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The bacon we ate in January

We need to talk about Bacon. About dates stuffed with almonds and wrapped in bacon. Water chestnuts wrapped in bacon. Tater tots wrapped in bacon. Pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon. Meatballs stuffed with jalapeno Havarti cheese wrapped in bacon. Cake…you guessed it…wrapped in bacon.

And those are just things wrapped in bacon. There are also crackers made with cheese and bacon, topped with delicate prawns. There are Hungarian biscuits made with butter and bacon. Balls of cream cheese rolled in bacon bits. Tiny maple bacon tarts. Quiche with bacon. Creamy bacon dip. Yams with bacon. Bacon bombs. We’re talking literal explosions of BACON.

We haven’t even touched on the facon. Bacon that isn’t bacon. Because it’s facon. Infused with coconut mystery and embedded in cornbread and macaroni cheese.

In the nearly five years of running this fabulous group (Summerland Bakers’ 5th anniversary is coming up at the end of April – should we have a party?), I continue to be awed by our collective culinary creativity. Thank you to everyone who answered the call of BACON, and to the glorious Lisa and the Summerland Waterfront Resort for once again hosting our giant January potluck. Before I begin with the photos, SAVE THE DATE for our upcoming gathering:

  • When: Wednesday, March 14th, about 6ish
  • Where: Maple Roch’s new location on Victoria Street
  • Theme: Canadian Classics. This can be a classic Canadian dish or something that features an iconic Canadian ingredient. Call shotgun if you’re doing Nanaimo bars or butter tarts, so we don’t have end up with too many.

Onward with the photos! There are several dishes that I’ve missed. When there are more than 20 of us at a meetup I get a little sensually overwhelmed and struggle to maintain focus.

Laura’s Five Cheese Mac n’ Cheese with 2 kinds of facon. I forgot to ask her what those were. No matter. It all came together in a cheesy, facony gooey delight.

We were treated to another of Denise’s one-of-a-kind recipes, this time her Brie, Applewood Bacon, Spicy Peach Chutney & Green Onion, Topped With Asiago Tarts.

Janice’s Bacon and Three Cheese Bombs. Mmmm…tiny bacon explosions.

It may have been her first Bakers meetup but Sheila really went for it with her Bacon Cheese Crackers topped with more bacon and sliced prawn cooked in Maple Roch syrup and Union Kitchen Habanero Sauce.

Dorthea’s Bacon Pecan Toffee Sticky Buns would be soooo good with ice cream.

If you’re ever thinking of making the ultimate Superbowl weekend menu, I would add Ingrid’s Bacon-Wrapped, Jalapeno Harvarti Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs.

Another one you may want to pair with a salad to make you feel better. Thank you to Tracy & Mackenzie for introducing us to Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots with Cheese & Brown Sugar.

Judith used Maple Roch Maple Syrup for her Balsamic Maple Bracon Strips.

Bourbon and Bacon – what a delight. These are Tracy’s Signature Cookies with Chocolate Bourbon Icing and BACON.

Kim aged her homemade coconut facon for three days in order to make her cornbread. This is a woman who once made her own marzipan to wrap around her homemade Battenberg cake. Aged facon is nothing to such culinary wizards.

These are Cream Cheese Bacon Balls, made by Judith. Don’t you just want to get a knife and smear the whole thing on a cracker?

I think these are Wendy’s Almond-stuffed dates wrapped in Bacon. Which means I didn’t get a photo of LeeAnna’s Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts. Be assured both were delicious.

Peter (also known as Peter the Brave for once again being the lone male among 25 women) made Hungarian Pogácsa, a bacon biscuit often made with lard and crackling, but for this is recipe used butter and bacon.

Lory’s Maple Bacon Butter Tarts could be the ultimate Canadian snack.

Mirjana’s Maple Bacon Cake was resplendent with both strips and sprinklings of bacon.

Maple Roch once again made an appearance for Betty-Ann’s Maple Bacon Crack.

Chantelle and Rylee’s Maple Bacon Chocolate Pecan Butter Tarts. Look at them. Imagine them. They were that good.

The delicious Bacon-wrapped Pork Tenderloin was brought by Lorraine, courtesy of her eldest son.

Classic Quiche Lorraine! Zero leftovers for this dish. Thank you, Theresa.

Sophia’s Sour Cream & Bacon Deviled Eggs. I’ve now made them twice, and I’d make them yet again.

Cathy gave her Spanokopita a “bacon twist.”

An example of the glorious bacon chaos upon a plate. The plate owner asked to remain anonymous.

Thank you everyone! Here’s to another year of decadence for no reason other than we can.


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Creative Indulgence Potluck – a new record!

Artisans of the OkanaganCreativity itself doesn’t care at all about results – the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process and let whatever happens next happen, without fussing too much about it. Work like a monk, or a mule, or some other representative metaphor for diligence. Love the work. Destiny will do what it wants with you, regardless. –Elizabeth Gilbert

Now that you’re feeling all inspired about the limitless joys of creativity, I’m here to tell you there is in fact a limit to creativity, and that stop sign looks a lot like this:

avocado shrimp jello salad

Look away, lest the green demon possess you!

This was the jiggling monstrosity known as the Avocado Shrimp Jello Salad, the recipe for which can be found in Sally Butcher’s Salmagundi. I assure you, the rest of the recipes look amazing, and I don’t know what possessed Butcher to include this recipe in her book. Lime jello with Tabasco sauce and chives, and that was before you add the olives, avocado and shrimp to the mix. When I think about it too hard, I still shudder.

March Meetup 2015Luckily, I did not allow anyone to taste the ASJS at our recent meetup. There was no question of any of us going hungry, since we set a NEW RECORD of foodie participants! The final count was 24.5, beating the old record by one adult and one confused looking infant.

A huge, overwhelmed thank you to the fantastic people of Artisans of the Okanagan for hosting our gathering. What a brilliant opportunity to meet with several of the artisans, tour the shop, ask questions, and indulge in the biggest range of goodies yet. From venison curry to opera cake, and homemade chocolate marshmallows to quiche and even homemade crackers.

The quote of the night was courtesy of the lovely Lisa L, who introduced her Lemon Crinkle Cookies thus:

“I Googled ‘best cookie recipe of all time.’ These aren’t them.”

Badum dum tss!


We had to dedicate a whole table just for desserts – that’s how awesome we are.

Another highlight of the evening for me was the stunning Opera Cake made my Carmen, and on her own birthday no less!

Opera Cake

Italian meringue, people! Layers of Italian meringue.

Some of the recipes from this most amazing meetup are starting to flow into my email box, and I will share them next time. If anyone desperately wants the recipe for the avocado shrimp jello salad, I will happily forward it to you. Otherwise, I shall leave it consigned to memory, where I hope it will be caught up in the current with one of those important facts I always seem to be forgetting, and be swept away into back and beyond of my subconscious, never to be thought of again.

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Well done, bakers! 2014 Summerland Fall Fair

I GOT A BLUE RIBBON! My cake may have been a disaster but I still got my very first blue ribbon for my sweet chilli jam! Cue the curvy woman dance, which is kind of like a wiggle with an undertone of ecstatic power.

Fall Fair 2014_6


While I was at the Fall Fair today, I ran into some fellow cake ladies and saw several familiar names on submissions. Well done to everyone who put forward their creations this year, and also to everyone who is supporting the Fall Fair by buying a ticket. It was a hive of activity this morning, which was great to see.

More fall fair baking photos did I hear you say? Well, alrighty then! Chantelle’s hard work and multiple submissions paid off! And I don’t know what those judges were thinking, not awarding a ribbon for Janice’s pumpkin pie. We ate that pie – it was awesome. I call for a recount! Hooray also for Kim and her excellent #piebomb! If I missed anyone I’m so sorry – it was hectic and there were so many things to look at! If you have Fall Fair photos to share, please post them on our Facebook page.

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Almost better than cake

Dale Matthews Amish BuggyEven I know that beauty isn’t always covered in chocolate ganache and whipped cream. The Summerland Art Gallery has opened in their new space on Main Street and it’s AMAZING!

Their first show is a collection of work by Dale Matthews. The Gallery’s Grand Re-opening celebration is this Saturday and you must go! If you need some foodie enticement there will be a pancake breakfast between 9am and 11am. But seriously  – don’t miss it.

Dale Matthews artwork

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