This recipe is part of my friend Brandon’s contribution to Foodie Friend Friday. For the rest of his menu, check out the following posts:
This is the fifth and final installment of my March experiment, Foodie Friend Friday, and I can tell you that we are going out with a bang! If you would like to see what my other friends have been cooking this March, check out the following recipes:
- Introduction and Annie’s Risotto
- Garrett’s Shrimp and Couscous Salad
- Becca’s Liver-Friendly Salad
- Annemarie’s Beef Chili
This week, I am featuring my friend Brandon’s cuisine. Brandon is one of the best friends I’ve made during my undergraduate degree. We met three years ago, when we both got hired as orientation coordinators for our university’s orientation week, and we’ve been friends ever since!
One of the defining aspects of our friendship is our deep and undying love for good food. Before Brandon selfishly abandoned me to move back to Toronto, we would get together, cook something delicious (like this yummy chicken), and watch mildly offensive television together. When we weren’t busy being weirdos at home, we would go out to restaurants where we would both get carried away with our meals and rant and rave about them like two food-crazed loonies. Essentially, we were made for one another.
All this is to say that Brandon was a natural choice for me to ask to write up a tasty recipe for my blog. But of course, in true Brandon fashion, I opened my inbox today to not one, but three recipes from the guy. Brandon is not the type to do something halfway, and clearly this was no exception. The great news is that he has put together an amazing themed feast that is sure to wow the lucky people you make this for!
I’m not sure I can even classify this as a recipe as it is really simple… but I just have to post it as it is SO GOOD! But first, here is a bit of information regarding matcha.
I am a big fan of matcha green tea powder. Matcha consists of green tea leaves that have been steamed and then ground into a fine powder. Lots of coffee shops nowadays serve matcha flavoured drinks, but beware: these are loaded with unnecessary fats and sugars, which greatly reduces the benefits of the matcha and covers up its natural flavour.
I blogged about tea infused shortbread a while ago, but I decided to try it with Pumpkin Chai this time around because I wanted a stronger tea flavour to come through. My sister and I put these together and added a hint of Saigon Chai for a spicier cookie, without compromising the Pumpkin Chai’s yummy sweet flavour.
I love these. That’s all there really is to say.
Forever Nuts is one of DAVIDsTEA’s most popular teas, and it’s not a secret as to why: it’s a chunky mix of apples, almonds, cinnamon, and beets, so it tastes like apple pie and it’s a beautiful pink colour when you brew it!
We often get customers in the store asking if they can eat the tea bits, and the answer is YES! I know of people who have infused the tea in butter and baked with it, people who put it over their granola and oatmeal in the morning, and I’m sure there are tons more great ways to use this tasty treat out there.
As you may or may not know, I work at a wonderful tea store (DAVIDsTEA) and am a bit of a tea fanatic. One of my coworkers has a blog where she cooks with tea, and if you are ever looking for a cool new recipe I would highly recommend you check it out. It is aptly named “Cooking With Tea.”
I found this recipe on her blog and simply had to make my own batch! I absolutely love, and I mean L-O-V-E, Quangzhou Milk Oolong and couldn’t wait to put it in some cookies. (The oolong from my own tin of Milk Oolong is pictured in the banner above this recipe!) Although I didn’t add the rosemary and lemon as my coworker did, I still loved my version… they are so rich and have a wonderful creamy aftertaste from the tea.