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My mother in winter would always add dumplings to the pot of stew.  Those stodgy balls of whiteness.  My older siblings would scoff them down like they were some sort of delicacy... me, well, I would move them around my plate pretending to eat them.  And I swear my dumplings were bigger than the rest of the families.  I got caught this one night when I was all of about seven years old playing with my food.  My mother had, had enough and decided I was going to sit at the table till I ate them.  I was still there when my father came home from work and sat himself at the table opposite me.  I could tell by the look on his face he felt sorry for me and asked my mother to let me go to bed.  Eventually mum said I could go to bed without any dinner but, that it would be waiting for me in the morning.  I really tried to stay awake as long as possible willing the morning not to come. As a 7yr old I soon realised that does not work and morning did come and joy of joys no left over dinner was waiting for me and never mentioned again. I found out later from an older sibling that dad told mum he was still hungry and asked for my dinner to be heated up and he ate it.  I am positive he only did it to save me from a fate worse than death. I do not know what my father said to mum that night but I was never served up dumplings again.  My mother I swear tried to trick me or so I thought by making Golden Syrup dumplings which the rest of the family found delicious; I tried, I really tried to eat just one but I just could not break my aversion to those white stodgy balls.  Don't get me wrong my mother was an excellent cook.  However, I have been eternally grateful to my dad for saving me from those dreaded dumplings.

To this very day I cannot eat dumplings even when an English friend insisted I would love his roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. He invited us to dinner especially to show me that I would eat his Yorkshire pudding.   I tried, I honestly tried to get a bite down and even sneaked some onto hubby's plate and went home with some in my handbag.so as not to offend after all his wife is a Cordon Bleu chef.  I am sure John knew as much as I tried to hide it that I just didn't like it and I know he thinks it very odd.

There were other foods of course, that I struggled as a child to eat, but nothing like my aversion to dumplings has stayed with me.

If you ever invite me for a meal, please, please do not serve me dumplings I beg you....

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Jeannie aka Cassandra  

have always thought the worst sort of torture, was food you just cannot eat or even contemplate, being served later on as a punishment.

I never did this to any of mine. All three of my most beloved kids. And can see no reason why anyone should.

Tastes are a bizarre thing, and sometimes you just cannot stomach something.

And should never be forced to eat it, whether at the time, or later.

Because later, it will taste even worse!!

J xx

you will have to visit me, cos I make the most beautiful light and wondrous dumplings, you will never NOT eat a dumpling again. But there again, I would never force you to eat it.

J xxxxx aka Cassandra

Yorkshire pudding is NOT dumplings!! Horrors!!

I have a cheesy dumpling recipe ... would that tempt you??

Yorkshire pudding is baked in the oven but still is yucky. :(

Fussy little stubborn kid aren't I :)

Yorkshire pudding (what would some Aussie know about Yorkshire pud? - hell's teeth - I've never even cooked it!!) - is not soft though. That's the difference.

yorkshire pud.....mmmmm dumplings mmmmm but both two different beasts.

love them both.......

J xx

can you not tell how much a peacemaker I am. LOL xxxxx

This Aussie knows nothing but her English hubby does, and since I mentioned cheese dumplings he is living in hope of me making him some :0

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