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Welcome to the Feb 24, 2013 Newsletter !

Playing with Your Dumplings
Basic and Simple, Savory and Dessert, Get Creative

So many things to make from flour ....from noodles last month to the many styles of the food we call in the new world Dumplings.
Sometimes the lines are blurry between , a noodle, dumpling, Krapfen, and other dishes.
The one thing in common is they are boiled or steamed.

Part 1

Our German Cookbook Specials

Specials from the German Deli

Simple baking powder Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings

Blueberry Dumplings

Spoon Dumplings

Cloud Soup

Pears and (Bread) Dumplings

Knödel or Klöße?

Dumplings are a favorite food throughout Germany. They are known as Klösse (Klöße)... pronounced KLA-sa... in Western and Northern Germany, and Knödel...pronounced...Ka-NA-del...in South-Eastern Germany. Dumplings are made out of a dough, that can be made up of flour, potatoes, bread and other ingredients. Most often formed into a ball-shape, then boiled or steamed in salt water. In Germany, you will find a dumpling for every occasion and course in a meal. - they can be served as a main meal, as a side dish, as part of a soup, or served sweet for dessert. Some varieties are also filled with foods such as bread cubes, fruits, or meats.

The well-known and ever extensible versatility of the dumpling is demonstrated by the variations from country to country, from region to region, from house to house, from generation to generation. It is believed its fans do not simply read recipes but uses them as a starting point for imaginative, and thus also for inventive, cooking.

a month ago we did a newsletter on making home made noodles (nudeln), and how important it use to be for a German house wife to be able to manipulate dough. I would imagine that it was more than just good cooking, but more like survival. You couldn't buy pre-made foods and fast food was not an option! Also as my German grandma would say throwing out food is a sin! So you needed to use up everything, even dried up bread was used.

As I ponder through different variations on Flour-Eggs-and-Water I realize how much creativity developed so many dishes that have become classics.

I am hoping that this inspires folks to experiment with dough a little more, instead of just grabbing the box of noodles. Dough is really simple to make after you do it a few times, and the possibilities are endless.


Simple Baking Powder Dumplings
(fluffy and light)
Versatile for any course from appetizer to dessert.

This was a fav in my restaurant as well as my house. I have heard many times that folks don't like chewy , and viscous (and a little slimy) dumplings that many of us like.

Dumplings were a convenient way to make bread before our ancestors had only a fire place with a hanging pot to cook in.

The problem is unless you get a really good steam going in the pot your dumplings won't raise properly. So I devised a way to assure that the dumplings raise and are fluffy. You can use bisquick but in just a few more minutes you can make these from scratch.

Here is the
Chicken and Dumpling Recipe

You can turn the chicken and dumpling into a dessert dumpling very easy. Just add some Blueberries

...or apples. A simple sauce can be made from vanilla pudding mix and the fruit that you are using in the dumpling.

Simple Spoon Dumplings
with some texture.

At the opposite end of the spectrum for texture is
this nice chewy dumpling that many folks prefer
in their soup or stew.

There is an old German tale I read that good dumpling batter you should make early in the morning about 8 am, and every time you walk past the dough you stir it for a few minutes. By noon you have the perfect batter to make dumplings. My grandmother liked to mix it 100 strokes. What is important with these dumplings is to develop some good gluten to give them some structure. You don't really need to wait all day, they can be put together in 5 minutes when the stew is finishing.

Dumplings are more than just bulk to stretch a stew with starch, they also have little craters and nodes that pick up the gravy and other flavors that make the bite a delectable morsel.

Cloud Soup
brothy soup with firm chewy dumplings

Dumplings (clouds) for the soup
Kris Maier sent me this recipe. Her family affectionately calls these "sinkers". There are 2 schools of thought these dumplings, those that like soft fluffy dumplings and those that like a chewier noodle like dumpling with texture. This family unanimously chooses the chewier type thus the name "sinkers".

Kris of German heritage taught her daughter how to love these dumplings by telling her that they were made from clouds, hence the name cloud soup.

Get the recipe and the whole family story here



Pears and Dumplings
Mecklenburger Birnen mit Klöße

In reviewing my dumpling recipes I was struck like I often am by a recipe. I had to try this one for Pears and Dumplings that Dumpling expert Olga Drozd from the Ukraine sent me.

You make the dumplings from FRESH bread crumbs and fresh grated nutmeg she says.
The pears can be a little firm and under ripe. You poach them with a vanilla bean, lemon and sugar and that softens them as well as adds lots of flavor.

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German Music


Mara Kayser (Als geblüht der Kirschenbaum)







Mara Kayser ich lieb Dich täglich mehr!

Recognize this tune??

I like this better than the surfers ....


Mara Kayser - Wenn der Himmel sich teilt



Nena - Die Gedanken Sind Frei
"Thoughts are Free"

The song “My Thoughts Are Free” (“Die Gedanken Sind Frei”) is an old German folk song,
dating to at least the sixteenth century. According to Songs of Work and Protest, by Edith Fowke,
the song appears to have been written during the Peasants War of 1524–1526.
The song was used in a Schiller play and sung in schools during pre-Hitler Germany.
Other accounts state that the song was banned by the Nazis. German immigrants brought the song to the U.S.,
where it has been performed by various artists, including folk singer Pete Seeger.

The author of the song is unknown.

Several versions of the song exist, with differing translations.
One of the most popular is a translation by Arthur Kevess,


Die Gedanken Sind Frei

Die Gedanken sind frei,
wer kann sie erraten;
sie fliehen vorbei
wie naechtliche Schatten.
Kein Mensch kann sie wissen,
kein Jaieger erschiessen;
es bleibet dabei:
Die Gedanken sind frei.

Ich denk was ich will,
und was mich begluecket,
Doch alles in der Still,
und wie es sich schicket.
Mein Wunsch und Begehren
kann niemand verwehren,
es bleibet dabei:
Die Gedanken sind frei.

Und sperrt man mich ein
in finsteren Kerker,
das alles sind rein
vergebliche Werke;
denn meine Gedanken
zerreissen die Schranken
und Mauern entzwei:
Die Gedanken sind frei.

Drum will ich auf immer
den Sorgen entsagen
und will mich auf nimmer
mit Grillen mehr plagen.
Man kann ja im Herzen
stets lachen und scherzen
und denken dabei:
Die Gedanken sind frei.

My Thoughts Are Free

Die Gedanken sind frei
My thoughts freely flower.,
Die Gedanken sind frei
My thoughts give me power.
No scholar can map them,
No hunter can trap them,
No man can deny:
Die Gedanken sind frei!

I think as I please,
And this gives me pleasure.,
My conscience decrees,
This right I must treasure;
My thoughts will not cater
To duke or dictator,
No man can deny:--
Die Gedanken sind frei!

And if tyrants take me
And throw me in prison,
My thoughts will burst free,
Like blossoms in season.
Foundations will crumble,
The structure will tumble,
And free men will cry:
Die Gedanken sind frei!

Neither trouble or pain
Will ever touch me again.
No good comes of fretting.,
My hope's in forgetting.
Within myself still
I can think as I will,
But I laugh, do not cry:
Die Gedanken sind frei!





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