The cabbage steaks with goat’s cheese and bacon is an ideal dish for our national day. It is a new twist on bacon and cabbage. I like to use savoy cabbage as it is one of my favourites. The red skinned pears are that little bit sweeter. In this recipe, slabs of roasted cabbage make a novel base for melting goat’s cheese.

Some time back, people used to be a little nervous about goat’s cheese as they thought it might taste too strong. But now it is much more popular and I have yet to come across an Irish goat’s cheese that I found too strong. We buy ours from Sheridans and it is always top quality.