Pumpkin Curry Dumplings

Pumpkin Curry Dumplings // Eat Cho Food
Pumpkin Curry Dumplings // Eat Cho Food
Pumpkin Curry Dumplings
Pumpkin Curry Dumplings
Pumpkin Curry Dumplings
Pumpkin Curry Dumplings
Pumpkin Curry Dumplings
Pumpkin Curry Dumplings
Pumpkin Curry Dumplings // Eat Cho Food
Pumpkin Curry Dumplings // Eat Cho Food
Pumpkin Curry Dumplings // Eat Cho Food
Pumpkin Curry Dumplings // Eat Cho Food
Pumpkin Curry Dumplings // Eat Cho Food

Hello, hello, hello! It’s been a while since our last chat hasn’t it? What have you been up to the last 2 weeks? Did you have a happy and bountiful Thanksgiving????? Let’s see… what has life been like? I made a random pitstop in Bakersfield, California for a few days and it ended up being a super inspiring and weird 36 hours hours. I’ve spent the last 10 months or so designing and transforming a food truck into a mobile design center! It’s a fun little project I got to participate on with my office. We’re calling it the Food For Thought Truck! The plan was to drive it all across America and bring good creative vibes to communities that might need a little design spark! For this first leg, the stops are just within California, mainly because we are not convinced it will make it any further lol. Bakersfield was the farthest the FFTT has ever traveled to and it was definitely well worth it. Within a very jam packed week, we installed a beautiful floor graphic in the parking lot our truck called home, engaged with a huge chunk of the Bakersfield community, designed and built some public furniture, and made lots of new friends! Did I tell you that we stayed in a Frank Lloyd Wright house too? In theory it should have been a dream come true for someone who studied architecture… but it was just plain creepy. I felt like I was sleeping in a old dusty museum where all the furniture is hexagon shaped and oddly cultish. Despite the house giving me the heebie-geebies, the city of Bakersfield made my heart burst wide open. It reminded me so much of the midwest. Everyone was so unbelievably KIND. Like, “I’ll help you in a second without you even asking me” kind. My midwestern heart love it so much. I didn’t realized how much I missed having a community of people who genuinely supported each other. I mean, we have a great community of friends here in San Francisco. But I would say that the creative community here is not so warm… and feels much more competitive that supportive. In Bakersfield everyone was honestly so interested and supportive of everyone’s dreams and passion. Gosh it was such a lovely town.

After my quick 36 hours in Bakersfield, I flew right back to San Francisco and went straight to work after hopping off the plane. STRAIGHT TO WORK. Ugh. It was crazy. The days following felt like the last days of each semester of architecture school. We called it “Hell Week”. I’m sure you get the picture. It was long days working away in the studio and little sleep riddled with anxiety. Thankfully, our deadline was right before Thanksgiving, and as soon as our presentation was over on Tuesday my brain totally forgot that I even had a job and I was set into Turkey mode! We flew out to Portland for Thanksgiving and spend a nice long weekend with some great friends! We ate all the classic turkey day dishes, watched football, drank beer, waited in line for rare beer, visited the Tillamook cheese factory, ate all the cheese, and hunted for agates! It was a great time and now I’m regretting not moving to Portland years ago.

Now that I’m back home, I’m trying to enjoy the relaxing-ish week at work post deadline and attempting a cleanse after all the turkey, cheese, and beer. I had a chocolate chip cookie tonight though… so, yeah. I’m itching to get back into the kitchen to work on all the holiday goodies I’ve been dreaming about! That means cookies, cakes, and dumplings… obviously. These dumplings are inspired by one of my favorite cold weather takeout dishes! These dumplings are just as comforting as a warm bowl of thai pumpkin curry over rice on a chilly fall or winter day. The kabocha squash mixed with coconut milk and curry paste make the most dreamy and creamy filling. They are spicy but not burn your head off spicy, but if you’re heart and tastes buds feel like you need an extra tablespoon of curry paste then by all means add it! Just have a cup of milk ready on standby. The pan fried/steam methods results in a tender but crispy dumpling. The best kind of dumpling in my opinion!

Happy Dumpling making!


Pumpkin Curry Dumplings

makes 24 dumplings

dumpling dough:

10 oz (2 cups) all purpose flour
3/4 cup just boiled water
pinch of salt

pumpkin curry filling:

1 3lb kabocha squash
1 tbsp red curry paste
1/4 cup canned coconut milk
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper

coconut curry dipping sauce:

1 1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp red curry paste
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp fish sauce
juice of half a lime
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper

make dumpling dough:

  1. Add flour and salt into a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour and slowly pour in just boiled water. Mix dough together with your finger tips or a wooden spoon if the mixture feels too hot. Mix until water is absorbed and the dough is just combine. Knead for 2-3 minutes until dough is round and smooth. Place dough in a medium ziplock bag, seal, and allow to rest and hydrate for at least 30 minutes. Dough can rest for up to 2 hours before being used.

make dumplings:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut the kabocha squash in half. Place cut side down on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes until fork tender. Allow squash halves to cool for 15-20 minutes until they are safe to handle.

  2. Scoop out the seeds and discard or save for roasting later. Scoop out the flesh and place in a medium bowl. You can scoop right up to the outer skin layer.

  3. Mash squash with a potato masher. Add curry paste, coconut milk, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Mash or mix until smooth. Set filling aside.

  4. Lightly flour your work surface. Remove dough from the ziplock bag. Cut dough in half and keep one half in the bag. Roll out one half of your dough into a 1” thick rope. Cut into 12 equal pieces. Place pieces of dough in the ziplock bag to prevent drying out. Roll out 1 piece of dough into a 3 1/2” - 4” disc with a small rolling pin or a tortilla press if you have one. Place a heaping tablespoon of filling in the center of your round dumpling wrapper. Fold in half so you have a half circle, making sure to firmly pinch and seal the edges. Hold the dumpling in the palm of your less dominant hand and use the thumb and index finger of your dominant hand to crimp the edges into a braid. If the braid isn’t sticking, try dabbing water around the edge of the dumpling before crimping. Place folded dumpling on a light floured baking tray. Repeat with remaining dough.

  5. To make your sauce, combine all the sauce ingredients in a small sauce pan and cook over medium heat. Whisk until the curry paste and sugar has dissolved. Cook over heat for medium heat for 4-5 minutes until thickened. Set aside until ready to heat.

  6. To cook your dumplings, add 1 tbsp of olive oil to a skillet and heat over medium high heat. Add a single layer of dumplings, about 6-8 depending on how large your pan is. Sear on one side for 3 minutes until the side is toasted and golden brown. Add 3-4 tbsp of water to the pan and cover with a lid. Allow to cook until the water has evaporated. Remove the lid and allow any remaining liquid to cook off. Remove the dumplings or add a bit more oil to the pan and flip the dumplings over to sear the other side for 2 minutes. Repeat with remaining dumplings.

  7. Serve dumplings immediately with coconut curry dipping sauce and enjoy!

Bourbon Persimmon Galette

Bourbon Persimmon Galette // Eat Cho Food
Bourbon Persimmon Galette
Bourbon Persimmon Galette
Bourbon Persimmon Galette
Bourbon Persimmon Galette
Bourbon Persimmon Galette // Eat Cho Food
Bourbon Persimmon Galette // Eat Cho Food
Bourbon Persimmon Galette // Eat Cho Food
Bourbon Persimmon Galette // Eat Cho Food
Bourbon Persimmon Galette // Eat Cho Food
Bourbon Persimmon Galette // Eat Cho Food
Bourbon Persimmon Galette // Eat Cho Food

Hi again! I’m currently zooming in the air, somewhere between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Lets see if I can write this whole thing within the 57 minutes it take to land in LAX. I’m stopping by the blog for a second time this weekend because it seems like a lot of people really want to bake this Bourbon Persimmon Galette for Thanksgiving.  Or maybe you’re just really dying to use up the Fuyu Persimmons sitting in your kitchen. Either way, I’m giving the people what they want!

I’ve probably mentioned this to you before, but I’ve never really made a pie before. I’m definitely a cake person. But there is just something so beautiful and simple about making galettes. Galettes are sort of like open face pies and they have a much better piecrust to filling ratio. Plus there’s no stressing about whether or not your latticework is going to turn out all wonky. To make your life super easy, you could buy store bought pie dough, but I recommend trying your hand at some homemade dough. It’s so easy and satisfying to work the butter into the flour and then you end up feeling like an Ina Garten-esque domestic goddess for making buttery and flakey piecrust in no time! The persimmons could easily be tossed in some brown sugar and thrown on top of your crust to get all juicy and tender, but since it’s the holidays let’s add some bourbon to it and dress it up a little!  This is best served warm with a scoop of ice cream or freshly whipped cream. But I also have a huge suspicion that it would taste excellent as a leftover dessert turned breakfast situation straight out of the fridge. Detailed pie work is probably something I should get some practice in eventually. That and buttercream florals are on my list of “Things to Learn to Up My Food Game.”

 I went to a Bob’s Red Mill Holiday baking event the other night and it was a lot of fun! However, I for sure felt like a very teensy tiny fish in a giant pod. The other attendees were all other food bloggers and then Reuben, lol. As always, he’s the only male at these events because he so sweetly likes to attend these with me.  At least to me, everyone all seemed so professional and actually did food blogging as a full time career. They had business cards, cookbooks in the works, and like a billion followers on Instagram. When I introduced myself, I automatically said, “Hi, I’m Kristina, I’m a designer!” and then I would get a bewildered look that felt like they were thinking, “Oh… wait… so why are you here?” I then quickly realized the context I was in and then blurted out “but I also cook and bake a lot and have a food blog!” It’s still so weird and unnatural for me to say that I’m a food blogger… I guess I am. But it won’t feel REAL until I can wake up everyday and roll into my kitchen while wearing pajamas to whip up all the crazy recipes I thought up before I went to bed. That’s when I get my best ideas : )

Okie dokie. I think the pilot just told us to stow away our electronic devices. Hooray! I wrote this all during the flight and I’m about to be reunited with my BFF, Kate! We are going to be a bunch of Ohio girls and get Jeni’s ice cream after dinner! Or we will probably be a bunch of old ladies and just go to bed and pillow talk for hours.

Happy Galetting!


Bourbon Persimmon Galette

Pie Dough:

2 cups all purpose four
1/2 tsp salt
12 tbsp butter - chilled and cut into cubes
1/3 cup ice water

Bourbon Persimmon Filling:

4 fuyu persimmons
1/2 cup bourbon
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp cinnamon
flakey sea salt

egg wash (1 egg + 1 tbsp water)

make pie dough:

  1. Start your pie dough by whisking together flour and salt. Add butter cubes and toss in flour until evenly coated. With your hands, rub the butter into the flour until the flour mixture resembles crumbly wet sand. You still want to be able to see the chunks of butter. Make a well in the middle of your bowl. Add a few tablespoons of ice water at a time and mix just until the dough comes together. Pat dough into a disc and wrap dough in plastic. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

assemble galette:

  1. While the dough is chilling, prepare your persimmons. Remove the stem of the persimmons. Cut them in half. Then with the cut side flat against the cutting board, cut the persimmon in 1/8” thick slices. Try to keep the slices together for a neat arrangement. Repeat with remaining persimmons.

  2. In a small sauce pan, bring the bourbon to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce until there is about 4 tablespoons of  liquid remaining. Reduce heat to low. Stir in butter until melted. Add in brown sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

  3. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Roll out pie dough on a sheet of parchment paper until it is about 1/8” thick and large enough to cut out a 12”x10” rectangle. Cut out the rectangle and set the scraps aside for optional decoration. Add the sliced persimmons onto the pie dough, leave about 1” clear from the edges. Fold the edges over the persimmons. For a more decorative edge, you can knead together the dough scraps, roll out until it is 1/8” thick and stamp out small circles using piping tip. Brush the folded edges of the galette with an egg wash and place the small dough circles along the edge. Brush the edges again with egg wash. Pour bourbon and sugar mixture over the persimmons.

  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the edges are golden brown and the persimmons are tender. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Top with some flakey sea salt. Serve warm ice cream, whipped cream, or as is.

Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts

Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts // Eat Cho Food
Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts // Eat Cho Food
Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts
Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts // Eat Cho Food
Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts // Eat Cho Food
Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts // Eat Cho Food
Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts // Eat Cho Food
Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts // Eat Cho Food
Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts // Eat Cho Food
Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts // Eat Cho Food
Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts // Eat Cho Food
Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts // Eat Cho Food

Gosh, it feels like time is moving at lightning speed and hurling straight into the holidays. How is it possible that Thanksgiving is only 9 days away?! We’re flying up to Portland for Thanksgiving and spending it with my best friend, Katie and her dude! I can’t wait for all the crunchy leaves, cozy vibes, cheese (Tillamook!), and the copious amounts of craft beer curated by Reuben. (Are you impressed with the level of alliteration in that last sentence?) Before we get on that plane to Portland, I have about 138,247,103 things to cross off my to-do list. I’m heading to LA/Bakersfield for a quick work trip tomorrow. So that will be a fun little break in the middle of a crazy work week. I’ll get to hug and squeeze my other best friend, Kate, in LA for a hot second. Can’t complain about some BFF time!

I made the conscious decision to just lay low and be lazy this past weekend. Reuben and I double teamed on the most amazing baked ziti on Friday that happily fed us all weekend long. On Saturday we spent the day celebrating the marriage of one of my dear friends, Jess! And then on Sunday we were a bunch of lazy blanket burritos. Reuben watched football all day (sorry, Eagles) and I got caught up on some photo editing and the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I didn’t realize how badly I needed that lazy day! I had a recipe I was going to test, but I just wasn’t in the mood to stand in the kitchen for a few hours attempting to make whipped cream look exciting. Plus, my version for that recipe has change slightly over the last few days and I think it’s going to look a lot better when I made it this Sunday instead! Sometimes we just have to be patient with our creative process.

Thankfully, I busted my booty in the kitchen the last month and stocked up on recipes so that I could take a day off from the kitchen when I desperately need to. Sort of like a blogging sick day. I’ve been super antsy to share this donut recipe with you guys because it is just so freaking good! The donuts on their own are so tender and fluffy. I feel like I always say this, but they were also super easy to make. I’m not lying though. If you feel like you’re going to crave donuts tomorrow, all you have to do is throw some flour, sugar, and butter in the bowl of your standmixer and let it go for a few minutes. Then tuck the dough in for a sweet sleep in your refrigerator and in the morning you’ll have the softest and dreamiest dough! THEN THEN THEN there is the vanilla pumpkin jam. Omg can I just put it on everything?? The jam was inspired by this incredible pumpkin jam we had while staying in Granada, Spain. I remember we were sitting outside of a cafe at this tiny table. I was being annoying and trying to take a cute photo of our coffee and toast, but as I sat down I knocked the table with my clumsy knee and spilled my coffee everywhere. Thankfully, my buttered toast with pumpkin jam was only slightly covered in coffee and tasted incredible. I went back inside and bought a jar of pumpkin jam to take home. I went through that jar way too fast and have been dreaming about it ever since. I’m super excited that I can make my own vanilla pumpkin jam now because it is such a lovely treat to have on good bread and fresh butter! I had it for breakfast this morning : ) The donut and pumpkin jam together is definitely the IT couple of this Thanksgiving season!

Okay, I gotta pack and finish designing this roof top bar and coffee shop! Where’s my terrazzo sample?


Vanilla Pumpkin Jam Donuts

makes 15 donuts

Vanilla Pumpkin Jam:

2 lb baking pumpkin/sugar pie pumpkin
1 1/3 cup sugar
1 lemon
1/4 tsp salt
1 vanilla bean

Donuts:

1 package of active dry yeast (2 1/2 tsp)
2/3 cup milk - room temp
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar + pinch
2 tsp salt
3 eggs
7 tbsp butter - softened
Canola oil for frying + 1 tsp for greasing

1 cup sugar - for dusting
2 tsp cinnamon - for dusting
1/3 cup powdered sugar - for dusting

Make Vanilla Pumpkin Jam:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut pumpkin in half. Leave the seeds in, they are easier to remove after baking. Place the pumpkin halves cut side down on a baking tray and roast in the oven for 35-45 minutes until tender. Remove the pumpkin from the oven and allow to cool.

  2. Once cool enough to handle, scoop out the seeds (discard or save for roasting) and the pumpkin flesh. Either puree the pumpkin in a food processor or immersion blender until smooth.

  3. Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add the puree, sugar, juice of 1 lemon, and salt. Scrape the seeds from a vanilla bean with a paring knife. Stir the mixture frequently while it’s cooking to prevent it from burning. Cook for 8-10 minutes until the jam has thickened. Store the jam in glass jars until ready to use.

Make Donuts:

  1. Combine yeast, milk, and a pinch of sugar in the bowl of a standmixer fitted with a dough hook. Give it a quick stir and then let it sit for 5 minutes to allow the yeast to bloom. Add flour, 1/3 cup sugar, salt, and eggs. Mix on low speed for 3 minutes. Increase speed to medium and start adding your softened butter piece by piece. Continue to mix dough for another 5 minutes until the butter is incorporated and the dough is soft and smooth.

  2. Grease a large bowl with 1 tsp canola oil. Add dough into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. You can either proof the dough in a warm place for 2 hours or let sit in the fridge overnight for 12-15 hours. I let it proof over night.

  3. After the first proof, light flour your work surface. Roll out the dough until it is about 1/2 inch thick. Using a 3” biscuit cutter, cut out your donuts. Place donuts on a light flour baking tray lined with parchment paper. Cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and allow to proof for another 30-45 minutes. They should have doubled in size and feel super pillowly. You can also cut up your dough scraps to fry up as well.

  4. While the donuts are proofing, heat canola oil in a heavy bottom pot to 350 degrees. Make sure you have at least 3” of oil. If you don’t have a thermometer, you can test the temperature using some scrap pieces of dough. Once the dough hits the oil, it should sizzle but not get dark too quickly. It should gradually get golden brown on 1 side within 1-2 minutes. If it darks quickly, the oil is too hot.

  5. Working in batches, add donuts into the oil. Fry the first side for 2 minutes, until golden brown. Using tongs or chop sticks, flip the donuts and fry on the other side for another 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or a spider, transfer the donuts from the oil to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining donuts.

  6. While the donuts are still warm, toss them in sugar mixed with cinnamon until evenly coated. Alternatively, you could also dust them in powdered sugar.

  7. To fill the donuts, fill a piping bag fitted with a round piping tip with pumpkin jam. Poke a hole into the side of the donut and fill the donut with jam. Repeat with remaining donuts and enjoy!

Pumpkin Jam recipe adapted from this! And I used this donut dough base!