100 days – Day 32: Bacon

100 days – Day 32: bacon


I dreamed last night of having a bacon roll this morning.  A real bacon roll; none of that streaky, crispy substitute !  In America, in February, I lost count of the number of times I crunched my way through fragmenting strips of tasteless rubbish in BLT sandwiches and in Burgers.

In the USA, the most commonly available bacon is the streaky variety:  thinly sliced pieces of slab bacon. Slab bacon is cured and/or smoked pork belly with rind and streaks of lean meat. It’s about 2/3rds fat, and 1/3rd meat. Smokiness varies.

Our bacon, usually “back bacon”  is meatier and leaner. It’s the cured and/or smoked part of the lower pig loin, with a ring of fat.  In the USA, the closest you get to UK style bacon is Canadian bacon, BUT Canadian bacon refers to only the lean part of the lower pig loin.




Before I went into the kitchen, I had a quick skim through the online newspapers.  One of the main headlines is the success of UKIP in the English local elections, and the backlash within the Labour Party  ranks

One article started off by saying that Labour was in turmoil last night as senior MPs rounded on Ed Miliband for failing to anticipate the dangers of a UKIP surge, and making them “depressed about their chances of regaining power”

 Mr Miliband was accused of running a ‘tremendously ill-judged campaign’ marred by gaffes.

What could they mean by “gaffes“?


As a Jew the worst thing with the Miliband pic is he’s eating bacon. I confess I’ve eaten it too, but I didn’t inhale.  David Schneider (actor and comedian)

This, of course, has led to some rather amusing photos having been posted in Twitter and other social media sites:


  Ed wonders why Meg’s bacon sarnie has THAT kind of affect on her



Charlie’s boot looks tastier than Ed’s sandwich


OK, so I went to the fridge, and…….. there’s NO bacon.  So, I’m just having a couple of cuppas instead….. and will have a fry-up this evening.

Meanwhile, here’s an old joke:


A priest and a rabbi are seated next to one another on a plane.

During the flight, the priest says, “Tell me, rabbi, is it still a requirement of the Jewish faith that you do not eat pork?” “That is the case, yes,” says the rabbi.

“But tell me, did you ever get tempted – did it ever appeal so much that you couldn’t resist and decided to see what, say, bacon tasted like?” the priest goes on.

“Yes, Father, there was one occasion when, as a young man, the smell of bacon became too much of a temptation and I tasted it,” the rabbi admits.

“And how did you find it?” asks the priest..

“Well, says the rabbi, “Since we are both men of God and being honest with one another, I must confess it was excellent. I enjoyed it very much. But I never ate it ever again.

” The priest sits back, looking smug.

Later during the flight, the rabbi says to the priest, “Tell me, father – is it still a requirement of your own faith that you do not have sex?”

“Why yes,” says the priest, “That is indeed true.”

“But were you ever tempted, even once, to see what it is like?” the rabbi continues.

“Well, as you were so honest with me, I must confess that indeed, once, when I was a young man, I did sleep with a woman,” the priest tells him.

“Beats the hell out of a bacon sandwich, doesn’t it?” says the rabbi.


Well, readers, at this stage in the morning, I STILL would prefer a bacon butty!



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About meenister

An ordained Church of Scotland Minister since 1974. Started off in Doune which is near Stirling, before moving to Trinidad for four years; on my return to Scotland, I was a rural minister in Perthshire and then was asked to become Minister at St.Michael's Inveresk where I spent eleven happy years. A short ministry in Guernsey followed and since 1999, I was a full time healthcare Chaplain in the town of Dumfries in SW Scotland, retiring from that post in December 2012. I started this blog on 6 May 2012, soon after my wife, Helen, was diagnosed with secondary cancer - it was a sort of diversion and still is, following her death on 16 June. I hope it shows that there is a lighter side to religion, that it's not gloom and doom and that we can sometimes laugh at ourselves in a self-effacing way. Some posts are, however, I hope provoking and food for thought.

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