Seattle meets the NYT, take two
the story of Bacon Jam .....come to think of it, a day like today would be perfect for bacon jam. If only I could figure out where the Skillet wagon was hiding. . .if only it was still in Columbia City on Saturday afternoons. . . sigh. . .
I am so sorry that your food was confiscated! :-( I tried to bring a tub of Trader Joe's hummus on a plane and that was a no-no too. (I knew about liquid etc ... I didn't think hummus counted - but it is a "gel" according to them) I gave them my best cute - bewildered face and they scanned it with their magic wand and let me take it.)
Now I always pack a small insulated bag with gel bags that will easily fit in my check ins.
An interesting recipe from Not Quite Nigella
An Original Recipe by Not Quite Nigella
* 500grams/1 pound smoked bacon (or use regular bacon and liquid smoke)
* 4 cloves garlic, chopped
* 1 medium brown onion sliced
* 3 tablespoons brown sugar
* Tabasco sauce (according to taste)
* 1 cup coffee
* 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
* 1/4 cup maple syrup
* Black pepper to taste
* extra water
1. In a non stick pan, fry the bacon in batches until lightly browned and beginning to crisp. Using a pair of scissors cut into 1 inch pieces.
2. Fry the onion and garlic in the rendered bacon fat on medium heat until translucent.
bacon jam cooking
After 5 minutes of cooking
3. Transfer the bacon, onion and garlic into a heavy based cast iron pot and add the rest of the ingredients except for the water. Simmer for 2 hours adding 1/4 of a cup of water every 25-30 minutes or so and stirring.
bacon jam cooking 1 hour
After 30 minutes-1 hour of cooking
bacon jam cooking 2 hours
After 2 hours of cooking
4. When ready, cool for about 15-20 minutes and then place in a food processor. Pulse for 2-3 seconds so that you leave some texture to the “jam” or of course you could keep whizzing and make it a smoother and more paste like.