“There’s something about bacon. I don’t like pork at all,” she says.
Giving up other meats is easier for her, she says. But with young children and a meat-eating husband, she’s now abiding to a reducetarian lifestyle. Hallinan has gone through stages of being vegetarian or giving up red meat, but finds it easy to cook a roast and stick to the vegetables.
However, that smokey, fatty and sometimes sweet smell is too much for Hallinan. Bacon is seemingly endless with eye, streaky, shoulder and even jowl varieties, appearing in breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, as well as in desserts and sweet baking treats. In fact, there’s a kilogram of manuka-smoked streaky bacon sitting in Hallinan’s fridge at all times.