Penne carbonara with cream cheese

I had some leftover canadian-style bacon, and Madeleine loves carbonara, so the decision was clear.  Except I didn’t have cream!  But I did have cream cheese, so I improvised.  The result was creamy and rich, and perhaps a bit less fat as well!   Ingredients 2 Tb olive oil and 2 Tb butter 1 cup…

Canadian Bacon (cured pork loin)

I’ve been curing pork belly for ‘American’ style bacon for over a year now, and thought I would make some ‘Canadian/British/Australian’ style of bacon, which consists of the loin.  Over here, you can get either ‘long-cut’ or ‘short-cut’ bacon, which essentially refers to whether the bacon consists of the loin and belly connected, or not,…

Maple, juniper berry and nutmeg cured bacon

I think I found one of the best mix of flavours for my bacon with this recipe.  In addition to using the standard cure, I added maple syrup, juniper berry and nutmeg (details below).  The bacon below was slow cooked in a pan before resting on some paper towel.   For the pork belly, leave…

pizza night!

Home-made pizzas are so much fun…and the girls love to make them…their favorite is bacon and pineapple, and of course we used my home-cured bacon!  Pizza dough recipe and toppings below… The dough is the easiest to make…I prefer to make it 1-2 days ahead, if possible, but a few hours is okay.  I use…

Simple slow-cooked pasta sauce

Easy easy easy. Sauté 1 Lb (1/2 kg) ground beef with 1 cup diced bacon. Once the beef starts to brown, add in 1 large diced onion. When the onion goes translucent, add in 1/2 head minced garlic. Sauté another 5 minutes and then transfer to a slow cooker. Add in 2 stalks diced celery,…

Bacon, avocado and lettuce brioche sandwich

We had this for lunch today. I cooked up some home-made bacon, sliced it thin, and then served on slices of home-made brioche with avocado, lettuce and garlic aioli. Yum! I would have added tomatoes but we were out.