Sunday Brunch: TriBeCa Bar & Grill

Sunday Brunch: TriBeCa Bar & Grill

Sunday Brunch: TriBeCa Bar & Grill

Brunch comes with different expectations in Scotland than it does in America. They’re looking for a lot of fried meats, eggs, maybe some beans and vegetables. As an American with a hardcore sweet tooth, I’m looking for something different. It’s not always easy to find. For me, TriBeCa is the pot of gold at the end of my Scottish brunch rainbow.

All those things that Scottish people are looking for, yeah, they have that. But they also have gorgeous, fluffy giant pancakes, beautiful waffles and French toast, and crispy candied bacon by the pile. It’s the most authentically American brunch place I’ve found in this country. 

Sunday Brunch: TriBeCa Bar & Grill

Geoff and I did actually split the difference and order according to our respective countries of origin. He went for the Manhattan Grand Slam which I’m not sure anyone from Manhattan would actually eat, but it was exactly what he wanted. Just look at all that food, man.

Sunday Brunch: TriBeCa Bar & Grill

While I was tempted to go for a giant breakfast with a bit of everything, I knew that was overly ambitious, so I opted for the Original Brooklyn, which is a big ass stack of beautiful pancakes with a side of candied streaky bacon, which you can see is not skimpy. I really appreciate them bringing me a proper amount of maple syrup. They get it here. That’s why I can’t wait to get back.

Looking at the menu, TriBeCa might seem a bit expensive, but the portions are huge and the quality is great. It’s an excellent weekend treat. It’s totally worth it. No one has yet been able to top this breakfast experience for me. So, when can we get back?

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Cheesy Potato Soup

Cheesy Potato Soup | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

The first time I made this soup, I was extremely skeptical throughout the entire process. I don’t know quite what it was, but I just didn’t have confidence that it would turn out right. I was apologizing before I served it just in case.

See, people who don’t cook much think that anyone who can cook can automatically make perfect food all the time? Friends assume I would be amazing on Bake Off or Master Chef. They have no idea how hard that type of cooking and baking actually is. They also have no idea how many times my kitchen experiments fail.

This soup, though, is decidedly not a failure. It might even be a kitchen triumph. This Cheesy Potato Soup is stupid awesome. Like swoon-worthy. It’s quite rich, so only give yourself a small bowl. You’ve got to plan ahead for this because once you start eating it, you won’t want to stop. 

Cheesy Potato Soup | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Usually I try to trust my instincts in the kitchen, but they were way off base here. This soup is where it’s at, kids. You absolutely must try it.

Cheesy Potato Soup
Serves 4
Cheesy Potato Soup is rich, cheesy, and impossible to stop eating.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 ounces smoked streaky bacon
  2. 1/2 onion, peeled
  3. 1 stalk of celery
  4. 1 clove of garlic, peeled
  5. 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  6. 1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  7. 1-1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  8. 1 teaspoon paprika
  9. 1-1/2 cups chicken stock
  10. 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  11. 1-1/2 teaspoons hot sauce
  12. 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
  13. 1/2 cup milk
  14. 1/2 cup cream (or replace milk and cream with one cup half and half if you can get it)
  15. Salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste (I didn't need to add any extra salt, so definitely actually taste it)
  16. 1 green onion, chopped
Instructions
  1. Put a soup pt over medium heat, and scissor your bacon into it. Cook until your bacon pieces are crispy, then remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. If your bacon has given up quite a lot of fat, you may want to spoon some out until you have only a couple of tablespoons left in your pot.
  2. While your bacon is cooking, roughly chop your onion and celery so that they'll fit into your food processor. Toss in the garlic clove and pulse until you have itty bitty bits of vegetables. Once your bacon is out of the pot, add about a cup of your blitzed vegetables into the hot pot. Give them a good stir and cook until they're softened, about five minutes.
  3. Sprinkle the flour over your vegetable mixture, and give it a good stir. Let it cook for a minute or two to get rid of the raw flour flavor.
  4. Next add your potatoes, mustard powder, and paprika. Stir to make sure everything is combined and your potatoes are coated in the spices.
  5. Add the chicken stock, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce to the pot. Your potatoes will be just barely covered. Bring this up to a bubble, then lower your heat to low, put the lid on your pot with just a crack to let some of the steam escape, and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.
  6. Once your potatoes are soft, give them a quick mash. I like this soup with a bit of texture. The more mashing you do, the smoother it will be, obviously.
  7. Stir in the cheese, milk, and cream and let it cook while stirring for a minute or two until the cheese is melted.
  8. Remove the pot from the heat, taste for seasoning, and add some pepper and cayenne, as well as salt if you think you need it.
  9. Add your soup to the bowl, then sprinkle on some of the crispy bacon, and scissor some green onion over the top. Try not to eat the whole pot by yourself.
Adapted from Popular Pinterest Recipes
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Pork & Apple Hot Pot | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Pork & Apple Hot Pot

Pork & Apple Hot Pot | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m sitting on my sofa, watching The Golden Girls, and thinking about how I don’t want to write a blog post. I struggle to find any space for creativity at the end of a long day. At the end of a work day I just want to throw my to do list out the window. Work out? No thank you. Make dinner? Do I have to? Write a bunch of words that no one will read? Surely it can wait until tomorrow. But then I don’t want to do it tomorrow either.

I’m just so crap at staying motivated. Tell me your secrets, friends. How do you keep up with your life? And before you suggest it, no I can’t afford a maid. 

Pork & Apple Hot Pot | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

This Pork & Apple Hot Pot is decidedly not a quick and easy week night dish. I mean, it’s easy, but it’s anything but quick. It’s a slow cooking autumn fantasy. Apples, onions, and bacon cook down to a soft flavorful mush that makes your pork unbelievably tender. I’m normally not a pork chop person, but man, this is tasty.

A bit of good news for you. This whole thing can be cooked in one pot. Just make sure you have something that can transfer from the stove top to the oven. A bit more good news. This will make your house smell heavenly.

Pork & Apple Hot Pot | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

The weekend will be here soon, friends. We can make it. And once we get there, let’s eat Pork & Apple Hot Pot.

Pork & Apple Hot Pot
Serves 6
Pork & Apple Hot Pot is a one pot all day dish that's perfect for autumn.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 3 onions, peeled, halved, and sliced into half moons
  3. 250 grams bacon (of the streaky variety)
  4. 50 grams flour
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  7. 4 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  8. Salt and pepper
  9. 6 boneless pork loin chops
  10. 4 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  11. 750 ml apple juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (170C). Heat the oil in an oven proof pot and cook the onions over medium heat for about 10 minutes until soft. Remove the onions to a separate bowl.
  2. Scissor your bacon in small pieces into the hot pt and cook until the pieces start to crisp up. Remove the bacon to the same bowl as the onions and mix them together.
  3. Put the flour, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, salt, and pepper into a zip top bag and give it a bit of a shake to combine. Add the pork chops two or three at a time and shake it all about to coat the pork in the seasoned flour. Shake off the excess flour, and sear the pork in the hot pot for a couple of minutes per side and remove to a plate. Repeat until all the pork is seared.
  4. Tip the remaining flour into the pot and give it a whisk until it soaks up the oil. Slowly add in the apple juice, whisking it with the flour after each addition to get rid of any lumps.
  5. Add half of the onion bacon mixture back to the pot, then three of your pork chops, followed by half the apples. Repeat the layers again.
  6. Pop the lid on the pan and put the whole thing in the oven to do its magic for three hours. Your pork will be tender and the apples and onions will be soft.
Adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
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