Awesome in February

Awesome in February

Awesome in February

February was pretty dang awesome for a couple of reasons. First off, the sun is up when I go to and come home from work. Living in constant darkness and only being able to see the sun from my office window was getting really depressing. It’s not lost on me how lucky I am to have an office with a window, but still, one does like to actually see where one is going from time to time. Secondly, that sun has actually been shining, even if those rays are rather feeble. It’s still outrageously cold, but at least I know the sun exists. It brings a smile to my face. 

It was a super busy month. I’ve barely had time to get into my kitchen, and certainly not during those precious daylight hours. I’m not complaining, just feeling a bit guilty that I haven’t been able to share much great food with you guys. There are two new recipes coming your way this week, though, so you better get excited.

Blackpool

I recently took a freezing cold trip down to Blackpool to celebrate my sister-in-laws last days of maidenhood, also known as a hen party. We went to a fabulous drag revue and had a blast, even though the wind was blowing 30 miles per hour along the seaside. 

We had a friend come up and stay for the weekend which meant I got to eat French toast and bacon at Cranachan in Prince’s Square. Breakfast is a whole different animal in the UK, so when I can find something a little sweet, I get really excited. 

I went to a baby shower at The Pig and the Butterfly’s tea room and a wedding at Sloan’s. I got to eat amazing food at both. 

And and and I went to Edinburgh for the day and did all sorts of nerdy stuff. Full details on that are coming very soon!

There’s been some mind-blowing food on the internet lately. February is a great month for chocolate lovers. This Vanilla Bean Chocolate Cake from How Sweet It Is pretty much has everything I’ve ever wanted in my entire life. Brownie Pie from Crazy for Crust is like whaaaaaat?!?!?! This Buffalo Fried Chicken Sandwich from HonestlyYum makes me want to die and go to crunchy spicy heaven.

I also saw every movie ever recently in the run up to the Oscars. My favorites were Spotlight and Room. What did you love?

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This month, you were crazy about Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf. You guys! It’s so good. Just don’t tell your doctor.

Double Chocolate Muffins from Awesome on 20

You were true to your love of chocolate and made lots of Double Chocolate Muffins because you know what’s up.

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

Finally, on Superbowl Sunday, you went absolutely crazy for Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels. We broke a traffic record with those bad boys. They totally deserve it.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for more sun and more adventures as the days get longer. Don’t forget to be awesome, kids!

Exploring: World of Wings

Exploring: World of Wings

Exploring: World of Wings

For Christmas this year, I opted for an untraditional gift for my husband. Instead of a tie or a watch or some other ultimately useless thing, I gifted him a Bird of Prey experience at World of Wings in Cumbernauld, Scotland.

Exploring: World of Wings

I married a man who happens to love animals more than people. I’m quite convinced he’d happily trade me in for a dog if he could figure out how to get the dog to make dinner. This gift was better than any single thing I could have bought him for a store. He was gloriously happy.

Exploring: World of Wings

I found a deal on Groupon to make his experience more affordable. They seem to run offers on a fairly regular basis in the winter months. I’m betting that if you want to go in the summer, you’ll have to pay full price.

Exploring: World of Wings

I was able to pay regular admission for myself and visit their entire collection of birds. I also got to take photos while Geoff got to handle some of the beautiful birds they care for. 

Exploring: World of Wings

If you want to do one of these hands-on experiences, you’ll need to book ahead, but if you just want to see the birds and watch a flying demonstration, you can stop by any time during their opening hours.

Exploring: World of Wings

It snowed the weekend we went, so the 15 minute walk from the train station was a bit more unpleasant than it might otherwise have been. If you have the ability to drive there, I’d recommend it, but it is reachable by public transport.

Exploring: World of Wings

We also grabbed a quick breakfast between the handling and the flying demonstration, and the food was better than I expected.

Exploring: World of Wings

If you’re an animal lover in the Glasgow area, I’d definitely recommend keeping an eye out for a deal at World of Wings. It was a lovely, if very cold, day well-spent.

White Cheddar Fondue | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
« Previous
 
Next »
Awesome in February
White Cheddar Fondue | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

White Cheddar Fondue

White Cheddar Fondue | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I just started watching the last season of Mad Men. I know everyone else in the world has already seen it, but I’ve been procrastinating. I just wasn’t ready to say goodbye to these characters. Especially Peggy. I just absolutely adore Peggy Olson. I hope she gets everything ever.

Mad Men highlighted so much that was disgusting and ridiculous in the 60’s, but no one can deny that the style was to die for. Even better than the hair and the costumes were the dishes. There is not one vessel from which someone drank that I did not covet. The barware on that show was simply amazing. 

White Cheddar Fondue | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m feeling retro today and serving up some white cheddar fondue. I’m broke, though, and have a tiny kitchen, so I don’t actually own a fondue pot. It just means you have to eat quickly. And in case you’re wondering, this still tastes pretty great at room temperature.

The trick to a smooth fondue is to add the milk slowly. Whisk it in bit by bit, working out all the lumps as you go along. It’s really pretty quick and easy. You just need to give your fondue a bit of love and attention. 

If you don’t have a fondue pot, I recommend serving your fondue in a delightfully retro bread bowl. Just hollow out a round loaf of bread, use the top and insides for dipping, and fill the cavity with molten cheese. If you’re looking for other things to dip, obviously any raw veggies would do, but may I also suggest thin slices of tart, crisp apple?

White Cheddar Fondue | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

One of my favorite TV shows may be coming to an end, but that’s no reason I can’t go back in time and enjoy some White Cheddar Fondue. Maybe I should also think about starting up a vintage barware collection. 

White Cheddar Fondue
Serves 6
White Cheddar Fondue is smooth, rich, and delightfully retro.
Write a review
Print
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup butter
  2. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  5. 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  6. 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
  7. 1-1/2 cups milk
  8. 8 ounces shredded white cheddar cheese
  9. Bread and other accompaniments for dipping
Instructions
  1. It's helpful to get everything ready before you start, so go ahead and measure out your flour, salt, pepper, and mustard powder into one small container. Also measure out your milk and add your Worcestershire sauce to that. If you bought a block of cheese, grate it all now. This way you won't have to abandon your stirring and risk burning anything on the bottom of your pan.
  2. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, melt your butter. Whisk in flour mixture and allow it to cook for a couple of minutes until it starts to smell nutty.
  3. Slowly start drizzling in your milk mixture and whisking all the while. I add a couple of tablespoons at a time and whisk it in until it's smooth before adding more. You'll initially have a very thick mixture, but it will eventually thin out from a paste to a sauce. Once you've added all the liquid, allow it to cook, still stirring slowly, until you start to see bubbles. If you worked slowly enough, it should already be pretty well thickened.
  4. Finally, add your cheese and stir until melted and smooth. Transfer to a fondue pot, small crockpot, or vessel of your choice. Dip to your heart's content.
Adapted from Gooseberry Patch Circle of Friends Cookbook: Dips & Spreads
Adapted from Gooseberry Patch Circle of Friends Cookbook: Dips & Spreads
http://awesomeon20.com/
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...