Whole Wheat Guinness Soda Bread from Awesome on 20

Whole Wheat Guinness Soda Bread

Whole Wheat Guinness Soda Bread from Awesome on 20

I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland. It seems so beautiful and impossibly green. I watched way too much Riverdance in middle school, and I’m still a huge fan of the movie, The Secret of Kells. There’s gotta be some kind of magic in Ireland. I just know it. Unfortunately, my English husband rolls his eyes every time I mentioning taking a trip there. I guess it’d be like if he told me he’d always dreamed of visiting Idaho. Hopefully, I’ll change his mind one day.

Whole Wheat Guinness Soda Bread from Awesome on 20

Until then, you can dip this hearty Whole Wheat Guinness Soda Bread into your favorite Irish stew and pretend. Guinness will probably be on sale at your favorite grocery store this time of year, and you can probably spare a bottle for a recipe. 

This bread is good served warm, sliced thin, and doused in butter, but since it’s whole wheat, it’s also good for dipping or toasted for an open face sandwich. Corned beef and cabbage, anyone? It’s got a wonderful, malty flavor and a chewy texture from the oats.  I’m going to dip mine into some thick, steaming, potato soup.

Whole Wheat Guinness Soda Bread from Awesome on 20

Ireland may not be in my near future, but I can go just about anywhere in my kitchen. Food is it’s own kind of magic, I guess.

Whole Wheat Guinness Soda Bread
Yields 1
Hearty, whole wheat quick bread with the malty flavor of Guinness.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 400 grams (about 2-2/3 cups) whole wheat flour
  2. 100 grams (about 1 cup) old-fashioned oats
  3. 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  4. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  5. 300 ml (1-1/4 cup) Guinness or stout beer
  6. 150 ml (2/3 cup) plain yogurt
  7. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  8. 1/4 cup honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and spray a 9-inch loaf pan with some non-stick spray.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine whole wheat flour, oats, salt, and baking soda. Give everythinga quick stir to be sure the ingredients are well combined.
  3. In a small bowl or jug, whisk together Guinness, yogurt, vegetable oil, and honey.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together with a wooden spoon.
  5. Dump the mixture into your loaf pan and sprinkle a few more oats on top for good measure. Two fat pinches should suffice. Bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Slice thin and serve warm with plenty of butter.
Notes
  1. Use the same measuring cup for the honey as you used for the vegetable oil. It will make your honey pour out more easily.
Adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
How to be Awesome on $20 a day https://awesomeon20.com/
Cowboy Spaghetti

Cowboy Spaghetti for Dad

Cowboy Spaghetti

Dudes, my dad is awesome! He showed me the stars, took me on hikes, made me pancakes, and gave me rides on his motorcycle. He watched me dance, read my bad poetry and let me cry on his shoulder. He gave me piggy back rides to bed for way longer than his back was probably happy about. He taught me that it’s totally okay to eat cake for breakfast. Best of all, he taught me to read which has been a precious gift. My dad has always been there for me and believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. I am so very lucky.

photo by Gareth Grindle
photo by Gareth Grindle

We live half an ocean apart, which is not the farthest away I’ve been. I wish I could make him a feast for Father’s Day. He deserves it. Alas, dinner will have to be virtual. He’ll forgive me.

Cowboy Spaghetti

Cowboy spaghetti is the dish my dad requested. I’ve made it for him before, and he loves it. At least I can share the recipe with the world so he can make it himself, or even better, get someone else to make it for him. It’s the least a daughter can do.

This stuff is perfect man food. Why? Two words: bacon and beer.

There’s also ground beef, cheddar cheese, and hot sauce for added awesome, but for me it’s the bacon that makes it magical. And since my dad loves beer, and he puts it in just about everything, I knew the first time I looked at this recipe that he’d love it. I’ve slightly adapted this old Rachael Ray recipe to make it more conducive to my vegetable loathing palate, but if you’re into chunky tomatoes just swap out the crushed tomatoes for something with more texture.

Cowboy Spaghetti

Make sure you have plenty of extra cold beer for your dad on Father’s Day. He’s worked hard your whole life to give you stuff you probably didn’t even appreciate. The least you can do is make him dinner and bring him a cold one. Let him put his feet up. Feed him with love and cowboy spaghetti. He deserves it.

Cowboy Spaghetti
Serves 4
Meaty, manly spaghetti with bacon and beer
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound spaghetti
  2. salt
  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 3 slices of bacon
  5. 1 pound ground beef
  6. 1/2 onion, diced
  7. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  8. black pepper
  9. 1 tablespoon hot sauce (or more if you're into that sort of thing)
  10. 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (it's required that you read that line out loud)
  11. 1/2 cup beer
  12. 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  13. 1 cup tomato sauce
  14. 8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar
  15. 4 scallions, scissored
Instructions
  1. Put a large pot of water over high heat to boil. Don't forget to put a lid on it, or it will take forever. When the water boils, add salt and spaghetti, stirring occasionally. My pasta cooked for 10 minutes. Check your package. Bite into a piece to see if it's done, or throw it against the refrigerator to see if it sticks. That's what my mom used to do.
  2. In the mean time, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Cut your bacon with scissors right into the pan. Cook to desired level of crispness (the correct answer is very crisp). Remove the bacon to a paper towel lined plate and pour off some of the fat, leaving enough to coat the pan.
  3. Add your ground beef to the pan to brown. Season with salt and pepper. Depending on how lean your beef is, you may want to drain the fat off before proceeding. I'm poor so I have to get ground chuck, which needs to be drained.
  4. Add onions and garlic to your ground beef and then season with hot sauce and Worcestershire. Add the beer and scrape up any bits that may be stuck to the bottom of the pan. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in tomatoes and sauce. Bring everything back up to a simmer and check for seasonings. This is usually where I add more hot sauce.
  6. After you drain your pasta, put it back in the pot, then pour the sauce over the spaghetti and stir to combine.
  7. Top your bowl or plate of spaghetti with plenty of cheddar cheese, a sprinkling of crunchy bacon, and green onions. Serve it to your dad in an old recliner, and don't forget to bring the man a beer.
Adapted from Rachael Ray
Adapted from Rachael Ray
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