bacon and hummus rice

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This is one of those dishes that tastes way better than it looks and that started off as a “fridge buffet” kind of meal. I had some leftover hummus that needed using up and I was also craving some bacon, so I came up with this. It turned out so unexpectedly super tasty that I thought I’d share it here.
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bacon basmati risotto


The other day I fancied a bit of risotto without making a whole whack of it like I usually do. So I came up with this “single serving” option using basmati rice. It turned out very nice though I didn’t actually measure stuff so just use the amount of rice you’d usually make for yourself with a bit more broth than you’d normally use if cooking it with water.

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fabada asturiana

I’d had a kilo bag of alubias blancas in the cupboard for ages and so finally decided to do something with them. But what? Foodie friends on Twitter suggested a Fabada Asturiana. This is traditionally made with fabes de la granga and saffron, but since I had alubias blancas I just went with those, and substituted paprika for saffron. Turns out alubias and fabes are the same thing, basically meaning “large white bean” in different regions of Spain. I think my large white beans were either haricot or cannellini (?). I also picked up a “fabada prep” vacuum-package at the supermarket, containing 300 grams of very serious looking chorizo and morcilla (black pudding) along with a chunk of fatty salt pork, or tocina. Love that they do this here. There is also a “puchero prep” pack available. One day… maybe.

As usual, when trying something new, I checked out a few different recipes on the internet and then did a sort of mash up while adding a twist or two of my own. And the result was very tasty indeed. Rich smoky flavour from the spicy pimentón, a lovely thick beany sauce and lots of meaty goodness. Perfect eating on a chilly January day.

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bacony leek & potato bake


Yesterday I saw some lovely looking leeks at the market and bought them without any idea of what I’d end up doing with them. In the end this is what I came up with – something autumny that included bacon, garlic and cheese. It was very tasty and easy to make, and quite nice comfort food…

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bacon & seta risotto

Yeah I know I should be low-carbing, but every now and then I just need a good ol’ carb fix and I can think of nothing more satisfying than a nice risotto. I had started making this one with broccoli florets, then thought to try it with fresh arrugula, as in this penne & arrugula dish, and it turned out fabulous.

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sprouts with bacon & pinenuts

This is the ultimate in sprouts recipes, that I discovered last year on Wandering Coyote’s Retorte blog. A few small changes have been made here. Fast and easy to prepare, it should convert even die-hard sprout haters. In part, I think, because cooking them sliced like this eliminates some of the strong sprouty flavour that some people don’t like. And then there’s the bacon…

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