I made my first dumplings tonight. I know - shocking - I'm Southern and I've never made dumplings (to the best of my knowledge). My grandma is spinning in her grave. Or maybe now she's stopped spinning. But there's a reason why I never made dumplings.
When I was young, I never ate anything even remotely like soggy bread (with the exception of biscuits and gravy). You see, my mom hates (HATES!) soggy bread, so I just assumed that I also hated soggy bread. But then there were the biscuits and gravy (but even my mom likes biscuits and gravy).
I'm not exactly sure what made me realise I actually love soggy bread. (I should clarify, I'm not talking about a piece of bread that's been sitting in water, and I've never had bread in milk.) I don't know if it was realising that biscuits are bread and gravy makes them soggy. I don't know if it coincided with my soup revelation (i.e., I like soup), the day I had a delicious soup at my friend Julie's house with a piece of bread to dip in it. All I know is, I like soggy bread - biscuit-topped cassoulet, the lump of cheese-covered deliciousness atop French onion soup, sammiches moistened by condiments, and dumplings.
Incidentally, the recipe I made was Seitan and Dumplings from American Vegan Kitchen as part of week 2 of the cookbook challenge. I have to say, it took a long damn time to make. If you were to make it from start to finish (from the seitan to the bowl), it would take about 4 hours. Luckily, I at least made the seitan ahead of time. That said, it's totally worth it. So delicious. I might see if I can figure out a way to make it take less time. I don't know how, but there must be a way. Anyway, even taking as long as it does, I would definitely recommend it.