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(After the story "Hansel and Gretel" by the Brothers Grimm).

1. <World-Wide Web> Links displayed across the top of a web page listing the most recently visited pages so the reader can quickly jump back to one. Since this function is provided by the web browser, breadcrumbs are a waste of space.

A better use of the space is to display links to the page's logical parent pages in the information hierarchy.

2. <programming> Information output by statements inserted into a program for debugging by printf.


A description of the trail you took to arrive at your current location. Text breadcrumbs are common on websites to help users navigate the site. For example, breadcrumbs such as Products->TVs->Plasma indicate that the Plasma TV Products page you are looking at was retrieved by first clicking Products, then TVs and then Plasma.

From Hansel and Gretel
The term comes from the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. When their father took them into the woods to abandon them, the children dropped crumbs of bread along the way to leave a trail back home.

Windows Breadcrumbs
Starting with Windows Vista, the Explorer file manager displays each element in the path to a file as a clickable breadcrumb. In the example above, any of the elements between the arrows can be clicked to jump to that level.
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Note: The Rajant BreadCrumb ME4 has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission.
Tip the cup of flour on to another dinner plate and line them up so that you have a plate of flour next to a bowl of egg, next to a plate of breadcrumbs and, at the end, another plate to lay the coated goujons on.
Add the breadcrumbs and a little more duck fat as before and bake gently until golden, bubbling and crunchy.
Mix breadcrumbs with lemon zest and a little of the coriander and salt and pepper.
A one-button operation provides instantaneous connectivity with other BreadCrumbs and a range of wired and wireless clients.
2 In a bowl, toss together the breadcrumbs, lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley and chives.
Breadcrumbs are, of course, used the world over and recipes for bread pudding, bread coating, bread sauces, etc.
in a new production line at their Corby site, exclusively for the development of Japanese breadcrumbs, which are used to coat poultry, fish and vegetables and the company are bringing out two new product lines -- Eos and Demeter.
Using Rajant's advanced InstaMesh protocol, BreadCrumbs enable continuous and instantaneous routing of wireless and wired connections.
INGREDIENTS: 9 large eggs 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for rolling 2 large onions, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tbsp ground cumin 1 tbsp ground coriander 400g can chickpeas, drained 1/2 small pack coriander, leaves only 200g wholemeal breadcrumbs 5 tbssp plain flour, plus extra for dusting 25g Panko or dried breadcrumbs 3 tbsp sesame seeds Sunflower or vegetable oil, for frying METHOD: Put eight of the eggs in a pan of cold water.
Serves 4) INGREDIENTS 500g white fish fillet, skinned (pollock is perfect) 4 sprigs of dill, leaves only 100g panko breadcrumbs 4tbsp plain flour 2 free-range eggs, beaten Sunflower oil, for frying Knob of butter Salt and freshly ground black pepper METHOD Slice the fish into chunky fish finger shapes, down the fillet, rather than across it.
Twitter:vishdlish Spiced coriander and lemon cod fillets Serves 4 Ingredients 4 cod fillets 2 tsp chilli flakes 2 tbsp tomato puree 1 tsp cumin powder 1 tsp coriander powder 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 inch ginger, minced 60g toasted pine nuts, crushed 1 tsp fennel seeds 1/2 lemon, juiced 1 tsp lemon peel, grated Handful fresh coriander, chopped 125g breadcrumbs 50g butter 200ml milk 500ml water Salt/pepper taste Olive oil Method In a large bowl put the butter, chilli flakes, tomato puree, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, pine nuts and butter.