I’ve always had a thing for Valentine’s Day. The idea of people doing sweet things for each other just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Kind of like the feeling you get when the waiter is bringing your food at the restaurant. One of the Chefs I work with told me a story about his wife showing up at his restaurant with a bouquet of bacon roses and how he almost cried and I thought if that wasn’t the most brilliant idea since sliced bread, well.. It just is.
So on a chilly, grey afternoon I went to the grocery store and bought a pack of bacon. And some sandwich things because sliced bread still rules. I stopped by the Dollar Tree on my way back home and spent a suspicious amount of time pulling on the fake flowers while the cashier looked on disinterestedly. I doubt she would have stopped me had I grabbed my $3.99 bouquet and ran but my goal was to determine which ones we’re super-glued on and which ones would make a good stem for bacon. That was actually the most difficult part of the whole process.
Fake flowers and bacon in hand I arrived home and began rolling the bacon into roses and toothpicking it with multi-colored toothpicks (my first mistake). Tony was delighted with the idea and hovered around, shooting photo’s and rolling a few roses which I promptly and politely re-rolled.
Finally, the roses were done. They were so pretty! Except the blue toothpicks had leaked their dye into some of the roses, but I didn’t really care. I grabbed my stems which I had previously ripped all the pink flowers from, placed them in a mason jar full of water and began sticking the roses on. It looked amazing. Right up until half the bacon was on and it became top heavy and fell over spilling water and bacon roses everywhere. I picked it back up, found a sweet potato and with Tony’s help, drove the bouquet stems into the potato. This acted as a sufficient weight and held the bouquet nicely. We posed, took photo’s and we’re feeling so much in the mood that Tony picked me up, swung me around and my feet knocked the whole jar of roses right off the counter.
I am not ashamed to say we dusted the roses off and ate them anyways. But our klutziness aside, this bacon rose bouquet is a simple, sweet gesture for anyone who has a carnivorous lover and I would love for you to make it for that special someone this Valentine’s Day. Just don’t use blue toothpicks and maybe buy some marbles at the Dollar Tree to use as a weight.