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A Bacon Roll

Okay, I know what you’re thinking… ‘a bacon roll? You must be joking?’ Well, no, I’m not joking. I had a kitchen full of teenagers and more than half had no idea how to make a bacon roll. So, for all the ‘teenagers’ out there…

Take three rashers(strips) of smoked back-bacon, (that’s just a certain cut of bacon you can get in packets in most shops).
Heat a non-stick frying pan.
No need for oil or butter, there’s plenty fat on the bacon, so place them straight in the pan.
Just move the rashers about gently for 5 mins easing your spatula right under the rashers, so nothing’s sticking, and then place the whole frying pan, not the handle, under a hot grill for another 5 mins until the bacon goes crispy but not dry.

Without having to turn the bacon or anything, you have three crispy, tasty rashers ready to put into a nice, crusty, Scottish, morning roll. Other rolls, or even bread or toast are almost acceptable.

Heat your serving plate before you open your roll and smear with a little Flora. Then add the three rashers of bacon.

Decorate the bacon with a few squirts of tomato sauce. Close the roll and serve on the warm plate, with a cup of tea or a glass or orange juice. Job done!

Verdict-9/10 from the kids. Great way to start a Sunday. Especially if propped up in bed, reading the papers.

The lowdown on bacon – eat in moderation, I say. I tend to have my Sunday bacon roll and that’s it.
But here are some factoids from bacontoday.com

‘Here is a list of some reasons why bacon may actually healthy for you!

Pork Powered Protein: The protein found in bacon is extremely valuable to maintaining our energy levels and a fully functioning, healthy body, with a minimum of those nasty, waist, thigh and butt expanding, fat building carbohydrates.

Bacon’s Blood Balancing Bounty: Several university and medical center studies have shown that including bacon as a regular, moderate pat of one’s diet, actually naturally works to lower the bodies blood pressure and blood sugar levels, helping to prevent and / or alleviate the effects of diabetes, as well as heart disease, stroke and heart attack.

Flushing Fat With Flavorful, Friendly Flesh: While people have heard horror stories for years that bacon is full of harmful fat and after all, if you are what you eat, who wants to be a PIG? But the facts are completely the opposite, as bacon helps to fully satiate our appetite with high protein / low carb energy, helping the body lose weight, raise one’s metabolism and build leaner, stronger muscles.

Bacon Let’s You “Pig Out” On Essential Vitamins & Minerals: Bacon provides us with substantial amounts of the important, necessary vitamins and minerals our bodies need to function healthfully. From bacon, we receive: 65% of our Recommended Daily Intake of Thiamin (Vitamin B1) as well as 47% of our Niacin (Vitamin B3), 38% of our Vitamin B12, 36% of our Zinc, 24% of our Vitamin B6, 22% of our Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), 22% of our Phosphorus, 10% of our Pantothenate, 10% of our Magnesium, 9% of our Iron and the Protein to fat balance in bacon is actually 4 to 1, which is one of the highest protein to fat balances found in any meat, fish or fowl found on Earth.

Effective Mood Elevator: Bacon makes you feel happy, satisfied, blissful, which greatly reduces stress in our lives and effectively relieves the negative effects of frustration, self deprivation and sense of lack in ones existence.’

I would take all of the above with a pinch of salt. Over cooking can produce nitrates and nitrites which are unhealthy for your body, that’s why I wouldn’t eat my bacon roll every day.

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