Scottish Style Lamb Liver & Bacon with Red Wine Gravy

Whatever happened to liver and bacon? Liver and bacon used to be a popular dish amongst home cooks back in the 19th and early 20th century.  Other than my grandmother making the occasional liver and onions dish, I can’t remember my mother ever touching the meat.  It seems that it has gone out of favor…

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Pasta Shells Tossed in Bacon & Fresh Tomato Sauce

Pasta, my greatest love… I can’t think of anything more comforting than curling up on the couch after a long day with a big bowl of pasta.  It’s my ultimate comfort food and nothing fires up the serotonin in my brain quite like carbs tossed in a tasty sauce and generously dusted with finely grated…

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Roasted onions with crispy bacon and blue stilton

Why Roasted Onions? Is it just me or have people forgotten about roasted onions as a side dish?  Sure, they are quartered and spread with other root vegetables at the bottom of a roasting tray alongside a gigantic roast where they are cooked until dry, burnt, and no longer edible.  But as a stand-alone side…

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Turkey stuffed with black pudding and pear

Turkey: the unforgiving bird Turkey is one of those meats that is hard to pull off.  No matter the brine, method of cooking or quality of the farm it was raised on, you will always struggle with the inevitable dryness. So why do we bother? Because it’s tradition! Can’t do Thanksgiving or Christmas without a…

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Crispy chicken thighs stuffed with apple and bacon

What’s on your shopping list? For me, I always buy chicken thighs.  No offense to the rest of the chicken, but these parts are effortlessly sumptuous. Not only that but thighs (and dark meat in general) are budget-friendly, versatile, culinarily forgiving and beloved by kids.  Chicken nuggets are great and all, but crispy roasted chicken…

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The Perfect Crispy Skin Salmon Salad with Avocado

The extraordinary lightness of a delicious salmon salad Perhaps it’s the constant heat here in Malaysia or perhaps I simply have had enough with cleaning dishes piled high but recently I have come around to a nice salmon salad for dinner.  For one, it’s easy to throw together after a long day.  No slow cooking,…

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Bacon, Almond and Herb Stuffing for Chicken or Turkey

My Nana made the best stuffing.  It was dark brown, mushy and looked like something the Adams Family might have a conversation with before eating it, but it was also damn good.  Digging into it was quite the adventure.  What was that I just found?  A bit of celery?  Sliced mushroom?  A scrap of turkey? …

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Roasted Balsamic Red Pepper, Bacon and Brie Sandwich

    Pasta, roast chicken or sandwich      Every time I ask for ideas of what to have for dinner, my husband replies with 3 options: pasta, roast chicken or sandwiches.  Now, I like sandwiches as much as the next person but when I ask for ideas, I want inspiration.  BUT there is only…

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Non-Traditional Cheesy and Foolproof Carbonara

    When I’m feeling particularly hedonistic, I find myself time and time again throwing together pasta carbonara for a decadent meal.  One day I found myself in the midst of putting it all together when I discovered that there just wasn’t enough Parmesan cheese to make it to my liking.  Still, the bacon was…

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Pork Loin Roasted with Bacon, Apple and Sage

      How much do I love this recipe?  Let me count the ways…   I love how easy it is to put together.  Cut up the apples and onions, place them around a pork loin coated in cider and sage, wrap in bacon and roast until juicy and tender.  Make an amazing sauce…

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup with Bacon & Red Pepper

        In terms of comfort, I can’t think of anything more soothing than a big bowl of tomato soup and some grilled cheese sandwiches.  Every bite feels like a cuddle with a baby or a puppy. When I’m in the dire need of cheering up, this is the soup recipe I turn…

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Bacon and Kimchi Pajeon (Savoury Korean Pancake)

Kimchi is everything in South Korea I have fond memories of my time in South Korea, particularly when it comes to food.  Aside from that wok-fried silkworm pupae, I ate on a dare, I never had a bad meal.   Everything was delicious, especially the kimchi (Korean fermented cabbage).  For anyone who knows about Korean food,…

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Spicepaw’s Spag Bol ( aka Spaghetti Bolognese)

The British Comfort Food Spaghetti Bolognese, aka spag bol, is not just pasta with meat sauce but is actually the ultimate comfort food in the UK. For a Brit, a plate of spaghetti bolognese tastes like childhood and a mother’s love and the comfort of coming in from the cold on a rainy day to…

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‘Mushrooms on Toast’ Cheesy Puff Pastry Parcels

Mushroom puff pastry consolidated This pastry is inspired by the British classic of mushrooms on toast.  I love mushrooms on toast especially with a poached egg on top.  However, like most of the best breakfast recipes around, I don’t like all that work.  Especially on a busy morning weekday when trying to rush out the…

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Marsala cream fettuccine w/bacon & mushrooms

The siren call of fettuccine I started to worry that I  would eat all of this fettuccine in Marsala cream before getting a decent photo of it.  In between takes, I was sneaking bites. It’s difficult not to be tempted by this plate of pasta.  As food goes, this is quite a sexy dish. I…

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Cheesy Bacon Pesto Breakfast Puff Pastries

Cheesy Bacon Pesto Breakfast Puff Pastries These breakfast pastries remind me of what I used to buy for breakfast in Poland.  Bacon, tomato and cheese melted in a crispy and buttery crust and paired with a nice cup of tea was just the thing to wake up to on a cold morning.  Make these ahead…

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Bacon, Brie and Green Chili Spring Rolls

           I don’t know about you but I sometimes go through food phases where I get an idea in my head and become obsessed with finding the perfect recipe for it. I’ve gone through biscuit phases, salsa phases, brownie phases, Mac n’ cheese phases, and the list goes on.    …

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Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sushi Rolls with Wasabi Mayo

Why on Earth would you make BLT sushi rolls? Years ago, I took a sushi-making class with a friend of mine. After the class, I started practicing my new skills.  I bought sushi-grade fish to roll up and experimented with different types of Korean gimbap.  Then, I started to think, ‘What else could I put…

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