The final category on Jeopardy last night was Food Traditions. See if you know the answer (or question).
I’m paraphrasing because I didn’t write the clue down, but it said essentially: In the 12th century, a church in the English town of Dunmow promised that any married man who had not quarreled with his wife for a year and a day would get to "bring home __"
Cue the Jeopardy music and fill in the blanks. The correct response: What is bring home the bacon?
I think that was an easy one, but I thought it was interesting to find out how the term originated. Of course, the phrase reminds me of the old Enjoli perfume ad:
"I can bring home the bacon,
fry it up in a pan
and never, never, never let you forget your a man.......cause I'm a woman.....Enjoli."
From the 1100s to 2010, how things have changed. But we still take our bacon very seriously. Now, there’s the bacon-in-dessert trend going on. Although there’s been a backlash against such foods as bacon ice cream and chocolate-covered bacon, I don’t think we’ll be giving up bacon any time soon.