Every few Sundays there’s one smell that I love coming down to in the morning. It’s a smell that prompts memories of childhood, of Sunday breakfast before a day of enjoying the outdoors with friends or sitting inside playing video games if the heavens opened up (and sometimes even if the rain stayed away, depending on how far I was into Final Fantasy VII). It’s a day if being told off because I hadn’t done my homework and I had school the morning after, and a day of having to sit through another dull episode of Last of the Summer Wine whilst we ate tea before realising that, yes, school was coming in the morning and you were sat watching a comedy that you were sure that only old people could understand. But, despite whatever that Sunday would bring, you started the day with bacon and you knew that it didn’t get much better than that.
These days I don’t have bacon as much; largely because I don’t really eat substantial breakfasts anymore and I tend to reserve it as a little treat for us to have every now and again. When we do have it though we prefer to cook it on the grill in the oven rather than frying it in a pan, but during the warmer months when it’s time to pull the barbecue out of its dusty enclosure we whack it on there instead. I prefer cooking bacon on a barbecue grill because it leaves that wonderful smoky flavour you can only get with barbecues. It’s also great to take one with you when you go camping, and bacon is always a quick and easy way to get some good outdoor grub. You also won’t get that bacon smell lingering in your home all day, although personally I don’t mind it.
Let’s move on from nostalgia and on to cooking these little slices of heaven.