Awesome in March

Awesome in March

Awesome in March

Well, my husband just told me that he paid for another year of hosting for my site, so I guess you have to go on reading my self-indulgent blathering for a little while longer. I tried hard to quit, but he wouldn’t let me. At the moment, I have a screaming headache and my level of self-loathing is approaching legendary status, so let’s dig deep, kids, and find the awesome.

March came in like a tough little lamb with the promise of sunshine despite the harsh bite to the air. We celebrated our wedding anniversary by putting on our wedding clothes and eating greasy American food. It’s a little tricky to be conspicuous in a wedding dress in a place where there aren’t brides on the beach every night of the week. I did it anyone. If that’s not awesome, I don’t know what is. 

After that, I promptly got sick, which means I’ve been indulging in all the comfort food I’ve ever wanted since then. One of these days I’m going to have to share the amazing burger deals on Tuesday nights at Bloc+.  It’s a great little midweek treat.

Eating Out: Paesano Pizza

We went to a few other great restaurants as well, including Paesano Pizza. We also played hometown tourist over the Easter weekend. I was pleasantly surprised by the St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art. It was much cooler than I anticipated, and it’s free. It’s definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been before. 

My favorite foods on the internet were all clearly in the comfort food category. I’m clearly a person currently in need of a lot of love. Or maybe a kick in the ass.

This Burrata Breakfast Pizza from How Sweet It Is is completely gorgeous and has so many of my favorite things, including sexy egg yolks.

When I saw this Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake from Cookies and Cups, I kind of wanted to eat my screen. You guys! Need!

Salty Dawgs from The Sugar Hit are sort of everything. Malted chocolate plus salted caramel? I told you. Everything.

Cheddar Habenero Corn Bread | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your favorites this month were of the savoury and somewhat spicy variety. You loved Cheddar Habanero Cornbread, and you’re absolutely right.

Transformer Chicken | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your practical side said let’s make chicken, but let’s make it easy. Transformer Chicken give you time to play and still eat well. It’s the wave of the future.

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels are still going strong. Start out with that Transformer Chicken to make it even awesomer.

March is out like a lion, and I’m feeling the claws. Let’s all try to be a little kinder to ourselves in April. Let’s feel the warmth and share the growth with the universe because there’s no going back. All we can do is get more and more awesome every day. And you know we’re better together. Stay strong, kids. Stay awesome.

Plainly Awesome Pound Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Plainly Awesome Pound Cake

Plainly Awesome Pound Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

It’s important to have the proper tools for the job. This applies in my life particularly to the kitchen, but really it’s true of just about any situation. Things are always easier when you have the appropriate tools. I think anybody’s who’s ever tried to put together Ikea furniture will concur.

That’s one of the small problems of being cheap. You try to save money and get by with the least amount of stuff. You try to reuse or repurpose things, which is normally great. Less waste and all that. But when using inferior tools leads to an inferior product, it’s just not worth it. That’s precisely why I’ve decided to buy myself a new loaf pan.

Plainly Awesome Pound Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve made this pound cake recipe on several occasions, and it always came out tender, moist, and beautiful. It’s practically impossible to stop eating, and it’s perfect paired with any curds, jams, or sweet sauces you may have in your fridge. It’s the perfect afternoon treat, but could even be elevated to an elegant dessert with some fresh berries.

Plainly Awesome Pound Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You need to have a great pound cake recipe in your arsenal, and I promise, this is it. What you don’t need is a crappy, cheap loaf pan that burns the outside of everything you try to put in it. Live and learn, kids. And eat a lot of cake along the way.

Plainly Awesome Pound Cake
Serves 8
Moist and tender, this pound cake is the perfect accompaniment to just about anything.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  5. 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 3/8 cup buttermilk
  9. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F (175C) and butter and flour a high quality loaf pan. You may also want to line the bottom with parchment paper for extra insurance.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar by beating them with an electric mixer on medium high for about five minutes. You want the mixture to be pale and fluffy.
  3. Turn your mixer down a notch and beat in the eggs one at a time until combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Also measure out your buttermilk in another container or measuring cup, and add the vanilla extract to it. If you have a stand mixer, you can do this while your butter and sugar are being creamed.
  5. With your mixer on it's lowest setting, tip in a third of your dry ingredients, followed by half of your buttermilk, beating each time until everything is just combined. Keep going with another third of the dry stuff, the rest of the buttermilk, and then the last of the dry ingredients until everything comes together.
  6. Ditch the electric mixer, being sure to scrape off as much f the batter as you can. Give the bowl one last scrape and gentle mix with a rubber spatula, and then transfer your thick batter to your waiting loaf pan of excellent quality. Smooth out the top, and bake for 40-45 minutes or until it's golden on the top and a cake tester comes out clean.
  7. Allow your cake to cool in the pan for about ten minutes, then gently turn it out of the pan and allow it to continue to cool on a wire rack.
  8. Slice and serve with your favorite accompaniments.
Notes
  1. If you remember, it's best to have all ingredients at room temperature when you begin mixing your batter.
Adapted from Ina Garten
Adapted from Ina Garten
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Eating Out: Paesano Pizza
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Eating Out: Paesano Pizza

Eating Out: Paesano Pizza

I wanted to quickly tell you about a great little oven-fired pizza place we love in Glasgow. Paesano Pizza is down a little side road in the City Centre. The interior is wide-open and airy, and the feature is the wood-fired ovens at the back behind an open counter where you can see your pizza being made. 

Eating Out: Paesano Pizza

The menu here is short. It’s the kind of place that does one thing extremely well. I think there are about nine or ten different pizzas you can order, a few simple accompaniments, and a short beer and wine list. What else do you need?

Most of their staple ingredients are imported from Italy, as are, it seems, most of the employees based on their accents. I’m certainly not qualified to say whether or not this pizza is authentic, but it sure seems to have a lot of street cred.

Eating Out: Paesano Pizza

Geoff gets the spicy salami pizza and douses it generously from the large bottle of chili oil on the table.

Eating Out: Paesano Pizza

I order the Italian sausage pizza. The flavors are perfectly balanced. The sausage has a touch of spice, the sauce provides a hint of sweetness, the cheese is creamy, and the crust is just delicious. 

I’d recommend ordering two pizzas for two people. Geoff always eats all of his, and I bring half of mine home to eat the next day. If you’re with two light eaters, you may be able to share, but I can’t promise you’ll have as much fun.

They also make a tart of the day for dessert, but I haven’t had a chance to try one yet. This time there was a chocolate amaretto tart, and I wish I could have eaten it.

Eating Out: Paesano Pizza

You can get a pizza and a drink for just over £10, and the service is warm and friendly. If you’re a pizza lover, you need to check out Paesano Pizza.

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