Everyone in the US seems to be bacon-crazy lately, despite the food police declaiming that it’s only a few degrees safer than arsenic.
I don’t use a lot of bacon….
I use a lot of ham (there are 3 types).
Well, not a lot, really. It has so much more flavor than bacon that a little goes a long way.
I’m talking about dry-cured ham… Prosciutto, Serrano, Bayonne styles of ham, not the big pink ham one bakes for Christmas.
Bacon is not popular here.
I can buy sliced bacon – 1 choice of very thin, not very flavorful bacon; or chopped bacon – 1 choice of the same.
For the dry-cured ham I have a choice of 30 plus hams in the meat counter waiting to be sliced ranging in price from $5.00 per lb to $35.00 per lb or more.
And this is France….. In Spain there would be twice that many.
I usually buy the Bayonne, as it is reasonably priced and relatively local. In my recipes I usually call for Prosciutto, because most people are familiar with it. Any dry-cured ham works as a substitute.
Or even bacon.
As to the ham I bake for Christmas….. I order that from England.
That’s also not popular here, although there are usually 5 or 6 ‘pressed’ hams in the meat counter that are sliced thinly for sandwiches.
Honey Mustard Acorn Squash
Total time: 35 minutes
- 1 small acorn squash, cleaned and quartered from stem end
- 2 tsp olive oil, divided
- 4 tsp butter
- 2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
- 2 tbs honey
- 8 sage leaves, roughly chopped
- 2 slices prosciutto or other dry-cured ham, torn into small pieces
- Brush squash with a bit of olive oil, place on a baking tray and bake in 400F (200C) oven for 25 minutes or until done.
- 10 minutes before squash is ready:
- Mix mustard and honey.
- Heat remaining olive oil in a small skillet
- Add ham, sage leaves and fry until crisp, about 5 minutes.
- Remove squash from oven. Place 1 tsp butter in each quarter.
- Spoon 1 1/2 tsp honey / mustard on top of the butter.
- Bake 2 – 3 minutes longer.
- Remove and put on plates. Drizzle remaining honey / mustard over the top, garnish with ham, sage and serve.
I haven’t taken any new photos of the girls lately – so here you are:
Are all dogs ‘door dogs’?
My two absolutely love to lie in doorways. Even better if they can lie on either side, totally blocking it for human traffic.
Maybe they’re trying to train the humans to offer treats for safe passage.
They don’t move easily…. Usually, one just gets the ‘step around me, you idiot’ look.
They were not pleased with this photo (don’t you hate it when someone takes candid shots?)
So here’s a proper Bonnie:
And a better Guapa:
I had to put their scruffy winter rugs down, replacing the pretty summer rugs. Winter rugs take a lot of abuse with the mud.
They have scruffy winter beds, too.