March 18 ...
‘My family dumplings are sleek and seductive, yet stout and masculine. They taste of meat, yet of flour. They are wet, yet they are dry. They have weight, but they are light. Airy, yet substantial. Earth, air, fire, water; velvet and elastic! Meat, wheat and magic! They are our family glory!’
I wonder if he was of ancestral
“The inhabitants of this County are strong and robust, sharp and cunning. The Food of the Commonalty is much upon Puddings and Dumplings, which has produced the Proverb of Norfolk Dumplings, as the Eating Beans so much in Leicestershire has proverbially nicknamed the People Leicestershire Bean-Bellies. Nor may the People be ashamed of their Food, it being certainly the wholsomest and nourishing to the human Body, not breeding such ill Juices as Flesh doth.”
[Magna Britannia Antiqua .. 1738]
Every country and every era has has its starchy belly-filling, protein-stretching dish: frumenty, porridge, polenta, bread are but a few variations of the theme. Dumplings are simply lumps of boiled dough, and are certainly not unique to
MAKE a batter with a pint of milk, two eggs, a little fat, and fome flour ; drop this in little quantities into a pan of boiling water; they will be done in three minutes; throw them into a sieve or cullender, to drain.
[The Ladies Assistant. Charlotte Mason. 1787]
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“ [Samuel Taylor Coleridge] holds that a man cannot have a pure mind who refuses apple dumplings. I am not certain but he is right” . Charles Lamb.