Something New #50 and #51 – Bacon and Making Mayon

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April 20, 2011 by Darlene McC

For #50 I wanted to do something good that feels good.  Something to tease the mind and please the body.  Something epic.  Instead, it’s something bacon.

I feel like every nerd loves bacon; it’s like it’s own religion.  I have multiple friends who can spout a half dozen bacon quotes from Homer Simpson alone.  They, of course, became envious and awed by this:

Something New #50 – Caramelized Bacon

I recently became the exuberant owner of The Essential New York Times Cookbook, and it’s awesome.  On Sunday one of my friends whose committed to helping me on my SN adventure suggested we flip through and make a spread of little bites from the book and find Something New.  We discovered, on page 93, this delicious bite:

1 pound bacon
one 1-pound box light brown sugar
1/4 cup water

2. Heat the overn to 400 degrees.  Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.  Dump a box of brown sugar into a big bowl… Add 1/4 cup of water, so that the sugar becomes more than damp but less than soupy.  Some bacon carmelizers add a dash of cayenne pepper, but I think this makes the dish too nutritious.

3. Dredge teh bacon in the sugar, one slice at a time.

You get the idea.  You go on to bake it to the consistency that you like your bacon to be.  Result: awesome.  I didn’t take a picture before we devoured it, sorry.

Something New #50 – Making Mayon

When I’m not acting or working on books or whatever, I actually get a pay check working on a contract crafting manuals for disaster management software (yes, really) with the Sahana Software Foundation‘s Agasti Mayon project.

Our project is nearing its first release and I was tapped to make a few “marketing” videos to show off what we’ve been doing.  While I helped produce Skip Trace I’ve never done it all by my lonesome, and I’ve never edited before, but Monday I put my first effort at both out into the world:

Feedback has been good; and while I’m not about to step up into major film or anything I’ve got 3 more videos in the series coming down the pipe.  I’ll be sure to post them up for your enjoyment.

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  1. […] not the whole week since Monday was the Making Mayon video; but most of the week.  While I have been doing more than just eating and cooking and going […]

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