Brussels Sprout and Bacon Pasta

I can’t help but feel rather sorry for brussels sprouts. For unlike some of their more revered vegetable counterparts, they seem to be misjudged. Sure, when boiled to extinction they may be a tad tasteless, but when they feature in a flavoursome bacon-laden pasta, well they are rather delicious indeed!

Pasta doesn’t feature too often in our household, but when it does I like to make it special. And this brussels sprout and bacon pasta ended up being just that. Special.

Brussels sprouts, bacon, garlic and lemon, stirred through fusilli, resulting in a quick and easy weeknight meal.

Fresh, light and full of flavour!

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Brussels Sprout and Bacon Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
To serve
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
To serve
Instructions
  1. Preheat fry pan over a medium heat. Cook the bacon until golden brown, then set aside in a bowl lined with paper towel.
  2. Heat oil in the same frypan. Add the brussels, garlic and chilli, and cook - stirring - for 5 minutes or until the sprouts have softened.
  3. Return the bacon to the pan, along with the cooked pasta and reserved cooking liquid. Add the lemon juice and zest, and stir until heated through.
  4. Season, and serve with parmesan cheese.
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Brunch

IMG_1238 Brunch, that little meal squeezed in between breakfast and lunch, is fast becoming a weekend favourite in our house. Sure – long gone are the days when we could sleep til noon. In their place, a fairly rigid schedule with a certain little toddler that sees us up and moving by 7. At the latest.  IMG_1224 But our weekend mornings tend to be lazy, nevertheless, lingering over that first cup of tea or coffee – our appetites taking a while to fire up. On Sundays we also head to a morning swim class (for C) – where I make the most of an extra set of parental hands, and fit in some laps of my own. So brunch, has been the perfect weekend option for us lately. Yum cha is always a favourite, and the all-day breakfast cafes are also a hit when a craving for eggs strikes. Actually, it has been our goal to try lots of new places before the newest addition to our family arrives, and we still have quite a few more to tick off our list. But on this particular occasion, we were at home. After a jam-packed long weekend the weekend before, we found ourselves pottering around the house attending to the chores that had been put off for too long. The deck was oiled, the garden watered, and wallpaper was hung… And French toast was cooked. IMG_1221IMG_1222IMG_1223 I used 4 eggs, with a splash of milk and lots of pepper, then let slices of freshly baked sourdough work their magic and soak up all the mixture.  IMG_1225 Then it was into a pan – and cook for 3 or 4 minutes each side – until golden. IMG_1227IMG_1228 Made into a meal with some grilled bacon and tomatoes, avocado sprinkled with lemon pepper, and fresh strawberries. Oh, and maple syrup for the man of the house Winking smile IMG_1232 The little Miss was a big fan of the ‘eggy toast’ and dived in with gusto. Her favourite will, however, always be the bacon, and we were lucky to get any! IMG_1234 As for me? Well my love for the avocado + lemon pepper combination was rekindled, as was my love for French toast. Such a simple meal, all things considered, but a delicious food start to the day! IMG_1242 What about you? Are you a fan of brunch?

Chicken, bacon and potato bake – thanks to Pialligo Farm Smokehouse

Earlier this week, I collected some  bacon that I had generously been gifted by the Pialligo Farm Smokehouse.  Although considering it had just been judged ‘Australia’s BEST artisan bacon’ during Australian Bacon Week –- I am not surprised that they wanted to share the bacon love! (you can read more about it here). IMG_0237 Truthfully, I don’t know a great deal about smoking meats, but I do know that I like the end result! And I can’t help but be allured to  Pialligo Farm’s assurance that it takes a sustainable approach to the smoking process (using premium French oak wine barrels recycled into smoking chips), without any preservatives, colourings or artificial flavours are used. 219e393f9d3270cd91e7af50b2e89de2 And while I am a little late to the bacon party, I declared it bacon night in the BBB Household the other night, keen to taste and create something delicious with the Pialligo bacon. IMG_0238 The weather was far from mild outside, so I had only comfort food on the brain. I also had back to back meetings, and wanted something I could throw in the oven when I got home, and not really worry about, so that I could spend some time with the little one before she went to bed. Enter, this chicken, bacon and potato bake. Where the only real effort was in slicing the various ingredients, and part-cooking some. IMG_0241IMG_0239 Then, all I had to to was layer… IMG_0243IMG_0244IMG_0245IMG_0246 And pour over a ‘sauce’ mixture – which in this case, was skim milk, seeded mustard and a little vegetable stock. Topped with cheese, then into the oven for a couple hours (covered) until beautifully cooked through and golden brown on top. IMG_0248 Yes, my friends, this is comfort food in its purest form. And the Pialligo bacon absolutely shone through. Salty and smoky – and just pretty damn delicious really. A big thankyou to Pialligo Farm for the sample! So… tasty + preservative free + LOCAL = this product was a big winner in my book! What about you? What is your favourite ‘bacon’ meal? Pialligo’s  products are available at IGA (in Campbell and Ainslie), Deli Planet at the Fyshwick Markets, TwentyOne Café and Grocer at Nishi, More than Meat butchery at Westfield in Belconnen, and Essential Ingredient in Kingston – if you are interested!

Poached chicken with minted peas and bacon

I think I could sink a ship with the number of cookbooks I own. They are overflowing from the ‘designated’ shelves we built into our island bench. There is a pile next to the TV, some next to my bed, and quite a few tucked away in our library. Call it an addiction, or perhaps my curiosity. For I love to flick through the pages and mark which recipes I want to try. I am currently loving recipe books that focus on a specific cuisine – an Indian book being my latest purchase. And then there was this one… An impulse buy from Costco, I think, that appealed to me in its ‘clean living’ promise. And although I am far from ‘paleo’ (I love dairy too much….) the first recipe we tried was rather delicious indeed. Poached chicken with minted peas and bacon. IMG_9653 Simple, yes, but delicious. First – the poaching liquid. Chicken stock, lemon thyme, a lemon and a few bay leaves. Into which we placed some chicken breasts, and left them to poach. IMG_9651 Meanwhile, the ‘accompaniment’ came together with similar ease. Bacon and onion – cooked until crispy, followed by peas and fresh mint. IMG_9655 Then it was pulled together to create a lovely light meal. IMG_9658 Due to a toddler that is resisting ‘bed time’ – I perhaps left the chicken to poach a little long. It was a tad dry – but I loved the bay / lemon flavours nonetheless. IMG_9659 And as for those peas – well they were rather tasty. A little sweet – and a little salty (no doubt due to the bacon). IMG_9661 A nice mid-week meal indeed. What about you? Is your cookbook collection getting out of control?

A so-so soup

IMG_6638 I had high hopes for this soup. Few ingredients. IMG_6625 Simple to prepare. IMG_6626 And left to simmer throughout the afternoon. IMG_6627 Aka – another make ahead meal! IMG_6628 Sadly, however, it turned out rather ‘meh’. IMG_6629 A little too salty (from the bacon and stock), and even the addition of a little crème fraiche when served could not save the flavour. IMG_6630 So I’m calling this soup a “work in progress”. IMG_6633 For now at least Smile What about you? Had any kitchen ‘fails’ lately?