A Plate of Bacon

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Wandering around, on vacation in Bangkok, we stumbled upon a restaurant owned by an American.  He was a Vietnamese War veteran, and liking what he saw during an R&R,  finished his time in the military and returned to Thailand to open a restaurant.  I remember this restaurant because you could order a plate of bacon, nice and crisp with a lettuce leaf and a thick slice of tomato, but essentially, a plate of bacon.

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In France, you can order a plate of fries for lunch or, I imagine, anytime you want one.  The fries are good and plentiful, enough to satisfy a “normal” appetite.  What if you could go to a restaurant and order a plate of anything you liked?  Imagine a menu advertising the plat du jour as meatloaf, mashed potatoes and peas.   In a perfect world you could say, I’ll have a plate of mashed potatoes or a plate of peas or a plate of meatloaf, instead of being forced to eat a “balanced meal” and perhaps more than you want.  I think I would like a restaurant called, “A Plate of” for the times when the monovore in me rebels against partitioned plates.

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Today’s dinner consisted of Bavarian oven barbecued ribs, sauteed potatoes and cabbage with bacon. I could have eaten a plate of any of these three and been satisfied.  If I was forced to choose, I think it would have been a plate of cabbage :)

Stir Fried Cabbage with Bacon

1/2 cup lardons

1 tbsp olive oil

1 small head cabbage, chopped

Salt and pepper

Brown the lardons in a wok, add the olive oil and the cabbage and stir fry until the cabbage is crisp tender.  Add a couple of tablespoons of water, cover and steam for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

 

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An American living in Burgundy, France
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24 Responses to A Plate of Bacon

  1. It would be nice to order just a plate of one item at times. I do try when I order to ask them not to put something on the plate I don’t like. That way it doesn’t go to waste. A plate of bacon would do me just fine!

  2. Never could a plate contain one of anything better!

  3. PlumGaga says:

    I was a monovore last night and fixed myself a plate of mashed potatoes for dinner. Many years ago, Robert Farrar Capon wrote in The Supper of the Lamb that we should balance food over a day, or even two, rather than trying to balance every meal. This makes a great deal of sense, especially for those of us who live alone.

  4. Janet Rörschåch says:

    Love your restaurant idea. Why not? Sometimes a plate of wilted greens is just enough for me.

  5. I think your restaurant idea sounds great! I had a plate of truffle mac and cheese last year that I could eat daily!

  6. I might be a closet monovore.. I eat each portion of my plate one at a time. I can’t bring myself to move around the plate or, shudder, share everything in one forkful!

  7. Mad Dog says:

    A plate of bacon sounds like it could be a Spanish restaurant – I’d go for the bacon dinner and I love the little pig salt and pepper shakers ;-)

  8. Gorgeous ribs! We have restaurants that all serve pretty much the same fairly simple food but what I do like is that you can say, “I don’t fancy a mixedsalad, can you do me a plate of tomatoes with onions” or “can I just have two fried eggs with garlic please?”! And then be served it with a smile :)

  9. Raymund says:

    I can imagine myself nibbling those ribs. The look so good.

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