July 9, 2014

Bringing home the Bacon! #Oink

Bringing home the Bacon! #Oink Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

When Liz from Good Things emailed me about sampling Pialligo Farm Smokehouse Bacon, my inner chef stirred. Now this doesn’t happen often…. I guess it’s a side effect of working over a decade in the kitchen. These days the chef in me has softened a little, she now favours her floral aprons over the butchers’ blue & white striped aprons, & wears a headscarf rather than a skull cap, she’s also been known to sing show tunes and is partial to the odd dad joke.

“Why did the pig go into the kitchen?”
“He felt like bacon.”

 She enjoys getting up early to get the cream of the crop at the farmers markets, and home to spend the day fridge cleaning, pantry rearranging, roasting, baking and actually making use of her kitchen.

Bringing home the Bacon! #Oink Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

June 22-28 was Australian Bacon Week, I think every week should be bacon week, but bacon week is an initiative of Australian Pork to celebrate bacon, the world’s most popular meat (OK, well I made that bit up – but in any case, it should be!) and draw attention to the competition that local bacon producers face from imported products.

Soft Boiled Eggs w/ Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Soldiers
4 eggs
10 fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
5 bacon strips, halved lengthwise
Seasoning to taste

Drizzle oil or cooking spray asparagus, season accordingly. Wrap slices of bacon around each spear and secure ends with toothpicks.

Pan sear over medium heat for 4-6 minutes on each side or until bacon is crisp. Discard toothpicks.

Bringing home the Bacon! #Oink Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

The Berras very own Pialligo Farm Smokehouse cleaned up, they took out top honours at Australian Bacon Week winning ‘Australia’s BEST artisan bacon’! #boom Peter and Charlie, the owners at Pialligo Farm produce dry-cured bacon, using an age-old recipe brought to life with their secret blend of spices. BONUS…. There are no preservatives, colourings or artificial flavours.

Bringing home the Bacon! #Oink Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

So my bacon loving little buddies…. Piallogo Farm Bacon is delicious, smoky salty goodness, with a lingering sweetness, and sublime crunch… this my friends… is meat candy.

This delicious award-winning bacon was supplied with compliments from Charlie and Peter from Pialligo Farm. Thanks Fellas! 🙂

So tell me dear reader, do you love a good dad joke? If yes, share the love in the comment section below.


shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Erin | The Law Student's Wife - July 23, 2014 Reply

BEST WEEK EVER. Seriously! Can I have this for every meal please?

    Anna - July 23, 2014 Reply

    Hahahaha! Totes agree Erin. 🙂

Tamara - July 18, 2014 Reply

I love that there was a Bacon Week! Sounds like trouble…in a good way. The photos on this post are mouthwatering. What a simple, yet delicious dish. I’m sure the award-winning bacon didn’t hurt!

    Anna - July 19, 2014 Reply

    Haha… The best kinda travel Tamara. 🙂 Thanks for the compliments, and I do try to keep the food posts as simple as possible, cooking doesn’t need to be difficult to taste fantastic. But, you are right, using amazing ingredients certainly doesn’t hurt. 🙂 Happy travels to you.

Agness - July 18, 2014 Reply

I’m totally in love with boiled eggs, but I would say no to BACON 🙂 sorry :)! but it all looks so yummy!

    Anna - July 18, 2014 Reply

    Love me a boiled egg too Agness, however…. I don’t know too many people that would say no to bacon. 🙂 Guessing you are a vego. Hope you are enjoying your travels where ever you are in the world.

Amy @ Fearless Homemaker - July 18, 2014 Reply

Ooh, that bacon looks SO good! Actually, the whole meal looks delicious. YUM! (And love the smiling egg.) =)

    Anna - July 18, 2014 Reply

    Amy, it tasted amazingly good too. 🙂 Hahaha… that little smiley egg made some smiley people.
    Thanks for stopping by!

Olivia @ mademoiselleinsydney - July 17, 2014 Reply

Wow that bacon looks freakin’ pretty!!!! Would love to have some 🙂 I love good dad jokes but do not have any to share unfortunately !

    Anna - July 17, 2014 Reply

    Teehee… A fellow bacon loving dad joke buddy. #yay
    If you can get your hands on some of the Pialligo bacon Olivia, do, its unbelievable. Sooooo delicious.

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - July 15, 2014 Reply

oh my, please send that over for my breakfast! I think bacon is a condiment so this recipe is perfect for me 🙂

    Anna - July 15, 2014 Reply

    Done & done Tandy! 🙂 It really was a super delcious and tasty breakfast.

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl - July 15, 2014 Reply

The egg with the smiley! The recipe! The bacon! I love this post!

    Anna - July 15, 2014 Reply

    Cheers Pamela! 🙂 Not as adventurous as your cauliflower toastie, but equally as delicious. 🙂

My Inner Chick - July 15, 2014 Reply

DROOLING)))) in Minnesota.

LOVE that SMILE on that egg! Superb. x

    Anna - July 15, 2014 Reply

    YAY!!! Thats fantastic Kim. Happy hellos from Canberra to you over in Minnesota. 🙂

Sriprae - July 14, 2014 Reply

Oh yum!
Bacon is scrumptious…I would choose bacon over chocolate. Like you and Alice, I’m a runny egg fan, too. 🙂
Hope your week is a mighty terrific one!
Much love! xoxo

    Anna - July 14, 2014 Reply

    Totally would pick the bacon over chocolate too lovely Sriprae. 🙂 Wishing you a beautiful week, lots of loves. Xxx

Alice - July 12, 2014 Reply

Loving your description there of Meat Candy! Can I go one further and say these are the lollipops for carnivores. Ps, I’m a runny egg fan. Total brunch buddy!

    Anna - July 12, 2014 Reply

    Totally Alice… Brunch buddies + Dinner buddies + Wine buddies for sure.

Arpita@ TheGastronomicBong - July 12, 2014 Reply

I can’t tell you how delicious this looks!! Love bacon.. I definitely need to try it with asparagus.. 😀

    Anna - July 12, 2014 Reply

    Oh yay Arpita! Bit different than the standard toasted bread soldiers. 🙂 Happy bacon munching!

cityhippyfarmgirl - July 11, 2014 Reply

get out of town…there was a bacon week??!

All my dad jokes seem to leave one ear and out the other. Having two small boys there seems to be a steady supply of groan worthy jokes. Of which I love all of them 🙂

    Anna - July 11, 2014 Reply

    True story… There is an ACTUAL bacon week. 🙂
    LOL! Lucky you having a steady supply of dad jokes, as much as my colleagues love me and find my jokes amusing… I just dont seem to be able to get them to share their jokes. Sigh! 🙂

anotherday2paradise - July 11, 2014 Reply

I absolutely adore bacon. This bacon idea looks so scrumptious. I did get the joke. 😀

    Anna - July 11, 2014 Reply

    Oh yeah… Bacon is the business! It’s a nice alternative to bread using asparagus, I think it feels healthier. 🙂 LOL! Dad jokes rock.

Mandy - The Complete Book - July 10, 2014 Reply

Love your photos Anna! Gorgeous!
Pete would not survive 24 hours without bacon. When he is home we have it every single morning for breakfast!
Have a beautiful day dear and guess what… we are one sleep closer to your coming to visit! Woohoo!
Love and hugs to you across these damn big oceans separating us.
🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

    Anna - July 11, 2014 Reply

    Bless your darling Pete, breakie at your place sounds wonderful, bacon everyday. Yum! 🙂 WAWHOooo… The countdown is on… 450 odd days to go! Right back at chya Miss Mandy. Giant hugs! Xxx

Sarah @ The Woks of Life - July 10, 2014 Reply

Ooooooh. I absolutely LOVE anything in close proximity to a runny egg yolk. Asparagus and bacon? Yes please. This looks lovely!

    Anna - July 11, 2014 Reply

    Oh yeah, soft boiled eggs are the best, add some bacon into the mix… Heavenly! 🙂 Thanks for popping in Sarah, wishing you a fabulous day.

Krista - July 10, 2014 Reply

Oh girl, I like you heaps already but your oh-so-corny bacon joke had me chortling and thinking, “Gosh I love that crazy girl.” 🙂

    Anna - July 10, 2014 Reply

    Hahahaha…. 🙂 Yay, a fellow dad joke lover! That one went off in my office, made everyone of my colleagues laugh out loud. AND… Glad I made you laugh, right back at chya girlfriend. xx

Jean | Holy Smithereens - July 10, 2014 Reply

Yum yum yum! Bacon, eggs and asparagus never looked so decadent! I didn’t even realise it was Bacon Week. It should be Bacon day every day 🙂

    Anna - July 10, 2014 Reply

    How flippin fantastic are bacon & eggs?! Versatile and delicious too. 🙂 And I couldn’t agree more Jean, every day should be bacon day. 🙂

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - July 10, 2014 Reply

There was a bacon week? Why wasn’t this bigger news? 😛 I really must try this bacon!

    Anna - July 10, 2014 Reply

    Hahaha… Yep Lorraine, bacon week is a thing. 🙂 And what a wonderful week it was. Best bacon in Australia, def get on trying it, sooooo good!

Choc Chip Uru - July 10, 2014 Reply

Happy Bacon Breakfast day 😀
Makes me smile despite being a veg so you are obviously ecstatic!

Choc Chip Uru

    Anna - July 10, 2014 Reply

    Teehee… CCU, I admire you being a vego, I can’t imagine my life with bacon not in it. LOL!
    I am feeling pretty darn happy, the Pialligo bacon is a great life choice. Ha! 🙂

Hannah - July 10, 2014 Reply

Hahahaha! Classic dad joke! The best!

The bacon looks amazing definitely going to give it a go!!!!


    Anna - July 10, 2014 Reply

    I know right, tis one of my better dad jokes. 🙂 And you totes should, the bacon is super delicious. #oink

Kris johnston - July 10, 2014 Reply

There is a national bacon week? Holy bacon! That excites me… why did I not know about this? Can I celebrate still???
Awesome read shenannagans!

    Anna - July 10, 2014 Reply

    Yup… There is an official National Bacon Week Nizz, cool huh? 🙂 #holybacon LOL! Totes excites me too. I say yes to continued celebrations, every week should be bacon week. 🙂 Thanks for your support homeslice. xoxox

Hotly Spiced - July 9, 2014 Reply

Your images are stunning and I love the sound of this bacon. I always try to buy free-range bacon whenever I can. Your eggs look like the most wonderful start to the day – so perfectly cooked xx

    Anna - July 10, 2014 Reply

    Thanks Charlie! xx The really fantastic thing, the bacon tasted just as good too. 🙂
    Its totally worth spending the little extra on free range bacon, and the googies were delicious, oh how I love soft boiled eggs. #yarm

Fran - July 9, 2014 Reply

I have a lady at work who is the Dad Joke sharer in our workplace. And she just happens to sit next to me. So I hear em all, day in, day out. Some are good, some just plain awful, but bless her, she likes to make people laugh.

Bacon is my very favourite food in this whole entire world. In fact if its off a pig, it’s in my mouth…

You know what I mean.

    Anna - July 10, 2014 Reply

    Awh that’d be the best Fran, I’d love dad jokes on tap in my office. You’ll have to share some with me, always looking for new material. LOL!
    Haha… Oh I know what ya mean. Bacon is one of my ALL time fav foods. 🙂

ela@GrayApron - July 9, 2014 Reply

Happy looking bacon, there! Not to mention smiling eggs!

ela h.

    Anna - July 10, 2014 Reply

    One happy little belly, not to mention the tastebuds too. So delicious Ela. 🙂

Susan - July 9, 2014 Reply

I can vouch for the yummyness of this bacon, its just so tasty & without all those artificial additives. Where can we buy it? Ive been searching my local IGA, but alas…… no bacon.

    Anna - July 10, 2014 Reply

    Yep, its some mighty fine tasting bacon. 🙂
    I picked the bacon up from Essential Ingredient in Kingston, 225g worked out to about $7.00. But the IGA in Campbell and Ainslie, as well as the Fyshwick Markets also have it. Worth a trip across town I reckon.

Gary Lum (@Yummy_Lummy) - July 9, 2014 Reply

That looks fantastic

    Anna - July 9, 2014 Reply

    Tastes OH soooo good too Gary!

Lizzy (Good Things) - July 9, 2014 Reply

Aw, how absolutely delicious, Anna! Thanks for the shout out, love… next time just invite me for bacon brunch! xo

    Anna - July 9, 2014 Reply

    Hahaha… Deal lovely Liz! 🙂 And thanks for the delicious bacon, was amazingly yummy. Hope you are well and truely on the mend. Hugs. xx

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