December 13, 2008

Bringin' Home the Bacon, Baby!

Well, you just knew it would be something like FAT to bring me to my senses.
It’s been a long summer, fall, and early winter, and I won’t make you clinch your teeth and roll your eyes with boredom filling you in with all the details and drama, but I find it amazing and yea, verily…natural…that a cookbook would snap me back to the truly important. Stuff like an utterly fascinating, informative, and wonderful cookbook….about fat.

Let’s think about bacon mayonnaise. Yes, you know you want to. Because I sure did…at 2:30 am, even after an Advil PM! Pondering a BLT sandwich, but not with lettuce… with arugula. And some grilled avocado. Heirloom tomatoes, that as far as I know, only exist in my 2:30 am mind, since there no decent markets around here….and some of this BACON FREAKIN’ MAYONNAISE!

Bacon Mayonnaise
Makes about 1/2 cup

1 egg yolk
3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup liquid bacon fat

Combine the egg yolk, mustard, and lemon juice in the small bowl of a food processor or in a blender and process to mix. Season with salt and pepper.
Have the bacon fat liquid, but not hot. With the machine running, gradually add the bacon fat until the mixture starts to stiffen and emulsify, about 2 minutes. Once it starts to emulsify, you can add the fat more quickly. If the mayonnaise is too thick, just blend in a 1 teaspoon of boiling water to thin it. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

From “Fat – An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes” by Jennifer McLagan

I love this book. I want to cook EVERYTHING in it. Jennifer McLagan is a genius and a wonderful writer.

I am so making “Salted Butter Tart” and not sharing.
(oh yes...I do not jest..)

BTW….I’ll going to try to be diligent about blogging again, but I’m not going to be actually cooking and baking and then blathering on about how good it is with really lame ass pictures. I am thinking I’d rather pontificate about food and eating, and merely offer the truly wonderful, occasional treat from my kitchen that you may actually find…useful. There are zillions of blogs with tremendously talented work going on and those are the bloggers/cooks/bakers that have the energy…I am merely semi-energized to do the same. But I do have a passion for food, for cooking, and I do want to share observations or whatever insanity manifests itself through my writing.

Let me know how it goes down with y’all. Thank you for all the kind emails about Molly, the encouragement, and yes, ragging on me to start blogging again. I appreciate it all. Yes, Liz, YOU. I’ll get up to speed…yea, verily…soon.

And make that bacon mayonnaise.

My action figure of Obama just arrived.


Lisa said...

YOU"RE BACK! I am so happy. I hope things are better with your family. Looking forwars to your posts. Now bacon mayonnaise sounds awesome.

Mary said...

Catherine, it's so good to have you back. I'm looking forward to what you have to say.

Zen Chef said...

Yay!! Catherine is back!.. And it's all because of bacon! That's fantastic! :-)

Now take it easy with that figurine of Obama. hehe.

Anj said...

So nice to see a post from you. I've missed your witty banter! Freakin' bacon mayonnaise?? Unbelievable I say. Welcome back, I look forward to you writing again.

Bellini Valli said...

It's great to have you back Catherine after all the trials and tribulations. Here's hoping that 2009 will the best EVER!!!!

Birdie said...

Yayyyyyyyy!!!!!! Your back and with bacon mayo no less!

Catherine Wilkinson said...

Lisa, (Mom of adorable kids)...bacon mayo rocks! Thank you!

Mary, thank you so very much...!

Zen...don't you worry...I think Michelle could kick my tail!

Anj, thank you! It's nice to be back!

Val, I plan on it!!

Birdie...I know how to make an entrance!

Peter M said...

Catherine, I was delighted to see you commenting and blogging again! Welcome back and bacon mayo is a fine way to "spread" the love!

lisaiscooking said...

So great that you're back! I want that book, and I don't even eat red meat.

Heather said...

I saw some Obama briefs in Vancouver that I really wanted to get for Scott. That's one sexy President.

Catherine Wilkinson said...

Peter, thank you, my Greek God! It's fun to think about food again!

lisa, awesome book, very educational about the myths about fat!

Heather...Oh, I can just see Scott now. Not really, I'm not a stalker! Ha!

Catherine Wilkinson said...

Peter, thank you, my Greek God! It's fun to think about food again!

lisa, awesome book, very educational about the myths about fat!

Heather...Oh, I can just see Scott now. Not really, I'm not a stalker! Ha!

Deborah said...

Welcome back!! And I can say this book would bring me back, too! That bacon mayonnaise is on my list for after I have this baby!

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