Yum, nice thread, I'm vegetarian and love cooking!
For winter, how about a comfort eating dumpling stew with a Mexican twist??
Choose your own quantities, but for two to three servings -
In a large saucepan, fry some thinly sliced onion, red and green bell peppers and crushed garlic in a little sunflower oil 'til softened. Add a drained can of kidney beans (440g), and stir around. Add a can of chopped tomatoes (440g, I like the kind with added chilli) and a dash of tomato puree, black pepper and minced red chilli to taste and a tablespoon or so of soy sauce. Bring to a simmer.
Making the dumplings: Choose your own quantity - you need twice the amount of flour to veg suet. So for 2 ounces (in USA do you use ounces?) suet, weigh out 2 ounces self raising flour and also add 2 ounces of cornmeal or polenta. Add in a generous handful of grated cheddar and a little minced red chilli, and enough water to make a soft dough. You choose the size of dumplings. I like to make six little ones. (I just can't remember off hand if I use 8 or 4 ounces worth of flour for the six, d'oh!). Drop them in the pan, cover and simmer for 20 minutes (sit and watch a little TV
) Serve and eat, yum!
Another winter favourite of mine is red dragon pie. Aduki beans, grated carrot, onion and garlic in a tomato and hot paprika sauce, topped with grated (cook 'em first though) potato with a little more paprika and some grated cheese.
I like to cook Indian and Chinese style also :p