Who doesn’t love bacon? I made a sammich for lunch today and thought to myself, “how did the people of this world survive before ham?” I just don’t know how anyone could live life without cured smoked cuts of pork.
This weekend I was in Radium, BC for the Columbia Valley Classics Autumn Show and Shine. This was my third year going and I went with all the same peeps as last year so no new introductions necessary. (If you want to check out the rods I ride down there with, see my I Love This Car post from last year). This year was the 25th Anniversary of the show and even if death itself was knocking on my door I would not have missed it for the world. On top of being the best trip ever with my dearest Daddy-O, it is one of the most enlightening experiences I have ever been able to partake in. I had an endorphin rush all weekend and the biggest smile ever plastered on my face that I could not get rid of.
The people, the place, the drive down, my Mom and Dad and their friends to share my time with – I am truly one blessed individual. Who can knock this view? It’s the one time of year I don’t need an alarm clock to drag my ass out of bed. Almost like Christmas morning when you’re a kid but now I’m an adult and Santa delivers all these people and hot rods to Radium each year; there were over 1000 cars in the show. The weather was phenomenal and the highway between Radium and Invermere and the streets of both towns were absolutely PACKED with people waving and hooting; we’re celebrities when we drive in that parade.
Tess even made a new friend. a little Italian Greyhound/Chihuahua mix named Grayson that was rescued from Cali, it’s the first time in my life I’ve seen a dog like my girl Tess that’s got bigger ears than she does. You may notice a small notch in the top of his ear, his owner told me that the owners he was rescued from pierced his ears with large rings and they were ripped out in dog fights, man that got me steamed! So glad he has a new home where he’s shown love and affection.
Of course, I parked beside my bestest best love Dadski and we had another great time. “Another car show in the books, Kimberly” he looks over at me and says right before we take this picture. He’s there for me whenever I need him and never turns me down when I need help, he’s creative and full of ingenuity, he’s kind and loyal, he would give anyone he loves the shirt off his back. You may be thinking I’m describing the perfect specimen of a human being here but he’s also stubborn as a mule so trust me, he’s well balanced. I cannot even begin to express in words how much my Dad means to me; my eyes well with tears because he’s truly my hero. The Daughters are so lucky because I see it in their faces when they look at the Farmer too; there is no bond stronger.
I headed home in Harriet yesterday morning in the gorgeous sunshine with my tunes blaring and Tess cuddled up on my lap. I’m already counting down for next year because it is the time of my life. TIME. OF. MY. LIFE.
You may be wondering what all this has to do with hash but it actually has a lot to do with it; bacon is involved in all life always. After spending 5 hours in a tractor with no AC in 30 degree heat today I was really hungry tonight (starving actually) and I wanted something quick to make for supper. I came home with a pack of bacon from Radium because there was one less morning than bacon. Plus the Farmer had two chicken breasts left in the fridge so I decided to make a hash.
Last week I threw out a “what do you want to see?” post on my Facebook page and one of my cousin’s answers was quick and easy dinners. Well my friends, you cannot get much quicker and easier than this.
Hash is one of those catch-all terms that you can use when you fry a bunch of stuff together in a pan and call it dinner. Don’t be fooled though, it’s so tasty you’ll want to be hashing it up every night of the week. Besides this one, another of my favourite hashes is potato, sausage/bacon/ham, egg, green onion, and cheese. It’s the perfect mix of fats, carbs and protein and tastes like a scoop of heaven.
I chopped the chicken in cubes, sliced the bacon and added them both to a large skillet-style frying pan with a lid. Cook the meat until the chicken is done and, if you desire, drain some of the grease off. With farm raised bacon there’s really not a lot of grease there and what is there is great flavouring so I leave it in the pan.
Add about 1/2 cup of water to the pan along with the cubed sweet potato and cover on medium heat until the water is boiled away (about 7-10 minutes).
Remove the lid and stir everything around to marry all the wonderful flavours. Since there’s no fibrous carbs in it, I had a half plate of the Farmer Sr.’s cucumbers with it and that balanced out my dinner nicely.
Sweet Potato Chicken Bacon Hash
Yield: 2 servings
2 chicken breasts, cubed
1 medium sized sweet potato
5 slices of thick cut (preferably local raised) bacon, chopped
1/2 cup water
And that’s it! So simple, fast and delicious. Plus you can add whatever you’d like to it to suit your tastes – peppers, onions, carrots, apples or even hot sauce if you’re one of “those” people. I love bacon and sweet potatoes together because the sweetness of the potatoes matches so well with the richness of the bacon. It’s the same principle as maple syrup and bacon at breakfast!
I’ve been at this blog for over a year now and I see no signs of stopping. Thank you to all my followers and for all your comments. Blessing to all of you, I can’t believe September is almost over! Cheers, Kim.