I grew up with parents that worked a variety of shift. Except for an hour, or so, a day during weekdays, there was always a parent at home. Both my parents were very good cooks, dad was a weekend chef :) He had a limited repertoire of things he cooked but his meals were wonderful. Once the autumn started to arrive, and the cooler air rolled in, my dad would do more cooking. My mom usually worked the day shift on the weekend. Saturday mornings dad would do the groceries for the week, come home and start something for supper.
My fondest food memory of my dad was his chicken and dumpling soup. During the week we did have canned soups but weekends it was slow cooked homemade soups. Dad didn't use recipes, he cooked from the heart what he knew. I am still trying to recreate his chicken soup recipe but I did find a recipe that is very close to his dumplings. I am still going to try to make it more like dad's but below is the recipe - so far :)
1 cup ap flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt (2 pinches)
1 tablespoon parsley flakes (2 tablespoons fresh work better)
1 tablespoon butter, or margarine
1/2 cup milk
Sift together first 4 ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. If you are using dried parsley flakes, add them to the milk to hydrate them slightly. Cut butter into dry ingredients until crumbly. Stir milk, and parsley, into dry mixture to make a soft dough.
Drop by spoonfuls into boiling soup. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Now, I think I need to go make some soup, might be canned today, and make some dumplings to go with :)