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While most of us are guilty of getting a bit hangry from time to time, we all have that friend who takes it to the next level.

She’s grumpy, irritated and snappier than a Chandler Bing one-liner – all because she hasn’t eaten for a few hours.

So if you’re wondering why your mate is getting a bit thick with you for no reason, she’s probably just hangry. Check the signs:

1. She’s rolling her eyes at everything you say

No matter what you say, her response is an energetic eye roll. Don’t worry, it’s not you – she just needs a snack.

2. She takes compliments badly

“You look gorgeous today” is met with, “Will you stop, the state of me. I’m like a dog’s dinner,” followed by an angry fold of her arms. Oh, OK.

3. She asks if you have any food ‘on you’

So you search your handbag in the vain hope you can find something to quell the ‘hangriness’. This is where Carr’s Crinklys would come in a treat. These baked snacks are crunchy, tasty and perfect for filling the gap (and preventing your pal from having a hangry meltdown).

4. She makes food-related Freudian slips

So distracted is she, her friend Brenda becomes ‘baguette’, Rory becomes ‘roll’ and Mary is ‘mayo’. “Hey Baguette, I mean Brenda, how are you?” Someone feed that girl, quick!

5. She covets your food

Each bite you take is scrutinised with a hangry glare, until you’re eventually forced to ask if she would like a bite. Of course she accepts.

Thankfully keeping hangriness at bay is easy peasy with Carr’s Crinklys, the new savoury baked snacks from Carr's in Cheese & Onion, Salt & Vinegar and Bacon – and they’re baked, so are WAY healthier than fried crisps. Pop them in your handbag, and you’re good to go. Delish!

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There’s no doubt that Ireland was once pretty readily associated with potatoes.

In fact, plenty of our parents would have sat down to meat-and-two-veg (aka meat-and-spuds-two-ways) meals most days of the week.

These days we reckon – phew! – our own taste buds come along somewhat. Still, there’s no denying (nor is there any shame in) our nation’s great love for one particular category of potato: namely, the humble chip.

Skinny or chunky; crispy or supple; heavily salted or just plain – chips are king.

Our personal favourite is a fresh bag from the chipper, eaten on the walk home.

Your mouth is sensitive from the first few hot slivers of potato; warm vinegar trickles down your arm while your fingers accumulate ever more delicious residue. Perfection.

But it’s come to our attention that other nationalities don’t seem to have quite the same affection for the food.

Indeed, in Ireland chips accompany meals they never ordinarily would anywhere else.

Here, SHEmazing! rounds up the five best – and most bizarre – feasts you’ll find with a side a fries…

 

1) Lasagne:

Already a deliciously carb-heavy concoction of pasta, meat and creamy sauce – it regularly comes accompanied by chips.

Admittedly, alternatives for health-conscious types includes rice or, if you’re really sticking to the diet, a salad – but those are, thankfully, but rare choices for the average Irishman and woman.

 

2) Curry:

Sure, from the outset it seems strange – but there is something so deliciously right about chips with your curry.

The rice side is still requisite (half-and-half for the win)… but so is all that crispy potato goodness to soak up some of the spicy sauce.

3) Chinese:

Technically speaking, they probably don’t feature too often in traditional Chinese cuisine, but no Chinese take-away would dare set up shop on these shores without offering a chips stable.

And, of course, the three-in-one concoction of fried rice, curry sauce and chips is practically a national dish at this stage.

 

4) Garlic bread:

Scrumptious garlic goodness on heavily-buttered toast – all straight from the oven. So simple; so good.

It’s hardly like you need a carb side with your carb-heavy snack, but garlic bread is somehow rarely complete without chips. All of the stodge? Yes please.

5) Pizza:

In Ireland, pizza comes two ways: fancy-pants, gourmet style – and the version we all grew up on: heavy dough topped with lashings upon lashings of cheese. Pepperoni optional. And it is the latter category which needs a side of fries to make it complete.

At the core of countless children’s birthday parties during our youth, our taste-buds evidently still have a weakness for this glorious pairing today. 

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Stuffed mushrooms make a very easy starter if you have dinner guests over.

Simply have them prepared, stick them under the grill when the guest arrive and voilà! Domestic goddess.

What you’ll need:

Serves 2

  • 2 portobello mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp. such as Philadelphia or Boursin
  • 1 garlic clove (unless the cream cheese is flavoured)
  • Handful of grated mature cheddar cheese
  • Sprinkle of fresh rosemary
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Handful of breadcrumbs

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Wash and dry your mushrooms well to ensure they won’t be too soggy when cooked.
  3. In a bowl, combine the cream cheese and finely chopped garlic. Add a pinch of salt and black pepper.
  4. Massage the mushrooms with the olive oil.
  5. Spread the cream cheese over underside of the mushroom, getting into all of the grooves.
  6. Sprinkle with the cheddar and finely chopped rosemary.
  7. Add the breadcrumbs on top. Repeat with the second mushroom.
  8. Bake for about 15-20 until the mushroom is soft, the breadcrumbs are golden and the cheese is melted and bubbling.
  9. Serve with a fresh green salad to balance the richness of the cheeses.
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Quesadillas are a great meal to make midweek.

There aren’t a lot of ingredients and they are so versatile you can put anything you like in them.

What you’ll need:

Serves 2

  • 4 wraps
  • 1/2 tin of refried beans
  • 2 tbsp. sour cream
  • 2 handfuls of grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 spring onion
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 8 slices of jarred jalapeños

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Place one wrap on a plate and using a spoon, spread 1 tbsp. of refried bean over the base of the wrap. Repeat on another wrap.
  2. Sprinkle the cheese, sliced spring onion, spinach and chopped jalapeños over each wrap.
  3. Heat oil in a large frying pan and when it is hot, place one wrap in the pan and place another plain wrap on top, pressing down to seal the filling inside.
  4. Carefully turn over and cook the other side until it is golden.
  5. Repeat with the next wrap.
  6. Serve with sour cream and anything else you like such as salsa or guacamole.

If you prefer you can make this with different veggies as well as some cooked chicken, beef or prawns. Like we said, anything you like!

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