Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Passion Fruit Green Tea

Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

From the inside, my life is super boring. It sounds much cooler than it really is. When I tell people all the places I’ve lived, they’re often amazed. Nashville, Taiwan, Honolulu, and Glasgow sound pretty sexy to people who don’t actually live in any of those places, but the truth is, I do pretty much the same thing in all of those cities. 

Basically my life revolves around reading books, watching movies and tv, and searching for great food. When I find something I love in one place, I want to take it with me everywhere I go from then on. Even though I’ve left the tropics, I’m not willing to let go of my favorite tropical flavors.

Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Passion Fruit Green Tea was our favorite in Taiwan, and we practically had passion fruit falling on our heads in Hawaii. Luckily, it’s pretty easy, though not exactly dirt cheap, to get passion fruit at the grocery store here in Scotland. So my favorite drink is back with a vengeance for those rare Scottish sunny days.

Make yourself up some passion fruit syrup, and you can add it to even more than a glass of iced green tea whenever you like. Store it in a very clean jar in the fridge and add it to your glass until it’s exactly as sweet as you like. It would also be awesome on pancakes and waffles for a little tropical flare.

Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Take yourself to the tropics with Passion Fruit Green Tea this summer. All the cool kids are doing it.

Passion Fruit Green Tea
Serves 4
Passion Fruit Green Tea takes you to the tropics no matter where you live.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
For the syrup
  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1 cup water
  3. Pulp of 3 passion fruits
For the tea
  1. 1 green tea bag per cup of water
  2. Ice
For the syrup
  1. Put sugar and water in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil and lower heat. Simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved. This should only take a few minutes.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add passion fruit pulp to simple syrup. Put a lid on the pot and leave it to steep for two hours.
  4. Strain out pulp and store in an air tight container or mix directly with tea.
For the tea
  1. Boil some water and soak tea bags to desired strength. It's making tea, not rocket science.
  2. You can store the syrup in a separate container or combine it in a pitcher directly with the green tea. Fill up your desired container (short glass, tall glass, pitcher, bucket) with 3/4 green tea and 1/4 passion fruit syrup.
  3. Serve over ice.
Adapted from How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
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No-Bake Passion Fruit Cheesecake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

No-Bake Passion Fruit Cheesecake

No-Bake Passion Fruit Cheesecake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

My dad loves cheesecake. When I was growing up, he’d always ask me to make him a Jello No-Bake Cheesecake. I’m pretty sure that’s what I thought cheesecake actually was for a really long time. That was also pretty much the extent of my baking skills back then. If it came in a box, I could probably handle it. I’m a good reader. Later, Food Network taught me that most of cooking is just knowing how to read a recipe. Once you learn the technical terms and you have a bit of experience, you can take on just about anything. 

No-Bake Passion Fruit Cheesecake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Since then, I’ve baked a fair few real, from scratch cheesecakes, though I have yet to master the art of avoiding cracks. I’m too impatient and my kitchen is too freakin’ hot. Long story short, I had a jar of delicious lilikoi (passion fruit) butter in my fridge, and I desperately wanted to swirl it into a cheesecake. But surprise, it’s 90 degrees in my kitchen, and I didn’t want to spend more than five minutes in there. Then I remembered those no-bake cheesecakes from my childhood. No apologies. It was easy and awesome.

You can easily customize any boxed cheesecake mix. I made this one tropical by adding some crushed up lilikoi cookies to the graham cracker crust and then swirling in plenty of lilikoi butter before putting the cheesecake in the fridge to set. I combined some store bought ingredients to marvelous results. We ate the whole thing in a few days. I didn’t sweat to death. Everyone was very very happy.

No-Bake Passion Fruit Cheesecake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Eat what you like. Love your life. Swirl in some lilikoi butter whenever you get a chance. Oh, and if you can’t find lilikoi butter or passion fruit curd in your grocery store, you can always make your own just make it seedless) or order some here.

No-Bake Passion Fruit Cheesecake
Serves 10
Add some tropical flavor to your favorite box mix and turn it into No-Bake Passion Fruit Cheesecake
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 box no-bake cheesecake, plus ingredients listed on package
  2. 1/4 cup passion fruit cookie crumbs (optional)
  3. 4 tablespoons passion fruit butter or curd
Instructions
  1. In a nine-inch pie dish, gently stir together the cookie crumbs with the graham cracker crumbs from your package. Add the called for sugar and melted butter, stir together until everything is moistened, then press evenly into your pie plate. Store it in the fridge while you mix up the cheesecake.
  2. Mix your cheesecake mixture according to package instructions and pour it into your chilled crust. Quickly add spoonfuls of the passion fruit butter around the top of the cheesecake and swirl in using a butter knife or a chop stick or anything long and thin. Be careful not to touch the crust.
  3. Refrigerate for the required amount of time. When you're ready to serve, dip the pie plate in warm water for a few minutes to help the pie crust release from the pan more easily.
Notes
  1. The box mix I used called for 5 tablespoons melted butter, 2 tablespoons sugar, and a cup of milk, so make sure you check your box and have the needed ingredients.
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Passion Fruit Margarita from Awesome on 20

Passion Fruit Margaritas

Passion Fruit Margarita from Awesome on 20

We’re still being smart with our leftovers around here, and at my house, we have lilikoi or passion fruit literally dropping on our heads. My husband and my daughter made two jars full of lilikoi syrup while I was out getting my hair cut, and while I love passion fruit green tea and will certainly have plenty, I knew this time I needed to make a cocktail.

It’s passion fruit margarita time. The end of a long and crazy week requires a cocktail of the sweet tart variety. Preferably strong, bonus points for a lovely color and an awesome sugar rim. Do it up right. You worked hard; you deserve it.

Passion Fruit Margarita from Awesome on 20

We mix tequila, triple sec, lilikoi syrup, and a bit of lime juice, pour it over crushed ice, then put our feet up under a palm tree if we can find one. If not, maybe draw a palm tree, and tape it to the wall. It’s almost the same thing. Put your favorite music on. Order take out. Make things easy on yourself. Then commence being awesome!

Wasting food is like throwing money in the trash. Making delicious food out of the stuff that’s taking up space in your fridge tastes good, helps you clean, and saves you money. It’s nothing but win. Wrapping up a week of leftovers with a tasty cocktail gets you a gold medal.

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Celebrate! With tequila!!! Happy Friday!

Passion Fruit Margaritas
Serves 1
A sweet and tart margarita with a tropical flair.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 ounces passion fruit syrup
  2. 2 ounces tequila
  3. 1 ounce lime juice
  4. 1 ounce triple sec
  5. 1 tablespoon sugar
  6. crushed ice
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker or a separate glass, combine syrup, tequila, lime juice and triple sec. Stir or shake to combine.
  2. Use water or a bit of lime juice to wet the rim of your glass. Put the sugar on a plate, then press the rim of your glass into the sugar.
  3. Fill your cup with crushed ice and pour your margarita over it. Sip and smile.
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A Dozen Awesome Labor Day Party Recipes

A Dozen Awesome Labor Day Recipes

A Dozen Awesome Labor Day Party Recipes

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be more excited to be looking down the barrel of this long weekend. And I get a bonus fourth day off since I’ll be starting my new job on Wednesday!!!!! I can’t wait. I’ve got a little shopping planned, and I just found out we’re going to a bbq on the beach on Sunday. 

I hope you have some relaxing with friends planned for this final hurrah of summer. For me, there’s really no point to a party if there’s not great food. Make any of these, and I’m pretty sure everyone will love you.

Awesome Party Snacks

 

Show up anywhere with a plate of jalapeno deviled eggs and you are instantly hip. Retro deliciousness!

You’ll have to race my husband to the bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers. He might not leave you any. We brought these to our last bbq on the beach. They didn’t last long.

I think this time it looks like we’re going to show up with sausage rolls. Who else will think to bring British food to such an American holiday?

Awesome Party Burgers

 

You have to have burgers at a bbq. Here’s a great basic burger recipe.

Or you can spice things up with Spicy Southwest Burgers. Get excited! We’ve made both of these at the beach. What else is there?

Awesome Party Salads

And I suppose you should serve something to go along side your burgers. That’s what grown ups do. Keep it traditional but fabulous with this dill potato salad.

Or if you’re diggin’ that spicy action, keep it hot with Southwest Pasta Salad. We make this for almost every picnic.

Passion Fruit Green Tea from Awesome on 20

It’s going to be hot so you’re going to need a giant jug of sweet tea. Make it tropical with passion fruit green tea. And spike it with vodka. It’s a holiday.

Awesome Party Desserts

 

Of course, if you want to be a real labor day hero, show up with a bottle of booze and dessert. Bring giant chocolate chip cookies and everybody will be your best friend.

Caramel swirl cheesecake bars travel well, and are pretty much heaven to eat.

If you love the summery citrusy flavor of lemon, and you want to show some extra love to your gluten-free friends, take along this lemon polenta cake. Not only does it taste amazing, but since it’s unfrosted, you don’t have to worry about anything melting.

And seriously, make someone’s day extra super awesome by making these orange cream cheese swirl brownies. I cannot urge you vehemently enough. Just do it. You can thank me later.

And if you are lucky enough to get Monday off from work, take a moment out of your feasting and relaxing to give thanks to all the people who fought so hard for things many of us take for granted, like a weekend. That hasn’t always been a thing. Even if you’re like me and you have a very unglamorous, low-paying job, you’re still much better off than workers a hundred years ago.  And if you’re interacting with someone who isn’t fortunate enough to get this holiday, for heaven’s sake, be extra nice to them. They’re serving you on a holiday. Make it as special for them as you can.

Happy feasting! Don’t forget to be awesome!

 

 

Passion Fruit Green Tea from Awesome on 20

Passion Fruit Green Tea

Passion Fruit Green Tea from Awesome on 20

In Taiwan, our very favorite drink was passion fruit green tea from a place we called 50 tea shop. There were four tea shops on just one side of the street on one single block in our neighborhood. We’d occasionally try the other ones, but the guys at 50 recognized the foreigners and usually knew what we wanted before we even made it to the counter. I needn’t have bothered learning how to say baixiang lucha. It’s one of the very few things I can actually say in Chinese. I was an abysmal expat.

Taiwan Tea

When lilikoi, or yellow passion fruit, started flooding our backyard, we knew we wanted to recreate our favorite drink from our former home. I came home from work one day to find that my husband had made a jug of lilikoi syrup. We went straight to the store to buy some green tea bags, brewed a cup each, impatiently waited for it to cool, dumped it over some ice and spiked it with the syrup. We were transported.

The lilikoi syrup could easily be mixed with plenty of other things. I’m sure a lilikoi margarita never hurt anyone. But a big pitcher of passion fruit green tea in your fridge when it’s 85 degrees in your living room really can’t be beat. It’s sweet but not too sugary. It also gives you a nice little hit of caffeine to help you through those hot afternoon slumps. It’s really the perfect drink.

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Taiwan, US, UK, anywhere you can get your hands on some passion fruit, give this a try. And practice your Chinese. You can’t be any worse than me.

Passion Fruit Green Tea
Serves 8
Sweet and slightly tart iced green tea infused with passion fruit syrup to get you through the heat.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr
For syrup
  1. 2 cups passion fruit pulp
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 2 cups water
For green tea
  1. 1 green tea bag per cup of water
For syrup
  1. Put sugar and water in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil and lower heat. Simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved. This should only take a few minutes.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add passion fruit pulp to simple syrup. Put a lid on the pot and leave it to steep for two hours.
  4. Strain out pulp and store in an air tight container or mix directly with tea.
For tea
  1. Boil some water and soak tea bags to desired strength. It's making tea, not rocket science.
  2. You can store the syrup in a separate container or combine it in a pitcher directly with the green tea. Fill up your desired container (short glass, tall glass, pitcher, bucket) with 3/4 green tea and 1/4 passion fruit syrup.
  3. Serve over ice.
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