, so halved the ingredients. That’s why they might look less in numbers.
The chicken stew.
In a big pot, add chopped onion, garlic and cook until soft, then add mushrooms and chicken. Let this roast a little before adding the liquid stock and the stock cube, paprika. Let it cook while you’re rolling the dough into small balls. Place the dough into the chicken stew around the pot. And cook for 30 minutes. Add carrots, spring onion, white pepper and salt to taste, continue to cook for 2 more minutes.
The red cabbage pickle.
While the stew and dumplings are cooking, start making your red cabbage pickle. This will help add some freshness to your dish. Slice the cabbage thinly( handful), then in to a bowl, add rice wine vinegar, sugar, pinch of salt & pepper. Mix well and set aside for at least 15 min
And we’re done! Serve your stew with dumplings, top with the red cabbage pickle and a sprinkle of fresh basil.
The verdict: The chicken stew is nice and spicy, good flavours and the pickle just works perfectly. A little bit of sweet, a little bit of tangy, really adds another dimension onto this otherwise one dimensional meal. But the dumpling did not turn out as I’d hoped. They’re a little stodgy on the inside, not light and fluffy. I’m not sure if it needs more cooking time or the mistake was in the making of the dough. I will keep working on it until it’s perfect, keeping you updated of course. Otherwise a good meal though :)! I’m in love with the cabbage pickle, might start adding it to everything.