Post #584 “I Could Murder A Bacon Buddy”

August 11, 2018 at 2:10 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

In our household, we are Anglophiles.  We love practically everything about the United Kingdom.  About 75% of our television viewing is British, from documentaries to comedies.  We’ve watched our favorite British stars travel across the island on trains, in cars, on bicycles, and on foot while chattering about their favorite food, or architecture, or park, or farm, or whatever else.  We learn more British history than American.  We laugh harder at the British humor.  One of our favorite “BritComs” the nickname for British sit-coms is Keeping Up Appearances.  It’s about a fussy British housewife who longs for a life much higher than her current station.  While she struggles daily with the dream, her reality keeps her grounded, and none more so than her disreputable brother in law who is constantly in his vest watching TV and drinking beer.  And always asking for a bacon sandwich:  I could murder a bacon buddy.

We got to wondering what the heck a bacon buddy was.

It’s pretty much what you’d think.  It’s a bacon sandwich with not a lot of anything else.  Fry up an drain some bacon, toast a roll and slather it with butter, jam the bacon into it, and eat it.  Nothing fancy.  It’s commonly called a bacon buddy, but it’s also known as a bacon butty, bacon bap, or a rasher sandwich.  You can put ketchup or other sauces on it, but usually it’s just plain.

A bacon sandwich is not the that rare.  Here in America we have a very popular bacon sandwich called a BLT.  I’ve blogged about it before.  I love them and it’s one of my “go to” orders at a new restaurant.  And we throw bacon on everything these days.  I’m old enough to remember when putting fried bacon on a cheeseburger was an innovation.  Now, I’ve seen taco shells made out of bacon.  I haven’t eaten them, but I’ve seen them.  I’ve also seen bacon soda, bacon ketchup, and bacon toothpaste.  Bacon has a long history of being added to everything.

So, recently Partner/Spouse and I were both laid up with the flu.  Fevers, coughing, throats that felt like hot coals were being jammed down them.  The TV was on and we found another British documentary.  This one was about trains throughout the UK, and the presenter was one of our favorite actresses, Julie Walters.  You may know her better as Mrs. Weasly, or perhaps as the successful cookbook author in Mama Mia, or maybe even from a long time ago as Rita.  The thrust of the show(s) was on sentimentality and nostalgia.  In one segment, she visited the coal-fired steam engine car, and demanded a bacon buddy!

Apparently, this train is well known for making coal-fired bacon buddies.  And it seems there are many of these sandwiches being made in coal-fired engine cars all over the UK.  Who knew?  And as you breeze through the pictures, you’ll see exactly how a standard bacon buddy is made.

They’re frying up the bacon on a clean coal shovel.  Two pieces of bacon fried up nicely, jammed into roll, and eaten immediately.  Julie proclaimed it delicious!

Clarissa Dickson Wright, one of the Two Fat Ladies (TV chefs popular in the 90s about whom I’ve blogged) once said that more vegetarians backslid because of bacon than anything else.

I think I understand that.


  1. I’ve never fully understood the appeal of crispy bacon. To me it’s salty and over cooked. I prefer it grey and chewy, with fat.
    Chewy bacon on white bread with butter and black pepper….Heaven .

    • I know what you mean. I’ve had bacon so “crispy” that it turned to powder in my mouth. I prefer bacon about halfway between what you like and what you hate.

  2. Great Entry we do love our Hyacinth.You write a great blog and I thought the entry on Hunger very insightful. It’s a hidden crisis here in the land of the Obese.

    • Thanks, I try to make sure readers like it. Hyacinth and Onslow are among the great nemesis pairs in history.

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