Weekend Food Porn Part 3: Bacon & Eggs with Country Style Sweet Potatoes & Red Onion

Actually the small side of fruit began yesterday afternoon when I got tired of the birds eating all the ripe figs -- making lots of noise in the process -- so I picked some, staged two of them for the cute little brown mice who live in the rafters of the patio cover, and proceeded to dry the rest. Click all images for the high quality versions.

Ripe Figs
Ripe Figs

About 18 hours later at 120 degrees, they were done. Beatrice had already had her fair share, and then some.

Dried Figs
Dried Figs

I still have plenty of ripe ones. This was just a test run, but now I need to find a recipe for doing one of those fig cakes you see in deli sections sometime. Something like this, perhaps. Of course, seasonality and moderation is key. One thing is for sure: I much prefer dried to fresh figs.

So then I decided to fix some breakfast. Just the simple pleasure of hickory smoked bacon, eggs sunny side up, and country style potatoes using orange sweets with some red onion, fried up in the bacon fat (then drained so not overpowering with bacon flavor). The eggs were fried in butter.

Bacon eggs potatoes
Bacon, eggs & potatoes

The eggs are Trader Joe's jumbo free range brown eggs. I must say that these were very orange in color, comparatively and very tasty. The chickens must have gotten into some bugs, foiling the "all vegetarian diet" nonsense one sees on virtually all packages of eggs.

Afterward we enhanced the meal with a Primal Fuel shake mixed about 50/50 with raw whole milk & water.

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Comments

  1. The figs look like love hearts on the plate – for a second thought it was a Valentine’sDay breakfast but wrong month.

  2. Garth Whelan says:

    Your food porn is enough to convert most people.

  3. Figs. Holy shit, I had completely forgotten that those things existed. I know what I’m doing this week.

  4. ****FIIIIIGGGGGSSSSS******* (insert Homer Simpson like “donut” voice)

  5. My favourite recipe for dried figs is poached figs with mascarpone cheese. I’ve included a link to the recipe on food network – I originally saw the show (Bob Blumer). Hope it comes through, otherwise search figs mascarpone on their site and it comes up… The recipe calls for sugar, but people with a more paleo palate can probably do without, modify or cut down…
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/the-surreal-gourmet/poached-figs-with-mascarpone-recipe/index.html

  6. I ate a raw fig for the first time ever last month (prior to that I’d only seen the dried ones you buy at the store in a ring) and WOWOWOWOWOWOW was I in love! So juicy and sweet…but my local supermarket doesn’t stock them. Boooo.

  7. Oh. My. God. You had WHOLE MILK? AND you had some of that sinner’s WHEY!? You sir have lost my readership, you’re too anti-paleo for me. I’m going to go do 5 hours of tabata pushups, squats, and burpees to cleanse myself of this travesty to our religion.

    All jokes aside, that looks absolutely amazing. I’ve still never had sweet potatoes fried… only baked and nuked. Nuked ones taste just like baked ones, only faster! If I’ve been particularly strict lately, they taste really sweet… but if they’re fried, especially in bacon lard, what taste does that give them? I’ll have to get some so I can try that.

    • Jess, you asshole you :) Well if you like white potatoes done country as I do (far preferable to hash browns, provided done in bacon fat as they should be) then I do believe you’ll like these. It’s like this: white taters & yellow onion or sweets and red onion, but both done in the bacon fat.

      The differences are really pretty subtile. I might even like the sweets more….

  8. Zach Passman says:

    Fresh figs wrapped in bacon, dressed with olive oil and balsamic, and prepared in the oven are pretty easy to choke down. After 30 or 40 you almost get tired of them.

  9. porno izle says:

    Your food porn is enough to convert most people.

  10. First thing I read on a Monday morning and now I am drooling on my desk. Embarrassing.

  11. Vegetarian chickens? That is some stupid shit. I have 50 hens that I let out each morning to scratch in the dirt and eat grasshoppers. Their eggs yolks are almost radioactive orange. Those girls hit the door running each morning like a bunch of little dinosaurs to get at those bugs.

    • Elisabeth says:

      I’ve watched chickens steal the squirrel “innards” from the family dogs. They’d be more than bug-eaters if given half the chance.

  12. I’m with Chris on the embarrassing drooling. Don’t know how you feel about spaghetti squash, but I had an amazing one with a fig dressing this weekend. Went well with the medium rare grilled duck breast.

  13. Those figs are gorgeous looking! Alas the weather here in New England is turning cold and the rest of the figs on my little tree will not have time to ripen. They’re only about ping pong ball size. Too bad too as this was the best year I can remember with the tree just covered in figs.

  14. RE: Eggs. Funny you should mention the orange yolks. I have a farm just 2 miles away from me that is very small and personal. They only have local folks buying their stuff and the chickens are all running around whenever I go there. When they are out of something my backup is a farm 30 minutes away but I’d rather go to the closer one because it is more personal. The other farm, while not “commercial” does have a bed and breakfast attached and a restaurant. Everything is pastured and the sheep and cows are grass fed. However, I find that their egg yolks …surprisingly enough…are very orange compared to the smaller farm. Maybe they are getting better food ? I really would have thought my little farm was the better of the two.

  15. Amazing breakfast. Anything cooked in bacon fat has to be amazing, right?

    The only thing I would have added, with the figs, were a few of the birds eating that were eating the figs!

  16. About the store bought eggs, I sometimes wonder if they’re not as bad as I think they are compared to pastured ones from the farmer. Usually, the store bought ones are pale and yellow, but I recently had some that were a dark orange. Accident or design? If it’s by design, I wonder if they’re feeding them something to make them make orange eggs, or if they’re getting better nutrition. I’m naturally pessimistic about these things.

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