Orzo with Bacon and Peas | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Orzo with Bacon and Peas

Orzo with Bacon and Peas | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I try to be a hard worker. Really I do. I make lists compulsively with the most amazing of intentions to accomplish a million awesome things. But then I get tired and all my motivation goes out the window and I want what I want when I want it, and what I usually want is to take a nap. There’s something to be said for fulfilling simple needs exactly in the moment. Deferred gratification can suck it.

Orzo with Bacon and Peas | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Orzo with Bacon and Peas is a quick and simple dish that delivers creamy comfort in a heartbeat. There’s not a lot of waiting around or a lot of effort. We fry up some bacon, stir in some peas and rice shaped pasta, add some boiling water, and chill out for about ten minutes. Then stir in some butter and cheese, and feed yourself.

And in case you were wondering, no I didn’t actually eat the peas. Sorry, mom.

Orzo with Bacon and Peas | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You want what you want when you want it, and sometimes that’s absolutely fine, especially when it comes to Orzo with Bacon and Peas. Do it!

Orzo with Bacon and Peas
Serves 2
Orzo with Bacon and Peas is a quick and simple dish that delivers creamy comfort in a heartbeat.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1 clove garlic
  3. 6 ounces bacon, chopped
  4. 1-1/4 cups frozen peas
  5. 8 ounces orzo
  6. 2-1/2 cups boiling water
  7. 1 tablespoon butter
  8. 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  9. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Toss in the whole garlic clove to infuse your pasta with a gentle hint of garlic.
  2. Add bacon pieces, and cook until crispy. If you have a large amount of grease, pour some of it off until you have just a few tablespoons left in the pan.
  3. Add in the peas and stir them to coat in the bacon grease. Cook for about a minute until they've lost their frozen look.
  4. Add the pasta to the pan and stir it all up to get that bacon grease everywhere. Add in the boiling water, and simmer until the pasta is cooked and the water has been mostly absorbed. You'll want to stir occasionally to make sure nothing sticks.
  5. Turn off the heat and stir in the butter and cheese. Adjust seasonings and serve for instant gratification.
Adapted from Nigellissima by Nigella Lawson
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Lemon & Ginger Bars| How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Lemon & Ginger Bars

Lemon & Ginger Bars| How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

My favorite thing about holiday parties is getting to see all my friends and co-workers get all dressed up. Everyone looks so beautiful, so dashing, so sparkly in their holiday best. People are brimming with confidence instead f frantically running from one task to the next, shoving a sandwich in their face on the way to the car. We all know that appearance isn’t what really counts, but there’s no denying that when you feel like you look great, the whole world suddenly becomes a bit more awesome. 

I made these Lemon & Ginger Bars for my co-workers last week. They flipped out. I guess lemon bars aren’t really a thing in Scotland, but I’m guessing they should be. At least three people said they were the best thing I’ve made so far. I know for a fact one person had at least three pieces.

Lemon & Ginger Bars| How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The lemon layer is luscious with just the right balance of sweet and tart, but it’s the crust that really shines here. Buttery shortbread is laced with ground ginger, and then flecks of crystalized ginger are pressed right into the crust before it bakes. It’s heavenly.

I hope you get to put on your fanciest clothes, get your hair done, look your best, and celebrate the season with the awesomest people you know. I hope you make Lemon & Ginger Bars and make a lot of those awesome people happy.

Lemon & Ginger Bars
Serves 15
A luscious lemon layer tops a ginger-infused shortbread crust to make the best Lemon & Ginger Bars ever.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
For the crust
  1. 55 grams (1/2 cup) powdered sugar
  2. 215 grams (1-1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 170 grams (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  5. 1 inch ginger root, grated
  6. 60 grams crystallized ginger, chopped
For the filling
  1. 70 grams (1/2 cup) all-purpose flour
  2. 400 grams (2 cups) sugar
  3. Zest of two lemons
  4. 1 cup lemon juice
  5. 6 eggs
  6. 1 egg yolk
  7. Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C) and butter and flour a 13x9 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine powdered sugar, flour, and salt. Add the butter and grated ginger and mix with an electric mixture until a smooth dough forms.
  3. Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the pan.Scatter the crystallized ginger pieces over the dough and gently press them in.
  4. Cover the dough with parchment paper to keep it from over browning, then bake for 25-30 minutes or until lightly brown.
For the filling
  1. While the crust is cooking, whisk together the flour, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, egg yolk, and salt. Add the eggs to the lemon juice and whisk to combine.
  2. Once the crust is done, remove the parchment and pour the lemon mixture into the pan while it's still hot.
  3. Reduce the oven temperature to 300F (150C) and bake for another 25-30 minutes or until there's only a hint of a wobble in the middle.
  4. Allow the bars to cool completely on a wire rack, and then refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight before slicing and eating and blowing minds.
Adapted from Desserts for Breakfast
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Bacon Goat Cheese & Green Onion Biscuits | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Bacon Goat Cheese & Green Onion Biscuits

Bacon Goat Cheese & Green Onion Biscuits | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Does anyone ever just have a calm and relaxing December? I love the holidays, but sometimes it just feels like pure frenzy. Christmas parties are wonderful. But the older I get, the longer it takes to recover. I’m staying in my pajamas all day today, and you can’t stop me. I need pure lazy introvert time. December is only going to get more hectic, so I’m taking a moment to focus on doing absolutely nothing. 

Bacon Goat Cheese & Green Onion Biscuits | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Lazy days require simple comfort food. Warm biscuits and hot soup fit the bill perfectly. This situation can only be made better by adding some bacon to the party, and maybe some tangy goat cheese for fun. I know making biscuits from scratch may not sound like everyone’s idea of relaxing, but I promise, it’s not that hard. There’s no rolling and cutting, and to me, that’s always the hard part. And if you want to be extra lazy, you can use your food processor instead of your hands to cut the butter into the flour mixture. 

These biscuits are light and fluffy and loaded with flavor. There’s a bit of crunch from the green onion and creaminess from the goat cheese, but you know that bacon, always bacon, is the real star of this show. You’re worth it.

Bacon Goat Cheese & Green Onion Biscuits | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Sit back, relax, let the world continue to fuss outside while you smile and eat fresh Bacon Goat Cheese & Green Onion Biscuits. You’re a genius.

Bacon Goat Cheese & Green Onion Biscuits
Yields 12
Tender drop biscuits loaded with bacon, goat cheese, and green onions is straight up comfort food awesomeness.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 slices bacon, cooked til crisp and chopped
  2. 3-3/4 cup flour
  3. 1-1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  4. 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold, cut into chunks
  7. 4 ounces goat cheese
  8. 2 green onions, chopped
  9. 1-3/4 cup buttermilk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line one or two baking sheets with parchment paper. If you only have one small baking sheet, you can make these in two batches.
  2. If you haven't cooked your bacon already, do that now. However you like to cook bacon is great. Get it chopped into pieces to get folded into your biscuit dough.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add your pieces of cold butter, and use your clean hands to smash and smoosh the butter and flower together until combined. You'll have a sort of sandy mixture.
  4. Add in the cooked bacon, crumble in to goat cheese, and toss the green onions into the bowl as well. Fold all this evenly throughout your buttery flour.
  5. Finally, stir in the buttermilk until combined. Since these are drop biscuits, this will be wetter than a typical biscuit dough.
  6. Using a quarter cup measure or a large scoop, plop 12 mounds of dough onto your waiting baking sheets. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until the tops of the biscuits just show a hint of golden brown action.
  7. Serve warm.
Adapted from Handle the Heat
Adapted from Handle the Heat
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