Sadly for Nepal, their athletes (five competitors, three disciplines) will be returning empty handed. But thanks to their presence at the games, I got to make one of my favourite recipes from this challenge. More on that shortly.
|They are actually dumplings. Not garlic bulbs!|
Lord knows where it is. I'm sure it's probably still in one of the packing boxes from when I finally moved out from the house I shared with the ex (I stayed on for a year after that). I've moved twice since then and have boxes scattered at my current house, my mother's house, my grandfather's house and there are still a couple at the ex's house that he keeps trying to convince me to take.
Rather than boring you with details you can find on Wikipedia, I will tell you what I know off the top of my head. It's somewhere in Asia. It's landlocked. It's where Everest is. Those three points alone put me off of wanting to do the trip 12 years ago (although F is an amazing mate and I would have gone despite my misgivings).
Had I made it, I hopefully would've gotten to try Momos. They're basically a dumpling like Chinese dim-sum but filled with a curry-based mixture of either meat or vegetables. For real authenticity, I bought a Chinese bamboo steamer (much to the husband's dismay - it's another piece of kitchenware that will eventually end up in my massive box of rarely used utensils in the garage). I also went so far as to make my own wrappers - mostly because I wouldn't have a clue where to buy them in provincial Wiltshire.
|Best flag of the challenge|
The filling was tasty. Kind of like a Chinese-y curry rather than an Indian one. All the taste but none of the heat (despite me going overboard with the chilli). It would make a good spring roll filling too and I intend to do this with the rest of the mixture and some filo pastry tomorrow night. The wrappers came out well too. I was worried they'd be a little doughy, but they were kind of like a soft pasta. I must admit, I'd run out of regular plain flour so used 00 pasta flour which may or may not have made a slight difference to the texture.
A gold for this one and I'll definitely be playing with the steamer again. I can see us investing in a fire extinguisher for the kitchen very shortly though.
You can find the recipe here. I made a fifth of it and it was enough to make 12 dumplings. There are also tons of other tasty momo recipes to try on that page (which I'll be doing soon!)