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flesh of hogs—especially from the sides, belly, or back—that has been preserved by being salted or pickled and then dried with or without wood smoke. Traditionally, the process consisted of soaking the pork in brine or rubbing it in a salt mixture by hand, then smoking the sides in smoke from an open chimney. It sometimes took three or four months. Bacon is still home cured in some rural communities, but the bulk of its manufacture is carried on in large industrial meatpacking plants equipped to slaughter, dress, cure, smoke, and sell on a large scale. Bacon refers to different cuts in different countries. In the United States it usually means the side between the fifth rib and the hipbone. In Europe, the word bacon generally refers to one half of a fattened pig. Bacon has one of the highest fat contents of any cut of meat.


1. Francis, Baron Verulam, Viscount St. Albans. 1561--1626, English philosopher, statesman, and essayist; described the inductive method of reasoning: his works include Essays (1625), The Advancement of Learning (1605), and Novum Organum (1620)
2. Francis. 1909--92, British painter, born in Dublin, noted for his distorted, richly coloured human figures, dogs, and carcasses
3. Roger. ?1214--92, English Franciscan monk, scholar, and scientist: stressed the importance of experiment, demonstrated that air is required for combustion, and first used lenses to correct vision. His Opus Majus (1266) is a compendium of all the sciences of his age
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Season the birds inside with salt and pepper and place a sprig of thyme and a bay leaf inside the cavity, smear the breasts with butter and lay a slice of streaky bacon cut in half on top.
Weighing out: "I'd like to live long enough to witness the invention of the pill which causes you to lose weight on a diet of salted cashew nuts, oysters, streaky bacon sandwiches, toasted cheese and sherry trifle"
So, I had my recipe - plump king scallops, topped with a sliver of chestnut, wrapped in thin streaky bacon, and glazed with sweet mango.
Fry eight rashers streaky bacon, chopped, in a large frying pan for five minutes.
Comprising roe-off queen scallops and lightly smoked streaky bacon with sunflower and extra virgin olive oil and parsley, they are a highly convenient presentation of a complex yet simple combination of flavours.
The 35g Sausage Slice features quality pork, seasoning and herbs and has a high meat content, says the company, while the Streaky Bacon Rounds (also 35g) features trimmed bacon which is cured, smoked and pasteurised and formed into a uniform shape.
INGREDIENTS (SERVES 2) 2 mackerel fillets, gutted, filleted, pin-bones removed 4 slices of smoked streaky bacon, diced 8 cherry tomatoes, halved Leaves of 2 little gem lettuces 110g samphire 10 basil leaves, torn Salt, olive oil For the tomato stock: 8 ripe vine tomatoes, roughly chopped 2tbsp of white wine vinegar 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1 tbsp of sugar 1 red chilli, de-seeded, chopped Salt For the mayonnaise: 3 free-range egg yolks 1tsp English mustard 1tsp white wine vinegar 300ml of light olive oil 50ml of double cream METHOD 1.
Serves two Preparation time - 5 minutes Cooking time - 10 minutes Ingredients 2 eggs 4 rashers smoked streaky bacon 2 slices sourdough bread 2 tsps butter 2 handfuls watercress Hot sauce to serve Method 1 Bring a pan of water to a simmer, add the eggs and simmer for 3 minutes, then put the lid on and turn off the heat.
INGREDIENTS 12 rashers of British smoked dry-cured streaky bacon 2tbsp Seville orange marmalade A dash or two of Worcestershire sauce Soft butter 4-6 large slices of medium-sliced white bloomer bread METHOD PREHEAT the grill on a high setting.
The gooducken comprises of a goose stuffed with a chicken, separated by a layer of streaky bacon, the chicken is then stuffed with a duck, this time separated by a layer of sausage meat.
INGREDIENTS 10 smoked streaky bacon rashers, rind removed 20 pork chipolatas METHOD Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6.
1 tbsp olive oil 4 rashers streaky bacon, chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 baby leek, finely chopped 450g (1lb) broad beans, skinned 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped 500ml (18fl oz) strong chicken stock 1 x 100g (4oz) bag garlic and herb croutons 1.