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National Bacon Day

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August 31, 2014 / English / By
Nicola

30th August is National Bacon Day in England. In my house, this may as well have been Christmas - in other words, something which we just had to celebrate. To us, bacon is like the Holy Grail of food. We just couldn't be without it.

Seeing as 30th August fell on a Saturday this year, we had a long lie in, so ended up missing breakfast - and indeed brunch. With plans of a fry up out the window and no chicken to cobble together a cordon bleu, I was struggling to find a way to incorporate bacon into our day.

Then, before I knew it, evening was approaching, and I went in search of a snack. My first thought turned to popcorn (my favourite!) and that's where inspiration struck.

Sweet and salty flavours have been combined very successfully over recent years - I'm sure we've all tried salted chocolate at some point, and been surprised at how much we've liked it! Bacon itself has even been incorporated, alongside maple syrup as a topping for pancakes. This is the direction in which my delicious bacon-y snack started heading...

I'm usually a salted popcorn kind of person, but I'll eat sweet popcorn when I have to. However, when the idea of adding bacon popped up, sweet popcorn became a whole lot more appealing!

In order to try this yourself, make up some plain (unsalted) popcorn to begin with. You can probably find this in the supermarket, ready to be popped in your microwave, but it's a lot easier and healthier to make your own.

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Simply place a few tablespoons of oil in a large, wide-based pot. Pour in your popcorn kernels so that they form a flat layer across the base of the pot; they should all be covered in oil. Turn on the heat to a medium setting, and place a tight-fitting lid on the top. Then all you have to do is wait for the popping to commence! It's a good idea to keep shaking the pot slightly, to prevent the corn at the bottom of the pan from burning.

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While your kernels are popping, you can prepare the topping! Grill a few slices of unsmoked back bacon until it is nice and crispy (but not burnt!). Once it's cool enough to handle, crumble it into tiny pieces - if possible, you want it more like a dust or a powdery texture, rather than great big chunks. Pour a couple of tablespoons of maple syrup into a large bowl, then throw in your bacon!

When your popcorn has finished popping, flavour it while it's still warm. Just like with pasta, it's always better to pour your popcorn into your flavouring, rather than the other way round. This will allow you to get an even coating, instead of having some mouthfuls which are saturated.

With this flavouring, you'll have to shake the popcorn around in it quite a bit in order to assure that it's well covered. Once you're satisfied, all that's left to do is relax with your friends, family and some good films, and enjoy your delicious snack!

I found that this was just the thing I was looking for when I wanted something a little unusual. It tasted so much better than all the shop-bought popcorn, and it was nice experimenting with the flavour. With my favourite snack and an indulgent meat all rolled into one, this was the perfect way to see in National Bacon Day! This is something that you can have a lot of fun with, so watch this space for even more original and interesting popcorn flavourings...


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