Now this is a subject I have had on my 'things to blog about' list for awhile and so here we go....
Unless you're a Brit and maybe an Aussie (please confirm if you're also similarly obsessed), you just don't know how wondrous a simple bacon sandwich can be. Let's put it this way, if I had to pick a last meal my request would be as follows:
3 crisply grilled rashers of smoked back bacon
2 slices of average quality, thick sliced white bread
Lashing of real butter
A big squirt of HP Sauce
.....and Bob's your uncle, heaven on a plate!
So why can't this be replicated here or in many other countries (except Denmark)? Well your bacon here is just not the same, it's a sad excuse for bacon. Below is what proper 'back' bacon should look like, not the anorexic rashers you buy here.
How do I know you can't successfully get bacon like this here for sure? Well the hubster is a butcher by trade and so bless his heart, he has tried to make me proper bacon to no avail. He can get the cut no problem, but the cure is different here and I couldn't find a recipe for a British style cure. However during research for this post, I think I may have found a recipe here and will be trying it out, despite all the hard work involved!
If it wasn't for the fact you can't guarantee it's temperature in transit, I think my mum might even have risked the wrath of Customs for me, knowing how much I miss it. Oh and thanks to 'mad cow disease' the USA will not import any British meats!
If I was stuck for a quick dinner idea back in Blighty, this was my constant fallback. I doubt a fortnight (former BWOTD) went by without me downing a bacon butty and I never took it for granted.
There's also no way to make the bacon butty healthy and still just as tasty. It has to be average quality white bread, real creamy (not sweet!) butter and either HP Sauce, or Heinz Ketchup for some. It is just not the same on brown or wheat bread, with a low-fat butter alternative - which is probably why I have never been a skinny minnie!
So when I finally get to sit on some British beach, hopefully I'll be sinking my teeth into a Bacon Buttie as I soak it all up.
One things for sure; my planned diet back home of constant meals of bacon butties, sausage rolls, curry and crispy duck, all washed down with Lucozade, will ensure my mum's disbelief/disgust and a guaranteed but worthwhile weight gain!