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Death by bacon

Earl-y for brunch

Earl-y for brunch

Apparently Bacon kills you. Yep. It’s been all over the news so it must be true and a reason to stop eating bacon at once; or how about, not?  A quick look at the facts tells us that the lifetime risk of developing pancreatic cancer is 1 in 77 for men and 1 in 79 for women. Eating 2 rashers a day increases your chances by 19%. I don’t mind those odds frankly, but even so, here’s the answer: don’t eat it every day! Eat it once a week or so and you should be fine, right? Quitting smoking is also a sure-fire way of reducing the risks. Smoking, sure-fire, get it?

So I made this sarnie for brunch today. It was quite delicious. Sarnie means sandwich in England. Sandwich was an Earl. Not to be confused with Earl Grey, although you could have Earl Grey with a sandwich and that would be nice. Apparently Sandwich (the Earl) was such a voracious gambler that he didn’t want to leave the tables, so he’d have his man fetch him up some bread and meat to sustain him there. He’d slap the meat ‘twixt the bread and hey presto. Before long his gambling pals would order up a “Sandwich.” Or the alternative version is about a sauna he used to frequent but we’ll leave that for another day.

For the gambling manwich:

3 slices of brown bread

3 rashers of good lean bacon

Encona hot pepper sauce

2 eggs

Handful of alfalfa sprouts

For the dressing:

3 tbsps E.V. Olive oil

1/2 tsp English mustard

1/2 tsp runny honey

2 tbsps lemon juice

1 tsp cider vinegar

1 small clove of garlic

A pinch of dried mixed herbs

Salt and pepper to season

To make the dressing add all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until blended. Dress the sprouts and toss until thoroughly coated.

Grill the bacon. While it is grilling, toast and butter the bread, coating one slice on both sides.  Fry two eggs, sunny side up.

On the first slice, place one egg, splash hot sauce on the yolk then carefully break it and stir the mix over the white of the egg. Layer bacon and dressed sprouts on top.

Put the double-buttered slice on top and repeat this process then close the sandwich with the third slice.

Cut into quarters,  set them pointing up and skewer them in a long formation for serving.

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