I haven’t had proper bacon for at least four months, since I started Meat in a Box. Is that hard to believe? I’m not a bacon type of person; I never crave it. And yes, maybe I’ve had it wrapped around the occasional pheasant, but that’s about it. But I don’t underestimate the power of bacon. For some people bacon is a weekly – if not morning-ly – necessity. Bacon is what they say turns a vegetarian… Perhaps the reason I’m not a ‘bacon’ person is that most of the stuff you get in supermarkets are like sub-standard, watery tendrils of fat. And it’s rather salty for my personal taste. BUT there are times when bacon seems so perfect, and makes so much sense in the world – like when paired with egg and ketchup in a toasted sandwich. It’s one of the most satisfying meals you could ever eat.
My Roaming Roosters box came with some home cured middle bacon. There were 8 slices, but the pack was so huge it was like a wheel of bacon. And when I unravelled one slice, it was about the length of my arm – these are very generous servings! I had come back from a gym workout and needed a nutritious meal. So I made a quick brunch with two super crispy slices of oven-grilled bacon, a fried egg and buttered wholemeal bagel, slathered with ketchup.
Now, this is bacon I can get addicted to! It’s very good quality – very little water comes out in the pan, and it curls up in a delightful crisp with none of the rubberiness of normal bacon. And I recently learnt that a bacon, egg and ketchup sandwich has high levels of umami – which is why it’s so good at satisfying our cravings for savoury food.
Now I have six slices left. What do you suggest I do with the rest?
Roaming Roosters’ home cured bacon is sourced from rare breed Old Gloucester Spot pork. £3.55 per 450g.