Sunday, January 24, 2010

"Bringing Home The Bacon"

My husband favorite breakfast is bacon, eggs, hashbrowns and toast. A couple of days a week he has this meal and today was one of those days. In our house my husband COOKS the bacon And brings it home.

Photos from my archive: Yes, I am guilty of taking photos of my plate in a resturant.
 today's post was born as we munched on Sunday breakfast bacon and bob said, I wonder where the saying  bringing home the bacon came from. I swallowed the last bite and came googling.

The origin of the expression "bringing home the bacon" is uncertain. here are three that I liked.
* It might come from the English custom, which originated in the 12th century, of giving a young couple bacon if they were still happy after a year of marriage.

*  European peasants c. 1500's could only sometimes obtain or afford pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man 'could bring home the bacon.' They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and ‘chew the fat.’



* Prize money ws given for catching the greased pig. the winner was said to have "brought home the bacon" or the winnings.



today the term means bringing home money that is earned by doing a difficult task or everyday employment.
 

 
I took this photo of our fruit bowl to prove we DO know how to eat healthy. YES, the bacon was sitting on the same counter as the tangerines, bananas and tomatos.

6 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Interesting Sandra... I had heard the one about catching the greased pig and bringing home the bacon--but hadn't heard any of the others.. I love to hear the originality of phrases like that. Thanks!!!

We ALL know that you all eat healthy.. Anyone who gets up at 5 a.m. to exercise has to do EVERYTHING in a healthy way!!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

CambridgeLady said...

Cooked brekky - yummy.

Do you get the "Full English" where you are? Bacon, sausage, grilled tomato, grilled mushrooms, and fried egg. Sets you up for the whole day.....

Bringing home the bacon? - never really thought about where that came from. I know a whole side of pig was often a prize at the old style agricultural fairs in the UK.

Madeline said...

Interesting facts about "bringing home the bacon." Your breakfast looks beautiful. Is that Peppridge Farm Swirl bread? Rye and Pumpernickle?) If so we are Sista's again. I buy white bread for Snapper and the Swirl bread for me. I love it! Keep snapping!

Ginny said...

Love this!! Your posts are just always so much fun to read! I never know what to expect, but know it will be something good. O.K., now on your next post, you have to show us what YOU eat for breakfast the most!! I've not had breakfast yet, and I'm salivating! One of my very favorite foods is hash browns, or home fries (there is a difference!) and you certainly caught these in all their crispy glory. I am constantly tempted to take photos of our food in restaraunts! Here is my question to you. Next month, we're going to a restaraunt run by the chef who cooked a State Dinner for Obama at the White House. Extremly ritzy. DARE I?? It's too good not to try, but I know I'd embarass the whole family. Perhaps get thrown out, as well.

Sunny said...

Your post has made me very hungry!
Sunny :)

SquirrelQueen said...

That's a phrase I had never really thought about all that much. Very interesting information. The plate looks yummy and I'm not a breakfast person.
Judy