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Recipe for Thames Bacon Cruise

 

Bacon, piggy and chef... I'd be a bit worried if I was the piggy

Bacon, piggy and chef… I’d be a bit worried if I was the piggy

Cruises on sunny Thames are always good fun, but it is also a known fact that anything is better with bacon. So by that logic, a Thames bacon cruise should be even better. And it is.

Trust me.

I’d like to give you a quick and easy recipe for one, but unfortunately they are a bit tricky to do properly. Some of the ingredients can be a bit difficult to get, but it is worth the effort. So here goes.

I think all chefs should wear "Meat Eater" t-shirts

I think all chefs should wear “Meat Eater” t-shirts

 

Ingredients

1 huge chunk of fresh Danish bacon

5 cases of beer specifically brewed for the occasion

1 Old schooner; preferably at least 90 years old

1 Giant piggy

2 Passes to open the tower bridge

Few dozen fun people

Plenty of sunshine for decoration

 

Our ship for the cruise, Schooner Maja

Our ship for the cruise, Schooner Maja

 

Our piggy, notice the tattoo!

Our piggy, notice the tattoo!

 

The oh so tasty bacon fresh from Denmark

The oh so tasty bacon fresh from Denmark

Beer from the Mylius-Erichsen brewery

Beer from the Mylius-Erichsen brewery

 

Method

1. Load up the ship in Copenhagen. Get the bacon on board and let it cure on route. Get the beer on board also; better get a few extra cases as there is bound to be some spillage along the way, it is a long way to London after all and the crew is bound to be thirsty after all that salty bacon

2. Sail to London. You should let the sailing take about five days or so. This will allow to bacon to cure in salt

3. Dock at the St. Katherine’s Pier in East London. Pick up the piggy; recommend that it is soft and cuddly. Also pick up the people and ensure they are all in good mood; it’s a key ingredient. This is also a good time to heat up the grill and start barbequing the bacon

4. Take off from the pier. Now comes the important bit; start marinating the people by offering them tasty succulent bacon and some refreshing beer straight from Denmark

5. Let cook a few hours in the sun. Be careful thou; it is easy to burn it at this point!

6. Open up the tower bridge for the schooner, annoying all the car drivers; sail under it while offering more bacon

And there you have it! Enjoy!

Then they actually opened the Tower Bridge for us

Then they actually opened the Tower Bridge for us

And we sailed below the olympic rings that had to be also raised

And we sailed below the olympic rings that had to be also raised

And then they had to open the Tower Bridge for us again as we came back

And then they had to open the Tower Bridge for us again as we came back

Captain gave us a tour of the ship

Captain gave us a tour of the ship

The captain also had a barrel of whisky, but it would be another three years before that will be ready

The captain also had a barrel of whisky, but it would be another three years before that will be ready

I had an amazing cruise on the river Thames on the 90 year old Danish schooner Maja. She originally started her life as fishing boat, but was extended by seven meters and transformed into a cargo ship later.

You can still catch the schooner at St. Katherine’s Docks where it will be moored for next few weeks; along with lots of other Danish things as part of the Imagination showcase organized by Visit Denmark. You know, Vikings, legos and that sort of stuff.

I’d like to thank @GoVisitDenmark and @DanishCrown for organizing this tasty cruise and inviting me along.

And the bacon, served with white sauce and beet root... It was delicious

And the bacon, served with white sauce and beet root… It was delicious

 

Have you done a cruise on river Thames?

10 Comments

  1. Looks like it was a great event. I’m sad I couldn’t be there, but your photos made me feel like I was on the ship with you!
    A Lady in London recently posted..Lady and the OlympicsMy Profile

    • It was good :) glad you liked the photos

  2. Looks like a fun and delicious cruise! What a cool shot upward at the Olympic rings! Seems like a nice way to spend an afternoon in London!
    Zoe French recently posted..A Day to Remember: Istanbul Mini GuideMy Profile

    • It was pretty cool seeing them from that angle, a bit different view

  3. Bacon and beer – can’t get much more Danish than that :)
    Sophie recently posted..The Renaissance Man from VinciMy Profile

    • No, it’s pretty Danish, and good fun!

  4. Bacon, beer, sailing and disrupting traffic on the Tower Bridge sounds like a winning combination for fun.
    Suzy recently posted..Risking Life and Love for Texas Barbecue at The Salt LickMy Profile

    • yep, you can’t really go wrong with those! :)

  5. this looks like a difficult recipe indeed, but well worth the effort.
    The Local Traveler NS recently posted..St. Lawrence Kitchen – ChesterMy Profile

    • Yeah, it does unfortunately have a few tricky ingredients, but still, well worth it!