Have an Awesome Summer

Have an Awesome Summer

Hey, kids. I hope everyone is having a truly spectacular summer. I’ve decided to take a little break from blogging over the summer. It’s weird to write those words. I feel like we’re breaking up.

I’m sure you’re thinking “Take a break? Girl, please!” I know, I haven’t been posting much really for the past year since I went into the hospital. So I’m officially taking a break so I can stop feeling guilty about it. 

This blog has been a part of my life for over three years, and it means a lot to me. I don’t want it to be anything but awesome, so I want to be able to give it the energy it deserves.

I’m going to spend the summer travelling and spending time with my baby. I’m going to rejuvenate and refill my notebook with awesome ideas to share with you. And then I’m going to come back in the autumn all fresh and fabulous. 

Make sure you’re following on Facebook, Instagram, and SnapChat {awesomeon20} to keep up with the awesomeness over the summer. I hope you’ll still be here when I come back because it’s gonna be awesome! Love ya, kids!

Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream

Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

For a minute there, it seemed like we were going to have real summer in Scotland. For about two weeks, the weather was absolutely delightful. It was sunny and warm, not too hot. Perfect weather for outdoor eating and drinking. It was a dream.

I wore sandals and flowery kimonos and desperately wished I had a big floppy hat. It was like I knew who I was again for a moment. I’m having a hard time figuring out who I am in winter, but summer me is very familiar. I was reveling.

Of course, now everything’s back to rain and clouds and chill and general dreariness. Beggars can’t be choosers, I suppose. But all that sunshine put me in the mood for margaritas!

Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This time, those margaritas are coming to you in the form of cake. You can never say I don’t take good care of you. A flourless chocolate lime cake, to be precise. It’s topped with fluffy clouds of lime and tequila spiked whipped cream. It’s hot summer nights on a plate. And it’s gluten-free.

Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I hope your summer is full of margaritas in the sun. If you can’t get sun, make a cup of team, and have some Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream. It’ll still be totally awesome.

Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream
Serves 8
Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream is deeply chocolaty, surprisingly light, and refreshingly tangy.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
For the cake
  1. 150 grams dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  2. 150 grams butter
  3. 6 eggs
  4. 250 grams sugar
  5. 100 grams ground almonds
  6. 4 teaspoons cocoa powder
  7. Zest and juice of 1 lime
  8. Powdered sugar to dust, optional
For the Margarita Cream
  1. 60 ml lime juice
  2. 1 tablespoon tequila
  3. 1 tablespoon triple sec
  4. 75 grams powdered sugar
  5. 250 ml double cream or heavy cream
For the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 180C or 350F. Line the bottom of a 9-inch/23 centimeter springform pan with parchment paper and butter the sides. Set aside.
  2. Melt chocolate and butter together. You can do this in a heatproof bowl suspended over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each one. I do mine in the microwave, and it takes about a minute and a half. Set aside to cool a bit.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until it becomes pale and foamy and has approximately tripled in size. This foam is what will make your cake rise, so give it time to get good and frothy.
  4. Combine your ground almonds and cocoa powder, then gently fold them into your egg and sugar foam. Next, fold in the chocolate mixture. Finally fold in the lime zest and juice.
  5. Pour your cake batter into your waiting pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. You'll have a firm crust on top, but it may still be a tiny bit wobbly underneath.
  6. Allow your cake to cool completely. Run a thin knife around the edge of the cake before releasing the collar. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if you like.
For the Margarita Cream
  1. Combine lime juice, tequila, and triple sec on a medium mixing bowl. Whisk in the powdered sugar to dissolve. Add the cream, and whisk until stiff peaks form. I did this by hand, but an electric mixer would make it go more quickly. It may take slightly longer than normal because of the added liquid.
  2. Top each slice of cake with billowing clouds of margarita cream. Be sure to store any leftovers in the fridge.
Adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
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20 Awesome Breakfast Recipes

20 Awesome Breakfast Recipes

 Breakfast is almost certainly my favorite meal, though I rarely actually get to enjoy breakfast throughout the week. Maybe it’s the anticipation of a relaxing weekend that makes breakfast seem so special. Or maybe it’s just that you can eat really outrageous things in the morning, and for some reason, no one seems to mind. I’ve been pondering throwing a brunch party for ages, so I thought I’d share some of the most popular breakfast recipes from my site. Let’s go.

Muffins

Caramel Butterscotch Muffins

Breakfast doesn’t always have to be elaborate. Sometimes some juice and an awesome muffin can put a huge smile on your face. Any of these would also be great for a buffet style breakfast party of to have around the kitchen when you have house guests.

Double Chocolate Muffins

Caramel Butterscotch Muffins

Toffee Muffins

Chocolate Banana Muffins

Blueberry Jam Muffins

Pancakes

Greek Yogurt Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

My family practically worshiped pancakes when we were growing up. My dad making pancakes for everyone is one of our most memorable family rituals. I still love pancakes of all kinds. Here are a few favorites.

Pumpkin Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes

Whole Wheat Pancakes

Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Bacon Pancakes

More of the Sweet Stuff

Croissant French Toast with Maple Bacon Whipped Cream | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I always have a hard time choosing between sweet and savoury at breakfast, but I almost always end up going for the sweet option. Here are a few more things to start your day with a sugar rush.

Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast

Croissant French Toast with Maple Bacon Cream

Dutch Baby Bunny

Nutella Fairy Toast

The Savoury Option

Cayenne Candied Bacon | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Though sweet tends to be my first choice, there are plenty of savoury breakfast options I adore, especially if there are eggs and bacon involved. 

Sky High Breakfast Pizza

Full English Breakfast (American Style)

Sausage Egg & Cheese Biscuit with Apple Butter

Breakfast Burger

Cholesterol Sandwich

Cayenne Candied Bacon

Have fun eating all the breakfast, kids. It’s gonna be awesome.

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