Passion Fruit Victoria Sponge | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Passion Fruit Victoria Sponge

Passion Fruit Victoria Sponge is an exotic twist on a British Classic. Two layers of fluffy, buttery sponge cake sandwich sweet and tart passion fruit curd. Go on, dig in.

Passion Fruit Victoria Sponge | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Do we know what day it is? Are we wearing real clothes? Have we run out of things to watch on Netflix? To be perfectly honest with you, apart from all the dying, which is obviously tragic, this whole social distancing thing is working out pretty well for me. My camping trip earlier this week was cancelled. Working from home is my dream. And I’ve had a slight increase in traffic to my blog. I suppose there is the teeniest tiniest infinitesimal chance that I manifested a global pandemic by wishing I could stay at home and wear yoga pants every day. Sorry about that.

I haven’t even come close to running out of things to do, and I get sad every time I think about having to go back to the office. I keep thinking I might get bored eventually, but it hasn’t happened yet. Am I broken?

Passion Fruit Victoria Sponge | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Whether you’re revelling in the alone time or just desperate to keep busy, I think some cake is in order. Did you make the passion fruit curd from last week? Have you been wanting to make the one bowl victoria sponge? I hope so because we’re bringing them both together this week for this Passion Fruit Victoria Sponge, and she’s a beauty. Familiar but unique, this cake will keep you coming back for more.

Passion Fruit Victoria Sponge | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Both compotenents are really easy to make, but if you don’t want to make your own passion fruit curd, just use any fruit curd you can find at the store. Or have a look online to see if there’s a local maker who is still send out orders. I’m sure they could use the love right now. And the cake itself requires virtually no skill. Just dump everything into a bowl and mix it with an electric mixer. You could even do it by hand if you really wanted to.

Passion Fruit Victoria Sponge | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I hope you’re not going insane, my friends. I hope you’re soaking up this precious quiet time. Most especially, I hope everyone you love is safe and healthy. And if you’re still working, I hope someone makes you this Passion Fruit Victoria Sponge to say thank you for taking care of us.

The cake recipe is from Fast Cakes by Mary Berry.

Passion Fruit Curd | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Passion Fruit Curd

This Passion Fruit Curd is tart and creamy. Spread it over toast, pound cake or anything that needs a hit of exotic sweetness. Once you get your hands on some fresh passion fruits, it’s unbelievably easy to make.

Passion Fruit Curd | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I planned all of my posts for March at the start of February when coronavirus was something far away that we weren’t paying enough attention to, as usual. Before social isolation and panic buying and flattening the curve. Oh how quickly things can change.

Maybe I’ve always been secretly British at heart because I’m very much in the “keep calm and carry on” camp. This is our new reality for the time being, and all we can do is make the most of it. I recognize that I am immensely priveleged. I’ve never been more grateful for my stable government job, even though I’ve ironically been wishing to leave it and be self-employed all year. Maybe the universe knew this wouldn’t be the right time.

I’m also lucky enough to live in a country where, should I become infected and need medical care, I will never receive a bill. If you’re finding yourself in a difficult financial situation right now and also needing expensive medical treatment, maybe remember this feeling when you go to vote in November. And if that’s not you, can you imagine if it was? What kind of world would you want to live in? That’s all I’ll say about that.

Passion Fruit Curd | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

And if you know someone who is still out there keeping basic services running for the rest of us, give them a no-contact high five and let them know that they are a hero. We may be physically separated at the moment, but we need to support each other more than ever. My prayer is that we, as a global family, come out of this stronger and better than we’ve ever been.

Grocery stores probably aren’t too concerned with stocking passion fruits at the moment, but if you happen to have some or have your own vine as we did in Hawaii, you can easily make plenty of passion fruit curd. Put this tart sweet concoction into jars, wipe down the outside with some disinfectant, wash your hands, then leave it at the doorstep of someone who needs a little sweetness in their life.

Passion Fruit Curd | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

How to make Passion Fruit Curd

To make passion fruit curd, simply gut a bunch of passion fruits into a big glass bowl. Then add eggs and yolks and sugar to a big bowl. Whisk it all together, then add in the buter.

Make a double boiler by putting a pan with about an inch of water on the stove to simmer. Then put your glass bowl over the pan. Just make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Then you just keep stirring until the whole thing thickens up. It takes 15 or 20 minutes. It goes from looking like a disgusting gloppy mess to a smooth golden curd that you’ll want to just eat with a spoon.

Passion Fruit Curd | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Nobody knows what life will be like from day to day. That was always true, but now we can’t forget it. Might as well make it awesome. Mix up some Passion Fruit Curd and live your best life. A safe distance from everyone else. Stay safe, my friends.

Since we can’t hang out in real life, let’s all get together in Instagram. Stay connected, friends.

Need more passion fruit recipes? Try my favorite Passion Fruit Green Tea.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are one of my favorites. They’ve got all the texture. Chewy and crunchy and sweet. Plus, the real maple syrup gives them a unique depth of flavor. Get your glass of milk ready, kids. Let’s get into it.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m determined to have my own business someday. I’d like to be well on my way to that by the end of the year. I don’t know if this blog is going to make it, though. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to keep working at it, but the evidence that I can make money at this is not strong. Lucky for me, I have about ten thousand business ideas. If only I had as much money to invest in them.

One of the things I’ve been toying with is selling cookies online. Based on my experience, people like to read my blog, but they actually just want me to make the treats and feed them endlessly for free. As much as I love sharing my leftovers and experiments with my co-workers, baking for people on demand for free gets tiresome. I’ve seen mail order cookies and brownies, and it doesn’t seem terribly complicated. I’m sure I’m missing something, though. Most of the cookies you can buy in my city are pretty mediocre. I think I could do better.

I’m curious, is this something you’d be into if it was offered in your area? Would you buy a box of cookies to be delivered to you or your office by mail? Would you give this as a gift? What about a monthly cookie subscription box? Let me know in the comments if you think this sounds like a great idea or a total disaster.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

If I did have an online bakery, these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies would feature prominently. They’re a classic for a reason. The oats are so chewy, and the brown sugar and maple syrup bring a deep caramel flavor. Then you hit that burst of chocolate and you just want to sing and dance. I can’t stop eating them.

Baking these cookies is pretty basic. The only uncommon ingredient is the maple syrup. Use the good stuff. All we do is combine the dry ingredients, then cream together butter and sugar. Next add egg, maple syrup and vanilla, and finally, fold in the dry stuff and the chocolate chips. Give these cookies plenty of room to spread out on the cookie sheet. They’ll be thin and crispy on the edges. AKA totally awesome.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Does my future involve me being up to my eyeballs in cookie dough? I kind of hope so, especially if I get to enjoy a few of these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies along the way.

Are we hanging out on Instagram? We totally should. And for more cookie love, why not try these Giant Sea Salt Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies.

20 Awesome Cookie Recipes

20 Awesome Homemade Cookie Recipes

20 Awesome Homemade Cookie Recipes

I’ve put together a list of 20 awesome homemade cookie recipes just for you. No store-bought cookie can ever compare to a fresh baked cookie out of your own oven. Plus, I’ve never heard of a bakery that lets you sneak some cookie dough between each batch. Get to baking, friends.

Caramel-Studded Snickerdoodles – the traditional cinnamon cookie made extra awesome with bits of chewy caramel throughout

Caramel-Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies – made with an entire box of apple cider powder mix, these cookies are seriously tangy and sweet with a chunk of chewy caramel hidden inside

Chocofied Peanut Butter Cookies – a big pool of chocolate right at the center of your peanut butter cookie

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blossoms | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blossoms – a chocolate chip cookie with a peanut butter cup nestled in the center

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies – just when you thought peanut butter cookies couldn’t get any more awesome

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies – fudgy cookies with delicious peanut butter chips

Chocolate Wafer Cookies – A great palm oil-free alternative to the store-bought version

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies – the taste of childhood

Giant Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies – basically the best thing ever

Gingerbread Dudes – crispy ginger people without any gross molasses

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies – Andes Mints chopped up and tossed in with a classic cookie dough

No-Fail Sugar Cookies – beautiful but also seriously delicious

Nutella No-Bake Cookies – you don’t even need an oven for these

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies – these ones are extra awesome with pure maple syrup mixed in

Stem Ginger Biscuits | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Stem Ginger Biscuits – packing a punch with some serious ginger heat

Super Simple Shortbread – crisp and buttery with only three ingredients

Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies – add crunchy bits of sweet toffee to a classic cookie

Triple Chocolate Cookies – that’s right, three kinds of chocolate

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies – all the textures are happening in this one

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies – chewy, tart and sweet all in one

For more awesome cookie ideas, follow my cookie board on Pinterest.

Super Simple Shortbread | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Super Simple Shortbread

This Super Simple Shortbread is made with only three ingredients. They’re crispy and buttery and so easy. Perfect with a cup of tea, the hardest part is sharing.

Super Simple Shortbread | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I saw something on Instagram the other day about being a lazy perfectionist. This blew my mind because I didn’t know, until that very moment, that this is me. I can be very meticulous and methodical, but I also don’t like doing one more thing than I actually have to. I can sit still for ages, but I need to be taking in information so the time is not wasted. I love being lazy, but feel guilty about it.

I’m definitely going to look into this more in the hopes of getting some insight into my own personality. Does this describe you at all? Have you even heard of this? Please leave me a comment so I can understand what’s wrong with me.

Super Simple Shortbread | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

This Super Simple Shortbread is the epitome of lazy perfection. With hardly any work at all, you can get a buttery little cookie that tastes absolutely heavenly. You can also tell that I’m a lazy perfectionist because I did not measure my shortbread fingers before cutting them, so they’re all slightly different sizes. But I assure you, they tastes just as delightful.

How to make Super Simple Shortbread

To make this shortbread, you simply need to mix together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then mix in the flour and a pinch of salt. Yes, technically that’s a fourth ingredient, but everyone knows salt and water are free. You may have a bit of a shaggy mixture, but not to worry. Transfer it to an 8×8 baking dish, and simply press it evenly into the pan. It will all come together as you press it into the edges. Bake the dough for 20 minutes or until it just starts to go golden.

Super Simple Shortbread | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Let the shortbread cool in the pan, then cut it into fingers. You can dust them with powdered sugar if you like, but they’re perfectly delightful as they are. Enjoy a finger or two with a cup of tea or coffee. They’re even better if you get to share them with a friend.

Super Simple Shortbread | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

There’s never been a perfect person anywhere in the world ever. Maybe those lazy perfectionists are on to something? Let’s take a break and eat some shortbread. It’ll all be fine.

What else can you snack on with a cup of tea? How about a Stem Ginger Biscuit? They’re pretty awesome.

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