Streaky bacon is usually reserved for breakfast but you can also roast a whole piece and slice it as a cold cut. It is far cheaper to buy than other cuts of meat such as shoulder of pork and it makes a great sandwich – our recipe gives it an Italian twist with the addition of rosemary and lemon. There is no need to salt it, streaky bacon is usually salty enough.

MAIN COURSES Authentic Italian Spaghetti Carbonara recipe using pancetta, eggs and black pepper

The classic Italian authentic Spaghetti Carbonara pasta recipe is made only with pancetta, eggs, Parmesan and lots of black pepper, and of course al dente spaghetti. The cleverness in the dish lies in its simplicity. It is the ultimate mid-week main course dish when you think you have nothing to cook in the house.