I am a well travelled Irish bird. In former lives, I set down roots in Loughborough, Bangkok, Australia (well, kinda’…reality TV in a former life for 3 months…..I’ll maybe explain another time) & even as far flung as North Cork! I like to travel. However, I prefer if my food doesn’t.
That’s why I love working with Homebird. I’m one of the 50% of Irish Consumers who would not knowingly buy meat products that have travelled over 600 miles. (Well, actually, there was this one time I smuggled some frozen sausages over to my brother in London……but that was in the 90’s and needs must – let’s just say we had a lovely Irish breakfast). But with the exception of that one almost international incident at Cork Airport, I prefer my produce to have “low food miles”.
Food Miles refers to the distance that food products travel from farm to the consumer. A product with “low food miles” has not travelled far & is fresher, of guaranteed quality & has a lower impact on the environment. It just makes sense.
It seems I am not alone. This is good! Research conducted among 1000 Irish consumers on behalf of Homebird found that 87% of Irish consumers purchase pre-packed cooked meat weekly. I am one of them for sure – those lunch boxes ain’t going to fill themselves!! It’s not surprising that 71% of Irish consumers say it’s important to buy Irish produce. This is a very big deal in my world. Why wouldn’t I want to buy Irish?? Once again, it makes sense.
Homebird is the ONLY 100% Irish and Bord Bia-approved producer of pre-cooked, sliced chicken & turkey products in Ireland. There is no exception to this in our supermarkets. That is what shocked me most when I first met the Homebird team in Bloom last May. And that is why I work with them. Chickens from Manor Farm and Turkeys from Hogan’s Farm. Traceability – I know that what is in my family’s lunch boxes hasn’t travelled too far for my personal liking.
I decided to give one of their salads a try yesterday for my lunch – you may have seen it on my stories. You can follow along here. Delicious!!! But confession…..I snuck in a little blue cheese too. It just looked so lonely in the fridge – how could I not?!
Homebird Pomegranate and Avocado Salad.
1 bag Salad leaves
40g Pomegranate seeds
1 chopped Avocado
50g Roasted Pistachio Nuts
2 packs Irish Homebird Roast chicken pieces
30g soft blue cheese – this was just me……optional of course!!!
1 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
1 tbsp Honey
1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard
1/2 tsp of salt and of pepper.
Zest & Juice from 1 medium Orange
4 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Put salad leaves in a bowl.
Mix all dressing ingredient in a jar and shake. Spoon 2 tsp of dressing over leaves and mix.
Add the rest of the salad ingredients on top of leaves.
Homebird sliced Chickens and Turkeys don’t have passports – they don’t need to fly. It’s all good. They are happy to leave this Irish bird do the flying instead & they stay local. Mind you, after being in Iceland last week I’m not sure when I’ll get to dust off my passport again. That’s the thing with kids. You made ’em, you gotta’ look after ’em.
And I love it!
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