While the smell of baking bread is one of my favourites, I had never got around to getting someone to teach me or the bravery to attempt it on my own. A friend of mine once brought home made buns to a volunteer work party and I admit I was greedy, gobbling them up. I asked her if she would share the recipe if it wasn’t too difficult and ended up arranging an afternoon of baking at her place with a few other volunteers.
While I will need some practice in forming the buns and loaf, they still tasted so wonderful and a wonderful sense of accomplishment of having finally tackled this from my “To Bake/Cook” list.
My current go to quick comfort food: Spaghetti aglio e olio or garlic and olive oil. This time with yellow zucchini. With all this garlic, I am hoping to ward off cold and germs. #safefromvampires
#Kitchenconfession: I often use chopsticks to eat spaghetti. But really, considering where noodles supposedly originated from…
One of the great things about twitter has been finding like-minded folks and the opportunity to learn wonderful things which includes food lovers from around the world who are generous in sharing their knowledge and recipes.
I first encountered @FoodGuruChannel on either a food chat or a travel chat, and I was able to give her some recommendations for places to try when she and her family headed up to Vancouver and Whistler BC for a few days of holidays. With her twitter stream, I saw many delicious things and this Autumn, she posted a picture of Tomato Bacon Jam that she had received from @Farminista’s Feast . Tomato B A C O N jam!!
Intrigued, I looked up the recipe and decided it wasn’t too difficult… I just needed to get the tomatoes from the farmers’ market.
SAVOURY TOMATO-BACON JAM
- 6 pieces cooked, smoked bacon; finely chopped
- 2 pounds ripe tomatoes, chopped* – see note below
- 1 sweet yellow onion, finely diced
- 1 cup white sugar*
- 2 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoons sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 dash cayenne pepper
- Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on paper towels. You can slice up the bacon before cooking or crumble bacon strips when cool.
- Stir tomatoes, sweet onion, sugar, apple cider vinegar, salt, black pepper, and hot sauce together in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Stir in chopped bacon and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the spread is very thick, about 1 hour. Adjust salt and black pepper.
The one thing I do love about cooking is that you can adjust to your own tastes to what you know you like, as well as to what ingredients you have on hand. This would also account for what time of season it is and what type of tomatoes you can find. I have always loved tomatoes and even as a kid, I’d be happy to just cut them into wedges, sprinkle with salt and snack away. I think Heirloom tomatoes are great like that, and to let their great colours show through. This could be fun to do with all yellow or orange tomatoes to let the colour of the bacon contrast against the rest of the jam (and maybe this is when I would stick with white sugar only). There is also a note in the recipe about seeding and peeling the tomatoes; I like texture so kept the skins on and seeded about half the tomatoes so the texture was just right for me.
- Brown sugar for depth of flavour – next go round, I think I will try 1/2 cup of each white and brown sugars
- Shallots because I had them
- Garlic because I love the flavour
- Woodford Reserve Bourbon for a touch of vanilla sweetness
- Bowmore Islay Single Malt Legend Whisky for a touch of smoke
- Liquid smoke because I wasn’t able to get the double smoked bacon
- Spray of balsamic bacon vinegar
There are a few other bacon jam recipes that I have collected that I will need to try, and I will post about them here 🙂
Like @FoodGuruChannel, my favourite way to have this jam has been spread on a good bread as a base for a grilled cheese sandwich. MMmmmmmmmm!
Have you had any recipes that you saw on twitter that you just had to try?