Monthly Archives: January 2012

Bacon, Rosemary and Tomato Pasta

Source: Design*Sponge, Melissa Clark

Now that the rush of the holidays are over, we are starting to settle back into our daily routine, still quite busy, just not holidays busy. I’m forever in search of recipes that are quick and flavourful for an easy meal. This recipe is great for a busy weeknight, or just a day you don’t feel up to slaving over a big meal. The first time I made it I was surprised just how quickly it came together, all done in the time it took to boil the pasta.

8 ounces Pasta, shape of your choice
3 ounces Bacon, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
1 large, bushy sprig of Fresh Rosemary
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
pinch of crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Kosher Salt and freshly Ground Black Pepper
about 1 1/2 cups Grape Tomatoes, cut in half
*or 3 medium Tomatoes, cored and chopped
Balsamic Vinegar

1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of heavily salted water.
2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, leaving the grease in the pan (if it looks really greasy, spoon some out; you just need a thin layer, enough to sauté the garlic without burning).
3. Add the rosemary, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to the skillet and cook until garlic is lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and let the sauce simmer until the pasta is cooked. Season aggressively with more salt and black pepper. If it tastes flat, add a few drops of vinegar.
* I am quite fond of balsamic vinegar, and added about 1-1 1/2 tablespoons. Season to your personal taste.
4. Drain the pasta and top with the sauce. Sprinkle with bacon, and herbs if you wish.


Banana Bread

Source: My Mum, Andrea

This is one of my most used recipes. My Mum used to make it a lot when I was growing up. I guess there isn’t anything particular unique about this banana bread, but it is simple and delicious.

This loaf is best hot from the oven while the top is still crispy, with a little butter. Just let cool for about 10-15 minutes before slicing.

1/2 cup Margarine
3/4 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1-1 1/4 cups Mashed Banana
1 3/4 cups Flour
2 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
* 1/2-1 cup chocolate chips or walnuts, optional

1. Preheat oven to 350°F
2. Blend together Margarine and Sugar
3. Beat Eggs, add to sugar mixture
4. Add Mashed Bananas, beat ingredients together
5. Sift together dry ingredients (Flour, Baking Powder and Salt), add in parts to sugar mixture, beating after each addition
6. Add in Chocolate Chips or Walnuts, if you wish
7. Pour batter into greased loaf pan
8. Bake for 1 hour, or until the loaf pulls away from the sides of the pan