What’s your secret?


Do you have a dirty little secret? I’ve got a few. Like this secret pen stash. So sick am I of having my stationery pinched that I’ve had to resort to hiding it away from the prying eyes of my family.

Also, I’m having a bit of a secret EOFYS sale. You can shop at the Vegie Smugglers store and receive 10% off everything before June 28, midnight. Just enter discount code EOFYS10.

What do you think of my girlfriend who has a secret credit card? (Just so that her husband can’t put an exact dollar value onto her personal purchases.) Do you think it’s ok to keep a financial secret from your spouse? I actually think this is a pretty big secret.

Much more innocently, today’s recipe has secret vegetables. As do all my recipes. I like my kids to eat healthy and develop an enjoyment of savoury flavours without too much fuss. Sure, they eat lots of recognisable vegies too, but sometimes a few secrets are ok.

Since these wontons are a bit fiddly to make, they seems like a perfect recipe for the school holidays. Get that dextrous child labour those gorgeous children of yours to help you out.

The kids will have fun wrapping these.

Get the kids onto wrapping these.

Basic Pork Wontons

This recipe uses half a supermarket tray of mince. Feel free to make a double batch and freeze half of the mixture raw, ready to wrap and steam another day.

2 spring onions, roughly chopped
3 button mushrooms
½ carrot, peeled
3 garlic cloves, peeled
2cm piece fresh ginger, peeled
1 tbsp fish sauce
2 tsp sweet chilli sauce
250g pork mince
Packet of 30 gow gee (or wonton) wrappers

Use a food processor or mini food processor to blitz together the vegies, garlic, ginger and sauces.

Add in the mince and blitz to a paste. Scoop heaped teaspoons of mixture into the centre of your wrapper. Use a finger dipped in water to wet half the circle, fold over and press well to form a seal.

Bring a saucepan of water to a strong simmer. Steam dumplings over it in a steamer basket or tray for 8-10 minutes until cooked through.

Serve these as is with soy sauce or in an Asian-style broth with some other vegies.


No food processor? Just finely chop, grate and mix ingredients in a bowl.

15 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Sarah said,

    These sound delicious! Definitely trying them, I need meat smuggling techniques in my house 🙂

  2. 3

    Gen said,

    Can these be prepared ahead of time at all? They sound delicious. I have to do most of my prep earlier in the day to avoid unnecessary stress at the witching hour (I have a 7month old baby as well as mr 3.5.

  3. 6

    Nikki samson said,


  4. 7

    Claire Bailey said,

    I might have a new secret after seeing this recipe, that I will make a batch and eat them all myself, dipping in a mix of sweet chilli and soy sauce. They sound delicious.

    The credit card I feel is a bit wrong. Secrets between husband and wife are really only okay if they don’t have the potential to cause hurt. This if not used responsibly (which if it is why the need for it?) could cause massive problems and trust issues. But that’s just me.

    • 8

      wendyblume said,

      Yes, I’d be horrified if I discovered that my husband had a secret card!

    • 9

      Kath said,

      Harmless secrets are fine, surely? You are assuming the husband isn’t judgmental about the wife’s purchases, and that they place the same value on things. I have a separate credit card account to my shared one with my husband, and although he knows I have it (I had it before we married and never made it a joint account) I don’t show him my spending. It’s easier than constantly justifying my purchases – there is enough stress about real issues in life, why argue over the price of a haircut or why you bought 2 new books when you haven’t finished the last one, etc, etc. My husband is a scrooge, though 🙂

  5. 10

    Camilla said,

    I make up a full batch and freeze them spread out on a plate with some extra flour. I think just put them all in a zip lock bag for later. They steam up beautifully or can be added to soups.

  6. 12

    mamacino said,

    Great idea – do you know if wonton wrappers are made of rice or wheat flour Wendy?

    • 13

      wendyblume said,

      99% sure that all the supermarket ones are wheat. But possibly you could find rice ones in an asian supermarket. Possibly you could use rice paper rolls? Not sure how they’d go being soaked, wrapped then steamed, but if you do try it out, let me know!

  7. 15

    katie said,

    I made these for dinner tonight and they were sensational – I added some soy sauce and coriander… and I was a little bit naughty and did the fry/steam thing so they would have crispy bottoms 🙂 Thanks again for another awesome recipe!

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