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

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
http://awesomeon20.com/
Chocolate Lime Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chocolate Lime Pie

Chocolate Lime Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I truly don’t know how it happens. An entire week melts away into a haze of exhaustion, and before I even realize what’s happened, I wake up on a Sunday morning to discover I’ve been completely unproductive for six days straight. I’m not sure whether to be ashamed or proud. 

Are there some productivity/ambition pills out there that I can take? I mean, I definitely don’t want to be one of those moms that crushes up her kid’s Ritalin, but I would like to feel like something other than a dead fish when I get home from work. And to throw a wrench in this puzzle, I want to do it without having to eat vegetables.

Chocolate Lime Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Last weekend when I was feeling productive, I made this simple and lovely Chocolate Lime Pie. It’s creamy and tangy and fluffy. The hint of chocolate in the crust balances the sourness from the citrus. There’s an ideal blend of crunchy and creamy. Everything’s happy and perfect.

This pie is no-bake, and it comes together super fast if you have a food processor and an electric mixer. It still works with strong arms, but it will just take a bit longer. There’s absolutely nothing complicated going on here, though. Simple flavors, simple ingredients, simple assembly. It’s a high reward, low effort lazy person’s dream come true.

Chocolate Lime Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m making plans but not promises. I want to try to be more productive outside of work, but I say that a lot. Eventually, though, everything changes. Except the awesomeness of Chocolate Lime Pie. That’s forever.

Chocolate Lime Pie
Serves 10
Chocolate Lime Pie is tangy, sweet, fluffy, crunchy, and extremely awesome.
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 300 grams digestive biscuits or graham crackers
  2. 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  3. 50 grams unsalted butter
  4. 50 grams dark chocolate chips
  5. 1 397 gram can sweetened condensed milk
  6. 175 milliliters lime juice
  7. 300 milliliters double or heavy cream
  8. Zest of 1 lime
  9. 4 extra chocolate chips for garnish
Instructions
  1. Turn your digestive biscuits into sandy rubble by either blitzing them in a food processor or bashing them to bits with a rolling pin. Put your biscuits in a sealable bag, of course.
  2. Put your butter and chocolate chips into a microwavable bowl, and microwave them for about 30 seconds or until both are melted.
  3. In a large bowl or in the food processor, combine the crumbs, cocoa powder, and melted butter and chocolate until your crumbs are damp.
  4. Transfer the crumb mixture to a to a 23 centimeter tart pan and press it firmly into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Stash this in the fridge while you get on with your feeling.
  5. In a large bowl mix together the sweetened condensed milk and the lime juice. If you're using a stand mixer, use your whisk attachment on low for this bit.
  6. Next, add in your cream and whisk on high (take it up to high gradually) until your mixture expands and thickens to stiff peaks.
  7. Transfer your filling to your waiting crust and smooth it out. Put it back in the refrigerator and chill for at least four hours.
  8. When you're ready to serve your pie, make it a bit prettier by topping it with fresh lime zest and shaved chocolate.
  9. Remove the collar from your tart pan, slice with a sharp knife, and serve to happy friends.
Adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
http://awesomeon20.com/
Burgerology: NYC Glasgow
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Burgerology: NYC Glasgow

Burgerology: NYC Glasgow

Normally, Geoff and I are a team of two when we take the camera into a restaurant or bar to share with you, but when our friends heard we were going for two-for-one burgers at NYC Glasgow, they all wanted to come along. We had an awesomely delicious time.

Burgerology: NYC Glasgow

Beyond it’s amazing burgers and dogs, NYC Glasgow has an impressive selection of creative cocktails. I had the Roasted Toasted White Russian. It was dangerously tasty. I also noticed that they have cocktails on special for £3.50 during the week. There’ so many ways to save money here. Is it any wonder the whole gang wanted to come out?

But you know we’re in it for the burgers, kids. Let’s see what everybody ate.

Burgerology: NYC Glasgow

Up first is the Red Hot. Believe it or not, this is not Geoff’s burger. Though much enjoyed, I think it was outrageously spicy. It’s got jalapenos, pepper relish, and hot sauce. You’ve been warned.

Burgerology: NYC Glasgow

Geoff’s on a bit of a health kick, so he went with the Staten Island, which is a falafel burger. He must have loved it because he was completely finished eating before I even got more than a few bites in me.

Burgerology: NYC Glasgow

Another friend had the Buffalo Chicken burger. I’ve had this before, and it was the thing that got me so excited about going back to NYC Glasgow. Though I enjoyed the burger I had, I think I’d definitely stick to the Buffalo Chicken from now on. The chicken is tendered, and they’re not shy with the buffalo sauce. 

Burgerology: NYC Glasgow

The Philly Cheesesteak Burger is a mashup of the two classic sandwiches into one massive experience. Look at that cheese sauce, guys. Come on.

Burgerology: NYC Glasgow

The Notorious P.I.G. is a bacon-wrapped dog topped with bbq pulled pork. I always have my doubts about a hot dog served on a baguette because I think chewy bread makes it too difficult to eat, but you’re going to have to go at this with a knife and fork anyway, so I think you’ll be fine.

Burgerology: NYC Glasgow

The Santa Fe has some great Southwest flavor, and there are tortilla chips on your burger. I’m very pro chips on sandwich, so I have a feeling this was extra awesome.

Burgerology: NYC Glasgow

I had the Manhattan, and it was delicious. The burger was juicy, and the accompaniments were well-balanced. You probably guessed that I removed the onion rings and gave them to Geoff. It was still awesome.

Burgerology: NYC Glasgow

And somehow, after all this burger action, some people still had room for dessert. The sticky toffee pudding looked great. I’m hoping to get a chocolate peanut butter shake next time I go back.

With all burgers and dogs being two-for-one from Sunday to Thursday, I can’t think of a single reason why you shouldn’t go here for a mid-week treat. The food is great, the selection is impressive, and the cocktail game is strong. Definitely go check out NYC Glasgow next time you need a serious burger fix.

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