I, like many of you, have been victim of the pinterest ‘nailed it’ – you know where you see a gorgeous / super cute / nifty idea on pinterest, it seems simple enough, but in real life – ends up a mess…
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Pinterest, and I am inspired daily by the gorgeous food photography and delicious recipes. But I have generated a certain reluctance to try some of the grander ideas I see.
I have however had two great successes:
- Make-ahead pancake mix for camping: you make your pancake batter, store in a plastic sandwich/freezer bag knotted at the top, and nip the corner with a pair of scissors to pour onto your hot skottel or frying pan over gas cooker when ready to cook. Works like a charm. Only trick is to keep any monkey’s by your campsite from stealing your banana fillings ;).
- Aaaand… Cooking Bacon in the Oven
To cook your bacon in the oven, you will need, a baking sheet, tinfoil, a metal cooling rack, non-stick cooking spray and paper towels.
I just love the simple genius of this idea – no standing over a hot stove dodging sputtering bacon grease – crispy, hassle-free bacon!
I usually opt for rindless back bacon. And a cooling rack on a baking tray allows excess fat to drip away (the tin foil is there to limit clean up).
- pack of bacon
- shallow baking sheet
- metal cooling rack
- non-stick cooking spray
- paper towels
- Preheat the oven to 200°C.
- Line the baking sheet with tinfoil. Use a baking sheet with edges to contain the bacon drippings and that your cooling rack fits within the sides.
- Place the metal cooling rack on the lined sheet and coat with non-stick cooking spray.
- Place the bacon slices in a single layer on the rack (no overlaps).
- Transfer to the preheated oven and cook for 17 – 20 minutes (keep an eye on it, cooking tiem depends on on the thickness of the bacon and how crispy you like it), turn once after about 12 minutes.
- When the bacon is golden brown and crispy – it’s done.
- Remove from the oven and transfer to paper towels to soak up any excess fat.
Some meal ideas to turn your cooked bacon into: