Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Broiled polenta, peanut butter bacon bars and prison restaurant

Broiled polenta with chickpeas in red curry sauce
Today's Food Diary
Breakfast: Missed
Lunch: Broiled polenta with chickpeas in red curry sauce
Dinner: Pickled mustard carrots, flaxseed chili sourdough bread
Baking/sweets: flaxseed chili sourdough bread

I broiled the polenta to get a nice char and hopefully improved taste. The char certainly improved the visual appeal but unfortunately had little or no impact on taste. I now wonder whether this was worth the effort. It probably would have been if I was to serve this dish in a restaurant. Lesson learnt!

On the other hand the flaxseed chili sourdough was great. While the heat from the chili was very mild the chili did impart an interesting flavor which I cannot describe in words. Unlike broiling the polenta which seemed wasted effort the addition of chili helped the bread look and taste good. I certainly will be making this again.

Today's Favourite Photo
Peanut Butter and Bacon Bars

Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: BBC
In 2009 Al Crisci, a British chef, opened a new gourmet restaurant called The Clink in the middle a Category B prison. His goal was to rehabilitate prisoners by teaching them to cook, to wait tables and behave in the correct way. The Clink has managed to serve better quality food without blowing the budget. I found one sentence in the article particularly interesting “It’s been proven that a healthy diet improves behaviour.” I know healthy diet makes us healthy, obviously, but I didn’t realize that it influences behavior. I think that gives us an even greater incentive to eat healthy. If you are interested in reading more, there is an Institute for Food, Brain and Behaviour.  


  1. My sister would drool over those peanut butter bacon bars!

  2. Wow, those sound amazing and so over the top. Peanut butter and chocolate with bacon? Sounds so savory and sweet!

  3. Peanut butter and bacon? That sounds unique, then add chocolates in the mix then thats crazy delicious!

  4. Peanut butter and bacon is possibly the strangest yet most brilliant combination I have ever heard of :)

  5. Peanut butter with bacon?! Whatever next! Sounds delicious though... I must try this!