Bacon with cabbage is a great traditional combination and this is a modern twist on it. It is hard to beat some Irish bacon and Irish potatoes and cabbage and maybe even your own homegrown onions. Boiled bacon is great in a wrap or sandwich for a school lunch. You don’t have to shape the potatoes into cakes if you do not have time, but it is a good recipe to get help from children and at this time of year the homework may not be as heavy as later in the term. You never know what is going to spark a child’s interest in cooking and this is a good one to try.

I just love the flavour of chicken thighs. They are just so succulent. If you have difficulty finding them boneless in the supermarket just ask the butcher to do the job. Or it is an easy task to tackle yourself with a sharp knife. Just take care.