I'm not sure what happened to my three rashers of bacon that I had stowed away carefully to make this cheese and bacon braid. I doubt Mr NQN ate them because they require cooking and the poor boy doesn't know how to cook bacon.
You see I carefully timed making this bread. I've made it several times already and it reminds me of those old fashioned bacon and cheese rolls where you'd lift off the bacon and cheese from the top before having to eat the rest. These are inspired by those but are so, so much better. The reason for timing these is because they are almost impossible to stop eating. I once ate half of this braid without caring a jot. All of it while standing in front of the sink wearing my gym gear mind you which has become a rather disturbing habit...
In this recipe I used the Woolworths Gold sun dried tomato and red pepper relish which is a fourth generation family recipe using fire roasted red peppers. In the relish range there is also a cherry tomato & chilli relish, Spanish red onion relish and a beetroot and horseradish relish in the line. These relishes with their sweetness would stand up to the salty savouriness of a pesto and give this bread a flavour burst. Because if there is something that this bread has, it's plenty of the good bits!
Dear Reader, when you are driving and stopped in traffic, do you ever notice people next to you with a huge gap between them and the car in front of them? It seems to happen a lot in traffic and I often crane my neck around to see whether the driver is looking or paying attention. Usually they are looking straight ahead.
"Ghost cars," I said to Mr NQN one day. He turned and regarded me quizzically. I'm used to that look.
"Ghost cars! They can see ghost cars when we can't!" I said as a way to explain the car length gap between cars. Whilst I don't see ghost cars, I could swear that I saw ghost bacon in my fridge.
And yes this is a pushy recipe but one with a caveat. Please don't blame me if you can't stop eating it! :)
So tell me Dear Reader, do you like lots of flavours or fillings in bread? And have you ever noticed the ghost car gap?