My original plan was to write a post about some of the foods I miss while living here in Egypt. Maybe, I’ll still do something like that in the future, but there’s one food that I think I miss more than any of them right now. Bacon. Well, all cured pork products really.
For my unenlightened readers, Egypt is a Muslim country. And as outlined in the Quran, Muslims do not eat pork. As such, pork, in all its forms, is not readily available here. Sure it can supposedly be purchased at a few select places (I hear there’s a German butcher shop that sells it in the neighborhood), but there are no pork products to be found in any of the supermarkets or restaurants that we regularly frequent.
Before you get too critical, yes, I realize I’m a dietitian. I’m more than aware that bacon is not a healthy choice. Its packed with salt and saturated fats, which can contribute to increased cholesterol and elevated blood pressure. Don’t worry, I’m not trying to make an argument that you should eat more bacon.
Bacon is, however, delicious. I often quote Dr. Yoni Freedhoff in my posts. He always says “live the healthiest life you can enjoy”. Well, my “healthiest life I can enjoy” includes bacon from time to time.
The funny thing is, it’s not like I even eat bacon that often – maybe once or twice per week, and in relatively small quantities. This includes prosciutto, ham and pepperoni too. I might put a little in a salad or pasta dish, on a homemade pizza or eat it with the occasional Sunday morning breakfast. I’m especially missing our prosciutto wrapped salmon recipe that we regularly prepare. My mouth is watering a little now just thinking about it.
Now I should say that we’ve encountered “bacon” a few times on the menu at a couple of restaurants. I excitedly ordered a pasta dish with bacon a couple months back at an Italian restaurant, only to be disappointed that it had beef bacon in it. It just wasn’t the same.
I think Ron Swanson sums it up quite nicely below:
How does that saying go? “You don’t realize what you have until it’s gone” – or something to that effect. When it comes to bacon, never has that rang more true :-)…