Classic bacon sandwich reaches new heights

Tim Peake has become somewhat of a national treasure since he hit the headlines after becoming the first British European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, but six months floating around in outer space is a long time to go without any home comforts.

With this in mind, long before take-off, Peake challenged innovative chef Heston Blumenthal to create dishes that would trigger thoughts of home. A two-year research and development project resulted in Blumenthal creating a space alternative to the much-loved bacon sandwich for Peake to enjoy during his mission.

Other out-of-the-world dishes that have been specially designed for consumption in space are a sausage sizzle, Thai red curry, and beef and black truffle stew.

Traditionally, space food is dehydrated and powdered, which has been described as unappetising.

When Tim set me my mission, I felt a surge of pride to be involved in such a historic moment for both astronomy and gastronomy, said Blumenthal. Imagine telling a young boy that, when he grows up, he will create food for astronauts to eat in space its a dream I couldnt even envisage, let alone see it coming true.

Working with the team at the UK Space Agency, ESA and NASA has been a phenomenal experience. Tim and I have also worked closely together, creating dishes that will remind him of home even though hell be 400km away in space. The very least I could do was make sure he had a cup of tea and a bacon sarnie.

Blumenthals experiment can be chronicled on Channel 4s Hestons Dinner in Space.

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