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Is there a food that drives people as crazy as bacon? Maybe chocolate, but we can't really think of anything else. 

While they are a staple for our beloved weekend brunch, rashers can also be used to cook some really tasty lunches and dinners.

And that makes us very happy. 

1. Easy bacon and broccoli quiche

2. Bacon and shrimp ramen stir fry

3. Bacon fried rice

4. Crispy baked potato skins

5. Fried cauliflower with bacon and mushrooms

6. Spaghetti carbonara

7. White pizza with spinach and bacon

 

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So, we're going to be honest here.

Given our various clean-eating resolutions for the year ahead, the only appliance we envisioned ourselves buying over the next 12 months was a blender to nuke anything and everything green and leafy.

And just 23 days into the New Year, we can safely say that that dream has now died after laying eyes on the Bacon Express Crispy Bacon Grill.

Brought to us by Nostalgia Electronics, this vertical grill allows us to cook six pieces of bacon at a time while its design forces the drainage of fat. (Clean eating, check.)

The good folk behind the wonder gadget speak to our inner hungover selves when they assure us that the "unique patent pending easy-clean doors make flat, crispy bacon that doesn't shrivel."

So if crispy bacon is your only lad after a night on the gin, you can get your hands on this gizmo for €39.99.

Sold.

 

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One man was very lucky yesterday when his girlfriend decided to cook breakfast for him.

But, this breakfast wasn't just your average scrambled eggs on toast – oh, no – it was a woven bacon Easter egg with a FULL fry-up inside. Wow.

Added to the Facebook page, The Fry Up Police, Jason Francombe shared the picture to much delight.

"When your girlfriend makes you an Easter egg out of woven streaky bacon and then fills it with fried eggs, sausages, beans and hash brown… Jordan Francombe is a lucky guy."

Lucky, indeed. If only every partner could cook this up on Easter Sunday, we wouldn't even care about the chocolate anymore.

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Earlier this week, the meat industry took a huge blow when it was revealed processed meats can cause cancer, but it seems we don't need to turn vegetarian just yet.

A new report by the World Health Organisation published last Monday suggested that processed pork and red meat could be as dangerous for our health as smoking.

Needless to say, the world as a whole freaked out. After all, a large proportion of us would consider pork, beef and lamb as a part of our regular diet.

Now though, WHO has said the message in the report may have been "misinterpreted" and that we don't need to cut out processed meats completely.

The meats were classified alongside tobacco, alcohol and even asbestos as carcinogenic substances, which WHO spokesperson Gregory Härtl admits is a "shortcoming" in the organisation's classification system.

"We do not want to compare tobacco and meat because we know that no level of tobacco is safe," he explained to the Irish Times.

"We’re not saying stop eating processed meats altogether. Do not cut out meats completely as it has nutrients.

"But we do not want to do anything to excess."

According to the WHO report, daily consumption of processed meats could increase the risk of colorectal cancer by up to 18 per cent.

Mr Härtl said that further clarification on the levels of processed meats that could be eaten within the context of a healthy diet could be given. 

For now though, he suggests maintaining balance and not indulging in too much of anything.

"Eat healthily means eating a balanced diet, too much of anything is not good," Mr Härtl said.

With that in mind, we won't give up our Sunday fry, but we might say no to that second helping of rashers.

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Just when we thought that we had a handle on the healthy and unhealthy foods, this study came along to blow everyone’s minds.

You might have thought that including some bacon in your diet, or indeed a burger from time to time, was a step up from other bad health habits- you were wrong. 

Bacon, and plenty of other processed meats are just as bad for you as smoking.

The World Health Organisation is set to make the announcement on Monday that processed meat is amongst the most deadly, the Daily Mail reports.

“Fresh red meat is also due to join the ‘encyclopaedia of carcinogens’ and is likely to be ranked as only slightly less dangerous than the preserved products.” 

 

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These findings have come after scientists from 10 nations reviewed all attainable evidence.

Sausages are also included in the list of food that apparently pose a massive threat to our health. So maybe rethink that Sunday fry-up.

The Mail is reporting that WHO will rank processed meat in the top five most likely things to give people cancer, among the likes of cigarettes and alcohol. 

Processed meat is said to be labelled as ‘carcinogenic to humans’, which is the highest of five possible rankings, shared with alcohol, asbestos, arsenic and cigarettes.

Processed meat is made by smoking, curing, salting, or adding chemicals which are believed to be cancer-causing.

While all things in moderation is suggested, removing processed meat from your diet entirely is recommended by the World Cancer Research Fund.

Could this mean that bacon packages will have warning labels in the future? 

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We all love our emojis, in fact, most of us use them in nearly every text or message we send – and soon there's going to be a lot more to choose from. 

The Unicode Consortium, which oversees all of our emoji needs has just released a new batch of possible candidates, which you can view here

These 67 candidates will be voted on next May, and the approved ones will be released June 2016. 

We've seen some of these emoji variations before, but for the most part there will be new faces, foods, hand gestures, animals and transportation devices. 

For faces, we love the Pinocchino-inspired nose – perfect for when you catch your little sister lying!

There's also a rolling on the floor laughing face, a drooling face for when your favourite food blogger posts a new recipe and a sneezing face for when you have a cold!

There are also new animal options such as an owl, gorilla, rhino and shark. 

Now, before we get too excited, these are just candidates and the designs we're seeing are just preliminary and might change – but the general idea of the emoji will remain the same. 

We're just going to have to wait until next June to find out!

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If you thought the Internet freaked out with this Nutella doughnut milkshake, then just wait until you see these extreme shakes from Sydney-based blogger, Alana Dimou. 

On her website, she's made very strange milkshakes that have become Insta-famous by inventing three crazy flavour combinations – including a S'mores Chicken Milkshake and a Bacon Burger Milkshake… sounds weird, right?!

Alana said that "milkshake flavours are irrelevant now, the duty falls upon whatever lies on top," so she's placed everything from a full roasted chicken to beef burgers on top of milkshake-filled mason jars. 

The most decadent of the lot is her strawberry milkshake topped with a huge variety of baked goods. Four different kinds of doughnuts, pancakes, a Belgian waffle and whipped cream have turned many a sweet tooth's fantasy into reality. 

Alana's Bacon Burger concoction is perched on top of a chocolate milkshake, loaded with bacon and cheese, and perfectly topped off with a brioche bun. 

While these all look brilliant (and will probably be the perfect tipsy 2 a.m treat), we can't help but wonder how far this milkshake trend will go. 

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A great way to go for breakfast is down the sandwich root as it's big and hearty enough to fuel you right up until lunch time. 

Whether you want to treat yourself at the weekend or you need something for the big day ahead, you won't be disappointed if you try one (or all) of these super sandwich twists:

Waffled Croissant Grilled Cheese

Make the French proud by whipping up this bad boy. Crunchy and crispy – but with a gooey cheese filling. Yum!

 

Egg In A Hole BLT

This sandwich sees your favourite breakfast meeting your favourite sandwich. It's a win-win situation. 

 

Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Sandwich

Consider this an alternative to the breakfast burrito. This delicious sandwich will certainly fill up your morning. 

 

Chicken and Waffles Breakfast Sandwich

Who needs a bun or bread when you have waffles?! This should be kept as a weekend or cheat-day treat because you definitely won't want to rush it. 

 

Eggs Benedict with Shortcut Hollandaise

You're breakfast just got a serious upgrade with this sandwich! Ready in only 15 minutes, it would be a perfect breakfast to treat that special someone. 

 

French Toast Breakfast Sandwich

How dreamy does this look? Eat at home or on the go, it's a great alternative for a sweet breakfast meal. 

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This is possibly the best news we have heard all week. According to actual scientists, our quest for healthiness no longer means we need to kick bacon to the curb.

Rejoice! Bacon is delicious and we want it all of the time.

Unfortunately, it’s one of those things that is only good in small doses and that makes us really sad.

However, what if we told you that now you can eat something that is as delicious and tasty as normal bacon, but is also super healthy?

We’re not joking, this is changing the food game entirely.

Research from Oregon State University have made the ultimate foodie discovery. They found a strain of seaweed that tastes like bacon when fried.

It’s called dulse, and scientist Chris Landon told Buzzfeed that they have been working with the seaweed for years.

Originally they were looking to use it to feed a type of fish, but following that research it was suggested they look into using dulse as human food.

“I think people who are vegan or vegetarian would probably be very interested in this as a bacon substitute,” he said, or anyone.

The scientists tried a few different food items made of the seaweed like crackers and salad dressings before they realised it tasted like bacon after they fried it.

“It has a savoury, smoky taste when you try it,” Chris explained, while also pointing out that seaweed is packed with vitamins and minerals “It’s much better for you than bacon.” Seaweed is full of protein, fiber and vitamins A, C, E, K and B. Excellent news.

Currently you can buy it in health food shops in the U.S but Chris has said that “it’s gonna require private companies to step up to take it to the next level.”

Someone please take our healthy bacon to the next level!

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These cheesy stuffed mushrooms are not only mouth-watering but really easy to make too.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 slices streaky bacon
  • 8 crimini mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbp. chopped onion
  • 90g grated Cheddar cheese

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Fry bacon in a large, deep frying pan. Cook over a medium high heat until evenly brown. Remove, dice and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  3. Remove mushroom stems. Set aside caps. Chop the stems.
  4. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Slowly cook and stir the chopped stems and onion until the onion is soft. Remove from heat.
  5. In a medium bowl, stir together the mushroom stem mixture, bacon and two thirds of the cheddar. Mix well and scoop the mixture into the mushroom caps.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven 15 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
  7. Remove the mushrooms from the oven, and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
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These potato skins are not only delicious, but are also really easy to make. This potato skin recipe can also be mixed-up with some of your own favourite toppings if you prefer.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 1 small bottle sunflower oil
  • 3 tbsps. garlic and herb cream cheese
  • 200g grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tbsp. butter

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Wash the potatoes and cook in the microwave for approximately 40 minutes (check with a skewer or fork to see if they are cooked through).
  2. Allow the potatoes to cool to a temperature where your able to hold them
  3. Fry the bacon till crisp.
  4. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Add the sunflower oil to a roasting tin and place in the oven.
  5. Halve the potatoes lengthways and scoop out the centre into a food processor. Leave a generous ring of potato attached to the skin.
  6. To the mashed potato add butter, milk, cream cheese, the bacon, salt and pepper. Mix until smooth.
  7. Once the oil starts to simmer in the oven, add the potato skins. Roast until golden.
  8. Remove the skins with tongs and place on kitchen paper to drain. Remove the roasting tin full of oil from the oven and allow to cool somewhere safe.
  9. Spoon the mashed potato mixture back into the skins and top with the grated cheese. (This recipe can be prepared ahead up to this point with the potatoes refrigerated overnight.)
  10. Place the potato skins on a baking tray and bake in the oven at 180°C for 10 minutes or for 20 minutes from refrigerated.

 

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While we’re used to having some simple streaky rashers with our fry, there are now many weird but delicious ways to munch on some bacon pieces.

Bacon Rice Krispie Buns
When sweet and savoury collide. Just stick with your regular Rice Krispie recipe but swap the usual melted chocolate for some peanut butter instead and of course, stick some cooked bacon pieces into the mix as well.

Bacon Cheesecake
Another sweet and salty treat. Make your usually plain cheesecake recipe and sprinkle some bacon pieces on top.

Cheese and Bacon Dip
Not as weird but still really delicious. All you need is some cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream and of course, bacon.

Bacon Cupcakes
An American treat. This bacon and maple syrup mix has become a huge hit with food lovers.

Bacon Cookies
Not only sweet but can also be seen as an arguable breakfast treat. All you need to make these bacon cookies is your regular oatmeal cookie recipe and again, bacon.

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