Dill Potato Salad

Dill Potato Salad | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You guys, it’s practically summer and I’m like what?!?!?! It snuck up on me here in Scotland. One minute it was snowing and the trees were all swollen branches with buds that looked like they’d stay asleep forever. The next minute, I’m wishing I was wearing shorts and surrounded by gorgeous green leaves and vibrant flowers. Well done, nature. You sneaky devil.

I’m hoping this means picnics and potlucks and cookouts will be in the near future. You know how I love a good feast with friends and family. And we have a lot of friends and family on the calendar over the next few months. I can’t stop thinking about what I want to feed them all. 

Dill Potato Salad | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

One of my favorite dishes to bring to a picnic is Dill Potato Salad. This is not your typical mayonnaise mush from a plastic tub at the grocery store deli counter. This is some serious deliciousness right here.

If you can get Yukon Gold potatoes, definitely use them as their medium starchiness and lovely yellow color make them perfect for this potato salad. I used little Charlottes here in the UK, and they worked quite well. Both types of potatoes have a thin skin, which means you don’t have to worry about peeling.

Of course, the thing that really sets this potato salad apart is the fresh dill. There’s something about the smell of dill that just puts me squarely in summer mode. It’s like a lovely fragrant lace, and it just wakes up this dish. 

Dill Potato Salad | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I hope you have plenty of rain-free afternoons in your future where you can sit outside and enjoy food with friends. Bring this Dill Potato Salad. You’ll be a star.

Dill Potato Salad
Serves 4
A step up from store bought, this Dill Potato Salad will be the star of the summer potluck.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
  2. Salt
  3. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  4. 1/4 cup buttermilk
  5. 1 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  6. 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  7. Black pepper
  8. 1 green onion
Instructions
  1. Put your potatoes in a large pot of salted water and bring to the boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook until you can pierce the largest potato with a sharp knife. Mine took about 30 minutes, but it will vary depending the size of your potatoes.
  2. Drain the potatoes then put the colander back over the hot pot. Place a clean kitchen towel over the colander and allow your potatoes to continue to steam for another 15 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, whisk together the mayo, buttermilk, mustard, dill, and salt and pepper. The mixture will be quite thick.
  4. When the potatoes are cool enough to not burn your fingers off, cut them into bite-sized pieces. The skin of Yukon golds is quite tender, so if the skin sticks you can leave it on. If it falls off, I discard it. Don't stress yourself out.
  5. Season with salt and pepper and toss with dressing.
  6. Using scissors, cut your green onions directly into the bowl and give it a final stir.
  7. Allow your salad to hang out in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving.
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8 Tips for Awesome Street Food

8 Tips for Awesome Street Food

You can’t keep me away from a food festival. Whether it’s a food truck rally, a pop-up event, a farmer’s market, or a county fair, if someone’s selling food out of a stall or truck, I’ve got to check it out. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of the next local street food event.

Survey the Scene

If the event is any good, you’ll have plenty of amazing choices. Before you buy anything, make the rounds and check out what’s available so you avoid the hardship of finding something awesome while you’re already eating.

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Divide and Conquer

If you’re there with a friend or in a group, consider sharing. If everyone gets something from a different vendor, you can mix and match and get to experience more of what the event has to offer.

Consider the Logistics

You’re eating outside, probably without a table, so consider what it will take to get the food into your mouth. Don’t get anything that will need to be eaten with a knife and fork. You’ll never manage it. Choose foods that can be eaten without utensils, preferably wrapped in some sort of carbs. Also consider the possibility of drippy sauces, as these can be irksome for both hands and clothes. There may or may not be plentiful napkins about.

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Have a Balanced Approach to Price

The cheapest food might be amazing, or it might be awful or even make you sick. Conversely, the most expensive food probably has some sort of hipster tax attached because it’s served in a shovel or something stupid. Normally I say cheap is best, but when it comes to street food, it might be best to go more down the middle. Splurge for quality, especially when it comes to meat.

Bring Your Own Drink

I’ve seen food trucks that will try to sell you a jar of lemonade for $10. Even when you factor in keeping the jar, those lemons had better be made from liquid gold. Drinks can sometimes be overpriced at events and festivals, so throw your water bottle in your bag before you head out, just in case.

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Go Early

Food trucks and stalls have limited space, so popular items can sell out fast. Try to get there early if you can to make the most of the selection and avoid lines. This also means that if you want to, you can get out before it gets cramped and crazy.

Always Say Yes to Samples

There’s usually a lo to of competition at markets and festivals and such, so lots of places will be giving out samples. It’s free food, guys. Try everything. You might discover a new ethnic food you never even knew you loved. And if someone is selling packaged products rather than cooked food, they’ll probably let you try their wares before making a purchase. We once tasted 8 cheeses at one booth at a farmer’s market. It was amazing.

Keep It Clean

The restroom possibilities may be limited. If you think you might be heading into porta-potty territory, consider bringing some wet wipes along since you may not get a chance to wash your hands properly. 

If you hear about a chance to get some street food, don’t miss it. Food trucks are so creative, so you’re almost certain to get something great. The impermanence of the whole thing makes it seem that much more special. Get out there and eat something awesome.

Spicy Potato Cakes

Spicy Potato Cakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

My mission to be motivated is already losing steam in a serious way. I’m currently experiencing a massive yawn approximately every 20 seconds, but I only have 58 things on my to do list for work tomorrow, so maybe I’m starting to get a handle on this after all. Maybe I can start kicking ass again soon. Now I just have to keep the job long enough to make it my… Okay, maybe I’m getting carried away. This is what happens when you wake up at 5:30 am in a dead panic about room bookings and paperwork.

This is why comfort food is my jam. Carbs and constant complaining are the only things that soothe my anxiety. Only one of those things is something that other people also enjoy. This is why I never make you salad. Imagine if you had to read my nonstop whining AND eat kale? It just wouldn’t work.

Spicy Potato Cakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I am massively in love with mashed potatoes. So much so that we hardly ever have leftovers. But on those rare occasions when you just can’t manage another bite, I’ve got the perfect breakfast solution. Spicy Potato Cakes.

These are a bit messy to make. At least, I haven’t yet figured out how to make them without getting covered in mash. It’s totally worth it, though. The potato cakes get a nice crusty exterior while the inside stays creamy. There’s a bit of crunch from the green onions and some fire from the chopped chili. We topped ours with some sour cream mixed with a dash of scorpion pepper sauce for some extra awesome heat. And kids, do not, under any circumstances, forget to put an egg on it.

Spicy Potato Cakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

If you’re staring down the barrel of a long week, just keep daydreaming about the luxurious breakfast you’re going to eat at the weekend. Make sure it includes Spicy Potato Cakes. It’s gonna be awesome.

Spicy Potato Cakes
Yields 6
Spicy Potato Cakes turn leftover mashed potatoes into a fiery breakfast of awesomeness.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. Approximately 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  2. 1 egg, lightly beaten
  3. 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  4. 1 red chili, chopped (remove the seeds if you want to decrease the heat)
  5. Approximately 2 tablespoons flour for dusting
  6. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  7. Sour cream and hot sauce, optional
  8. 1 egg per person for frying, only optional if you're a maniac
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, stir together the mashed potatoes, egg, green onion, and chili until well combined.
  2. Put a large skillet over medium heat and add the oil. Allow the pan to heat up while you make the cakes.
  3. Use a large scoop to scoop out the potato mixture. I drop it into my hand to pat it flat then dust the top with flour and carefully place the flour side down into the hot pan. Then sprinkle the top with a bit more flour and repeat with the remaining potato mixture. You may have to cook your potato cakes in batches depending on the size of your pan and your potato cakes. I was able to make about six. And yes, I had mashed potato all over my hands.
  4. Cook each potato cake about five minutes a side or until it's as brown and crispy on the outside as you'd like. Gently flip your potato cake and cook for another five minutes on the second side. Remove to a plate and top your cake with a drizzle of sour cream and hot sauce, then top with an over easy egg with a delightfully runny yolk.
Adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
Adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
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