Chicken Paprika with Dumplings

Here it is, the first recipe! As mentioned in yesterday’s post, this came to me from the blog Eat, Live, Run (link will follow below). I didn’t get to it last night due to a long rehearsal and needing to eat leftovers, but it worked perfectly for this evening.

The estimated time on this is 45 minutes – but for me it was closer to 2 hours. The process itself is not labor intensive, it is simply that I am slow at kitchen prep (cutting onions, cleaning the chicken, etc.). It was, however, well worth the time and the mountain of dishes that it created. The paprika and cayenne pepper gave it just the right amount of heat for my taste, and the sauce came out creamy and smooth. And the dumplings, oh my goodness…I’ve never made true homemade dumplings before, but I think I’ve found my new favorite starchy food. It’s entirely possible I would make a batch of dumplings and this sauce and eat that straight out of the pan.

Please enjoy this picture, excusing the not-great quality of light. I know, I know, it looks like orange mush – BUT it is delicious orange mush! And fairly easy! My upstairs neighbor was even texting me, asking what wonderful smells were wafting up from down here.

So until we eat again, au revoir!

Chicken Paprika with Homemade Dumplings


A New Year and a new Venture

Happy New Year internets! And for anyone of the old world tradition that observes/marks/notices Russian/Ukranian/etc Christmas, Merry Christmas!

I am a graduate student, slowly making my way through two Master’s programs. And as of 11:30am this morning, I am unemployed. So I am doing what every newly-unemployed person does: start a blog! (Please note: I am in no way suggesting that this is a joke, or that all bloggers are unemployed or not gainfully employed in some way. I know of plenty of folks who do this thing for a living, and that is CRAZY. I am being sarcastic, folks. I need some sarcasm today)

I like to cook some, but bake more. I have a camera with which to take pictures. And I need a way to fight winter bleahs and the comings and goings of depression, so perhaps this will fit the bill. In any event, it should be a fun project to at least make a stab at starting. Maybe it will even help with academic, historical fiction, and (gasp) fanfiction writing.

I even have a first recipe planned! Tonight I shall be trying Chicken Paprika, from the blog Eat, Live, Run. Looks simple enough, I only need a few ingredients, and it shouldn’t break the bank (being unemployed now, I have to worry about things like that again. JOY.). Expect the recipe (with credit) and a photo or two of my own either tonight or sometime tomorrow!