Braised Asparagus with Bacon and Goat Cheese; puppies – 2 years later

This is what happens when it’s cold and rainy for too many days in a row.

And when the dishes are mon mari’s choice for a special dinner.

Along with the Lamb Steaks with Rosemary Mustard, we had this…

How can you go wrong with creamy goat cheese and bacon?

Braised Asparagus with Bacon and Goat Cheese

Total time: 15 minutes


  • 12oz (360gr) asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2oz (60gr) bacon, chopped
  • 3 tbs soft, creamy goat cheese
  • 2 tbs chopped chives
  • 2 tbs Greek yogurt

Asparagus with Bacon and Goat Cheese


  • Heat oil in a large skillet.
  • Add asparagus, cover and braise over medium heat until starting to brown,, 8 – 10 minutes.
  • In a small skillet, fry bacon until crisp. Drain any excess fat
  • Add chives, goat cheese, yogurt and heat through.
  • Remove asparagus, spoon Bacon Goat Cheese over the top and serve.

Two years ago our girl dogs came to live with us.

It’s been interesting, frustrating, funny and rewarding.

They’re not nearly as well-trained and obedient as I had hoped they would be by now…..

But they are much better than I ever thought they would be.

I know longer tell Bonnie what a ‘bad girl’ she is while I pet her.

She still runs away, but not as far, and now she comes back a wee bit faster when I call.

She still gets a little confused about some of the commands – when I put her in a ‘stay’ she only stays until I get too far away or she thinks it’s time for the treat. Then she comes charging at me and sits.


Guapa was always better at the commands.

So good, in fact, that she constantly tries to guess what’s next.  If I’m not fast enough to suit her in our training sessions she does what she thinks will get her a treat. Sometimes she bounces from a ‘sit’ to a ‘down’ to a ‘sit’ to a ‘down’ so fast I’m laughing too hard to actually get back to work.

Regardless of how good they are in the actual training sessions, though, it still doesn’t seem to carry through to real life – like when the refrigerator-repair guy came to the house today and my commands to sit fell on deaf ears.

Remember how cute they were when they were just little puppies?


6 thoughts on “Braised Asparagus with Bacon and Goat Cheese; puppies – 2 years later”

  1. Oh Katie so good to have that goat chess and bacon sauce! I have just the thing to use that with!
    I remember when our golden was a puppy, the trainer said if you think it’s cute with a puppy you must always ask yourself if you will think it’s cute when he weights 90 pounds. I found that helpful, not sure the puppy did.

  2. Tanna, I’ve always had big dogs so I know that well… Doesn’t help when they’re such cute puppies though. After 2 years mine (ours?) are fairly well behaved…

    Kate, I can’t either… I’ve only been without for 2 years, right after we moved here… Before Sedi adopted us.

    Ina, thanks – we do rather like bacon…. and goat cheese.

    Zoomie, yes, cute – but they were supposed to have much shorter coats! Lots of grooming needed.

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