Monday, December 10, 2007

On The Tenth Day of Christmas: Bacon - How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways...

1. I love you in thin slices, with my weekend morning's scrambled eggs. You make eggs the Belle of the Morning Table. You make eggs the Belle of any table, in fact.

2. I love you in a greasy burger, smothered in cheese, ketchup and mayo.

3. I love you in thick slices, with kartofler og persillesovs (it's a Danish thing). I would alwaus choose you, bacon, over your non-smoked brother, flæsk.

4. I love you in a quiche, with a crumbly tart shell, and meltingly tender leeks, a dash of cream, and. You. Maybe a frisée salad on the side.

5. I love you in cubes, fried, then tossed with a salad of baby greens, goat's cheese and maybe a crouton or two.

6. I love you in a BLT. Especially if you add a little avocado as well. I think bacon and avocado is a match made in heaven.

7. I love you with cabbage. Controlling the sharp taste of cabbage is something only few can do. With brussel sprouts, you're at your game, noone above you, noone beside you. You rule the brussel sprouts.

8. I love you with white fish. Your smokyness and saltiness adds a depth to a dish, that noone else can. You bring out the best in what your pair up with.

9. I love you crumbled over a baked potato with sour cream and chives.

10. I love your leftover grease, using it in breads, with beans, or in my favorite, the bacon vinaigrette.

11. I love you crumbled on top of soups, dazzling me with your crunch and flavor, you do.

12. I love you with chicken. You add that little extra oomph, that makes chicken/mayo salad stand out, and win over the other mayo salads, when you're by her side.

13. I love you with jerusalem artichokes. You make sure their sweetnes is tamed, their taste of nuts enhanced. You make jerusalem artichokes stand at the top of the podium, smiling.

14. I love you in carbonara. Playing with some of your best friends, Egg Yolk & Cream, you make everybody all warm and fuzzy inside.

15. I love you with warm leverpostej and mushrooms. No wonder the Danes have taken to you so.

16. I love you, munched in crispy, crackly bits, straight off of the kitchen towel where you lay to drain, after having been fried.

... And to think I was once a vegetarian.


santos. said...

i heard from a vegetarian friend that bacon is the main downfall for vegetarian women. probably for the reasons listed above and moreso!

Anonymous said...

I second all of that!

I've actually heard some "vegetarians" eat bacon. They don't consider it a meat, but a spice.

Yeah, tell it to the pig! Real spicy.

Cathy said...

I was just about to post a guess on your 9th day post (I was going to guess food since I saw a little wet/grease spot on the paper) when it occurred to me that I'd seen the 10th day title and it was about bacon - duh! Oh well, I'm seriously behind in Bloglines (515 new items - yikes!), but I'm trying to keep up with important things - like your Christmas countdown!

Wendy said...

Yeah, it was bacon that turned me into a meat-eater after 10 years of vegetarianism!

Vicki said...

I agree with Jennie - I have my recipes segregated by vegetarian or non-vegetarian. However, many of the "vegetarian" recipes have bacon or pancetta as a flavoring.

Zarah Maria said...

Santos - bacon was definitely my downfall. No doubt.

Jennie - mmm, spicy pig. Mmmmm....

Cathy - I'm glad you're keeping up!:)

Wendy - ditto!

Vicki - I know, mine too. If I decided I want something green as a sidedish, it's a-okay if it's got bacon in it - it's just there for adding to everything, I don't really consider it a main ingredient. I wouldn't want to be without it. Mmmm, bacon...

Dagmar - A Cat in the Kitchen said...

Bacon is the reason for me leaving vegetariansim as well :-) Nowadays I LOVE bacon!