here is nothing to be said about bacon and onion, one would think, right? We all know what is bacon, and we all hate slicing onion because it makes us cry, period!
Well, not so fast! Let’s hit the brakes, and see if there is more than meets the eye, shall we? Bacon’s history dates back thousands of years, all the way to 1500 B.C. in which the Chinese were curing pork bellies with salt, creating an early form of bacon! Imagine, 1500 B.C! We don’t know how and when the pork curing methods reached the old continent, but we can say with certainty that Romans and Greeks were quite skillful at bacon production. It seems that Anglo-Saxons were particularly fond of bacon because as early as 12th century they coined a famous phrase “bring home the bacon”! Did you know that? I bet you didn’t! First, let me make it clear that this has nothing to do with making money, as one could think. No, the meaning is much more profound in fact!
You see, a church in the historic English town of Dunmow promised a flitch (side of a hog) of bacon to any married man who could swear before the congregation and God, that he had not quarreled with his wife for a year and a day! A husband who could “bring home the bacon” was held in high esteem by the community for his good nature, self-control and patience. Now, hear this – today, nine centuries later, the town of Dunmow is called Great Dunmow, but the tradition is still alive – meaning that every 4 years “The Dunmow Flitch Trials” are held, and they still award a flitch of bacon to married couples if they can satisfy the Judge and Jury of 6 maidens and 6 bachelors that in twelve months and a day they are still happy to be married! Fascinating, right? It’s much more in bacon than sizzle and fat, I’d say! BTW – there is a dating app for bacon lovers called “Sizzl”, that helps you find the love of your life that also loves – bacon, I kid you not!
Now, about the onions – they have been around for about 7000 years! In ancient Egypt, they were worshiped because it was believed by ancient Egyptians that concentric rings and spherical shape of the onions were symbols of eternity, so many pictures of onion were found in Egyptian tombs! During the Middle Ages, onions were actually used as gifts and even currency! People used to pay for services and goods and even paid rent using onions! Today, we all know that onions are good for the health, low in calories but high in vitamins and minerals, loaded with antioxidants, have antibacterial properties and so on, and so forth I could talk for hours about bacon and onions, but I won’t because I’m already hungry, so I’ll show you how to make a delicious bacon and onion tart right now, so here it is!
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