Foodie Friend Friday #5: Brandon’s Green Tea Extravaganza

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:

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!

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Gingerbread Cookies

Tiiiiis the season to bake cookies, fa la la la laaaaaa la la la LA!

Gingerbread makes me feel like Christmas has truly arrived. I’m a huge sucker for gingerbread cake (it was my birthday cake this year!) but I don’t think anything beats a nice, warm, crispy and chewy gingerbread cookie with a mug of tea.

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Homemade Dumplings (Pot Stickers)

Last summer, my sister and I both experienced a bizarrely sudden and intense craving for Chinese-style dumplings. I had some experience using wonton wrappers, so we concocted our own vegetarian pot stickers and gorged on them.

A few weeks ago, my sister, again struck with dumpling desire, actually went through the trouble of creating a private Facebook event for she and I to make more delicious dumplings. Complete with videos. She wanted them that badly.

Provisions were purchased and we spent the first half of an evening in my kitchen stuffing wontons full of veggies and frying, then steaming them to perfection. The second half we spent rolling around on the couch and floor, stuffed and feeling sorry for ourselves.

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