Bacon jam and catching bats

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Have you ever tasted bacon jam??? It’s the greatest thing ever, really it is.  I tasted it for the first time at a restaurant a couple of years ago at a restaurant with some friends. We had a whole debate about it while reading the menu about whether or not it was in fact “jam” and it it!!! and it’s wonderful.  I googled bacon jam recipes and found this one.  I honestly do not remember which site I got it from because I basically highlighted the text and printed.  I have been trying to find the site on found it for the longest time and really have no idea so if anyone knows please let me know.

I’m someone who uses what I have I have on hand usually and I don’t go running out if I have a substitute.  For this recipe I put in a mixture or red and white onions the first time and it turn out great.  Also I only put 1Tbsp of whiskey not 2. Do with it what you wish.

I know it’s late in the BBQ season to share this recipe but we eat burgers all year round and this stuff is great on a baguette with brie, bagels, grilled cheese or panini.

 

 

Bacon Onion Jam

  • 1 package (375 g ) bacon, coarsely chopped
  • 3 cups chopped red onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp whiskey
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • dash cayenne pepper

In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until fat is rendered and bacon is lightly browned, about 20 minutes.  Remove all but 1 Tbsp fat from skillet.  Add onions, garlic, bay leaf.  Cook and stir until onions soften, 2-3 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients.  Stir to combine until sugar has dissolved about 5 minutes.  Reduce heat.  Simmer until liquid is syrupy, about 45 minutes.  Stir occasionally scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.  Remove skillet from heat.  Allow mixture to cool slightly.  Remove bay leaf.  Transfer to a food processor; pulse until no large pieces of bacon or onion remain.

 

 

On another note we went to New-Brunswick a few weeks back with my mom to visit my grandmother.  We slept in the basement spare bedroom.  Around 2am, I woke up to something lightly touching a hard surface.  I assumed it was Jagger. This guy is the worst sleeper ever.  He sleep walks, sleep talks, takes forever to fall asleep…  I was sleeping with him on an air mattress and next to us my mom and Penny on the bed.  I turned my phone on,  all his limbs were on the bed and he was fast asleep.  I turned the light off and not even one minute later the noise came back.  I turn the light on my phone on again. Now I was annoyed, I thought maybe it was mouse on the ground  and the noise I heard was it moving stuff around.  I could not see anything so I just start waving the light around everywhere and that’s when I saw it, A BAT!!!!!!!!!! flying around and the noise I was hearing was it flying into the walls!!!!!!

I was so confused about what was going on because to me this made no sense, a bat in a basement???? Yeah no.  I crawled to the other side of the room because it kept swooping down and all I kept picturing is it getting tangled in my hair like in the movies.  Apparently they don’t really do that in real life.  I tugged on my mom’s arm and whispered “Mom!!! mom!!!! there is a bat in the room”.  She was equally confused and when I shined a light on it she immediately said “turn the light on, they don’t like light!!!!”. I turned on the light and we watched this bat swoop from one side of the room to the next smashing into walls and ducking every time.

My mother asked me to googled how to get the bat out,  ha ha and so I did.  The first link I clicked on said to get a can and towel, place the can on the bat when it is still, use your hand if necessary to get the bat in the can.  I think not.  Put the towel on top and set it free outside.

I went upstairs, got a towel and unlocked the door.  Went back down and grabbed the garbage can that was in our room. I was not able to put this can when it settle down on the curtains. All I could picture was it flying toward me when it saw me get close.  I’m a weenie I know, obviously if I was alone with my kids I would have done it but my brave mother was there.  She put the can over the bat but it was hard to get it in the can.  The curtain rod ended up falling and waking Penny up.  My mom was telling her it was a bug because she is nice and didn’t want to scare her and I ruined it by looking at her with big eyes telling her “NO IT’S A BAT!!!!” it flew over her head and she yelled “It’s a bird!!!!”  it settle down again on the wall, my mom put the garbage over it and it completely freaked out. It was screeching and flying around in the can.  Eventually it settled down, we got a tray, switched places and slid the can onto the tray.

We quickly ran upstairs, went outside put the tray in the parking lot, mom lifted the garbage and ran.  The bat did not move and Penny yelled “you killed it!!!!” I tiptoed towards it and saw it move.  It flew away a couple of seconds later.  We went back down and attempted to go back to sleep . It was not the easiest I have to admit because every time I closed my eyes, I saw its face.

 

The next morning we told my grandmother who was shocked but not as much as I would expect. She then started to tell us about how at night she always sees a bunch of bats flying around the lamp posts, a neighbor found a dead bat in his tub and one had a bunch behind their shutters.  What on earth???????  For me, this was a first and hopefully last.

We also went to an Alpaca Farm and stopped at a sunflower field on the way back home.

 

Chantal
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