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Irish cuisine

Irish cuisine is a style of cooking originating from Ireland or developed by Irish people. It evolved from centuries of social and political change. The cuisine takes its influence from the crops grown and animals farmed in its temperate climate. The introduction of the potato in the second half of the 16th century heavily influenced Ireland’s cuisine thereafter. Representative Irish dishes are Irish stew, bacon and cabbage, boxty, coddle, and colcannon.

Colcannon

Colcannon

Colcannon is traditionally made from mashed potatoes and kale (or cabbage), with spring onions, butter, salt and pepper added. It can contain other ingredients such as milk, cream, leeks, onions and chives. There are many regional variations of this dish. It is often eaten with boiled ham or Irish bacon. At one time it was a cheap, year-round staple food, though nowadays it is usually eaten in autumn/winter, when kale comes into season.

Bacon-and-Cabbage

Bacon and Cabbage

Bacon and cabbage is a dish traditionally associated with Ireland. The dish consists of unsliced bacon boiled with cabbage and potatoes. Sometimes other vegetables such as turnips, onions and carrots are also added. Smoked bacon is sometimes used.

Jaffa Cakes

Jaffa Cakes

Jaffa Cakes are a snack introduced by McVitie and Price in 1927 and named after Jaffa oranges. The most common form of Jaffa Cakes are circular and have three layers: a sponge base, a layer of orange flavoured jelly and a coating of chocolate. Jaffa Cakes are also available as bars. Jaffa Cakes are consumed primarily in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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