Bacon Cinnamon Buns <3

 

Bacon. Cinnamon. Buns.

It’s as amazing as it sounds.

Why do I have an obsession with Bacon?

Why do I strongly believe that Bacon is the best food in the world?

My daddy. My dad loves Bacon, ipso-facto, I love Bacon. As does my amazing Boyfriend Chris (who is driving me crazy right this second!!!!)

So, when I have an oppurtunity to take something delicious and Baconize it, I do not hesitate.

Don’t forget to cook the bacon for about 2 minutes on each side before using it in the Cinnamon rolls.

I made these one Sunday morning for Chris and I we each started with one but ended up having two each because they are SO good. But, I won’t be making them often because they are very unhealthy, and impossible to not eat right away.

Om nom nom.

 

BTW- I did not come up with this idea (although I wish I had). I found it on the blog Rainy Day Gal while stumbling. Man I love StumbleUpon.

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Bacon & Egg Toast Cups

Wow! I feel like I made these in another life time. It was about a month that I made these, one morning I woke up and remembered seeing these on Foodgawker, so I made them.

They were quick, and yummy. Not something I would make often because it is a lot of work for bacon, eggs, and toast, but it was a nice little treat. If you are hosting a brunch they would be a great idea for how to wow your guests with something everyone will enjoy.

Bacon & Eggs in Toast Cups

Prep Time: 7 mins | Cook Time: 12 mins | Servings: 6 cups | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices of bread
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheese
  • salt & pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin pan with butter non-stick spray.

2. Using a cookie cutter, cut circles out of bread slices about 3 inches in diameter. (I confess I do not have a cookie cutter so I use the lid to my tub of orzo pasta and just cut around the edges ;D)

3. Take bread circles and press them into the muffin pan, set aside.

4. Heat a large skillet on medium-high. Cook bacon on the skillet until partially cooked but still pliable, about 3 minutes.

5. Shape bacon strips into the toast cups, fill with 1 Tbs of shredded cheese. Place in the oven for 5 minutes, allowing the bacon to toast just a little more. Remove from oven.

6. Crack your egg and separate out most of the egg white. Drop eggs into the cups, sprinkle with salt & pepper to taste. Place back in the oven and cook until white begins to set, about another 8 – 10 minutes. The yolk should be creamy.

7. Remove from oven when done and pop out using a spoon, serve warm.
Source: http://thenoshery.com/2009/03/29/a-two-bite-breakfast/

Now the best thing about this post, is that I have finally found an easy way to copy recipes onto the blog without having to type it all out again. I use an IPad app called Paprika, it is fantastic. I should have figured this out before, but you can email recipes from Paprika, which is how Chris’s mom and I exchange recipes, and so in order to put recipes in my blog all I have to do is email them to myself and copy/paste them here. UGH. I can’t believe this took me so long to figure out.

It’s one of those things that takes one second to figure out, but you never really think about so you don’t realize it until a time like now when it is embarassing that you’ve waited so long to figure it out. Like when you were younger and realized how a Lava lamp works…. Yepp, one of those moments.

 

Well, while the bacon, egg, and toast cups were a nice little treat. The ‘Beef and Mushroom Burgers’ we had the next night were not.

I would give the Beef and Mushroom Burgers a 4 of 10 star rating.  They were rather bland, or so I found. Chris liked them more than I did, but he said they were nothing he would make again. Nice to try but nothing worth raving over.

Beef and Mushroom Cheeseburgers

Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 10 mins | Servings: 4 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 8 cremini mushrooms
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 lb (454 g) extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) cayenne pepper
  • 4 slices Cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups (500 mL) baby arugula
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 whole grain kaiser rolls, halved and toasted

Directions:

In food processor, finely chop mushrooms with onion; scrape into large bowl.

Add beef, thyme, mustard, salt, and black and cayenne peppers; mix until combined. Shape into four 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick patties.

Place on greased grill or in grill pan over medium-high heat; close lid and cook, turning once, until digital rapid-read thermometer inserted sideways into centre of each reads 160°F (71°C), 10 to 12 minutes.

Top each patty with cheese. Sandwich with arugula and tomatoes in rolls.

Nutritional Info:

Nutritional Info Per serving: about – cal 451 pro 36 g total fat 18 g sat. fat 8 g carb 39 g fibre 7 g chol 82 mg sodium 780 mg potassium 914 mg % RDI: – calcium 25 iron 33 vit A 18 vit C 22 folate

Source: http://www.canadianliving.com/food/quick_and_easy/beef_and_mushroom_cheeseburgers.php

Tequila Lime Grilled Pork & Mexican Green Rice

This is a recipe that was passed on to me from Chris’s mum. It is a pork tenderloin in a Tequila Lime BBQ sauce that Chris’s mum got at Sobey’s, and rice with cilantro, green onion, and jalepeno peppers. It was easy to make, and the pork was really good.

The rice, however, was not very good because Chris didn’t listen to me when I told him to cut the seeds out of the jalepeno peppers. Eating the rice was like eating fire- that is the closest comparison I can make.

Overall, I was not impressed with the meal because I ate my pork first and then got to the lava rice, which ruined it all for me, and I had no pork left to wash down the spicy jalepeno.

This here ^^ is my breakfast the next morning. I spread nutella and jam onto a wrap, than put a banana with the curved ends bitten off in the middle to wrap up. =D

Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

Wow, it feels like forever ago that Chris and I made these. It wasn’t planned or anything, just one day Chris asked what I wanted for breakfast and the blog I had seen about these popped right into my head… and since we had all the ingredients on hand, we made them.

The blog I found them on: http://www.bigredkitchen.com/2010/06/cinnamon-roll-pancakes.html while stumbling, of course!

It didn’t take long to make, which is great for Saturday morning, and the clean up afterwards was minimal (unlike the caramel apple cheesecake we made last night!). We used the pre-made pancake, just-add-water-stuff, which cut a lot of time out as well. Putting the cinnamon mixture and icing mixture in plastic baggies over tumblers was an idea from the blog with the recipe, and I have used the techique for many things since- great idea!

This is a pancake on the griddle, they looked so pretty until it was time to flip…. flipping took a while to get used to, but eventually Chris mastered it.

These are the pancakes in the oven staying warm. You can see how the flipping improved as we went, some are mis-shappen mishaps, but the ones we did later on actually look good 🙂

Here is my finished plate, everything was good, I sliced up some strawberries and banana’s to go with the pancakes, and as we settled in to eat them I took a few bites then suddenly remembered- I hate pancakes!! I HATE them, hate hate hate pancakes! But… I ate my entire plate, surprisingly.

I won’t make them again any time soon, since I hate pancakes, but Chris really liked them, so they will be made again… and I have to admit the icing was yummy 🙂

That night, we didn’t really feel like cooking, but Chris made some chicken for us to eat, I was so proud of him, It was a bone-in, skin-on chicken thigh, and he lifted the skin to put in garlic and onions for a richer flavour, and cooked it in a honey sauce…. it was really good- I was shocked (not that it tasted good, I knew it would, but at his technique)! 

I love him! ❤

The Craziness that is Comic Con!

My last week has been ABSOLUTELY insane.

Last Wednesday, my day began like usual… class, class, more class, oh! and another class. After 6 hours of class and a three hour break before 3 more hours of class, I get a little exhausted and have very little time to make fancy dinners. So, I made sweet potato fries from scratch (served with home-made chipotle mayo), and Broc/Cauli Cheddar Omelettes.

Omelette w Sweet Potato fries

My sweet potato fries are really simple, I peel the potatoes then cut them into french frie sizes, then toss in olive oil, Franks hot sauce, and a bit of freshly ground black pepper. To cook, I bake them at 450 for about 8 minutes, flip and cook them for about 10 minutes. This time around, I cut them a little to thickly and so they were a bit soggy be still YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY!! The Chipotle mayo is simply mayo, franks hot sauce, and Chipotle seasonings- I have also made it with ground up chipotle in adobo, but prefer the seasoning.

The omelettes are SUPER SIMPLE. I used the Green Giant Broc/Cauli Cheddar frozen vegetable side that you can get in the freezer at most grocers, cooked that according to the package directions and used it as my omelette fillings, melting some mozz. on top 🙂

After dinner I went to my night class, and when I got home from night class things got CRAZY for me. My boyfriend started to freak out about me not having my passport renewed (we are going to Greece this summer) so we (he) decided that I had to go home righht away. I caught the Red-Eye Greyhound to Toronto, and Thursday becomes a blur. 2 hours sleep, go get passport photo, go get father-in-law-to-be to sign them, go to passport office (which smells AWEFUL), sleep 2 hours, ESSAY ESSAY ESSAY! For dinner, even though I had planned an amazing St. Patty’s day dinner that I couldn’t make, I ended up breaking my Lent (I knew going into Lent that the weekend I went home would not work because of Comic Con). For dinner we got poutines at a new Poutine restraunt downtown Brampton. If you ever find yourself in Brampton, go to the Poutine place downtown!! We had these with burgers and Green Beer while watching the 4 hour Destination Truth special!

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were purely dedicated to COMIC CON!! My father is a cartoonist (on the side of his normal job, owning/operating Aquality Fish) and so we have a booth at Comic Con (and Fan Expo, and a bunch of other conventions of this type). The business is called “Blockheadz!”- check them out at www.ghotigod.com or on their facebook page “Are you a Blockhead… I am!”… they are really, very cool unique gift ideas and collectors peices!!

(thats me in front of the Blockheadz! booth)

With Comic Con going on, there is no time for cooking ANYTHING. My weekend was full of junk food, crap, and CHIPOTLE FRIES, which is what I will end on for today. Chipotle Fries are fantastic, gooey, yummy, spicy fries that you can get at the Direct Energy Centre in TO, which is where Comic Con is held. Last year, we fell in love with them. By we, I mean everyone that comes out to support Blockheadz! This year they weren’t as good as last year- but were still our valued chipotle fries!!