12 Weeks Of Christmas | Week 8: Bacon-Wrapped Dates

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Don’t go by how these look- I know they don’t look too pretty. But I guarantee they taste wonderful! A perfect combination of salty & sweet, gooey & crunchy. And it takes just half an hour to put together, including the baking time.

This recipe comes from Anna at The Yellow Table, one of the inspirations behind this series. What I love about Anna’s blog is her focus on entertaining, and how to put together menus and parties for every occasion. She has some great appetizer recipes, ranging from ridiculously easy (like this one!) to more sophisticated but still simple stuff like crostini.

The dates soften and caramelize a little during their time in the oven, and the bacon strips get nice and crispy- it’s a pretty much to-die-for combination. I pitted the dates and added some slivered almonds in the middle, but you can use cheese, too- that would make for a more indulgent bite!

So seriously- the next time you have a party, ditch the chip & dip, trash the tartines and avoid the antipasti. (It’s been awhile since I alliterated, folks! I was itching to!) Just wrap some dates in bacon and stick ‘em in the oven like so. Your guests (a long as they’re not vegetarian/vegan) will be happy.

BACON-WRAPPED DATES (From The Yellow Table.)

INGREDIENTS

  • 30 dates, pitted
  • 30 almond slivers
  • 450 grams bacon strips, each strip cut into thirds

METHOD

  • Preheat the oven to 190 C
  • Place an almond sliver in the middle of each date.
  • Wrap each date in a strip of bacon, wrapping the ends under.
  • Place on a baking tray/sheet, and bake at 190 C for 15 mins until the bacon is crisp and golden.
  • Cool before serving.
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Foodless Friday: Five Things

Foodless Friday after a month long hiatus! Here’s what I’ve been:

Reading: The New Potato. It’s my new favourite site for foodie features! Love the approach and aesthetic.

Watching: BB’s final episode Felina, again. It’s still sinking in that Walt is dead.

Listening to: A nicer version of We Can’t Stop.

Laughing at: Brides who throw cats!! 

Loving: This pretty floral recipe box from Rifle Paper Co.

image courtesy | riflepaperco.com

image courtesy | riflepaperco.com

Enjoy your weekend!

A Catching Up Post With Stuff I Like

It’s been close to two weeks since I posted. And I feel myself falling into that blog limbo where you have been away, you haven’t posted, and you keep looking for something interesting to blog about, and then find excuses not to. Other people will just call it procrastination! (I am still trying to Eat My Frog, folks.)

I was on vacation in Kerala, so that took up some of my time, and I was unable to post. It’s at times like these that an editorial calendar and banking lots of posts for a rainy day helps. I’ll be sharing some of those pictures and a recipe tomorrow.

For now, a roundup of some stuff I have been loving across the web…

Living in Bombay means making do with small spaces and cooking out of small kitchens. But, like many other people put there, I do have my own little vision of a dream kitchen. And I never pass up a kitchen tour online! I wouldn’t mind white stone interiors like this cottage kitchen in Greece. So naturally beautiful!

image courtesy | thekitchn.com

image courtesy | thekitchn.com

When I do build my ideal kitchen one day, I sooo want to have a breakfast bar like this one.

image courtesy | decoist.com, Kaplan Thompson Architects

image courtesy | decoist.com, Kaplan Thompson Architects

Another cute kitchen is from this bed and breakfast in the movie Leap Year. It’s a fun movie, starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode, following the two as they trek from one spot in Ireland to the next. I loved the decorative plate-wall in the kitchen of the little bed & breakfast they stayed in. And the lovely Grace from Design*Sponge had pictures!

image courtesy | designsponge.com

image courtesy | designsponge.com

And I love this tour of Food52 founder and writer Amanda Hesser’s NYC kitchen. What I love most? Her chopping station, designed specially to accommodate her petite frame.

From kitchens to the pros who inhabit them…quick snapshot of celebrity chefs and their take on food trends from the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival courtesy Popsugar. Cronuts were much discussed!


And I know I may be waking up a little late to the Momofuku Milk Bar phenomenon, but I have to admit Christina Tosi is my new girl crush. Anyone who can add potato chips and pretzels to a cookie is some kinda awesome.

image courtesy | newyorker.com

image courtesy | newyorker.com

Protein has a fun video.

And last, but not least: 2 books I’d like to get my hands on.

Perfect by Felicity Cloake and Cooking For Mr Latte by Amanda Hesser.