The Guy Behind The Bacon

I’m Chris, videographer, photographer, recipe developer and creator of Don’t Go Bacon My Heart. Otherwise known as ‘the guy behind the bacon’. Hi 🙂

chris collins don't go bacon my heart

DGBMH is a blog totally dedicated to comfort food.

It breaks my heart (excuse the pun) when I hear people say that cooking is boring or stressful, because I truly believe it shouldn’t be. I’m a firm believer that food should be fun and bring endless amounts of joy, not just to make, but also to eat. In such case I’ve made it my mission to spread the love and create easy, delicious and hearty home cooked recipes.

I’m also a firm believer that you can lead a perfectly fit and healthy life and still put an entire cup of cream in your pasta. You won’t find any gluten free fat free calorie free quinoa salads here 🙂

Don't Go Bacon My Heart

So how did you end up here?

I don’t want to start with the cliche ‘I’ve always loved food’, but it really is true. From way back when I was a young warthog cooking up some real experimental pasta sauces, to now where I’m essentially still doing the same, food has led the way for me.

And it still did right up to a couple years back when I discovered the wonders of Instagram. It’s funny, I guess you can pin all this down to one photo I uploaded. In hindsight it was (/is… It’s still alive on my private account for memorabilia) a truly awful photo of an average dinner I made that night. I think it maybe got 5/6 comments saying how delicious it looked and at that very moment, I felt like a michelin star chef destined to be a world famous food blogger.

But in all seriousness, that’s all it took. A little nudge from some friends which gave me a tiny bit of confidence and I took it and ran with it. Over the next couple of years I made a separate instagram dedicated to food, which developed to a website and what now can only be described as my pride and joy. That and my full-time job, which is pretty cool.

Since taking on the blog full time I’ve had the opportunity to really perfect my craft. So much so, earlier on this year I actually WON the culinary category in the UK Blog Awards!

culinary winner uk blog awards

Alongside this, I’ve also been lucky enough to work with some incredible brands and have been featured in some awesome publications:

brands don't go bacon my heart has worked with

Publications don't go bacon my heart has been featured in

Towards the end of 2019 I ended up stepping out from behind the blog and actually found myself on a TV show. I’ve always said I’d never in a million years go on TV, but when the offer going on Netflix’s brand now show Crazy Delicious to serve food to Heston Blumenthal on a completely edible set was put in front of me, I couldn’t resist!

photo of crazy delicious judges and host

photo of chris, a contest from tv show Crazy Delicious

What are you serving up on the blog?

I like to call the food I make ‘happy food’. You know, the food you really wanna eat. From Quesadillas to Soup and Meatballs to Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms, you name it, I’ll cook it. Hey, that’s a fun game! 😁

Check out my recipes by Category and by Ingredient. There’s also a search bar at the top right of every page if you’re after something specific.

With all recipes I provide a quick step by step video and step by step photos. I also include detailed notes to help you get the best result possible. I test each recipe numerous times and never upload anything I haven’t personally tried, tested and loved myself!

How can I get in touch?

You can find me on social media – Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest  | Twitter. Got a burning question? Checkout out my Contact page and pop me a message. Also before sure to check out my FAQ Page!

Love a sandwich? Check out my sandwich blog – Something About Sandwiches.

So take a look around and find your new favourite meal! Hope to see you again real soon 🙂

Chris xx

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50 Comments

  • Reply
    Pascale
    July 8, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Hey Chris, so glad I found you, I was cruising on Instagram and your creamy roasted red pepper pasta recipe caught my eye. I had to printed and I also printed your Crispy Greek Feta fries as well as the garlic cream sauce.
    Have not had the chance to make anything ut I can’t wait !
    Thank you so much and keep up the good work !!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      July 9, 2022 at 2:38 am

      Thanks so much for popping by and leaving a comment – hope the recipes go down well! 🙂 C.

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    Qandeel Khan
    May 5, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Hello Chris! I religiously follow your blog here and absolutely love your recipes! They’re a hit in my family!
    One thing I’d like to ask is can you please re add the scale one could use to increase the number of servings?
    I have a large family and that scale would give me the ingredients needed for the right number of people. You had it before but I don’t see this feature on your page anymore.
    Many thanks!

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      Chris Collins
      May 5, 2022 at 9:05 pm

      Hey Quandeel! Thanks so much for following along and great to hear the recipes are going down well! It should be fixed now. Sorry about that and thanks for spotting it!! Chris.

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    Lynne
    March 15, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    Hi Chris just heard from a friend in Kentucky who mentioned your site, Spam fritters due there asap. He is going to use Coleman’s I must admit I was surprised you don’t seem to use I in your recipes. Garlic mushrooms with paprika with spam fritters..yum.
    Great site easy to follow recipes!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      March 15, 2022 at 6:34 pm

      Hey Lynne! You’re right, I don’t use Coleman’s enough, as I do love it! Thanks for dropping by and glad to hear you’re enjoying the site 🙂 C.

  • Reply
    Anne Wheeler
    February 24, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    Love these recipe ideas!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      February 26, 2022 at 11:58 am

      Thanks, Anne! 🙂

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    Diane D'Souza
    February 11, 2022 at 2:29 pm

    Recipes look amazing and simple… looking forward to trying to learn to cook some of these…
    My question is what should I have in my store room cupboard to get started…

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      February 12, 2022 at 2:25 pm

      I’d just dive right into the recipes! You’ll soon naturally start building up store cupboard essentials like herbs, spices, sauces etc 🙂

  • Reply
    Joy
    January 17, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    Hi Chris.
    Am really looking forward to trying out your recipes!
    Am just part-cooking your Outrageously Delicious Greek Moussaka to eat for dinner tomorrow. My mouth is watering already!
    Great instructions – thanks a million for making them so clear
    All the very best!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 18, 2022 at 7:12 pm

      Joy, hope the Moussaka went down well! Thanks so much for popping by and leaving a comment 🙂 C.

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    Norma Howard
    October 11, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Hi Chris,
    I was just diagnosed as prediabetic. Is it OK to substitute an artificial sweetener like Stevia in your recipes? My husband loves to cook & bake. We are trying to adapt recipes. Do you have suggestions of the best ways to substitute either for the sugar or use other
    ingredients to take the place of sugar? I’m new to this site so I don’t know how I will receive your response.
    Thanks,
    Norma Howard
    howardneh@comcast.net

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      October 12, 2020 at 11:16 am

      Hi Norma! Happy to hear you’ve found the blog, hope you enjoy the recipes! I couldn’t offer advice on sugar replacements unfortunately, it’s not something I have any experience i’m afriad. Sorry!!

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        Jason Teng
        May 4, 2021 at 10:52 pm

        Hi, I’ve also been diagnosed as pre-diabetic and any artificial sweetener or natural sweetener substitute can be used, but you’ll need to experiment to see what’s right for you. I’m mostly using monkfruit with erythritol as me sugar substitute as it measures and tastes closest to sugar than anything else I’ve tried. Stevia leaves a strange aftertaste and gives me headaches while it gives my wife migraines. Sucralose is not much better. Good luck in your search.

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      Tony Kneecaps
      October 7, 2021 at 3:39 pm

      Hi Norma,
      Just found this site so just read your question – I hope my advice is still relevant to you.

      I am diabetic and use Sucralose based sweetener in place of sugar, which 95% of the time is in my numerous daily cups of tea. The remaining 5% for cooking and baking. The advantage of Sucralose is that it is temperature-stabilised, so it can withstand the heat of an oven, etc. Other sugar substitutes, such as Aspartame and Stevia, don’t have this property and so are deemed less suitable. One thing you cannot use a sugar alternative for is where a recipe requires a property of sugar other than its sweetness – caramel, for instance.

      I honestly cannot tell the difference between any non-sugar sweetener and the real thing, though many people claim they can. BTW, if you’re from the UK I recommend getting which every sweetener you decide to use from Aldi or Lidl; Their own-brand versions are many times cheaper than the rob-dog branded versions, such as Canderel.

      Hope this helps.

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    Val Berlin-Douglass
    September 22, 2020 at 4:09 am

    Hi Chris…
    I want to attempt your Bacon Turnover… It looks incredible!!!

    I was wondering how done the bacon in the middle of the pastry gets ? If my family likes “crispy” bacon, would you recommend cooking the bacon a bit before baking?

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      September 22, 2020 at 10:13 am

      Hey Val! It depends on the thickness of the bacon. Here I use streaky bacon which is fairly thin, so as you can see by the photos it gets nice and crispy. Definitely feel free to part-cook the bacon before if you want! 🙂

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    Esta
    May 3, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    Hi Chris. I stumbled across your Coronation Chicken Curry. It might not be totally authentic but it is delicious. I was really impressed. I’m going to have a look through your recipes and hope to find some more fabulous dishes.

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      Chris Collins
      May 3, 2020 at 7:12 pm

      That’s awesome to hear! Glad it went down well! So happy to have you here, enjoy the next recipe and do let me know how you get on 🙂 Chris.

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    equbazghi
    August 3, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    I absolutely love how you make the cooking, ingredients, process well organized. It is as if, I don’t even need to read, I could just scroll down and cook just from the picture. I love how you post the pictures in a way that shows the process. Very creative.

    Wonderful job, please keep this site up.

    Also, please make a twitter account only for your new recipes. It would help a lot to follow what you are cooking everyday.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 4, 2019 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks so much for the feedback! Glad you’re enjoying the layout of the site 🙂

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    Rosilda de S. Gandarillas
    May 28, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Aqui do Brasil… A primeira receita que vi sua foi o pão de alho assado.. Como aqui temos o hábito de fazer pão de alho como um dos acompanhamento do churrasco, resolvi fazê-lo pq aprecio muito fazer torradinhas com sabores. Fiz e ficou maravilhoso! Virei sua fã!!

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 29, 2019 at 9:00 pm

      Hey Rosilda, just had to do a bit of Google translating, sounds like you loved the Roasted Garlic Bread which is awesome! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know how you got on 🙂

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    Carol Duckworth
    May 14, 2019 at 4:05 am

    I found you on Pinterest and was very pleasantly surprised to see your photo! Glad to see blokes giving it a go in this crazy internet world! Usually find the overseas sites confusing and hard to follow, measurements are different and don’t get me started on all the weird products other countries use. But you mate are on point, so easy to follow, and yes we have the same measurements and ingredients Down Under (Australia) . Looking forward to following you, just bought our first electric deep fryer so cant wait to try the wedges and popcorn chicken (so over KFC and their lack of quality these days!) … my partner thanks you, my family thanks you, my waistline is in 2 minds 🙂 … all the best Chris (omg just scrolled and saw the honey roasted carrots – shut the oven door!) take care xx

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 14, 2019 at 6:00 pm

      Hey Carol! Thanks so much for your lovely comment 🙂 I spent a couple of years in Australia, what a lucky duck you are to be from there!! My waistline is ALWAYS in 2 minds Thanks for stopping by hope you love the recipes as much as I enjoy making them! X

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    Valentina
    March 30, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Hey Chris, I’ve been on your site many times, but am catching on some of the podcasts I try to keep up with, and just heard your interview with Elaine Benoit. So much fun! Love your food and your style and loved hearing your story. Keep up all of the fantastic work! 🙂

    • Reply
      Chris
      April 1, 2019 at 11:13 am

      Hey Valentina! Thanks so much for dropping by, that podcast was so much fun!! Just checked out your blog, it’s so beautiful! Keep up the awesome work your end to 🙂 Catch you soon!

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    Kristina
    March 27, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Just listened to podcast dishing with delicious and so here I am checking out your website. It’s awesome! I’m dairy free and damn it i want to eat cheese now 😀 I have a long way to go as a new blogger but it’s great to hear about other blogger’s journeys!

    • Reply
      Chris
      March 28, 2019 at 10:36 am

      Hey Kristina! Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello! I just checked out your blog, it’s so beautiful! Keep chugging away, blogging can be so rewarding. Also, if this is you as a new blogger, then you’re already miles ahead of me when I started!! 🙂 Catch you soon. Chris x

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    Judith
    January 27, 2019 at 7:00 am

    HI Chris,
    I came across your blog totally by chance after reading a small article in the Waitrose Weekend publication. I’ve been desperate to find some new, uncomplicated recipes after many disheartening failures (unfortunately I’m not a great cook) and yours seem to fit the bill perfectly. It also helps that you’re in the UK and everything is easy for me to understand!

    • Reply
      Chris
      January 27, 2019 at 11:39 am

      Hey Judith! It’s so fab to have you here! I try and keep the recipes as simple as possible, but please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need any clarification. Let’s put an end to your disheartening streak! 🙂

  • Reply
    Mel
    January 11, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Looking forward to trying out some of these recipes ! Going to treat the family to the One Pot Roast on Sunday

    • Reply
      Chris
      January 11, 2019 at 11:50 am

      That’s so awesome to hear! Hope you all enjoy 🙂

  • Reply
    Margot
    January 6, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Great website, your recipes are amazing!! My friends and I have made 4 so far, truly marvy! Shared your site on my fb page, got nothing but ❤!

    • Reply
      Chris
      January 6, 2019 at 4:01 pm

      Margot! Thank you for popping back and leaving some kind words, so glad you’re loving the recipes ❤️

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    Carmen
    January 3, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Ok, I’ve been here for two minutes, and I’m a fan!!
    Cool stuff, I’ll eat myself fat! Thanks a lot!
    Cheers!

    • Reply
      Chris
      January 4, 2019 at 11:07 am

      Hahah I love it! Thanks for dropping by and hope you love the recipes! 🙂

  • Reply
    Barbara A Hathorn
    December 30, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    Your food and recipes are approachable and MAKE me want to make them….off to the kitchen right now!

    • Reply
      Chris
      January 2, 2019 at 10:47 am

      That’s amazing to hear, Barbara! Hope you enjoy the recipes! 🙂

  • Reply
    Tanya
    October 3, 2018 at 11:21 am

    You the best, Chris!

    • Reply
      Chris
      October 3, 2018 at 11:40 am

      No Tanya, you the best.

  • Reply
    Jan
    September 8, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes! They all look awesome. I will share on my Facebook pages, that’s how I found you on someone’s Page.

    PS. You will be responsible for the 10# I gain eating your recipes…. lol

    • Reply
      Chris
      September 9, 2018 at 11:55 am

      Haha thank you so much! I do apologise in advance for the 10#

  • Reply
    Joyce
    September 3, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    I’m fed up and thank you for that!!!!❤️ Your food! Joyce

    • Reply
      Chris
      September 4, 2018 at 9:08 pm

      Ah that’s so awesome to hear! Thanks Joyce! ❤️

  • Reply
    janeasinner
    July 22, 2018 at 2:13 am

    You had me at Bacon.

    • Reply
      Chris
      July 22, 2018 at 10:57 am

      Haha, alllll about the bacon 😉

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    Pat
    April 29, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Creative and wonderful food!

    • Reply
      Chris
      April 29, 2018 at 4:42 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Pat 🙂

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