Then I guided him in what order to cook everything - first we sauteed the onions, celery, garlic and ginger in some olive oil. Then we added the chicken stock and brought that to a boil. We then added the potatoes and carrots, let them cook, then the smaller, lighter veggies, and the dumplings at the end.
It turned out great, and had a fantastic flavor. I don't think the dumplings were popular and the soup would have been fantastic without them. Either way, it was a hearty and popular soup.