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Forget 'notions' food like quinoa and lentils, Irish people still love bacon and cabbage

We’re a traditional bunch…

Traditional bacon and cabbage with mustard sauce.
Traditional bacon and cabbage with mustard sauce.
Image: Bord Bia

WE MAY THINK the Irish food palette has evolved from bacon, cabbage and potatoes, but it turns out we’re quite a traditional bunch.

A recent survey of over a 1,000 adults revealed that 64% believe bacon and cabbage is the most synonymous meal associated with Ireland. 

Over half of respondents said they would be tucking in to the meal in the next month.

Missing home 

When travelling, instead of trying new foods of the world, 3 in ten people said they crave bacon and cabbage.

So, how much of it do Irish people actually consume?

As a nation we spend €196 million every year on it. That’s an increase of 3% from the previous year. That’s a lot of bacon.

A world survey carried out last month showed that 95% of Irish households regularly bought bacon. For the next month Bord Bia are encouraging people to spice up their ham and bacon with these recipes that will suit all tastes.

You can even cook it in cola, apparently.

Maybe it’s time to pack away the quinoa and lentils and get back to basics?

Got any tips for how you like to cook your bacon or ham? Share all your tips in the comments section below.

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