Cran-Orange-Apple Juice | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cran-Orange-Apple Juice

Cran-Orange-Apple Juice | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

How’s the new year treating you, my darlings? I’ve been racking my brain for days for what I should set as my new Year’s resolution. We all know I can’t diet. I’ve already set a goal to exercise every day, which probably won’t last, but I’ll give it a go. But it’s not a real change, is it?

I’m looking for Oprah-level, best self, being completely awesome sort of stuff. Perhaps my resolution should be to lower my expectations. Does anybody else go through an existential crisis at the beginning of January? There’s a lot of pressure to figure out how to make yourself perfect, and I’m so susceptible to it. On the other hand, it’s just one day, and there are so many to come. Perhaps I’ll take it one day at a time.

Cran-Orange-Apple Juice | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I mixed up something super simple to get us started. Cran-Orange-Apple Juice is going to be there for you in so many ways. Perhaps you’ve been drinking non-stop prosecco for the past week, and you need something innocent and delicious to drink. Perhaps you hate eating fruit, so you’re at least going to try drinking some. Cran-Orange-Apple Juice is here for you.

This sweet and lovely mixture can also come to the rescue at your next party as well. It’s particularly useful if you have some people at your party who can’t or won’t be drinking alcohol. This juice can be mixed with soda water to make it sparkly just as nicely as it can be mixed with vodka or added to a glass of sparkling wine. Obviously, it would make a great drink for kids as well. See, everyone’s happy?

Cran-Orange-Apple Juice | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Raise your glass to 2018. May it be filled with sweetness. We’ll find awesomeness together. 

Cran-Orange-Apple Juice
Cran-Orange-Apple Juice is there for you when you need a bit of wholesome sweetness in your life.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 part cranberry juice
  2. 1 part orange juice
  3. 1 part apple juice
  4. Ice
Instructions
  1. Mix everything together in your desired vessel, be that pitcher or glass.
Adapted from Nigella Christmas
Adapted from Nigella Christmas
http://awesomeon20.com/
Chocolate Orange Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chocolate Orange Cake

Chocolate Orange Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Tea is serious business in Britain. People have a very specific way they like to make their tea, and they get, some might say, unreasonably upset when someone suggests that it could be done differently. Do you put the milk in before the water? Do you take the tea bag out before adding the milk? Are you a loose leaf tea snob? Everybody has their way, and it’s the only way.

For the record, I add the sugar and the tea bag to the cup while the kettle is boiling, this way the sugar will dissolve more easily in the very hot water. The water should be added within 30 seconds of the kettle clicking off so it’s at maximum heat. Let it steep for two minutes (while you wash dishes), then remove the tea bag, add a splash of glug of milk, give it a quick stir, and enjoy. My husband does it differently. We’re still together, and it’s fine.

Chocolate Orange Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Brits aren’t nearly as fussy about cake from what I can tell. Not that this cake is less than awesome. In fact, it’s pretty damn amazing, and entirely Brit approved. Chocolate Orange Cake tastes exactly like those orange-shaped chocolates you get at Christmas. It’s heavenly.

The brown sugar gives it a deep richness and it stays tender for days, not that it will last that long. It’s simple to make and pleases nearly everyone, even picky British people.

Chocolate Orange Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I love the British. I love tea. And I most especially love this Chocolate Orange Cake. Try to put all three together if you can.

Chocolate Orange Cake
Serves 8
Chocolate Orange Cake is perfect with tea and makes everyone happy.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 150 grams unsalted butter, softened
  2. 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  3. 175 grams dark brown sugar
  4. 150 grams all-purpose flour
  5. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 25 cocoa powder
  7. 2 eggs
  8. Zest and juice of 1 orange
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 170C (350F) and line a loaf tin with parchment. If you can get those cute loaf tin liners, they work great.
  2. Beat together the the butter, golden syrup, and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer for several minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and cocoa powder.
  4. With the mixer on lower, add a big spoonful of the flour mixture followed by an egg and beat until combined. Add another scoop or two of flour and the second egg, and then finally mix in the rest of the dry ingredients.
  5. Scrape down the sides of your bowl, then zest your orange into the batter and squeeze in the orange juice. Give it all one last spin with the mixture until smooth.
  6. Pour the batter into your waiting pan and bake for 40 minutes. It's okay if your cake tester comes out with a few bits.
  7. Allow it to cool before slicing and eating with tea.
Notes
  1. Golden syrup is extremely sticky, but a dab of vegetable oil in your tablespoon will help the syrup pour out more easily.
Adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
http://awesomeon20.com/
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Orange & Amaretto Cider

Orange & Amaretto Cider | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

It’s been a long time since life has been normal. Chaos can make me a tiny bit anxious, and there’s just been so much of it lately. There’s a hope of stability just around the corner. I’m so ready to settle in and make a home again. It will be slow going, what with an empty kitchen and all, but I can already picture myself in the apartment, welcoming guests and creating memories. It’s gonna be awesome.

One of the biggest challenges is keeping your life confined to five suitcases. I could run out and buy and bunch of new stuff, but where would I put it all? I’ve had to challenge myself to work with what is immediately available to me. So instead of creating a new recipe that starts with buying a bunch of new ingredients, I raided my SIL’s liquor cabinet and made  you something sweet and refreshing. Totally cheeky or totally brilliant? I’ll let you decide.

Orange & Amaretto Cider | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This drink is simple. Combine a shot of amaretto with a shot of orange juice in the bottom of a pint glass. You can add in a splash of something else like cinnamon schnapps or, in my case, just a dash of mead for a bit of extra flavor. Then fill your glass with your favorite crisp hard cider. We used a can of Strongbow. If you want to add some autumn whimsy garnish it with apple slices and a cinnamon stick, preferably bought at the Asian market where you can get mountains of spices for practically nothing.

Orange & Amaretto Cider | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I said it would be awesome, I never said it would be easy. But I don’t really see the point in sitting around whining about being technically homeless and unemployed. Instead, I’ll fix myself a drink, throw on a scarf and some cute boots, and love my life. Want to join me?

Orange & Amaretto Cider
Serves 1
Sweet, nutty, and crisp, Orange & Amaretto Cider is getting me into Fall in a major way.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 ounce amaretto
  2. 1 ounce orange juice
  3. Splash of mead
  4. 1 can/bottle hard cider
  5. Apple slices and a cinnamon stick to garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Stir together amaretto, orange juice, and mead in a tall glass. Fill with your favorite cider and garnish how you like. Drink until your stress is gone.
Adapted from Angry Orchard
Adapted from Angry Orchard
http://awesomeon20.com/
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