Homemade Oatcakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Homemade Oatcakes

Homemade Oatcakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

When I first met my husband, I marveled at his lack of understanding of cheese. He once made nachos with Doritos, with shredded mozzarella, and Thai sweet chili sauce. He said, “All cheese tastes the same.” Wait. What???

It wasn’t until I moved to the UK that I figured out how he had been operating under this unfortunate delusion for so long. Most cheese in the UK is pretty much the same. Almost everything is a variation on cheddar. This can make for a pretty boring cheese plate. Not to mention that in Scotland, instead of a nice chunk of baguette, they give you dry, bland oatcakes. I have frequently been underwhelmed. 

Homemade Oatcakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Because I’m somewhat neurotic about working my way through a cookbook, I decided to try Nigella’s recipe for homemade oatcakes. I wasn’t expecting much. Turns out, oatcakes are pretty awesome if you make them yourself and roll them as thin as you can before baking.

Make sure you include a fat pinch of salt and cook them  until they’re golden brown around the edges. Eat them with a variety of cheeses with a variety of textures and flavors from a variety of countries. That’s how cheese plates should work. Throw in some grapes and some salted almonds or cashews. 

Homemade Oatcakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Drink wine. Eat oatcakes and cheese. Live it up.

Oatcakes
Yields 12
Homemade Oatcakes are flavorful and crispy and good with every kind of cheese.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons quick cooking oats
  2. Pinch of salt
  3. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  5. 6-8 tablespoons of recently boiled water
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400F (200C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Put the oats, salt, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl, and give them a stir to combine. Pour in the butter and start add the first six tablespoons of hot water. Start stirring, and add hot water as needed until a stiff dough forms.
  3. Knead your dough a few times until it comes together smoothly. With a rolling pin, roll it out as thin as you can.
  4. Using a three-inch round cutter or whatever shape floats your boat, cut out as many oatcakes as you can. If you find your dough is sticking slightly, use a thin spatula or butter knife to lift it off the counter and onto the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the edges start to brown slightly. Cool on a wire rack.
Adapted from How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson
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Whipped Ricotta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Whipped Ricotta

Whipped Ricotta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

With the end of the Summer Olympics, my self-imposed house arrest is also finally coming to an end. Luckily this year two solid weeks of constant TV watching coincided with a time when I needed to save money. It worked perfectly. I was trapped in my house with hour after hour of epic human achievement. I love it when a plan comes together.

But now I’m free and released back out into the world like some sort of cheapskate feral animal. I’m on the hunt for maximum pleasure with minimum money. It’s gonna be awesome.

Whipped Ricotta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The recipe I’m sharing today is super simple, but it tastes way better than you could ever imagine. When I made it the first time, I thought it would be just okay. By was I wrong. Whipped Ricotta of nothing short of truly awesome.

The light airiness of the cheese itself is absolutely lovely, but what really take this over the top is the simple things you sprinkle on top. Look through your pantry and get imaginative. If you have a fancy oil you’ve been saving for something special, now is the time to use it. And the contrast of the pure with cheese against the lemon zest, herbs, and oil is absolutely beautiful. People will be so impressed.

Whipped Ricotta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Life is meant to be loved. Let’s get out there and live it. And eat some Whipped Ricotta along the way. Perfection.

Whipped Ricotta
Serves 8
Whipped Ricotta is simple, surprising, and sophisticated.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
  2. 2 cups ricotta
  3. 2 tablespoons milk
  4. Zest of 1 lemon
  5. Salt and pepper
  6. Pinch of Italian seasoning
  7. Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  8. Drizzle of olive oil
  9. Bread sticks to serve
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer with a whisk attachment and whip the cream cheese until smooth. Add the milk and ricotta and whip for 4-5 minutes until the cheeses are light and fluffy.
  2. Spread your cheese mixture on a plate or platter to help maximize the surface area for flavorful toppings. You'll notice I didn't give specific measurements for any of the toppings. You should really go by feel. It depends on the size of your dish. Zest your lemon over the top, sprinkle the whole thing with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper flakes (or really anything you like) then drizzle the whole thing with your most flavorful olive oil.
  3. Serve this up with some crunchy bread sticks and watch people get happy.
Adapted from Joy the Baker
Adapted from Joy the Baker
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10 Totally Awesome Sandwiches

10 Totally Awesome Sandwiches

10 Totally Awesome Sandwiches

August is National Sandwich Month, and as someone who is desperately in love with bread, I’m all for this. Here are 10 totally awesome sandwiches for you to sink your teeth into.

Feed a bunch of hungry faces all at once with these Mini Ham and Cheese Sandwiches. Little is awesome.

The British will put just about anything on a sandwich. Don’t believe me? Check out Things British People Put Between Two Slices of Bread.

Everybody loves a grilled cheese. Make it fancy with a Fig Jam & Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese.

Perfect for parking yourself in the living room on game day, Cheesy Meatball Sliders are completely outrageous.

Maybe I’ll eat a vegetable if it’s in a gooey grilled cheese. Try this Calzone Grilled Cheese

Have a Bacon Egg Salad Sandwich because bacon, duh.

A Cholesterol Sandwich is life.

Apple and cheddar is a classic combination. Bring them together in an Apple Butter & Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese.

I love a sandwich at breakfast, especially when it’s as indulgent as this Pumpkin Butter Dark Chocolate Stuffed French Toast.

I might eat glass if it had Buffalo sauce on it. This Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese is much better than that.

What’s your favorite sandwich?

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