1 (3 3/4-lb.) whole chicken
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
3 cups self-rising flour
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/3 cup shortening
2 teaspoons butter plus ¼ tsp salt
1 cup milk
Bring chicken, water to cover, garlic powder, thyme, 1 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper to a boil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 1 hour. Remove chicken; reserve broth.
Cool chicken 30 minutes; skin, bone, and shred chicken. Skim fat from broth. Add chicken, bouillon, and remaining 1 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper to broth. Return to a simmer.
Combine flour and poultry seasoning in a bowl. Cut in shortening and bacon drippings with a pastry blender until crumbly. Stir in milk. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll to 1/8-inch thickness; cut into 1-inch pieces.
Drop dumplings a few at a time into simmering broth, stirring gently. Cover and simmer stirring often 25 minutes. Garnish, if desired.
FIVE SPICE POWDER 1 tsp. Ground cinnamon 1 tsp. Ground cloves 1 tsp. Fennel seed 1tsp. Star anise 1 tsp. Szechwan peppercorns
ITALIAN HERB SEASONING 1 tsp. Oregano 1 tsp. Marjoram 1 tsp. Thyme 1 tsp. Basil 1 tsp. Rosemary 1 tsp. Sage
CINNAMON SUGAR 7/8 cup Granulated sugar 2 Tbsp. Ground cinnamon
TAMARIND PASTE 1 tsp. Dates 1 tsp. Prunes 1 tsp. Dried apricots 1 tsp. Lemon juice
CHILI POWDER 3 Tbsp. paprika 1 Tbsp. ground cumin 2 Tbsp. oregano 1 tsp. red or cayenne pepper 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
You can make your own self rising flour by adding 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder and 1/4 tsp of salt to every cup of plain flour.
Mix together 1 TBS ground cinnamon, 2 tsp ground ginger, 1/2 tsp ground cloves, 1/2 tsp ground allspice, 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg and a pinch of ground mace or ground cardamom. Store in an airtight container out of the light for up to 6 months
Mix together 2 tsp ground sage, 1 1/2 tsp ground thyme, 1 tsp ground marjoram, 3/4 tsp of ground rosemary, 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg and 1/2 tsp of black pepper. Store in an airtight container out of the light for up to 6 months
You can easily make your own mixed spice: Combine 1 TBS ground cinnamon, 1 tsp each of ground coriander and nutmeg, 1/2 tsp of ground ginger, 1/4 tsp each of ground cloves and all spice. Mix well and store in an airtight container out of the light for up to 6 months.
Mix together 3 TBS dried basil, 3 TBS dried oregano, 3 TBS dried parsley, 1 TBS garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp dried thyme, 1 tsp dried rosemary, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes. Store in an airtight container out of the light for up to 6 months.
Mix together 2 1/2 TBS of salt, 1 TBS dried oregano leaves (Rub to a powder using your fingertips), 1 TBS sweet paprika, 1 TBS cayenne pepper, and 1 TBS ground black pepper. Store in an airtight container out of the light for up to six months
You can make your own baking powder by combining 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda with 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar. It’s ideal for coeliac sufferers who can’t find the gluten-free variety of this raising agent, but measure it out carefully because too much or too little can upset a recipe’s balance.