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Dublin: -2 °C Thursday 27 November, 2014

11 Irish delicacies we cannot live without

These are the reason we can’t emigrate.

1. The Jambon

Facebook/The Jambon Appreciation Group

King of the hot deli counter, sitting in state among the wrinkly potato wedges. And the way it might look at you.

2. The Chicken Fillet Roll

Flickr/stevendamron

Humble, yet magnificent. Five stars.

3. Breakfast Cereal

Flickr/tmray02

Seems normal, right? But here’s the thing: WE EAT IT AT NIGHT-TIME. How do you like that, Mr Kellogg? Huh?

4. Breakfast roll

Flickr/LWY

Did you know that in some countries they eat their breakfast off plates? No, us neither.

5. Taco Fries

Flickr/paul-ford

Part of our time-honoured custom of taking other nations’ culinary specialities, rendering them bland, and putting them on chips. (See also: curry chips.)

Essential.

6. Jam sandwich

Flickr/kyz

Crusts on or off? In ancient times, clans fought and died over this question.

7. Snack Box

Pic Supermacs

Again with the absence of plates. What we’re seeing here is: Ireland doesn’t like plates.

8. Ham* sandwich

Flickr/Bods

Seen here in its traditional habitat.

*Also: hang.

9. Garlic Cheese Chips

Flickr/seamus_walsh

A flavour explosion.

We hear rumours of something called a ‘Supernova’, which involves garlic, cheese AND curry on chips. But that may be just a glorious fantasy.

10. Ice cream and wafers

Flickr/jonathansin

As carefully constructed by your mammy.

11. Crisp sandwich

Facebook/Crisp sandwiches

Famously invented by St Patrick himself, when he was up the Hill of Tara with just a batch loaf and a packet of Tayto.

*crunch*

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