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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.
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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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Divide between dishes and top with the mushrooms, breadcrumbs and crispy sage, and serve.
If you think the mix is too wet, add another tablespoon of breadcrumbs. 7.
Shake off any excess and dip it straight into the beaten egg, then coat it in the breadcrumbs until evenly covered.
Dredge each egg in this order: flour, egg, flour, egg, and breadcrumbs.
Dip each mozzarella stick in consecutively the eggs, the breadcrumbs mixture, the eggs again and then in the flour mixture.
coarse salt and pepper 3/4 pound spaghetti 1 3/4 cups plain dried breadcrumbs, divided 1/2 cup whole milk 1 pound ground white-meat chicken 2 cups vegetable oil 3 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into 16 pieces 3 cups marinara, warmed chopped fresh parsley, for serving 1.
INGREDIENTS 300g dried white tagliatelle or linguine 20g soft low-fat cheese 6 medium spring onions, finely chopped 1 teaspoon finely chopped green or red chilli 1 clove garlic, crushed 30g dried breadcrumbs 200g young spinach leaves 1 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated 100g crme friche, half fat Ground black pepper, to taste METHOD?
The chefs at Young's have used only the best, not to mention, responsibly sourced, fish fillets and then topped them with just natural ingredients like fresh breadcrumbs, sea salt and cracked black pepper.
Still Following the Trail of Breadcrumbs to Journal Your Way Back Home
2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped 1tbsp unsalted butter 350g dry mashed potato (nothing added) 450g hot-smoked salmon, skinned and flaked 1tbsp chopped garden herbs (parsley, chives and chervil) plus extra to garnish 1/2tsp unwaxed lemon zest juice of one lemon Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2tbsp plain flour 2 eggs, beaten 100g breadcrumbs, flavoured with a pinch of fennel seeds Olive oil, for shallow-frying A little plum tomato salad, to serve (optional For the green salad: 2tsp white wine vinegar 1/2tsp English mustard 4tsp olive oil 2tsp chopped mint 100g fresh peas, cooked 75g cos, little gem or iceberg lettuce, finely shredded