Halloumi Fries | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Halloumi Fries

Halloumi Fries | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We’re heading off for a little holiday on the Greek island of Kos in a few weeks, and I’m pretty excited. This will be the first holiday my husband and I have had just the two of us since maybe ever. I’ve never been to this part of the world, and I have no idea what to expect. Whatever’s out there, I can’t wait to explore it with the man I love.

I imagine the Greek Islands to just be positively dripping with history. I mean, this is sort of where Western history starts, so I imagine the entire island is like a living museum. I’m probably wrong, but there’s no denying this place will have seen a lot of action over the centuries. 

As a picky eater, I’m always a little bit concerned about going hungry when I travel, but I love hummus, and falafel is usually a winner as well, so I think I can survive four days in Greece without having to go to McDonald’s. 

Halloumi Fries | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You know what else is awesome? Halloumi Fries! Have you tried this? Halloumi is a dense, salty cheese, the sort that squeaks against your teeth when you bite into it. Dredged in flour and quickly fried, these are a lightly crispy dream. I loved them dipped in sweet chilli sauce. I think the sweet heat is the perfect foil to the intense saltiness of this cheese.

Making Halloumi Fries at home couldn’t be easier. To keep from burning your house down, make sure you have a deep, heavy-bottomed pot, long tongs, and a thermometer to control the temperature of your oil. All you have to do is cut your brick of cheese into sticks, dredge it in seasoned flour, and drop it into the oil for a minute or two until it’s golden brown. Give it a minute to cool on a wire rack so you don’t burn your face off, then try to stop eating them before you clog all your arteries.

Halloumi Fries | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Have any of you been to Kos before? What should we do? Where should we eat? Share your wisdom. I hope it’s awesome.

Halloumi Fries
Serves 4
Halloumi Fries are a cinch to make and a total treat to eat.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup plain flour
  2. 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  3. 1 teaspoon black pepper
  4. 225 gram block of halloumi
  5. Oil for frying
  6. Sweet chilli sauce, for dipping, optional
Instructions
  1. Add your oil to whatever vessel you'll be frying in, giving yourself about two inches in depth. Clip on your thermometer and heat your oil to between 350 and 375. Keep an eye on the temperature throughout the cooking process and adjust the heat to stay within this range.
  2. On a plate or another flat container, mix together the flour, paprika and pepper. You don't need salt as the cheese is plenty salty on its own.
  3. Cut your block of halloumi into sticks.
  4. Dredge each stick of cheese in the seasoned flour and carefully lower it into your pot of hot oil. I can usually add about four sticks of cheese before the first one needs to come out. They brown fairly quickly, so just keep an eye on the pot as your dredging and dropping, and use your tongs to remove the cheese sticks that have browned as much as you like.
  5. As you remove the cheese sticks, allow them to cool on a wire rack over a baking sheet. They'll crisp up as they cool.
  6. Serve warm with sweet chilli sauce for dipping.
Adapted from Tesco Magazine
Adapted from Tesco Magazine
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Right, we’ll talk about breakfast pizza in a minute. First, can we chat about working out? You know I hate it intensely. I’ve managed to make it to week 5 of a couch to 5K app without dying, but I’m on the verge of quitting again. I have to run 20 minutes straight, and if I don’t die of a heart attack, I’ll surely die of boredom. I can’t think of anything more dull than running for 20 minutes straight. Running is the actual worst.

We watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier for the first time the other night, and I think I may have found my dream workout class. Not that it exists. If someone ran a sexy super spy fight choreography fitness class, I’d sign up for sure. I always hear women talking about going to pole dancing classes rambling on about how empowering it is. I’m giving a hard eye roll to that. Teach me to kick ass like the Black Widow. That’s gotta be some real empowerment. 

I don’t want to actually hurt anyone. I just want to learn movie fighting. It’s so beautiful somehow. Does anyone else want to sign up for this imaginary class with me?

Breakfast Pizza | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I doubt Scarlett Johansson gets to eat Breakfast Pizza before getting geared up in her leather suit with her choke wire. She probably has to be carb-free for a month and go on a juice cleanse to fit into all of that. But we’re not action movie stars, so we can eat as much breakfast pizza as we want. Lucky us because it’s pretty hard to stop eating this.

To make this recipe in the UK requires a few adjustments because of the different ingredients that are available. I used puff pastry for the crust because they didn’t have any croissant dough available. I used this triangular frozen hash Breakfast Pizza | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day browns but smashed them up in the pan as they were cooking. I also used my old standby of Cumberland sausage jazzed up with cumin and crushed red chilli flakes. Cheddar cheese and eggs are still cheddar cheese and eggs.

 

Maybe if we go to super spy class, we can eat Breakfast Pizza without feeling guilty. Or we could just skip the guilt, and eat what makes us happy. It’s gonna be awesome.

Breakfast Pizza
Serves 6
Breakfast Pizza has all your morning favorites delivered on a flaky crust.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cans crescent rolls (you may not need them all, but buy two just in case) or 1 can croissant dough or 1 sheet puff pastry
  2. 1 pound sausage meat, casing removed
  3. Frozen hash browns (enough to cover a 10 inch skillet)
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  6. 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  7. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  8. 4 eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Start cooking your sausage in a skillet over medium high heat. Break it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks. You can add some extra seasoning if you like.
  3. In the meantime, spread a layer of crescent rolls over the bottom of a pizza pan or baking sheet. Rectangular breakfast pizza is completely acceptable. Pop this in the oven for five minutes to get a head start on cooking. This will prevent soggy crust.
  4. When the sausage is cooked through, carefully remove it from the pan to a paper towel-lined plate.
  5. In the same pan with the fat from the sausage, brown your hash browns. You may even need to add a bit more oil to prevent sticking. Season with salt, pepper, and chili powder. Toss the potatoes from time to time to brown them on all sides. This should take five to ten minutes depending on how brown you like them.
  6. Assemble your pizza by spreading the sausage around your parcooked crust. Next pile on the hash browns. Scatter the whole thing with cheese.
  7. In a small mixing bowl, beat four eggs. Ever so carefully, pour the eggs over your pizza, allowing it to seep through all the crevices.
  8. Bake your pizza in the oven for 20 minutes until golden. It will smell like sausage heaven when it's ready.
  9. Allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving. I like mine dotted with hot sauce.
Adapted from How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
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I’ve been preaching the picnic gospel a lot lately, and we’re carrying on today. I’m a total girl when it comes to flowers. I find them absolutely beautiful, so if a city’s got a garden, I’m there.

Glasgow Botanic Garden | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

One of the first places we explored when we moved to Glasgow nearly three years ago now was the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, and I assure you, it’s a gem.

Glasgow Botanic Garden | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

In addition to vast grounds with a variety of flowers, trees, and other plants that ramble through the West End, there are two main glass houses full of interesting plants and sculptures. It feels quintessentially Victorian to my American brain.

Glasgow Botanic Garden | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I love that in one building, you can go from dessert to jungle just by opening a door.

Glasgow Botanic Garden | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

They also have a tearoom, which I haven’t visited, as well as a cute little coffee stall if you want an ice cream or a hot drink, depending on the weather.

Glasgow Botanic Garden | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

It wasn’t this time, but the Glasgow Botanic Gardens also regularly hosts a book fair, about every other weekend. I’ve gotten some great bargains on used books here.

There are lots of shops and restaurants nearby, so it’s easy enough to get something to go, spread out a blanket under the shade of a large old tree, and enjoy the blooms and sunshine. You can lie back and look through the leaves and imagine ladies strolling through in big hats, long skirts, and high-heeled boots. It’s absolutely lovely.

Glasgow Botanic Garden | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

And did I mention it’s free? There’s really no excuse not to visit. If you find yourself in my city, make sure you check it out.

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