Dried apricots moistened with freshly squeezed orange juice, then wrapped in bacon rashers and grilled until hot make a tasty snack to pass round with drinks.
*Turkish dried apricots are whole apricots that have been dried and had the stones removed. Grown in Turkey, they are slightly juicier, sweeter and fatter than other types of dried apricots.
*Instead of the mustard and marmalade mixture, spread the bacon rashers with a little pesto.
*Bacon and banana chutney bites: Cut 3 medium-sized bananas into chunky pieces (8 pieces each) and toss in a little lemon or lime juice to prevent them from discolouring. Wrap each piece in a strip of bacon rasher that has been spread with a little mango chutney, then grill for 1 minute on each side. Serve hot.
*Dried apricots are one of the richest fruit sources of iron and a useful source of calcium.
*Today, it is possible to buy 97% fat-free bacon rashers. These offer an excellent lower-fat alternative to normal bacon: 100 g of 97% fat-free bacon contains 3 g fat and 427 kJ, whereas the same weight of middle bacon contains 22.5 g fat and 1340 kJ.
GI estimate not able to be calculated because the carbohydrate content is minimal.