Wednesday, October 10, 2012


serves four

7 oz. smoked rindless streaky bacon, diced
6 medium eggs
6 heads mixed red and green chicory
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts optional

1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 teaspoons English mustard
1 scant teaspoon caster sugar
sea salt
4 tablespoons walnut or hazelnut oil
3 tablespoons groundnut or vegetable oil

Fry the bacon in a large nonstick frying pan over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently until golden, then drain on a double thickness of kitchen paper and leave to cool. At the same time, bring a medium-sized pan of water to the boil, gently lower in the eggs and simmer for 7 minutes. Drain the pan, refill with cold water and leave the eggs to cool.

Trim the heads of chicory and separate into leaves, discarding any damaged outer ones.

To make the dressing, whisk the vinegar, mustard, sugar and a little salt together in a medium-sized bowl, then gradually whisk in the oils a tablespoon or two at a time until combined into a thick, deep-yellow dressing. Give it another quick whisk just before serving.

Shell and halve the eggs, which should still be slightly runny in the centre. Arrange the leaves, bacon and eggs on a platter or individual plates, drizzling over the dressing as you go (you may have some left over). Scatter over the walnuts if wished and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Annie Bell, Daily Mail Online, February 4, 2012

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