Monday, June 23, 2008

Bacon Butties

I just have to say, that Bath University is home to the best bacon butties in the world. I would post this information on the TSR Wiki, however I am banned from the site. More on that later.

I was there on business (wow, it sounds great to say that!) last week. Anyway, the café known as Dol•cHe Vita (why do café franchises have such pretentious names?) serves a beautiful bit of grilled bacon in a fresh-from-the-oven French loaf that only costs 90p! I have a feeling I'll be eating a lot of these when I get there in September!

Having done a brief bit of research on the topic, it seems some underworked and overfed postgrads at Leeds have done a "serious study" into what makes a perfect bacon butty.
Apparently, the most important variable is the crunchiness of the bacon, and they have developed an equation to evaluate it:
N = C + {fb(cm) · fb(tc)} + fb(Ts) + fc · ta
N=force in Newtons required to break the cooked bacon
C=Newtons required to break uncooked bacon
fb=function of the bacon type
cm=cooking method
tc=cooking time
Ts=serving temperature
fc=function of the condiment/filling effect
ta=time or duration of application of condiment/filling
Now this looks very dubious to me. There are so many significant variables not considered - for example, the quality of the bread is completely ignored!

Obviously, tensile strength is not a measure of crispness, so the equation is bogus from the start. A bit of deeper searching, and I find out that our own Bath University has produced a study into the perception of crispness, and found it statistically analogous to hardness.

Clearly, the study is incomplete and a great deal of further research is required. I would like to take this opportunity to volunteer myself as a human guinea pig for any further live trials that may need to be conducted. I believe we must all make certain sacrifices for the benefit of society, and this shall be my contribution.


Jake said...

Ill have to track these down and try them. you know what they say about experimental evidence, repeatable = true :)

ill be going to bath this weekend! (foundation year - then electrical engineering)

sadly i cant find any contact details for you on blogger :( any hints?

Tom Long said...

Hey, I've updated my profile with a littel bit of contact info. I'm still enjoying the last of my holiday, but I can't wait to get to Bath. I'll be moving in on the 20th.
Are you in uni halls or private accommodation?