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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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750g watermelon 2 small shallots, very finely sliced 100ml extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing and to serve 4 tsp white balsamic vinegar 300g halloumi, sliced Good squeeze of lemon juice For the breadcrumbs 75g slightly stale country bread, crusts removed, blitzed into coarse breadcrumbs 12 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1/2 medium red chilli, halved, deseeded and chopped 21/2 tbsp capers, rinsed 50g blanched almonds, toasted and chopped Small bunch of mint, leaves picked, half of them torn
Simply place the Breadcrumb at your stand site, then share the device with your friend, who can use the app to quickly navigate toward the stand and, once in range, remotely activate the indicator light to reach the tree without any needless wandering around in the woods.
Breadcrumb, founded by Seth Harris in 2011, was acquired by Groupon in 2012.
Groupon's new "Breadcrumb" service unveiled today mirrors the site's introduction of Groupon Payments less than a month ago, another service that enables merchants to accept merchants to accept credit card payments from users through their iPhones or iPod touches.
Add the breadcrumbs and stir over the heat for about 30 seconds.
According to Heather, the new concepts represent just one area of Witwoods' continued focus on innovation in the breadcrumb sector; an approach that has helped put the Oxfordshire manufacturer at the forefront of this market in the UK.
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
Coconut chicken goujons Ingredients 1 free-range egg 3 chicken thighs, bone and skin removed, each cut into 4 strips 20g/3/4oz desiccated coconut 30g/1oz panko breadcrumbs 1 spring onion, finely sliced sea salt and freshly ground black pepper For the dipping sauce 40g/11/2oz smooth peanut butter 2 tsp sweet chilli sauce 40ml/1fl1/2 oz reduced-fat coconut milk Method Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.
Place under a pre-heated grill and cook until the breadcrumbs just start to colour, then place in an oven at 180C for five minutes, or until the fish is just cooked.
Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 4 Quorn fillets 3 teaspoons olive oil 50g onion, finely chopped 4 level teaspoons cardamom pods, slightly split juice of 5 medium oranges and grated zest of one 50g fresh breadcrumbs 50g cashew nuts, roughly chopped 12 teaspoons fresh dill, (4 reserved for garnish) 2 teaspoons light brown sugar 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses 800g carrots, peeled and sliced 1 medium turnip 1 medium parsnip 75ml fresh stock METHOD?
Whip the egg whites until stiff and fold into the breadcrumb mixture.