Combine flour, sugar, cornmeal, and salt in a large bowl. Cut butter and add until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add ice water, one tablespoon at a time until pastry is moist enough to hold together. Form dough into a disc and wrap tightly in plastic. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Roll out dough, shaping it into a circle and place on the cookie sheet,
For the filling
In a pan, fry the bacon until crispy. Chop into slices about two inches long.
Sprinkle top of the dough with the sugar.
On the rolled out pastry, spread 3 tablespoons of the goat cheese, leaving about an inch and a half from the edge.
Arrange the bacon on top of the goat cheese.
In a circular formation, start placing the fig discs on top, overlapping if needed.
Fold the edges over the filling, leaving the center open.
In the center, sprinkle the remaining goat cheese.
In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, garlic, dried rosemary, salt and pepper. Season pork loin with this mixture, rubbing on all sides.
Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown pork loin on all sides by searing for about 2-3 minutes per side.
Let pork loin cool for a few minutes while you make the glaze. To make glaze, mix the fig jam, mustards and orange zest in a small bowl.
Wrap pork loin with bacon by laying one slice at a time crosswise over the top of the pork, tucking ends underneath the pork loin if able. Overlap edges of bacon slices partially. Continue until loin is fully covered with bacon.
Place bacon-wrapped loin in a slow cooker and top with fig glaze. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours, or until thoroughly cooked through with an internal temperature of 140 degrees F.
Prepare the Kung Pao sauce by stirring all the sauce ingredients together in a bowl until the sugar and cornstarch are dissolved. Set aside.
Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat until a drop of water sizzles and evaporates on contact. When hot enough, add bacon and cook until crisp on the outside and cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
Drain all but 1 tablespoon of bacon grease from the wok or skillet. Add chilis and stir-fry for about 30 seconds, until the oil becomes fragrant and the chilis have begun to blacken.
Add scallion whites, garlic and ginger and stir-fry for about 30 seconds. Add the red bell pepper and stir-fry for another 30 seconds. Add bacon back to the wok or skillet. Pour in the Kung Pao sauce and mix to coat the other ingredients. Stir in peanuts then transfer to serving plate and garnish with scallion greens on top.
This dish is delicious served over a bowl of steaming rice.
Add pork to a medium bowl, season with salt and toss with cornstarch until coated.
In a separate bowl, whisk garlic, ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, and pepper until blended; set aside.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tsp oil. Cook broccoli, green beans and white parts of green onion until tender, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
Return skillet to high heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. When the oil is almost smoking, add pork.
Cook pork until crispy and no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium heat, then return vegetables and add half the sauce to the pan.
Stir quickly to coat pork and vegetables in glaze. (Watch carefully- sauce can burn due to the sugar) Add remaining half of the sauce until you reach your desired sauciness.
Garnish with green onions. Enjoy.
This recipe is a wonderful template to play around with. Try adding other vegetables you like, such as bell peppers, asparagus, snap peas, carrots or mushrooms, or try adjust the heat-level of the sauce by adding in your favorite hot sauce or chilies.
In a bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: buttermilk, melted butter, and egg.
Whisk flour mixture into buttermilk mixture until moistened, with small to medium lumps remaining.
In a large cast-iron, nonstick skillet or on a griddle, cook bacon over medium-high until fat is rendered and bacon is browned on one side, about 5-6 minutes. Flip and cook until golden and crisp on the underside, about 1-3 minutes more.
Set bacon aside on paper towel-lined plate. Pour off all but 1 tsp fat from skillet, saving excess bacon fat in a container.
Heat skillet over medium. Pour 1/4 cup of batter into skillet and top each with a bacon slice.
Cook until some bubbles appear on top of pancakes and a few have burst, about 2 minutes. With a spatula, carefully flip the pancakes and cook until browned on the underside, about 2 minutes more.
Transfer to a platter, bacon side up, and loosely tent with foil.
Keep pancakes warm in the oven and repeat with remaining batter, adding more bacon fat if needed. Serve with pure maple syrup.