Spaghetti Quesadilla | How to be Awesome n $20 a Day

Spaghetti Quesadilla

Spaghetti Quesadilla | How to be Awesome n $20 a Day

Real talk. My life is super boring. I’ve barely left my house this week because I’ve been obsessively watching every Olympic thing ever. I’m not embarrassed. I’m quite content to sit in front of my tv with some pizza and watch some fencing. What’s really got me stressed out about it is this new Instagram Story nonsense.

I mean, it’s hard enough to make your life look constantly perfect in photos. Now I have to keep up with Snapchat (see my boring life at awesomeon20) and put up a constant stream of dreamy video and photos throughout the day on Instagram? I’m kinda mad at it. What do you guys think of Instagram stories? Do you prefer Snapchat? Tell me in the comments which one you’re most into.

Spaghetti Quesadilla | How to be Awesome n $20 a Day

I’m revealing another bit of my boring life with this “dish.” I frequently make spaghetti with jarred pasta sauce. I don’t care. I like it. But my real secret agenda is to eat leftover spaghetti sandwiches. I toast some regular sandwich bread, spread it with butter, sprinkle on a dash of garlic powder, and then pile on some heated up leftover spaghetti. Fold that whole thing over taco style, and stick it in your face. It’s the best.

Then I thought, what if you take this a step further, add some mozzarella cheese, and stuff it all in a tortilla? It was just as awesome as I hoped it would be. It’s a fun way to use up leftovers without just eating the same thing over and over again. The creamy mozzarella goes all gooey, and the tortilla goes a bit crispy. The whole thing is pretty dang great.

Spaghetti Quesadilla | How to be Awesome n $20 a Day

I still have some leftover spaghetti. I’m going to make myself another Spaghetti Quesadilla right now. Should I put it on Instagram Story or Snapchat? Life is tough. Let’s just eat.

 

Spaghetti Quesadilla
Serves 1
An awesome way to use up leftovers, this Spaghetti Quesadilla is cheesy, crunchy, and super tasty.
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
8 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
8 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon oil
  2. 1 cup leftover spaghetti
  3. 1 flour tortilla
  4. 1/4 cup (or more) shredded mozzarella
Instructions
  1. Put a large skillet over medium low heat and add your oil to preheat. If you happen to have some garlic oil in your pantry, I think that would be really nice here.
  2. Heat up your spaghetti in the microwave for about a minute so that it's hot when it goes into the tortilla.
  3. Put your tortilla on a plate and spread half your cheese on one half of the tortilla. Use as much cheese as you like. I'm not gonna judge.
  4. Spread your warm spaghetti over the first layer of cheese, and then scatter the remaining cheese on top of that. You want one half of the tortilla to be layered with cheese, spaghetti, and then more cheese to create the glue once you fold over the the empty side of your tortilla.
  5. Carefully transfer your quesadilla to the hot pan and cook for three to four minutes per side until it's as brown and toasty as you like.
  6. Carefully transfer your now gooey quesadilla to a cutting board and cut into triangles. Eat and be awesome.
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S'mores Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
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S’mores Brownies

S'mores Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Usually I try to start a blog post by writing something fun or weird about life. We don’t have time for that nonsense today, my friends.

Guys, these S’mores Brownies are seriously one of the most outrageously delicious things I’ve ever eaten in my life. There aren’t really enough superlatives to describe just how amazing they are. The lighting in these photos cannot convey the perfect combination of buttery crust, fudgy brownie, and sweet, sticky roasted marshmallows. I absolutely insist you make these. Can you sense my excitement?

S'mores Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

True, it’s a bit of a longer process to make these than your average brownie, but it’s 100% worth it. The graham cracker crust comes together just like any pie or cheesecake. So maybe you have to melt some chocolate, but make your life easy and do it in the microwave. It’s the double chocolate action that makes these brownies extra awesome. And whatever you do, don’t walk away while the marshmallows are under the broiler. It’s a cliche, but honestly, the hardest part is waiting for them to cool.

Oh, one more tricky bit. The sticky marshmallows make these a pain in the ass to cut. Wait until the brownies cool completely, then use a slightly damp sharp knife to cut them. Just hold the knife under the tap and then give it a few shakes to remove any excess water. You still have to be careful, but it definitely helps.

S'mores Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Just stop what you’re doing and make these S’mores Brownies. Your awesomeness might just depend on it.

S'mores Brownies
Serves 15
S'mores Brownies are among the best foods you'll ever eat in your life. For real.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
25 min
For the crust
  1. 9 graham crackers (1 sleeve)
  2. 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) butter, melted
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the brownies
  1. 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (or use chocolate chips)
  2. 1/2 cup (4 ounces) butter, softened
  3. 1-1/2 cups sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  7. 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. Approximately 1/2 large bag of mini marshmallows (you'll need enough to make an even single layer across the top of a 13x9 inch pan.
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F (175C) and line a 13x9 inch baking pan with parchment paper. If you leave a little bit of paper hanging out on each side, you'll be able to lift the whole thing out of the pan easily to cut it later.
For the crust
  1. Add your graham crackers to a food processor and blitz them to bits. We're looking for fine crumbs here.
  2. Add the sugar and salt to the food processor and pulse a few times to combine.
  3. Add the melted butter to the processor and pulse until you have a mixture like wet sand.
  4. Transfer your crumb mixture to the pan and press it evenly into the bottom. Stash this in the fridge while you get on with the brownie batter.
For the brownies
  1. Melt your chopped chocolate in a microwavable dish by heating it for 30 seconds and then giving it a quick stir with a rubber spatula. Repeat this until everything is melted. Set aside to cool down a bit.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat the eggs in one at a time until well combined.
  4. Turn your mixer down to low and slowly add in the melted chocolate. Make sure you scrape out every last luscious drop.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
  6. With your mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients until just combined.
  7. Retrieve your pan with its waiting crust from the fridge. Use your rubber spatula to scoop out dollops of the batter all around the pan until you have all that goodness scraped out. Use an offset spatula (or a butter knife. That's almost as good.) to ever so gently spread the batter evenly over the crust. Try not to disturb your lovely crumbs.
  8. Bake the brownies for about 25 minutes. Better underbaked than overbaked, in my opinion.
  9. Once you have your brownies out of the oven, switch your broiler on.
  10. Dump your mini-marshmallows onto your brownies. You want to create one even, single layer of marshmallows.
  11. Pop your pan back in the oven under the broiler. DO NOT walk away. Keep a close eye on your marshmallows as they brown. Once you have achieved peak roastiness, remove your brownies from the oven to cool. Don't worry if there's a bit of smoke. If you've kept your eye on things the whole time, you'll be fine.
  12. Let those brownies sit there until they're completely cool. Use a damp, sharp knife to cut them into 15 squares. Do your very best not to wolf them all down in five minutes.
Adapted from Heather Christo
Adapted from Heather Christo
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Sunday Brunch: Avenue Coffee

Sunday Brunch: Avenue Coffee

Sunday Brunch: Avenue Coffee

I used to be so spoiled living a mile outside a major tourist area where people want to spend every day brunching their hearts out. I didn’t realize how good I had it until I moved to the land of the full Scottish breakfast. Guys, I can’t do that much pork in one go. I mean, I love bacon, but it’s just not what I look forward to when I go out for breakfast.

Luckily, we found Avenue Coffee in the West End of Glasgow. In addition to a more traditional breakfast, they also have some lovely baked egg options, as well as pastries and what I’m sure is amazing coffee. 

Sunday Brunch: Avenue Coffee

I got a fresh berry lemonade that was delightful. I’ve also had their chai latte, and it was awesome. 

Sunday Brunch: Avenue Coffee

This time around, I ordered the French toast with bacon. It was crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside. I only wish there had been more maple syrup, but I think that’s an American thing.

Sunday Brunch: Avenue Coffee

Geoff got their version of a Scottish breakfast and absolutely loved it. It included Stornoway black pudding, a potato scone, both regular and chorizo sausage, and one of their lovely baked eggs. 

This place can be a bit crowded as it’s quite small and very popular. I recommend going early if you can, otherwise, you might end up squished upstairs on the mezzanine as we did on this day.

I think Avenue Coffee would also be a great place for an afternoon treat. I’ll definitely be going back. 

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