3048. BAKED SWEET POTATOES with OLIVES, CHILLI, BACON and SMOKED MACKEREL

serves four

4 large orange-fleshed sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
150 grams unsmoked back bacon, thinly sliced
6 spring onions, sliced
2 red chillies, seeded and sliced
200 grams smoked mackerel fish fillets, skinned
75 grams black olives, pitted and chopped
25 grams butter

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. Roast the sweet potatoes for 45 minutes to one hour, or until a knife slides easily into them. When almost ready, heat the oil in a pan and fry the bacon for four minutes over a high heat, until golden. Add the spring onions, chilli, mackerel and olives, and cook for two to three minutes more. When the potatoes are ready, cut a slit down the middle and place a knob of butter in each one. Fill with the mackerel and bacon mixture, and serve hot.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Tonia George, Red Magazine online; Hearst Magazines UK/National Magazine Company Ltd, 72 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 9EP

Originally posted 2013-09-12 01:08:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Bacon Shortage? What Bacon Shortage?

Some good news from the USDA last week…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported last week that through the end of October, frozen pork supplies were down 4 percent from the previous month but up 24 percent from last year. Stocks of pork bellies were up 22 percent from last month and up 119 percent from last year.

So this holiday…make mine bacon!

Thanks to CTBites for the bacon pron.

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Originally posted 2012-11-27 02:01:10. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Better with Bacon – Bacon Barley Risotto

Another savory dish from our friends up north!  This would make a great side dish for, say, a 14 oz. bacon wrapped filet?!?

Man, I just made my stomach rumble…

Check it out after the jump…

Bacon Barley Risotto

Ingredients:

4 or 5 cups of chicken broth
4 slices bacon, thinly chopped
2 x onions, peeled and chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup barley, pearl or pot
Salt and pepper
1 bunch chives or parsley, chopped

 Directions:

In one pot heat the broth to a gentle simmer.
In another pot fry the bacon over medium-high heat, until crisp and golden brown.
Add the onions and garlic and sauté until soft and golden.
Add the barley and stir for a few moments until well coated with bacon fat and heated through.
Add 1 cup or so of the hot chicken broth and stir until it is fully absorbed. Continue to add broth, 1 ladle-full at a time, letting it absorb fully before adding the next ladle. Continue simmering until the barley is tender.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Stir in a handful of your favourite herbs.

Yield: 2 main courses, or 4 sides.

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Originally posted 2010-02-15 17:53:39.

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Originally posted 2013-12-10 01:23:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2894. SALSIFY and BRUSSELS SPROUTS with BACON and LEMON CREAM

serves 4-6?

2 tablespoons grass-fed butter?
2 lbs Brussels sprouts, quartered
2 cups salsify root, peeled and thinly sliced on the bias (diagonal)?
1/2 cup shallots, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced?
4 strips uncooked bacon, chopped?
1/2 cup broth (or water)?
1/2 teaspoon sea salt?
1/4 teaspoon black pepper?
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes?
Juice of 1 lemon (about 1/4 cup)?
1/2 cup organic sour cream
pinch salt?

In a large skillet heat butter over medium flame. Add butter and melt. Add sliced salsify to the pan and cook 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until becoming slightly browned. Add bacon and shallots to the pan. Cook 5 more minutes until the bacon begins to get about halfway “done.” Add the Brussels sprouts and garlic and saute 2-3 more minutes to brown edges. ?

Add broth and salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Cover and turn to low; let simmer 5-10 more minutes until sprouts begin to soften and the liquid has reduced by at least half.?

While the veggie mixture is cooking, whisk the lemon juice, sour cream and pinch of salt together in a small bowl.

Add the lemon cream to the pan and stir to coat the vegetables. Cook 2-3 more minutes to let the sauce heat and thicken. Serve hot, garnished with a pinch of red pepper flakes.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Laura, Rising Moon Food, Portland, Oregon, January 14, 2013

Originally posted 2013-04-11 01:20:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Bacon Thing of The Day: Bacon Wallet!


“Bringin’ Home The Bacon…”

Your Money Needs a New Home! Bacon Wallet Features:

Faux leather wallet with patterns of Delicious Bacon printed inside and out
Size: 4-1/4″ x 3-3/4″ (11 cm x 9.5 cm)
Plenty of space for money and credit cards!
High Fashion!

Sale Priced at just $10.95 and waiting for you to own it at This Link.

Originally posted 2011-09-06 14:41:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

I declared it loudly this morning, the words shocking even me as they escaped my lips. I’m in the mood for Christmas! (GASP!) Normally this time of year, I yell expletives when entering stores that have put up Christmas decor before Santa enters Harold Square at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I’ll admit the urge to sprinkle tinsel on a tree and sing along with Ella Fitzgerald’s Christmas album snuck up on me. But I’m going with it.

Luckily, stores far and wide are obliging my jonesin’ for some holiday cheer.
I hit up West Elm this weekend to check out their new collection of handmade felt ornaments. I grabbed a few of these adorable little letters for gift tags. Aren’t my friends and family lucky?


And I couldn’t resist buying this lovely wreath for our fireplace. Squee!


That’s about all the damage I’ve done so far with decor, but the siren song of Anthropologie is drawing me in with these cute little Matryoshka ornaments. Wouldn’t they cheer up a tree with their smiling faces?


Last year, I shelled out for one of these Merry Christmas banners (although I only paid $99, not the $128 that Anthro is charging this year.) It makes me squeal every time I see it strung across our window above our couch.


And if you’re as obsessed with letters as I am these days, these little guys will do the trick. They make me want to jump for joy with every adorable pom-pom.


Not to abandon my favorite handmade store, Etsy, for the big names, I found tons of handcrafted felt happiness with a simple search. Want a woodland holiday? Done!

From AstahtoysFrom Recycled Parts

:::::Or hearts!::::::
From Sewn Natural

Originally posted 2010-11-08 15:42:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter