The depressing reality of it all.

Every Sunday we do our ‘weekly shop’. I hate grocery shopping. But we have a routine and a trench worn around Aldi and Dunnes where we pick the same things up each week. We generally don’t keep or ask for receipts but this weekend I did. I wanted to see how much of what we bought actually came from Ireland.

We spent 44.25EUR in Dunnes. Here we pick up brands that Aldi doesn’t reliably carry. This week we bought:

  • Detergent
  • Soy Sauce
  • Thai Seasoning
  • Pickled Beetroot
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Coffee
  • Garlic Mayo
  • Chilli Seasoning
  • OXO beef cubes
  • Dog Shampoo
  • Tortilla
  • 3x Potato seasoning
  • 3x Quorn

Only one item was from Ireland. The beetroot. This week we had things we don’t usually buy; chocolate chips (for baking) and dog shampoo. On to Aldi. This is always the biggest shop of the two because everything else from veg to dairy we get here. This shop was 75.99EUR and there was a total of 7 items of Irish origin. Or was there?

  • Pure Butter
  • Barry’s Tea
  • Angus Striploin
  • Rashers (bacon)
  • Sausages
  • Fiver-grain Loaf
  • Plain Flour

As we talked about before, Barry’s Tea is only ‘put together’ in Ireland and really shouldn’t be considered a product of Ireland. So while in Aldi I had a look at products and their origins. There were apples from all over Europe, Avocados from Peru, tomatoes from Spain and so it went on. Even the coleslaw wasn’t Irish! I thought this odd mainly because they did also sell tomatoes grown in Ireland, Irish apples, carrots, cabbage, and onions. The last three are major components for coleslaw. We should even be able to make our own mayonnaise! Chickens grow here just fine!

This was going to be tricky if I was to convince my husband to Go Green (Éire go deo) and shop only products from Ireland. We have already had to stop making our own coleslaw as white cabbage has gone out of season here. My first stop will be seeing what can be bought, then look at making balanced meals that can be eaten over the course of a month. Unfortunately, it looks like a lot of milk, meat, and potatoes in our future…!

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