Secret Edinburgh: Al Pitcher cooks bacon in a, uh, coffee machine
Andrew Mickel18 August 2012
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I have not seen the Edinburgh Fringe for five years, so I would love to recommend a trip around the castle, but I’m just not sure if it’s still there or not. So my little secret is a little wooden hut of food and coffee.
As you approach the meadows from the Bristo Square end, you will see this red wooden hut of destiny. Like most performers I've had my ups and downs, and one morning five years ago I was down and nearly out at the Fringe.
I popped into this hut (only one and a half people fit in it, it’s like Frodo’s flat in the Shire) and I ordered a coffee and a bacon sandwich. But they had no frying pan, no oven, no grill. They cooked the BLOODY BACON sandwich under the steam of the coffee machine, it was incredible, it gave me hope.
The Hut man was my MacGyver, he blew my mind. He let half of me in and I cooked (steamed, warmed) some pig. It was the greatest culinary delight ever.
I wonder if it’s still there, or if it ever was there. Maybe it was part of a show? If you do see it, go up to the hut and say what I was told, the first rule of hut bacon sandwich cooked under a coffee machine club is you don’t mention ... oh.
Al Pitcher is in Tiny Triumphs, 1-26 August at the Gilded Balloon, 20:15. More details at the Edinburgh Fringe site here.
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