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Saturday
Feb222014

Arborio Carbonara

I'm a big fan of using Arborio Rice in place of pasta. You literally cook it the same way you would cook any dry pasta, in a pot a well-salted boiling water, for about 11 minutes until al dente, and then drain.

Feel free to double the recipe (when I double the recipe I use three eggs), which will make enough for two people, plus leave you with leftovers for lunch the next day.

Arborio Carbonara

1 C Arborio Rice

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

pinch chili flakes

4 strips of bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 egg

salt and pepper, to taste

Parmigiano, grated, to taste

- bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil - add Arborio Rice and cook 11 minutes, or until al dente

- while rice is cooking, heat olive oil in a pan - add garlic, chili flakes and bacon - cook until bacon is almost crispy

- while bacon is cooking, whisk egg, salt and pepper in a bowl

- drain rice and add it to the pan with the bacon - *DO NOT DRAIN FAT* - mix well - you want to coat all of the rice with bacon fat - add the bacon/rice mix to the bowl with the whisked egg - stir well to coat evenly with egg - add a couple of handfuls of grated Parm and mix well - serve hot with more grated cheese on top

* It may sound kind of gross to leave the bacon fat in this dish but, I'm sorry to say, it's a key ingredient (I'm not really sorry to say that). The hot bacon fat emulsifies with the raw egg, turning it into a glorious, silky, delicious sauce. Just go to the gym one extra time and you'll be fine.

Friday
Jan102014

#TKLucky7 Recipe #5 - Bacon-Wrapped Rice Noodle ‘Sushi’ with Dates and Blue Cheese

Bacon-Wrapped Rice Noodle ‘Sushi’ with Dates and Blue Cheese

Ingredients

1 package Thai Kitchen Thin Rice Noodles

1 199mL bottle Thai Kitchen Chili and Ginger Dipping Sauce

36 Medjool dates

1/2 C blue cheese, crumbled

Thai Kitchen Roasted Red Chili Paste (no exact measurement – amount is to taste)

17 strips of bacon, sliced in half lengthwise

toothpicks

 - Preheat oven to 425º

- Bring a large pot of water to a boil – add Thai Kitchen Thin Rice Noodles to water and remove pot from heat – soak 3 minutes – drain noodles and toss with entire bottle of Thai Kitchen Chili and Ginger Dipping Sauce – set noodles aside to cool

- With a paring knife, make a small slit down the length of each date – remove pits – stuff a small piece of blue cheese into each date and top with a smear of Thai Kitchen Roasted Red Chili Paste

- On two baking sheets, lay out strips of bacon – gather rice noodles into small loose balls in your hand and place on top of each strip of bacon – top each pile of Thai Kitchen Thin Rice Noodles with a stuffed date – bring bacon around the top of each date and secure with a toothpick – bake 18-20 minutes until bacon is crispy – serve warm or cool with more sauce on the side for dipping

 

 Thin Rice Noodles, about to be tossed with Chiili and Ginger Dipping Sauce. I coated the noodles with sauce to give them a little extra flavour boost then set them aside to cool while I assembled the dates.

 

 

To pit dates, just make a small slit down one side with a paring knife and gently squeeze the date between your thumb and your index finger. You can then easily pop the pit out with the tip of your knife.

 

 

Stilton, bacon, Roasted Red Chili Paste and dates. Together at last.

 

 

I crumbled my blue cheese, stuffed as much as I could inside each date and then topped the cheese with a smear of chili paste.

 

 

Dates are stuffed and ready to go.

 

 

Lay out your strip of bacon, top with a small pile of rice noodles and a stuffed date, then wrap the bacon around the top of the date and secure the ends with a toothpick.

 

 

A perfect little party appetizer that pairs beautifully with a glass of Champagne.

***This blog post is sponsored by Thai Kitchen Canada***

To learn more about Thai Kitchen Canada products, please visit www.thaikitchencanada.ca.

Sunday
Oct202013

Makin' Bacon

BACON.

Along with donuts, cannoli and foie gras, it's on our top 10 list of things to make this fall-winter.

Last week, I bought Michael Ruhlman's Twenty and lo and behold! A step by step recipe for homemade bacon with photos.

A quick tweet to Getaway (our fab Meat Mongers at the Seaport Market) and BAM - a 5lb pork belly wrapped and waiting for me.

We have to wait 7 days. 7 excruciatingly long (yet exciting) days for the bacon to cure.

Next Sunday's breakfast is going to be OFF THE CHARTS.