Saturday, February 4, 2012

Breakfast using Our Dehydrated Vegetables and Cured Bacon


My husband decided to cook a delicious smelling breakfast on this rainy Saturday morning using some of our dehydrated vegetables along with the bacon we processed ourselves. This was the more fatty part of the bacon that we left in chunks to add as flavoring in other dishes; however, it's also one of my husband's favorite parts.

He started with chopped onions in a pan with a bit of butter. Then he combined the bacon, along with a few of our dehydrated vegetables from last summer: celery, green and red peppers plus tomatoes. He added garlic and tequila. I know, that came as a surprise to me as well but the balsamic vinegar had congealed and he wanted to flavor his dish up a little. The alcohol cooks out anyway.


Here is a shot of the bacon mixture as he was cooking it. He likes his vegetables al dente. I'd love to give a review of the meal but I could not sample the end product since I appear to be suffering from some mild diverticulitis pain, probably from choosing soda over my normal water last week.

I linger over a single soda for hours so my liquid intake would have been drastically reduced. When will I learn? He thought the dish was pretty tasty so I will have to take his word for it. My coffee and yogurt were also delicious but I need to make a permanent change and get that kefir recipe out!

Happy Saturday and bon appetit.

11 comments:

Heidi said...

Yum! So sorry to hear you're hurting Kathy. I've been there. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Your hubby sure can cook. Please ask him how long it takes to soften up the dehy veggies. I haven't used them in anything that wasn't a soup or stew yet, but I'd sure like to.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

When I have used the potatoes in a casserole or cooking in something else hot we don't bother to rehydrate them, they will do it themselves. Other than that you can soak them in cold or hot water, hot working faster depending on what vegetable it is. It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours so find a good rehydration guide. Nesco's dehydrator comes with a guide for both dehydrating and rehydrating. Here is a nesco link http://nesco.com/customer_support/ It has recipes too, as well as rehydrating times. You can download it http://nesco.com/files/pdf/nah_adj_cu_manual_30001451_update_102011.pdf

Ames said...

Gosh I can almost taste it! How in the world did you process your own bacon? I am joining an organic co-op in my area. I can pick any veggies I want for $20.00 a box. And I just found out there is a u-pick blueberry patch just north of me. I may take a ride up and pick a few buckets full.I always keep them in the freezer and they are as fresh as the day I get them!~Ames

Candy C. said...

Dang, what a shame you couldn't enjoy that lovely breakfast with your hubby this morning! Take care and I hope you are back to yourself soon!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Ames- we don't live on a farm or anything but anyone can do this if you have a spare fridge and a good chest freezer. Read about it here http://movingontothepast.blogspot.com/2012/01/processing-pork-220-lbs.html

It's very time consuming. In another week there is another step plus we hang the big hams for a year. No refrigeration, like the kind you see hanging in burlap.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Candy, yes. I get this once in awhile but this time it's different. It hurts to touch my lower left side (abdomen) and it feels all puffed up inside like it's a blown up balloon. I think I might have to schedule an appointment.

Judie said...

Kathy, that really does look like my favorite breakfast! Sorry you are under the weather. I have been, as well, and am sooooo tired of feeling bad.

Heidi said...

Thanks so much Kathy. I have been clueless.

Heidi said...

Kathy,
I'm back again... I hope you know that I really enjoy reading your blog posts. I have learned alot from you ie: apple cider vinegar, how to rehydrate veggies, and your recent series of posts on hog processing and quilting. I have just awarded you the “VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD”. Congratulations! You deserve it! Please go to my blog to pick it up. Heidi
http://mysimplecountryliving.blogspot.com/2012/02/versatile-blogger-awardees.html

Clint Baker said...

My first time to your blog and I am really enjoying it. I hopped in because we had so many blog friends in common but now I am gonna have to follow. I got to this point though and am gonna have to go fix my breakfast now! LOL! Stop by the Redeemed Gardener blog.

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