The Ulster Fry has been described as a heart attack on a plate, but the soaring cost of its ingredients is just as likely to cause us to gasp for breath. For inflation has pushed up the cost of the breakfast by 44% in the past seven years.
Ulster Bank economist Richard Ramsey uses the fry as a method of tracking food prices and his findings certainly leave a bad taste in the mouth. The increasing cost of food during a period when wages were frozen or even reduced meant a strain on many household budgets. Even the weather conspired against householders with severe storms hitting harvests and reducing supplies. And with political uncertainty also threatening supplies such as wheat from Russia, we may not even be able to afford to comfort eat in future.