Pork & Apple Hot Pot | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Pork & Apple Hot Pot

Pork & Apple Hot Pot | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m sitting on my sofa, watching The Golden Girls, and thinking about how I don’t want to write a blog post. I struggle to find any space for creativity at the end of a long day. At the end of a work day I just want to throw my to do list out the window. Work out? No thank you. Make dinner? Do I have to? Write a bunch of words that no one will read? Surely it can wait until tomorrow. But then I don’t want to do it tomorrow either.

I’m just so crap at staying motivated. Tell me your secrets, friends. How do you keep up with your life? And before you suggest it, no I can’t afford a maid. 

Pork & Apple Hot Pot | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

This Pork & Apple Hot Pot is decidedly not a quick and easy week night dish. I mean, it’s easy, but it’s anything but quick. It’s a slow cooking autumn fantasy. Apples, onions, and bacon cook down to a soft flavorful mush that makes your pork unbelievably tender. I’m normally not a pork chop person, but man, this is tasty.

A bit of good news for you. This whole thing can be cooked in one pot. Just make sure you have something that can transfer from the stove top to the oven. A bit more good news. This will make your house smell heavenly.

Pork & Apple Hot Pot | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

The weekend will be here soon, friends. We can make it. And once we get there, let’s eat Pork & Apple Hot Pot.

Pork & Apple Hot Pot
Serves 6
Pork & Apple Hot Pot is a one pot all day dish that's perfect for autumn.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 3 onions, peeled, halved, and sliced into half moons
  3. 250 grams bacon (of the streaky variety)
  4. 50 grams flour
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  7. 4 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  8. Salt and pepper
  9. 6 boneless pork loin chops
  10. 4 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  11. 750 ml apple juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (170C). Heat the oil in an oven proof pot and cook the onions over medium heat for about 10 minutes until soft. Remove the onions to a separate bowl.
  2. Scissor your bacon in small pieces into the hot pt and cook until the pieces start to crisp up. Remove the bacon to the same bowl as the onions and mix them together.
  3. Put the flour, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, salt, and pepper into a zip top bag and give it a bit of a shake to combine. Add the pork chops two or three at a time and shake it all about to coat the pork in the seasoned flour. Shake off the excess flour, and sear the pork in the hot pot for a couple of minutes per side and remove to a plate. Repeat until all the pork is seared.
  4. Tip the remaining flour into the pot and give it a whisk until it soaks up the oil. Slowly add in the apple juice, whisking it with the flour after each addition to get rid of any lumps.
  5. Add half of the onion bacon mixture back to the pot, then three of your pork chops, followed by half the apples. Repeat the layers again.
  6. Pop the lid on the pan and put the whole thing in the oven to do its magic for three hours. Your pork will be tender and the apples and onions will be soft.
Adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
http://awesomeon20.com/
Pumpkin Pancakes | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day
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Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Does anyone else feel like the world has gone completely insane lately? It feels like every morning we’ve woken up to news of another natural disaster or political debacle. We humans are having some very bad karma right now. We’ve got to get back to taking care of one another. Like fast.

If you’re thinking about what you can do to help these days, my suggestion is always the food bank. And while a food drive is always hugely helpful, a monetary donation goes even farther because food banks can usually purchase food for cheaper and make your money go farther to feed more people. Plus, they need to keep the lights on. 

There are so many worthy charities out there. Take a breath and give yourself five minutes on GuideStar before clicking donate. Give smart.

Pumpkin Pancakes | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

So what’s all this got to do with pumpkin pancakes? You’re right, absolutely nothing. The truth is, I rarely know what I’m going to set out to write about before I begin. I just have a recipe I’m ready to share and a blank page. I know most people just scroll to the recipe anyway, so I feel less and less compelled to make things go together.

Pumpkin pancakes remind me of when I used to make these for Christmas for my family, and we all need a little comfort right now. This recipe is extra awesome because it contains some cornmeal which add a bit of crunch and texture to the whole situation. And don’t be a heathen. Make sure you have plenty of maple syrup.

Pumpkin Pancakes | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Times are hard all over the world. Dig deep and find the love, then share it with everyone you see. And eat pumpkin pancakes because you can, and that’s awesome.

Pumpkin Pancakes
Serves 3
Pumpkin Pancakes will make you happy no matter what's happening in the world.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup cornmeal
  3. 1/4 sugar
  4. 2 tablespoons baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground all spice
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  8. 1 cup buttermilk
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, all spice, and cinnamon. Give it all a gentle mix to make sure everything's coordinated.
  2. In another container (I use my big measuring cup) whisk together pumpkin puree, buttermilk, egg, and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently stir and fold until just combined. Don't overmix and don't worry about a few little lumps.
  4. Put your skillet or griddle over medium heat and add a bit of butter to avoid sticking. Spread it evenly around the pan with a paper towel and tongs.
  5. Once your pan is sufficiently hot, add your pancake batter to the pan. I used my third cup measure. Cook them about two to three minutes per side. Serve warm with butter and syrup.
Adapted from I am Baker
Adapted from I am Baker
http://awesomeon20.com/
Garlic & Thyme Baked Camembert | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Garlic & Thyme Baked Camembert

Garlic & Thyme Baked Camembert | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Remember when Pinterest first came out and you could spend hours and hours looking at pictures of things you wanted to eat or wear? You could scroll endlessly through a carefully curated stream of delicious or stylish photos and never get bored. Those were the good ol’ days.

Now some mysterious algorithm decides what I see which is mostly ads. It’s like it doesn’t even matter who you follow anymore. You just see the same 10 ads over and over again. I still use Pinterest constantly to save things I find on the internet, and my board are carefully crafted, but I hardly ever spend time just scrolling anymore. 

Pinterest also used to be a great place for bloggers to share their work with a lot of people for free. But all those ads you’re seeing mean there’s no longer space for bloggers unless they can pay. It was at the moment of this change that I lost all hope that my blog would ever be even moderately popular. C’est la vie. 

Garlic & Thyme Baked Camembert | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

All this is to say that this recipe comes from a moment when Pinterest absolutely saved the day. I went to a party with a wheel of Camembert and no idea what I was going to do with it. A quick Pinterest search brought me to this flavor combo. My hosts had everything I needed to make this happen, and it was a hit.

Garlic & Thyme Camembert is really one of those non-recipes. Basically, you remove the plastic from the cheese, put it back in its box, give some cute cross hatch cuts, sprinkle on some flavor, and stick it in the oven until it gets oozy. Serve it with some toasty bread, and you’re golden. No need to tell your party guests how simple it was. 

Garlic & Thyme Baked Camembert | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Change is inevitable. Luckily, we can always count on cheese to be totally awesome. 

Garlic & Thyme Baked Camembert
Serves 4
Garlic & Thyme Baked Camembert is simply delicious.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 wheel Camembert cheese
  2. 1 clove garlic, minced
  3. 1 or 2 sprigs fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  4. 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (this is the time to use the tasty stuff)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F (175C).
  2. Remove the wrapping from your cheese and place it back in the box with the lid off. Place it on a baking sheet to catch any drips. Use a sharp knife to cut into the top of your cheese in a diamond pattern.
  3. Sprinkle your minced garlic and your thyme over the top of your cheese. I've used both fresh and dry thyme, and both ways were great.
  4. Finally, drizzle some olive oil over the top. Don't really worry about measuring anything. Trust your instincts.
  5. Place your topped cheese in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes until it's oozing with awesomeness.
  6. Serve warm with crostini or crackers.
Notes
  1. If you want to make your own crostini to serve with this, simply slice a baguette into 1/2 inch slices and arrange them on a baking sheet. Spray or drizzle them with some olive oil. Pop them in the oven for about five minutes a side while your cheese is doing its thing. Just keep a watch over them until they're as golden as you like.
Adapted from What's Gaby Cooking
http://awesomeon20.com/
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