Burgerology: DogHouse

Burgerology: DogHouse

Burgerology: DogHouse

Let’s go out to eat.

Great idea! What are you in the mood for?

How about a kick ass juicy burger, crispy sweet potato fries and ice cream sundae and a great beer selection?

Sounds great! Can I bring my dog?

Ever been in this situation? Everybody has to bring their dog everywhere these days. This severely down on your awesome burger choices. Thankfully, DogHouse in Merchant City is there for you.

DogHouse is a Brewdog pub, so they have a great beer selection, plus a full bar if you’re not int beer. I had a much needed pint of cider after walking into town with the dog. Geoff had a framboise, and Eevee had a bowl of water brought by a friendly and dog loving staff.

Burgerology: DogHouse

I had the Patriot burger. It featured cheddar cheese, thick cut bacon, barbecue sauce, and a bunch of veggies that I knocked off before eating. My burger was well-cooked and juicy. I actually prefer thinner, crispier bacon, but that’s just personal preference. The flavor was still great. I also added a good amount of their Carolina barbecue sauce, which is mustard based. It was a damn fine burger.

Burgerology: DogHouse

Geoff had the the Chipotle Chorizo burger and reported that it was extremely tasty. He hardly ever eats beef burgers anymore, so to see him finishing off every last bit was a real endorsement. He said the flavor from the chorizo was amazing. 

We also got a side of sweet potato fries to share, and there was enough for probably four people. If you’re getting a burger, don’t mention that you want to share. Just have one person add them to their order. It’s cheaper that way and would probably be enough for two.

Burgerology: DogHouse

It was pouring down rain, so we decided to order dessert. We each got an Oreo sundae with salted caramel ice cream, and I didn’t regret a single bite. It’s just the right size for one. You don’t feel like a gluttonous monster for eating the whole thing by yourself.

If you’re looking for a place for a great burger in Merchant City, with or without a dog, DogHouse is the place to be.

 

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Hawaiian Bread Pudding

Hawaiian Bread Pudding | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The rain is back. Summer might be over in Glasgow. It’s by far been the longest summer we’ve had since moving here, so I’m not complaining.

My favorite thing abut Scottish summer is that it never really gets that hot, so you can actually go outside and enjoy the sunshine instead of hiding away in the air conditioning like some sort of weird vampire. I also love the abundance wildflowers. Life cannot be held back in this city. Pretty little blooms are everywhere, brightening up even the grimmest of side streets and alleyways. 

Hawaiian Bread Pudding | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Now that we can turn the oven back on, we can get back to baking. But it’s still July, so maybe we don’t want to give up on summer flavors just yet. Enter Hawaiian Bread Pudding. Custard soaked bread is piled high with pineapple and macadamia nuts then drizzled with a coconut rum creme anglaise for a truly tropical flavor.

Bread pudding is a great dessert for beginning bakers. It’s pretty hard to screw up, and it’s very versatile. You can change up the flavors and add ins without much concern because there’s no leavening to worry about. It’s also a great way to use up leftover bread. Stale bread, eggs, and milk doesn’t sound that delicious, but the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. 

Hawaiian Bread Pudding | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Hawaiian Bread Pudding might not be much of a stunner on the plate, but it’s certainly delicious, and as far as I’m concerned that’s all that matters.  

Hawaiian Bread Pudding
Serves 6
Hawaiian Bread Pudding is a simple dessert with a distinctly tropical feel.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
For the bread pudding
  1. 250 grams stale Hawaiian bread or brioche, cut into cubes
  2. 1 small can pineapple chunks
  3. 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  4. 3 eggs
  5. 40 grams (1/4 cup) brown sugar
  6. 2 tablespoons coconut rum
  7. 125 ml (1/2 cup) heavy cream
  8. 500 ml (1 cup) whole milk
For the coconut rum creme anglaise
  1. 1-1/2 cups heavy cream
  2. 2 egg yolks
  3. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  4. 1/4 cup coconut rum
For the bread pudding
  1. Preheat oven to 350F or 175C. Lightly butter a 2 quart casserole or a nine inch pie pan.
  2. Add your dry bread to the pan. If it's not quite stale, you can leave it out on a wire rack for a while.
  3. Add the pineapple and macadamia nuts. Try and evenly disperse them around the pan. No need to stir, just let everything settle.
  4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, rum, cream and milk. Pour this over your bread mixture and press the bread down into it to make sure everything is good and squidgy.
  5. Let the bread soak for 20 minutes before putting it in the oven.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes or until everything is puffy, lightly brown, and set.
  7. Let rest until it is just warm.
For the coconut rum creme anglaise
  1. While your bread pudding is soaking or baking, make your creme anglaise.
  2. Add the cream, egg yolks, and powdered sugar to a small sauce pan over medium heat.
  3. Stir constantly for about 8-10 minutes until the sauce thickens. It will coat the back of a wooden spoon when it's ready. Do not boil.
  4. Stir in the rum until everything is smooth.
  5. Pour it through a sieve into a container, then chill in the fridge until ready to use.
  6. Drizzle your cold sauce over your warm bread pudding and enjoy.
Adapted from How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Have you ever gone through a phase where it feels like the universe is against you? Everything you try seem to fail. All your stuff ends up broken. Your plans are thwarted by stupid things like rain or a flat tire, or even a change in menu at one of your favorite restaurants. Just when you thought you had it all under control, the universe reminds you in no uncertain terms that control is an illusion and you’re a puny and insignificant human. It just feels like everything is awful and you should probably stay in bed for a week.

Normally when everything goes wrong, I’d hide away from the world for as long as possible, but I’m trying something new this time. I’m gonna give this whole not caring thing a bash and see how it goes. It’s very un-me, but I just want to see if it works. If I’m puny and insignificant, then what difference does it make if food gets slightly burned or photos don’t come out looking all that great? The only consequence is my own disappointment, and literally no one else cares about that. It’s so insignificant, I probably shouldn’t even be talking about it right now. Some things in life will be great. Some things will suck. So what?

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I guess that’s a really long way of telling you that for a variety of insignificant reasons that no one cares about, these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes don’t look as good as they taste. I would hate for my freewheeling attitude in the kitchen and emergency iPhone photos to prevent you from trying this recipe because I can assure you, it’s awesome.

I’m going to give you the recipe for these sweet and chewy pancakes the way I made them the very first time, which wasn’t as they are in the photo. The recipe is designed for a single serving of pancakes, and when I made them that way, they came out crisp and crunchy on the edges, and gorgeously fluffy with a bit of chewy texture from the oatmeal in the middle. I made on giant pancake instead of two or three small ones, and with a light drizzle of maple syrup, it was absolutely heavenly. 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Even when things don’t work out exactly the way we want, life is still usually pretty delicious. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes are no exception. Just go with the flow. It’s gonna be awesome.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Panckaes
Serves 1
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes have gorgeous crispy edges, a chewy texture, and a punch of sweet chocolate.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  2. 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  3. 2 teaspoons sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 5 teaspoons vegetable oil
  8. 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  10. 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, add your flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk gently to combine everything.
  2. In another bowl or a large measuring cup, add vegetable oil, vanilla, and buttermilk. Whisk to combine.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and quickly and gently fold and stir together until just combined. A few lumps aren't the end of the world, but over-stirring will give you tough pancakes.
  4. Heat a large skillet or griddle with a little bit of butter or oil spread evenly across the pan. Add the pancake batter to the hot pan.I prefer to do one big pancake, but you can split it up into smaller pancakes if you like.
  5. While the first side is cooking, sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly onto your pancake or pancakes. After two or three minutes when the edges start to firm up and the bubbles have burst, flip your pancake and cook for another minute or two.
  6. Serve hot with butter and syrup or whatever you like on your pancakes.
Adapted from Joy the Baker by Joy Wilson
http://awesomeon20.com/
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