Easy Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon Brittle

I first made butternut squash soup with candied bacon last autumn, after watching a masterclass episode of MasterChef Australia in which Matt Preston shared his recipe for an easy pumpkin soup garnished with pepita (squash seeds) and bacon candied in brown sugar. I simplified his recipe further to come up with the version I shared ... Read more »

Bringing Iceland Home | Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs with Crunchy Onions & Remoulade

  Icelanders love their hot dogs! Who knew? Well, anyone who’s spent any time in Iceland, that’s who; recommendations to seek out Icelandic pylsa abound and I’m adding one more to the pile! An Icelandic pylsa is much like a hot dog anywhere in the world… with a few little touches that make it a ... Read more »

Easy Butternut Squash Soup with Candied Bacon

Although I find our Masterchef series has become dull and formulaic I really enjoy Masterchef Australia, hosted by Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston. Although the occasional over-the-top sycophancy of some of the contestants can be a little grating, mostly they are just exhuberant and gung-ho in a way we seldom embrace in the ... Read more »

Heart Attack Potato Salad

I’d never made a potato salad before this one. Well… actually I had made warm salads that include potatoes… but never the dish we traditionally call by that name – new potatoes bound together in a mayonnaise-based dressing. Several years ago, the American Head of IT where I worked shared his potato salad tips with ... Read more »

Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf with a Stout & Honey Glaze

This post was originally published as a guest post on Pete Drinks. We eat first with our eyes, so it’s no surprise that I’ve pinned more food images to my Pinterest boards than any others. One of the recipes that caught my eye was this Guinness & Cheddar Meatloaf from The Galley Gourmet blog. Admittedly, ... Read more »

Bacon-Wrapped Tenderstem Broccoli

For most of my 40 years, I’ve labelled broccoli as The Devil’s Vegetable (along side celery, which still is). I’ve huffed and puffed indignantly about the increasing prevalence of this vegetable over the years – order a dish that comes with “green vegetables” and 99 times out of a 100 you’ll get a plate of ... Read more »

Bacon Pancakes!

Internet food porn has a lot to answer for. Sometimes I see a single image, and that’s it, I have to have a go at making it myself. That’s exactly what happened when I first saw a photo of bacon pancakes: rashers of streaky bacon embedded in thick, fluffy pancakes. Of course, bacon with pancakes is ... Read more »