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Bringing home the bacon

April 25, 2013

The origin of the phrase ‘bring home the bacon’ is sometimes suggested to be the story of the Dunmow Flitch. This tradition, which still continues every four years in Great Dunmow, Essex, is based on the story of a local couple who, in 1104, impressed the Prior of Little Dunmow with their marital devotion to the point that he awarded them a flitch [a side] of bacon. The continuing ritual of couples showing their devotion and winning the prize, to considerable acclamation by the local populace, is certainly old and well authenticated. Geoffrey Chaucer mentions it in The Wife of Bath’s Tale and Prologue, circa 1395:

“But never for us the flitch of bacon though, That some may win in Essex at Dunmow

st giles' home cured bacon

Today, we’ve unwrapped our first fourteen day home-cured bacon (pictured above).  The aroma is extraordinary – juniper, garlic and pink peppercorns.  We’ll let you know how it tastes soon……

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