Away we go…

Hello Everyone.

I’m currently typing to you from a giant soft bed in Chicago. I’ve already eaten far too much today, but I still haven’t had this deep dish pizza. It has only been a day and a half, but that is half of our time here… and if I am being honest, the main inventive for paying a visit.

Och, sometimes things don’t go as planned. Like I planned to have my Cinnamon Chocolate Babka recipe up before the trip and I planned to get this deep dish pizza essentially upon arrival on Saturday night… But ended up lying down for a ‘nap’ after a 12 hour flight then waking up at midnight. Hm.

So, basically. I’m on holiday… for three whole weeks. Count them three.

This consists of a few days in Chicago and then to Texas for a catch up with family and tacos. Obviously.

I’m really excited to share all of my food adventures with you. I’ve already been making a few posts via Instagram and Twitter – though it is only the beginning. Social media will be a bit easier to update during this time, so please make sure you keep up! You know I take a while, but we get there in the end.

It’s my first time in Chicago and so far it’s been excellent. There will be plenty of updates to make, along with blog posts ahead.

And I’ll just say today’s food adventure was epic:

Donuts.
Chicago Gourmet.
Tacos.

Such full bellies. Also, we’re already sunburnt. It’s essentially only been one day as we arrived at sunset on Saturday. One day. Such pale bodies.

Anyway, I am full of enthusiasm and various cuts of pork and beef.

Oft to bed… tomorrow I need to make sure pizza happens.

Mon the snacking!

xx
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Paesano Pizza, Glasgow

So, don’t think of this as a review, this is more about bragging rights. Glasgow has some legit pizza and I just want to show it off.
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Serving by far the best pizza in town and definitely better than a few pizzas I’ve had in Italy. It is my go-to eatery for practically any occasion. In fact, I’m just going to say it: Paesano Pizza is my favorite place to eat at in Glasgow.
Word. You can’t go wrong with pizza and this pizza is authentic, simple, cheap… and most of all absolutely delicious.
Here it is all about tradition. They had their wood-fired ovens brought over from Naples and adhere to pizza guidelines of the AVPN ( Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana). You can read the detailed rules here but basically it’s specific to the type flour and cheese used. San Marzano tomatoes are a must.
Paesano prides itself on its fresh and native Italian ingredients, of which the menu makes good use. Keep it simple and keep tuna and sweetcorn out of the building.
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It’s very rare that I wouldn’t be in the mood for pizza, Mr. Snacks and I have been round Paesano pretty often. I’ve had a chance to try all the pizzas on offer there, give or take a few specials which often involve a slightly different cheese or Ndjua. My absolute favorite thing to order is the Margherita pizza, plus chillies. I do love a bit of spice.
Also, the fennel sausage with peppers. I mean, I’ve not had a bad pizza there ever. Even the anchovies are alright for a slice. Do check the specials. If Parma Ham is an option, order it. Immediately.
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Oh… and see when part of the crust gets a little burnt and forms this little charred crust bubble?

More of that please!

Mini Lime and Coconut Doughnuts

Autumn is still a couple of weeks away and even though I’ve already had a Pumpkin Spice Latte it still feels more like summer. 

I mean, it’s rare the sun is even out in Glasgow, but it is at this exact moment. And in full force – no jackets required.

So yeah, I cannot welcome Autumn properly yet. But that’s okay, because it means this lime/coconut recipe is still relevant. Lucky times!

I think a few years ago ‘baked doughnuts’ were a thing. Quite short-lived because obviously fried donuts are just genuinely better. I’m scared to fry things – I’ll work on it, I promise. For today though, we’re going with the ‘healthy’ alternative. They might not taste quite like doughnuts, but a baked doughnut is still damn tasty.

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Now, you will need a doughnut pan for this recipe, preferably a mini doughnut pan, but a standard size pan would suit.

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Baked Mini Lime Coconut Doughnuts

(should make about 2 dozen mini doughnuts)

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons lime zest
1/4 cup fresh lime juice + 1/4 cup for glaze
1 large egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup Greek yogurt + 1 tablespoons more for glaze
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3-5 drops of green food coloring (optional)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 desiccated coconut

 To bake:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (176C) and lightly grease your doughnut pan.
2. Mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and nutmeg into a small bowl. Set aside.
3. In a larger bowl, mix together sugar and lime zest gently. Let sit for 5 minutes.
4.To the sugar bowl add in egg and mix well with a stand or handheld mixer, until sugar dissolves a little. Then add in all other wet ingredients: lime juice, oil, vanilla, and Greek yogurt. Mix until fully incorporated.
5. If you are adding food coloring then do it now and mix until coloring is even.
6. Place donut batter into a piping bag – no tips required. Snip off the end and fill doughnut pan until about 3/4 way full.
7. Bake donuts for 12 to 15 minutes. Bake until golden then let doughnuts cool on a wire rack before glazing.

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Glaze:

1. In a medium size bowl mix together powdered sugar, Greek yogurt, and lime juice until there are no lumps and glaze is smooth. If your glaze is too thick then add more lime juice or a splash of milk. If your glaze is too thin, add more powdered sugar until you get your preferred consistency.
2. Once doughnuts are cooled, dip one side of them into the glaze, letting all excess glaze drip off before setting back on wire racks to dry.
3. Once all doughnuts have been glazed, get them back in for a double dip then sprinkle with coconut flakes.

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The taste should be similar to a glazed lime cake, except the doughnut base should be quite springy. 

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And there you have it. Adorable little pastel lime cakes sure to brighten any day. 

I’m pretty sure these would go down a treat with a gin and tonic. Just saying.

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xx