December 30, 2011

Bacon Jam

I shared this link on Facebook yesterday, but it would be such a good addition to any New Year's Eve party that I thought I'd share it here too.

I know I've spoken quite a bit about being at least a partial vegetarian (I was vegetarian/vegan for almost half of my life), but that has flown out the window in recent years, so when it came time to plan my husband's 40th birthday bash a few weeks ago, the menu was very meat-centered. It's a well-known fact that men love all things bacon (*wink*), so when I spotted this recipe for bacon jam in the winter edition of Edible Vancouver Magazine, I knew I had to give it a try.

This "jam" is a slow-cooked combination of bacon, caramelized onions, coffee, and maple syrup; it's not exactly your typical scone topping, but it's a fantastic addition to a holiday cheese board, and the very notion of a jam made with bacon turned out to be a great conversation starter.

I served it alongside a baguette and some freshly picked arugula. I think it would also be great with an aged cheddar, and can't wait to try it in a grilled cheese sandwich.

Wishing you and yours all the best in the new year!

December 09, 2011

The Running of the Birds

I hope everyone is having a nice December, and that you're enjoying your holiday preparations, whatever form they take.

I was heading out to the garden the other day to harvest some leeks, and took this video of the chickens along the way. Apparently they see me as the giver of all things good, because every time I venture outside (or even open the door), I'm immediately besieged by birds. They're so determined to be first in line, that I literally have to run to stay in front of them and to avoid stepping on little toes; I can only imagine what my neighbors must think when they see us all sprinting across the yard, en masse.


Our property is on a flight path, and I think the airplane/helicopter noise adds a little something to the video. We don't often get a plane and a helicopter going by at the same time, and they don't usually fly that low, so the girls were a bit startled and abandoned their chase by the end.

Next stop, Pamplona.

Happy weekend!


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