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Burgers, bubbles and beats at The Pop-up Bacon Bar

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Word on the street is that The Bacon Pop-up Bar (situated right next door to us) is throwing a swine soirée in the warm-up to Bastille Festival 2014!

There will be the most incredible burgers, delicious Miss Molly Bubbly and beats by Newton & Co: a 4 piece band, acoustically driven with guitar & violin.

See the banner for more details below. We’ll be there, will you?

Burgers Bubbles & Beats @ The Bacon Bar

Bacon and beauty

Friday, June 13th, 2014

How does a bacon sandwich followed by a mani and pedi sound? Like heaven. Next door to us you’ll find The Bacon Pop-up Bar, and guess what? The back terrace is a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from our fabulous day spa, B.gorgeous.

So gather the girls for a bacon and bubbly lunch, then head to us for a spoiling. (Plan a special date for when we re-open from 7 July).

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Bacon, lettuce and tomato pizza by Neil Jewell

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

You lucky things! Neil Jewell has agreed to share his recipe for his utterly delectable BLT pizza – bacon purée included! Of course, you’ll need the best bacon in the universe to make it – don’t worry, it’s easy to get, here you go: www.baconofthemonth.co.za

Bacon, lettuce and tomato pizza
Pizza dough
500 gram white bread flour
5 gram salt
5 gram fresh yeast
Water as needed
Olive oil
Method
Dissolve the yeast in 125ml water; add a generous splash of olive oil. Then combine the salt & flour in a large bowl. Add the yeast, mixing well to form a soft and slightly sticky dough.
Turn onto table and work well till the dough starts to pull away from table, stretching, twisting and turning.
Cover with cling film and allow to rest for 30-60 minutes. Once this time period is up portion into 120 gram balls. You can leave the balls to rest in the fridge till needed, or roll out to desired size.
Bacon purée
300 gram bacon off-cuts
300 gram mirepoix (leek, celery, onion, garlic & carrot)
Method
Cook the bacon, allowing to colour slightly, add the mirepiox and continue cooking allowing to colour. Cook down over a low heat, for about 60 minutes.
Remove from heat, cool slightly then puree in blender adding a small amount of iced water to emulsify.
Dill-pickled tomatoes
1.2 kg water
1 kg peeled baby tomatoes
100 gram untreated salt
Large handful fresh dill
2 cloves fresh garlic
Method
Bring the water and salt to the boil, dissolving the salt. Add the dill and garlic. Pour over the peeled baby tomatoes, cover bowl and allow to cool.
Semi-dried tomatoes
Remove the skins from the tomatoes. Allow to dry overnight in a low oven
To assemble
Heat your oven to 200 ºC. Then roll out your pizza base, to desired size, par bake in the oven for 3 to 5 minutes. While this is happening, pre-cook half a packet of the best quality streaky bacon in a pan, till just slightly coloured.
Remove the base from the oven and smear with the bacon purée. Then top with a mixture of the prepared tomatoes, torn buffalo mozzarella, and streaky bacon, and return to oven to bake for further 4-6 minutes.
Once sizzling and bubbly, take the pizza out of the oven and top with shredded cos lettuce leaves tossed in a mustard dressing.

Bacon, lettuce and tomato pizza

BLT pizza

Pizza dough
500 gram white bread flour
5 gram salt
5 gram fresh yeast
Water as needed
Olive oil

Method
Dissolve the yeast in 125ml water; add a generous splash of olive oil. Then combine the salt & flour in a large bowl. Add the yeast, mixing well to form a soft and slightly sticky dough.

Turn onto table and work well till the dough starts to pull away from table, stretching, twisting and turning.

Cover with cling film and allow to rest for 30-60 minutes. Once this time period is up portion into 120 gram balls. You can leave the balls to rest in the fridge till needed, or roll out to desired size.

Bacon purée
300 gram bacon off-cuts
300 gram mirepoix (leek, celery, onion, garlic & carrot)

Method
Cook the bacon, allowing to colour slightly, add the mirepiox and continue cooking allowing to colour. Cook down over a low heat, for about 60 minutes.

Remove from heat, cool slightly then puree in blender adding a small amount of iced water to emulsify.

Dill-pickled tomatoes
1.2 kg water
1 kg peeled baby tomatoes
100 gram untreated salt
Large handful fresh dill
2 cloves fresh garlic

Method
Bring the water and salt to the boil, dissolving the salt. Add the dill and garlic. Pour over the peeled baby tomatoes, cover bowl and allow to cool.

Semi-dried tomatoes
Remove the skins from the tomatoes. Allow to dry overnight in a low oven.

To assemble
Heat your oven to 200 ºC. Then roll out your pizza base, to desired size, par bake in the oven for 3 to 5 minutes. While this is happening, pre-cook half a packet of the best quality streaky bacon in a pan, till just slightly coloured.

Remove the base from the oven and smear with the bacon purée. Then top with a mixture of the prepared tomatoes, torn buffalo mozzarella, and streaky bacon, and return to oven to bake for further 4-6 minutes.

Once sizzling and bubbly, take the pizza out of the oven and top with shredded cos lettuce leaves tossed in a mustard dressing.

Bacon sandwiches cure hangovers

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

This may seem obvious to anyone who has tried it. But now there’s scientific proof that a bacon sandwich can make you feel better after a night of indulging.

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Elin Roberts, of Newcastle University’s Centre for Life said: “Bread is high in carbohydrates and bacon is full of protein, which breaks down into amino acids. Your body needs these amino acids, so eating them will make you feel good.”

“Bingeing on alcohol depletes neurotransmitters too, but bacon contains a high level of aminos which tops these up, giving you a clearer head.”

It’s also said that researchers also found a complex chemical interaction in the cooking of bacon produces the winning combination of taste and smell which is almost irresistible.

There you have it. Though, make it a good sandwich. Use the best, most delicious bread, farm butter,  and Neil Jewell’s artisan bacon. That’s it. You don’t need anything else.

Or, let us make it for you at Bread & Wine’s deli counter.

The rise of the Flexitarians

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Pescatarians, vegetarians, fruitarians – and finally a sensible diet, flexitarian. What is this? “Carnivores who are happy to eat only the best quality meat but those who feel equally happy with a plate of pure veg.”

Yip, that means no more meats plumped up with water and chemicals. Instead, pasture-reared pork/beef/chicken where the animal has lived a good life and the meat is so much better for it.

In its extreme, flexitarianists are vegetarians who occasionally indulge in meat.

It’s said that :’ This movement will be driven further by chefs at the top of chain intent on developing vegetable driven menus, chefs like Alexis Gauthier and his Vegetronic cuisine: non-vegetarian vegetable tasting menus with dishes such as carrots lovingly bathed in lamb juices. Could we see Vegetarians opting to take part in Meaty Fridays? One day of the week when bacon is allowed?”

Well, if you can only eat bacon one day of the week – then you had better make sure it’s the best, artisan bacon available, free of the nasties and full on the taste. Check out www.baconofthemonth.co.za

Take a look what blogger extraordinaire Matt Allison made with one of his many Bacon of the Month instalments, a delicious homemade quattro stagioni
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Bacon of the Month Club

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

“Mirror Mirror on the wall who is the fairest rasher of them all?”

The clever folks at Bread & Wine on Môreson have come up with a pearler of an idea. Bacon of the Month Club.  Yip. Bacon once a month; and not just any bacon, Neil – his royal porkness – Jewell’s artisan bacon. Free of the nasties and full on the taste. (Follow them on Twitter to get updates from the bacon universe.)

The first of the 12 bacons - tastes just like Christmas

The first of the 12 bacons - tastes just like Christmas

So what does this mean? Twelve months; twelve different bacons. From the obvious to the obscure. From the norm to the fantastic. From Plain ‘Don’t Do Us No Flava’s’ to Green ‘What the Seuss’ Bacon. Fabulousness! All of the bacons are developed and produced by Neil ‘His Royal Porkness’ Jewell.

Peaked your interest? Bacon of the Month Club memberships are limited and available on a first-come first-served basis. Rasher on over to their site, fill in your deets and they’ll be in touch, go to: www.baconofthemonth.co.za

The FoodWineDesign Fair 2013

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Neil ‘His Royal Porkness’ Jewell and Môreson Wines are in Joburg for The FoodWineDesign Fair 2013, which is running from 8-10 November.

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The boutique outdoor market, on the rooftop of the Hyde Park Corner shopping centre features ‘the best local furniture crafters, artisan products, top wine labels, microbreweries and speciality foods.’

“We have a living stand,” says general manager of LQF, Linda Coltart. “One wall is full of flowers and herbs and the other is covered in Polaroid pictures of our guests taking the first bites of the bacon sandwich.”

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“We’re launching our new Bacon of the Month Club! We started out with CBC-cured bacon [craft beer]. And today we’ll have Asian-flavoured bacon. On Saturday and Sunday, come and try our Chardonnay-cured bacon as well as our famous original bacon—all grilled on The Big Green Egg.”

Peaked your interest? Go to www.baconofthemonth.co.za. The full website will be going live soon, but on the landing page you’ll find out a bit more about what our Bacon of the Month Club is doing. In addition to this you’ll be able to fill in your email address so that we can make sure you’re kept in the loop regarding launch dates, membership prices and general information about the BEST CLUB EVER.

Remember: if it’s not bacon it’s not kosher.