North Of The Border

I haven’t been to Canada in over twenty years, so I am looking forward to the next few days in Vancouver, well Richmond either way the money looks funny and the people are nicer, so far same Canada I remember. I need some fries and gravy.

I think its a good omen as I was flipping the channels in my hotel to catch some of the football I missed by traveling, I saw not one but two ads for bacon. No, not what we think of as Canadian bacon, just good ol’ bacon. Right there in the middle of football with the beer and pickup truck ads, is this a great country or what?

I went for a meal at a kind of pricey place called “Chop”, because if you don’t meet your per diem while traveling for work, you lose. I went for a big steak “the other red meat”, and got a cesar salad to go with it. Now when I make a cesar salad, it gets a lot of bacon, because its the right thing to do, but I didn’t expect what came out to the table. This salad was PACKED with big chunks of smokey bacon. This was no “bits”, there was a ton of meat in this thing, I couldn’t have done better my self. The lighting was low and the iphone has no flash, so you will just have to take my word for it. This was no game of find the bacon in the lettuce, there were several forkfuls that were more bacon than lettuce.

Hopefully I will have some time to soak up some of the local culture (read: bacon) and I can post about later in the week. So far off to an excellent start.

Originally posted 2009-10-19 08:06:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2737. ENDIVE and WATERCRESS SALAD with BACON-CIDER DRESSING

serves six

4 slices center-cut bacon
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black papper
1 garlic clove, minced
4 cups (1/2-inch) diagonally cut Belgian endive
3 cups chopped radicchio
1 cup trimmed watercress

Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add bacon to pan; cook until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 2 teaspoons drippings in pan; coarsely chop bacon. Combine 2 teaspoons drippings, oil, and next 6 ingredients (through garlic) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add remaining ingredients; toss well. Sprinkle with chopped bacon.

bacon recipe courtesy of: “The Enlightened Cook: Radically Simple Cooking,” Cooking Light, November 2012, p. 246

Originally posted 2012-11-05 09:41:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2711. BACON, EGG and CHICORY SALAD

serves four

7 oz. smoked rindless streaky bacon, diced
6 medium eggs
6 heads mixed red and green chicory
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts optional

Dressing
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 teaspoons English mustard
1 scant teaspoon caster sugar
sea salt
4 tablespoons walnut or hazelnut oil
3 tablespoons groundnut or vegetable oil

Fry the bacon in a large nonstick frying pan over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently until golden, then drain on a double thickness of kitchen paper and leave to cool. At the same time, bring a medium-sized pan of water to the boil, gently lower in the eggs and simmer for 7 minutes. Drain the pan, refill with cold water and leave the eggs to cool.

Trim the heads of chicory and separate into leaves, discarding any damaged outer ones.

To make the dressing, whisk the vinegar, mustard, sugar and a little salt together in a medium-sized bowl, then gradually whisk in the oils a tablespoon or two at a time until combined into a thick, deep-yellow dressing. Give it another quick whisk just before serving.

Shell and halve the eggs, which should still be slightly runny in the centre. Arrange the leaves, bacon and eggs on a platter or individual plates, drizzling over the dressing as you go (you may have some left over). Scatter over the walnuts if wished and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Annie Bell, Daily Mail Online, February 4, 2012

Originally posted 2012-10-10 08:53:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Better with Bacon – Dina’s Candied Bacon Edition!

After the “all Charlie” post yesterday, I can across a series of Facespace messages from another long time FoTDB Dina (SHOUT OUT!).  Dina’s been a BIG supporter of this little blog and just after the New Year she sent not one but five, FIVE, recipes that included candied bacon.

Candied Bacon Ice Cream

Candied Bacon Green Salad

Candied Bacon Maple Popcorn

Chocolate Chip Candied Bacon Pancakes

Candied Bacon Butter!

See something you like?  Of course you do!

Thanks for all the bacon love Dina and for being a loyal TDBer!

Photos via davidlebovitz, jaimeoliver, pinterest, evilshenanigans and tablespoon

Originally posted 2012-01-12 21:24:25.

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Originally posted 2013-05-11 01:18:46. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Better with Bacon – Roasted Potato & Bacon Salad

So simple, so mouth watering delicious…my kind of recipe! 

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Let’s get our cooking on, shall we?

Roasted Potato & Bacon Salad

Ingredients:

6 slices bacon, chopped
1-1/2 lb.  baby red potatoes, halved
Sea salt + freshly ground pepper
Handful flat-leaf parsley leaves (or to taste), chopped
2 pickles, diced
1 tbsp each: grainy mustard, mayonnaise
1 tsp red wine vinegar

Directions:

In large skillet, add bacon and splash water (to decrease chances of it burning as it releases its fat). Cook over medium-high, reducing heat if needed, until bacon is crisp. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Strain fat; reserve 3 tablespoons.
In roasting pan, toss potatoes and reserved bacon fat. Season well with salt and pepper. Roast in preheated 400F oven 40 minutes or until golden. Cool 5 to 15 minutes. Toss with bacon, parsley, pickles, mustard, mayonnaise and vinegar.
Serve warm.

Makes 4 side servings.

[photo and recipe via Toronto Star]

Originally posted 2009-11-02 14:41:55.

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Originally posted 2014-04-07 14:28:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2551. BLOOD ORANGE and BACON HANGOVER SALAD

1/2 cup shelled pistachios 
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 
3 tablespoons olive oil 
1 head Boston lettuce (or another leafy green lettuce, such as green leaf or red leaf) 
1 large or 2 small blood oranges, peel removed and slices cut out without the pith (membrane that separates the slices) 
3 strips bacon, cooked to crispy 
2-3 small radishes, quartered to wedges

In a small bowl, combine the red wine vinegar, mustard, and a couple of pinches of salt and pepper. Drizzle in the olive oil while whisking rapidly until mixture is emulsified. Gently tear lettuce into bite-sized pieces. Toss with the dressing and remaining ingredients. Serve immediately.

bacon recipe courtesy of:  The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove by Cathy Erway. Gotham, 2010 | posted by Caroline Russock on Serious Eats, February 25, 2010

Originally posted 2012-05-03 08:07:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter