A Holiday Dumpling Workshop in the Kitchen – Shrimp, Crab Meat, Herbs, and Veggies For Homemade Wontons!

It’s delicious homemade wonton dumpling time! ūüėĬ† Yes, that’s right, yours truly made homemade wonton dumplings¬†from scratch¬†yesterday and spent her the whole day in the kitchen preparing and mixing baking ingredients for cookies and cupcakes,¬†and chopping up wonton¬†filling ingredients in the morning.¬† I know these don’t exactly scream Christmas or even “holidays”, but my mum and I made these for ourselves and for my grandparents as a little homemade Christmas food love from our hearts to theirs.¬†
I’ll have you know that yesterday’s wonton making session was not my first.¬† I know I never really talk about my cooking adventures or kitchen escapades much aside from baking, but my childhood is full to bursting with kitchen and cooking experiences and memories and¬†I have my grandma and my aunt to thank for that.¬† They instilled a love of home cooking¬†in me¬†and let me help them early on.¬† My first cookie baking experience was with my aunt in her Scarborough apartment at the age of 8 and my first wonton making adventure was with my mum and grandma in my grandparents’ kitchen when I was…some young age that I don’t recall at the moment.¬† But it was so much fun and¬†it will always be one of my favourite memories.

Dinner in the making!

I’m so, so excited to share these wonderful dumplings with you guys because¬†not only do they taste delicious, but they¬†are SO much fun to make!¬† You can literally make a fun morning and afternoon out of it and boil your creations for dinner later on at night!¬† I think it would even make a fantastic party activity for a get-together.¬† With the tv on or some music playing it’s incredibly relaxing and soothing and just oodles of fun.¬† It’s honestly one of my favourite things to make, ever.¬† Well, that and making cake pops and cookies.¬† You get the idea.¬† Just like my Christmas cake pops from Le Dolci, this is somewhat of a photo tutorial, so feel free to follow along or you can just enjoy the photos and drool.¬† It’s up to you.

Okay, first things first: the wrappers!¬† Wonton and dumpling wrappers come in a number of sizes and shapes.¬† Most of the time you’ll find them in square shapes and circle shapes, but if you’re feeling ambitious and know or want to make your own wonton wrappers from scratch, you can also make circles with scalloped edges if you like.¬† The wrappers are basically a mixture of flour, water, and possibly some cornstarch, egg, and/or salt kneaded into an elastic dough and then rolled out into thin sheets and cut into squares or circles for wontons and dumplings.¬† There are plenty of recipes online, such as this one, if you want to make your own dough wrappers.

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Quite Possibly the Last Grad Lounge Feature – Saying Farewell With Spicy Tomato Dill Soup

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It’s true, this may very well be my last Weekly Grad Lounge post.¬† The Grad Lounge will be closing up shop for the summer after this Thursday (June 30th) and seeing that I’m no longer a grad student, the chances of me reporting back with more good eats from here come September are slim to none.¬† I’m sad that I won’t be able to make any more weekly posts because it’s been so much fun, but most of all, I’m sad that I won’t get to eat here and see the people who keep this place running like clockwork on a consistent basis anymore.¬† There’s no guarantee that I’ll have¬†the job of my dreams (or any full-time job for that matter) by the time September rolls around, but even so, it’s looking like this meal may have been¬†my last here.¬†

I’m saying farewell with a bowl of hot, spicy tomato dill soup with lots of yummy dill and chives and creamed tomato with a crunchy side of baguette bread.¬† I slurped this bowl of soup up real good.¬† I love dill, I love chives, and because I don’t shy away from tomatoes and enjoy a little bit of kick in my food (and evidently in my soup!), this was delicious.¬† Dunking my crunchy bread into the creamy soup and crushed tomatoes was delightful.¬†¬†I’m going to really miss getting excited over new menu items, walking in to find out that there are daily special menu items written on the chalkboard I haven’t tried yet (and consequently, haven’t blogged about yet), and having a homey place on campus to have a wholesome, great meal.

Writing these weekly posts has been¬†awesome; it’s given me focus, a way to get inspired, and a way to show everyone just how important¬†The Grad Lounge has been to me during the course of my grad student career.¬† And to think that there are still menu items I haven’t blogged about yet!¬† I really hope¬†someday I’ll be able¬†to pick up where I left off and post more Grad Lounge meals here and there, but for¬†now, it’s good-bye.¬†¬†Thanks for the memories (and¬†of course the¬†delicious food!), it’s been amazing.


The Grad Lounge is located at 166 South Ross at the York University Keele campus.  They will be closing for the summer THIS THURSDAY (June 30th) and will be open from 12pm-5pm for the next several days, so drop in to get your last fix of the summer and to give Mike and Paul a big thanks for all their hard work.