Turkish Eggs

Turkish Eggs | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve wanted to tell everyone ever about these Turkish Eggs since the first bite, but instead, I’ve had these photos stuck on my phone for a couple weeks while I stagnate in indecision. There’s been a lot of women’s football in the mix, and a total obsession with Harry Potter Wizards Unite.

Have you been following the Women’s World Cup? We’ve watched nearly every match. This year is seeing record attendance and viewership on television, and I think people are finally ready to admit that female athletes are totally legit. So far, we’ve been cheering on England and the USA, but both our teams are about to face each other in a semi-final match on Tuesday. It’s gonna be high drama in the house. You should join us.

Turkish Eggs | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You know what else you should do? Eat Turkish Eggs. Like right now. Then keep doing that every day forever. When I first read about this recipe, I didn’t quite know what it would be like. It’s not liked a baked egg, shakshuka, huevos rancheros kinda thing. It’s not like anything I’d ever had before. This dish has four components that come together seamlessly to create a unified dish that is irresistible.

The first layer in Turkish Eggs is a garlic infused Greek yogurt, just warmed through, making it perfectly fragrant. The next layer is a poached egg with firm whites and a gloriously oozy yolk. We make this last though. Don’t stress. Nigella gave me a great method for poaching eggs that has working better than anything else I’ve tried, and I’ll share it with you. The final layer, which we’re actually going to make second, is browned butter loaded up with crushed red pepper flakes. In an ideal world, those would be Aleppo pepper flakes, but I found those difficult to come by without ordering online, and I already had some regular crushed red pepper flakes in my pantry, and I’m cheap, so I used those, and this dish was still great. The final component is some sourdough toast. This is how we’re getting all the good stuff to our mouths. Forks are for nerds. The crunchy, chewy sourdough toast is the perfect delivery method.

Turkish Eggs | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

That was a super long description, but I hope it’s convinced you to make this. I’ve wished I was eating this at least once a week since the first time we tried it. We’ve always eaten for breakfast, but I can’t really think of a wrong time of day to eat this. Just make sure you do. Turkish Eggs for life.

Recipe from At My Table by Nigella Lawson

Buffalo Deviled Eggs

Buffalo Deviled Eggs | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This is just about the only time of year where you can talk about deviled eggs without having to be embarrassed. I’ve always loved deviled eggs and looked forward to family gatherings because I knew they would always be there. Leave the table unguarded, and I’m likely to eat all of them before you even get a chance.

I got to take exactly three photos of these before my reflecting board fell flat on top of all my Buffalo Deviled Eggs, flattening my already rough swirls and staining my white reflecting board with buffalo sauce. I didn’t get to take any more photos, but you can bet all those deviled eggs still got eaten.

Buffalo Deviled Eggs | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

These Buffalo Deviled Eggs have a nice punch of heat along side some deep flavor from the blue cheese. They’re basically irresistible. I promise they’ll make Easter a little more exciting.

There’s nothing tricky here. We’re just adding a few extra ingredients to your standard deviled eggs to give them a new flavor. I promise I won’t judge you if your eggs aren’t beautifully peeled. I don’t know if there’s something different about brown eggs compared to white eggs, but I have the worst time peeling hard boiled brown eggs. A few cracks and divots won’t change the flavor. Also, I only boiled four eggs because there are only two of us, but this recipe can easily be scaled up to serve more.

Buffalo Deviled Eggs | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Make your friends and family some Buffalo Deviled Eggs this Easter. It’s gonna be awesome.

Buffalo Deviled Eggs

Yield

8 halves

Prep time

20 minutes

Cooking time

10 minutes

Difficulty

Easy

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon buffalo sauce or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Pinch of celery salt

instructions

  • Add your eggs to a pan and cover with cold water. Boil until hard boiled. I give it about 10 minutes once the water starts boiling. Everybody has their favorite method. Use that.
  • Peel your eggs as carefully as possible. Slice your eggs in half and pop the yolk out into a mixing bowl. Set the whites on a plate for filling later.
  • To the yolks, add the remaining ingredients and mash with a fork or mix with an electric mixer until relatively smooth. The blue cheese will prevent it from being totally smooth.
  • You can either spoon the yolk mixture back into the cavities of your egg whites or use a piping bag. For me, the blue cheese blocked the piping tip, so maybe even just snip the end of the piping bag (if it’s a disposable one, obviously) quite wide to keep things flowing.
  • If you want a bit of an extra kick, lightly sprinkle the eggs with cayenne pepper.
  • Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

Recipe slightly adapted from Epicurious.

Pancetta & Goat Cheese Quiche

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Christmas break is finally here, and I think I may have been more excited than the kids I work with when the final bell rang. Being an introvert in a noisy, borderline rambunctious workplace, particularly in a week when teenagers are getting a ton of extra chocolate, is so exhausting. I could feel my patience waning fast, and I had to get out of there before I said something I’d regret.

Now I’m home for two weeks, and at the moment, I’m reveling in the peace and quiet. As I write, it’ 8:30 am, and I already have brownie in the oven. I haven’t talked to anyone but the pets since my husband left for work, and I couldn’t be happier. I should have been a librarian. Or a housewife. On day one, it doesn’t seem like I will ever tired of this quiet life.

Pancetta & Goat Cheese Quiche | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

But on to what you’re really here for. Quiche! Does quiche have a bad reputation? Is it girl food? 80’s brunch food? I don’t know. It makes me happy when I eat it. Particularly when I eat this Pancetta & Goat Cheese Quiche. Since there’s only two of us, I ate this three days in a row, and I still wished I had more the next day.

This quiche has all the good stuff. There’s salty, crisp pancetta lardons, crunchy green onion, sweet and earthy soft goat cheese, and of course the creamy egg base. This dish is elegant enough to serve your family and friends in the run up to the holidays, and I would happily eat this beyond brunch. I also won’t tell if you cheat and use store-bought pie crust. The holidays are stressful. Take some help where you can get it.

What are you eating this Christmas? More importantly, who are you eating it with? Give them this Pancetta & Goat Cheese Quiche. It’ll be awesome.

Pancetta & Goat Cheese Quiche

8 Servings

20 minutes

35 Minutes

Easy

Ingredients

  • Your favorite pie dough
  • 130 grams pancetta lardons
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup double cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 eggs
  • 125 grams soft goat cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 425F (220C).
  • Line a 9-inch pie pan with your pie dough, trim and crimp the edges, and discard any leftover dough. Lightly prick the bottom of your pie dough with a fork, then pre-bake this for 15 minutes. When the time is up, remove your pie crust, and set it aside. Lower your oven temperature to 350F (175C).
  • While your crust is baking, you can get on with the rest of your ingredients. Cook the pancetta in a skillet for about five minutes. Then add the white parts of your sliced green onions to soften up a bit. Cook until the pancetta is crisp and the green onions are soft. Set aside.
  • Add your milk, cream, salt, and pepper to a measuring jug and microwave this for about two minutes until it starts to get steamy.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk up the eggs, then slowly drizzle in the hot milk and cream mixture, whisking all the while so that you don’t raise the temperature of the eggs too quickly and scramble the eggs.
  • Now it’s time to assemble. Scatter the pancetta and onions over the bottom of your pie crust, then carefully pour over the egg and cream mixture. Scatter the goat cheese, in chunks, into the quiche, then finally scatter the green tops of your green onions over the top. Hold a few green onion tops off to the side to scatter fresh before serving.
  • Bake the quiche for about 35 minutes. It should still be slightly wobbly in the center.
  • Allow your quiche to cool for about 15 minutes. It will continue to cook a bit as it rests, so by the time you cut into it, it should be fully set but still tender.

Adapted from I’m Just Here for More Food by Alton Brown

20 Awesome Breakfast Recipes

20 Awesome Breakfast Recipes

20 Awesome Breakfast Recipes

 Breakfast is almost certainly my favorite meal, though I rarely actually get to enjoy breakfast throughout the week. Maybe it’s the anticipation of a relaxing weekend that makes breakfast seem so special. Or maybe it’s just that you can eat really outrageous things in the morning, and for some reason, no one seems to mind. I’ve been pondering throwing a brunch party for ages, so I thought I’d share some of the most popular breakfast recipes from my site. Let’s go.

Muffins

Caramel Butterscotch Muffins

Breakfast doesn’t always have to be elaborate. Sometimes some juice and an awesome muffin can put a huge smile on your face. Any of these would also be great for a buffet style breakfast party of to have around the kitchen when you have house guests.

Double Chocolate Muffins

Caramel Butterscotch Muffins

Toffee Muffins

Chocolate Banana Muffins

Blueberry Jam Muffins

Pancakes

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My family practically worshiped pancakes when we were growing up. My dad making pancakes for everyone is one of our most memorable family rituals. I still love pancakes of all kinds. Here are a few favorites.

Pumpkin Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes

Whole Wheat Pancakes

Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Bacon Pancakes

More of the Sweet Stuff

Croissant French Toast with Maple Bacon Whipped Cream | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I always have a hard time choosing between sweet and savoury at breakfast, but I almost always end up going for the sweet option. Here are a few more things to start your day with a sugar rush.

Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast

Croissant French Toast with Maple Bacon Cream

Dutch Baby Bunny

Nutella Fairy Toast

The Savoury Option

Cayenne Candied Bacon | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Though sweet tends to be my first choice, there are plenty of savoury breakfast options I adore, especially if there are eggs and bacon involved. 

Sky High Breakfast Pizza

Full English Breakfast (American Style)

Sausage Egg & Cheese Biscuit with Apple Butter

Breakfast Burger

Cholesterol Sandwich

Cayenne Candied Bacon

Have fun eating all the breakfast, kids. It’s gonna be awesome.

10 Top Tips for Keeping Backyard Chickens

Aloha everyone, it’s Geoff here again to share another chicken-related post with you fine folks! My top ten tips on how to raise backyard chickens.

The inquisitive mind of a chicken
The inquisitive mind of a chicken

Now, not all of this information may be applicable. We live in the tropics and don’t have any natural chicken predators. It’s also nice and hot all year round, so no weather issues to deal with! But sit back and enjoy…and go out there and get yourself a couple of chickens. You’ll wonder why you never had one in the first place.

1) The coop

Now, first things first…you are going to need a place for your little nuggets to live. There are plenty of chicken coops out there for you to buy ready-made. However, I suggest you try to build your own if you have at least a tiny bit of wood-working experience. We are on awesomeon20.com after all!

The most important things in the coop are the roost (somewhere for them to sleep) and the nestbox (somewhere for them to lay eggs). The dominant chickens always want to sleep above the lower-ranking birds so make sure you have a couple of levels for them to roost on. You will probably want one nest box for every three or four chickens.

We don’t have any predators of ADULT chickens here in Hawaii but the chicks can easily be taken by cats, mongoose, dogs, owls etc. Make sure that you don’t have any large spaces for these predators to get through or small spaces that your chicks can get out of! 

Homemade Chicken Coop
Homemade Chicken Coop

2) Collecting eggs

Your chickens are going to start laying eggs. If you want them to lay eggs in your nestbox then you need to show them. I recommend buying a set of ceramic “dummy” eggs. By placing these eggs in the nextbox and showing them to the chickens, they will start to lay in the correct place. We also had a problem where our nuggets started to eat their own eggs. This was also corrected by placing the ceramic eggs in the middle of the garden. When they would try to peck them, they didn’t break and they soon became bored. 

3) Pick them up

One of the most important aspects of keeping chickens is to get your girls used to being handled. Try to pick each of the nuggets up at least once a day. As well as giving you some awesome chicken-time, this desensitizes the girls to being picked up. You can check them for any scrapes or cuts and carry them around. The earlier you start this, the better. We raised two of our chickens from day-old chicks and they got used to being handled pretty quickly. Make the experience more appealing by giving them a treat as you pick them up! 

Chicken Handling 101 from Chaz
Chicken Handling 101 from Chaz

4) Chicken enrichment

We touched a little on chicken enrichment in a previous blog post, here. Chickens are actually pretty clever animals and they can easily become bored. Make sure that you have interesting things in the garden for them to peck at or climb on. Change things up as often as you can to keep their bird-brains active. Hang food in interesting places so they have to jump up to get it. Place shiny objects in the garden so they can check out their reflections . . . I mean, check out the other chicken staring back at them. I built a swing for our chickens but they didn’t seem too thrilled. Other chickens I’ve seen online seem to love their swings. Each chicken has her own personality, likes and dislikes!

5) Medicating

Every so often, you are going to have a sick chicken. I’m definitely not professing to being an expert in chicken health, and this should not be a substitute for taking your chickens to the vet, but I have a couple of handy tips that helped me.

The first brush with illness involved eye-worms. After an extensive Google search, I bought some medicine online, VetRX. This is a kind of Jack-of-all-trades medication that claims to help out with a variety of illnesses. Dropping the medicine into the chickens’ eyes was easy enough (although they didn’t talk to me for a while after that), but the bottle also called for swabbing the liquid on the inside of their upper beak. If you’ve ever tried to swab inside a chicken’s beak…you’ll know that it’s pretty difficult. I came up with the idea of coating a small chunk of bread in the liquid and getting them to swab their own beaks as they stuffed their faces…

Another harrowing illness involved having to tube-feed one of our chickens. We had gotten a quick lesson from the vet, however nothing prepared us for having to do it ourselves. Take it from me, this goes MUCH more smoothly if you have a helper. It takes one of you to hold the chicken down and another to hold the head and do the feeding! Watch out that you don’t pour food down her windpipe too . . . always aim your dropper down the side of the throat! 

A common problem with chickens is egg-binding, where an egg gets stuck inside the hen. We had a chicken who became egg-bound. One trick that can help her pass the egg is to give her a warm bath. Fill up a tub with warm water that reaches above her vent (chicken butt) and place the chicken in. She will probably not like this all too much. Gently massaging her abdomen towards her vent can sometimes help the egg out. Unfortunately this particular girl didn’t make it. She did perk up a little after I managed to get the egg out but we think that she had more underlying health issues!

Incidentally, handling your chickens regularly (see point #5) will help you to identify problems pretty early!

6) Feeder

Full instructions on how to build a super-easy automatic food dispenser can be found here. You will invariably attract a whole host of neighbourhood birds with your chickens’ food. We found that we were going through food at an astronomical rate when we first put out girls outside. I’d seen automatic feeders online that open when the chickens stand on them. This took wood-working skills and tools that I did not possess. After creating my own feeder, we didn’t waste so much food!

Chicken feeder 7) Molting

Molting is super scary! Your chicken basically loses all of her feathers and grows new ones. This usually happens with the shorter days in the Fall and she will most likely stop laying eggs while this happens. Make sure that you give them plenty of protein to help them produce new feathers. If you can get them some lovely juicy worms or jumping crickets they will love you forever. Try to avoid handling them during their molt as it can be quite painful for them, and try to avoid adding any extra stress into their lives.

8) Clipping their wings

Wing clipping can be traumatizing, both for the chickens and for you. If you don’t feel comfortable restraining a chicken whilst you clip off the ends of her flight feathers, then ask a friend to help. Our chickens told us that they needed their wings clipped after then got into the neighbour’s garden. The easiest way that I found for a stress-free clipping session was to wait until dusk. Sitting in the garden, stroking a sleepy chicken in your lap, gently stretch out one of her wings. You should probably watch a few videos on YouTube before attempting the ‘snip’. If you snip off too much, you will see blood…and potentially a dead chicken. Remember to only clip one wing. It’s not the shorter feathers that stops them flying, it’s the imbalance that this causes.

9) Neighbours

Your neighbours are going to crucial to you mental well-being whilst you are keeping chickens. They can complain to your landlord, or they can become your bestest buddy. If your garden backs on to a neighbours garden, make sure that you little nuggets can’t get into their vegetable patch! Chickens are voracious feeders and can decimate a patch of lettuce or cabbage or basil in minutes! They are also little poop machines. I’m sure that your neighbour doesn’t wasn’t to clean up chicken poop from their decking.

Chickens can and will make noise. It doesn’t matter that you don’t have a rooster, your girl cackle and crow like the best of them. If our hen, Daenerys, notices that we haven’t gotten out of bed in time, she will proudly walk over to our window and crow like a rooster…well…kind of like a rooster being strangled! All this noise is bound to upset a light-sleeping neighbour. 

Keep the neighbours sweet by loading them up with fresh eggs! No one can stay mad at you for too long if they never have to buy eggs from the store again! Encourage the neighbours to give them treats and talk to the chickens as often as possible…you can’t stay mad at a fluffy ball of feathers that follows you around the garden! 

10) Plant pots

This may seem strange, but out chickens are terrified of plant pots. Maybe its the way they move? More likely it’s because a giant pile of plastic pots toppled over when our girls were just learning how to fly and they landed on it. We use this to our advantage by tying pots to anywhere that we don’t want the girls to go. We have some on our gate, some on top of the washer and some on the fence separating our garden from the neighbour’s garden. This now means that we don’t have to clip their wings anymore…they don’t even try to go near the pots! Now, I realize that this is a very specific thing to be scared of. Chances are your chickens won’t be petrified of plastic pots. Chances are they are scared of something though! Use this knowledge to sculpt your birds’ behaviour and make things a little easier for yourself. They are clever animals but they are also chicken sh*ts…

I hope that these tips have been helpful for any prospective or existing chicken owners. If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to leave them in the comments below! Until next time, friends…

Part of the family
Part of the family



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