Thursday, February 19, 2015

DATE NIGHT IN WITH DUMPLINGS!

Image sourced from Pinterest
By Jo Lenton
Jo is a lifestyle and travel enthusiast. As the mother of three young boys she is fearless when it comes to road trips, tents, cabins, cafe's and international adventure. From packing the essentials to planning the perfect kid friendly itinerary, Jo runs a tight ship and is on board to share her knowledge and experience with us here at The Beetle Shack.
For those of us with little kiddies, date nights are ESSENTIAL!  But they can also be difficult to organise, especially when baby-sitters aren’t always on hand (and just as soon as you organise one, your child comes down with something or they get their finger stuck down the plug hole in the bath again…) So it’s time to organise a Date Night In. Once a week, fortnight or month? Anything is better than nothing. Here are some nice PG rated ideas.

Picnic- Think picnic blanket, basket full of goodies, wine, candles.

Board game or Puzzle- Nothing like some healthy competition to keep the spark alive. Having said that I HATE Monopoly. The game goes on forever and the same thing happens every time and even if I cheat I still lose.

Drawing and poems- This can be quiet and creative but also hilarious! Try finding words that rhyme with ‘heart’ or ‘kiss’.

Movie night- Something Romantic, thrilling or funny. Not Planet of the Apes 2…

Talk- Seems obvious but you know:)

Cook together- Cooking a meal together not only encourages team work and conversation, but you get to eat delicious food together as well! Throw in some nice music and candles and you're set. 

DATE NIGHT DUMPLINGS

This is such a great recipe for a date night. It’s hands on and takes a bit of time to prepare so grab a glass of your favourite white, put on your apron’s and enjoy!!! (I’m no master chef but this recipe is pretty fail-safe and very open to interpretation)

Ingredients-
Feel free to adjust amounts to your taste.
250g Green Prawns
250g Pork and Veal mince
Hand full of baby spinach finely chopped
Small Bunch of Coriander
2 small red Chilli’s (or to taste)
Small bunch of Chives
3cm Fresh Ginger grated
1-2 Garlic cloves finely chopped
1 can of Water chestnuts diced
Splash of Light Soy Sauce
Splash of Rice wine Vinegar
Drip of Sesame oil
40 Wonton or Gow Gee Wrappers (or more)
Vegetable oil for frying

Method- 

1- Mix ingredients together in a bowl, heap a teaspoon of mix onto each wrapper, use a drip of water to seal the wrappers.

2- Heat 1tbs of oil in a pan, cook dumplings in batches on med/high heat for 1 minute, add 1/4 cup water to the pan and put the lid on to catch the steam for a minute or 2 then remove the lid and flip the dumplings over if you like them crispy! Careful- the oil gets really hot so the temp will have to be tweaked throughout the cooking process.

Sauce options-
Light Soy Sauce
Rice Wine Vinegar
Fresh Chilli
Fresh Chives
Chilli oil

If it turns out that this recipe makes absolutely no sense why not try this one:)

Tell me, do you have a scheduled date night?

9 comments:

  1. I can't get past the photo. How can I get in on the kitchen slow dance?

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    1. They are THE most romantic, in love, creative besotted couple.....from what I've seen on the Kardashians anyway hahaha!

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  2. My husband is super unromantic - I just met a fellow Canberra blogger 'Love Wednesday', who dates every Wednesday night despite the fact that she has four children. It is my aim to make date night happen at least one a month this year {even with two little boys under the age of two}…even if they are date nights in.

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  3. Em....I'm right there with you! Romannntic!

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  4. Could you just chuck all the ingredients in a food processor? To chop it all?

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  5. Yeah we have blended it in the past. But I would leave out the water chestnuts as we only really add them for the 'crunch'. Also, I really like cutting the prawns in medium sized chunks but totally up to you!

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  6. This sounds lovely. My problem is my children are bloody night owls! Kellie xx

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  7. A recipe book just for dating in (with a great little inspirational video);
    http://notwithoutsalt.com/dating-my-husband

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em