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Anne Marie brought us the TUNE that is 2002.

The singer has worked her magic once again, but this time she has stepped out of the studio and into the world of food.

Taking to Twitter, the British superstar has started a chain of weirdo food combos and honestly, it is giving us a laugh and the shivers.

Get ready to either vomit or defend some of the food responses. 

And, it's not a bad way to find out who the real freaks of your friend group are. 

Here are some obsessions with vegetables, tomato ketchup and salt. – EW.

 

Nutella fans shield your eyes now.

Although these make more sense that the vegetables, they're still odd.

We can understand the appeal of sweetness of the Nutella paired with the saltness of the meat, but the cheese? 

The next food combo is actually a personal favourite and I will defend it.

The balance of hot and cold, mixed with the salt and sweet makes this a delicious pairing.

Yep – it's the old staple – chips and ice cream/milkshake.

Then we revert to the right down wrong food friends and we can't cope.

Does vinegar really accompany baked beans? What happened to good old fashioned toast?

We will not be thanking you – that sounds horrendous.

Now people are sinning against the perfection that is avocado.

This twitter account suggests adding jam to our avocado and we are having none of it.

Is there any food combinations you swear by?

I highly recommend white bread, butter and bourbon biscuits.

Give it a go before you call me out and bunch me in with these food weirdos!

 

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It is Monday, meaning that if you are trying to stick to the Meatless Monday movement, it's time to try and find a tasty vegetarian recipe for dinner. 

Because reducing your consumption of meat is good for your health, for your wallet and for the planet, we have decided to help you and gather some crazy tasty recipes you will absolutely love.

You're welcome!

1. Baked mac & cheese

2. Vegetarian dirty thai fried quinoa

3. Black bean and guac burrito

4. 5-ingredient coconut curry

5. Courgette and black bean veggie burgers

6. Lentil sweet potato chili

7. Crispy black bean and feta tacos

 

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Ah, breakfast.

Our love/hate relationship with the first meal of the day is all too real.

However, this latest study has shown that chowing down in the morning before hitting a workout can "'prime" the body to burn carbs.

The findings also suggest that fuelling your workouts will allow the body to digest your post-workout meal much more efficiently. 

The research was conducted by scientists from at Department for Health, in collaboration with experts from the universities of Birmingham, Newcastle and Stirling.

As many fitness junkies will know, fasting is becoming a hot trend amongst the Insta-fit population.

The scientists have taken note.

The researchers tested the blood glucose levels and muscle glycogen levels of the 12 healthy male volunteers who took part.

Participates were split into two groups, those who ate breakfast and those who were fasting overnight. 

The scientists studied the volunteers before and after an hour’s cycle.

Those who ate brekkie were treated to porridge made with milk two hours before exercise. 

The results were in and it's time to kick fasting to the curb.

Their evidence shows eating breakfast increases the rate at which the body burnt carbohydrates during exercise.

Furthermore, it boosts the rate at which the body digests and metabolises food eaten after exercise too.

Dr Javier Gonzalez, senior lecturer in the Department of Health who co-led the study, said:

“This is the first study to examine the ways in which breakfast before exercise influences our responses to meals after exercise.

"We found that, compared to skipping breakfast, eating breakfast before exercise increases the speed at which we digest, absorb and metabolise carbohydrate that we may eat after exercise.”

Rob Edinburgh, PhD student also in the Department who co-led the study, said:

“We also found that breakfast before exercise increases carbohydrate burning during exercise, and that this carbohydrate wasn't just coming from the breakfast that was just eaten, but also from carbohydrate stored in our muscles as glycogen.

"This increase in the use of muscle glycogen may explain why there was more rapid clearance of blood sugar after ‘lunch’ when breakfast had been consumed before exercise."

If this study is anything to go by, it's time to become well acquainted with breakfast again.

Nevertheless, my fellow fitness fans will know we are constantly bombarded with conflicting evidence.

This study shows that fasting before exercising can lead to burning extra fat during a session.

If you're undecided, it's best to speak to your doctor before embarking on a new diet or exercise plan.

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When you don't have time to cook, making a salad for dinner is one of the quickest ways to whip up something healthy in minutes. 

If you think the kids might not be happy with it, our foolproof method to building a yummy salad will prove otherwise – it is tried, tested and approved!

 

Our secret is to begin your salad by layer and to make sure you have at least one element for each of the layers:

1. A base: we recommend to start with a green base, such as spinach, lettuce, rocket, mixed leaves… For a more hearty recipe, you can also go for cooked quinoa, lentils or pasta.

2. Vegetables: cucumber, radish, peppers, carrot ribbons, red onions, roasted sweet potatoes, butternut squash… The more, the merrier: this layer is to ensure you get your five-a-day and also to give some crunch and texture to your salad.

3. Protein: leftover rotisserie chicken, boiled eggs, ham, cooked salmon, tofu, grilled haloumi, chickpeas… 

4. Something soft: if you ask us, a salad needs avocado, but if you don't like it or don't have any at hand, it can also be feta, goat's cheese, cooked butternut squash, sweet potatoes or sundried tomatoes.  

5. Something sweet: raisins, grapes, strawberries, goji berries, cranberries, pineapple or a drizzle of sweet chilli sauce is essential to bring your salad to the next level.

6. Something crunchy: mostly nuts and/or seeds, this layer is the cherry on the cake. We recommend flaked almonds, toasted pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, chopped halzelnuts… 

7. Fresh herbs: basil, coriander, mint, spring onions… whatever you have on your balcony or in the fridge will do but don't skip this step! 

8. Optional: If you didn't already, you can also add cheese to your salad, such as feta, cheddar, gruyere, blue, goat's cheese.

Last but not least, make a nice dressing: 1 tsp mustard, 1 tbsp vinegar, 2 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper is our favourite one but don't be afraid to play around. There are a million easy recipes on the Internet. 

To give you some inspiration, here are some of our favourite combinations for the perfect salad:

Mediterranean

1. Mixed leaves
2. Cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onions
3. Leftover chicken
4. Avocado, sundried tomatoes
5. Raisins
6. Pine nuts
7. Basil

Asian

1. Spinach
2. Sweet peppers, cucumber
3. Smoked or cooked salmon
4. Avocado
5. Sweet chilli sauce
6. Chopped peanuts
7. Mint, spring onions 

Country

1. Mixed leaves
2. Radish
3. Eggs and crispy bacon
4. Goat's cheese
5. Cranberries 
6. Walnuts
7. Mint

Gwan, give it a go!

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Like the upstanding millennials that we are, we adore a good brunch. But more than a good brunch, we adore a cheap brunch.

And what could be cheaper than brunch dishes you can whip up from the comfort of your own kitchen?

Ladies, we give you our three favourites…

Ham and cheese womelette

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 slice of ham, chopped
  • ½ cup of grated cheese
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Spring onions to taste

Whip the eggs until they create a light foam. Add the cheese, ham, paprika, salt and pepper. 

Preheat the waffle maker and spray with oil. Pour the mix into the waffle maker and cook for about 4 minutes.

Scatter with spring onions and more cheese if desired. Enjoy!

 

Brunch frittata

  • 80g grated cheese     
  • 8 free range eggs
  • 200g potatoes, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped    
  • 4 rashers, chopped
  • 1 handful baby spinach leaves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika

Put the sliced potatoes in a pot of boiling water and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain them and set aside.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan and add the onion and the chopped bacon. Cook for about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Keep the pan on the heat and place the sliced potatoes in one layer on the bottom of the pan. Scatter the bacon, onion and the spinach. Cook for about 3 minutes, until the spinach starts to soften. 

Beat the eggs until they form a light foam, add some pepper, the paprika and the cheese.

Add the egg mixture to the pan, put a lid on it and cook over medium to low heat for 10 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked through. 

Serve cut into wedges with a some cherry tomatoes and sliced avocado if desired.

Breakfast baked potatoes

  • 4 medium potatoes, cooked
  • 4 free range eggs
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 100g bacon, chopped sliced
  • 75g grated cheddar
  • A few sprigs of chives
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Sour cream, to serve

Preheat oven to 180°C. In a large pan, heat a tablespoon of olive oil and cook the onions until translucent. Add the bacon and cook for 3 minutes.

Cut out the top of each potato and scoop out most of the inside (you can keep it to make potato croquettes).

Stuff each potato with the bacon and onion mix, some cheese then crack one egg inside. Season with salt and pepper. Add more cheese on top and place on a lined baking sheet. Cook for about 20 to 25 minutes.

Top with chopped chives and serve with baby spinach and a dollop of sour cream if desired.

 

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Did you know that pasta are considered a healthy food? According to some studies, it can even promote weight-loss. 

So, let's not waste anymore time banning carbs from our diet and start enjoying them guilt-free – that is, of course, if you don't add the whole pack of cheese or a tub of cream to your plate…

The following recipes are tried and tested favourites that certainly won't hurt your waistline, and satisfy your carbs cravings. 

1. Avocado pesto pasta

 

2. Spaghetti and meatballs

3. Spinach and pine nut gnocchi

4. Chicken fettuccine

5. Fettuccine Alfredo

6. Butternut squash and pancetta pasta

7. Ultimate spaghetti carbonara

8. Rigatoni with beef and aubergine ragu

9. Red wine pasta

10. Roasted tomato chicken pasta

 

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We love doughnuts and we love gin… bring them both together and you've just created the treat of our dreams!

The Rolling Donut, best known for serving deliciously sweet doughnuts from its iconic kiosk on O’Connell Street, are celebrating 40 years in business, and are marking the occasion with two mouthwatering gin treats. 

The company have teamed up with award-winning Bloom Floral Gin to create two new flavours: Gin, Lime, and Elderflower and Strawberry Gin.

Expect bursts of lime mascarpone, strawberry fillings and elderflower glazes with floral gin undertones.

The doughnuts promise to compliment both the floral flavours of the gin and the signature filled doughnuts we know and love.

"We love doing collaborations and Bloom Floral Gin was the perfect summery fit," says Lisa Quinlan owner of The Rolling Donut. 

"It’s something I’ve been working on for quite some time now with my bakers and I can’t wait for our customers to try them."

Now the lowdown on these irresistible offerings:

First up is the gin, lime, and elderflower flavour – a doughnuts  filled with a light and gin and lime mascarpone topped with a delicious fresh gin lime and elderflower glaze.

Next is the strawberry gin flavour – gin infused strawberry mascarpone with a pink sourdough base with a strawberry and gin infused icing, a real taste of summer!

The Rolling Donut was founded four decades ago by Michael Quinlan with his daughter Lisa taking the reins in recent years expanding the range to sourdough and vegan doughnuts​​​​​​​ to four outlets across Dublin city.

The Rolling Donut gin doughnuts​​​​​​​ are available at all four stores for the entire month of August at a cost of €2.50. 

1. 34 Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1

2. 55 South King Street, Dublin 2

3. Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Dublin 22

4. Swords Pavilions, Co Dublin

For more on The Rolling Donut see www.therollingdonut.ie

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With her genuine approach to blogging, Grace Mongey has gained a following of more than 100k on Instagram. 

Since the birth of her baby daughter Sienna, the beauty, lifestyle and travel blogger has chosen to get real about motherhood and isn't afraid to share some of the struggles she's encountered along the way. 

As she is just back from her summer break in Marbella, we have asked the makeup artist about her food habits.  

 

Never been happier #Family #MyGirl #SiennaHarper 

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What is your typical weekday breakfast?  

I love to mix it up at breakfast time. My favourites would have to be a slim bagel, smoked salmon and a poached egg, or some fruit with Greek style yoghurt and maybe some muesli too.

A coffee is always a must on the side! 

What do you usually have for dinner?

I generally would mix up the type of dinners I make but all would consist of meat, vegetables and a small portion of carbs.

Carbs like sweet potatoes, quinoa or butternut squash are always a hit. 

Is it different at the weekend?

Yes it can be for sure, it's a lot easier I find to fall off the bandwagon at the weekends and get a takeaway or indulge a little bit more.

I try to be as healthy as possible but we're all allowed a treat! We will cook something nice like Mexican food, fajitas are always a winner! 

I love to nibble on things like crackers and cheese, meats and hummus. 

 

The most incredible lunch. Buckwheat Pancakes #Yum #London #Lunch

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Do you snack during the day?

Of course, I always try to include as much protein as possible. My trainer recommends that so I'd have a protein shake with a banana, almond butter and milk. It's so nice, it's like a peanut butter milkshake!

Otherwise I'd have Greek style yoghurt with berries or some nuts.

What would be your ideal food day?

Cheese! Anything with cheese and more cheese! With bacon or bread. All the good stuff! 

What is your favourite dessert? 

Ohhh definitely a warm chocolate brownie and ice cream!

What is your favourite meal of the day? 

I would have to say breakfast. There are so many different things you can have for breakfast. Having a big breakfast or going out for brunch, I love both. 

Your favourite restaurant in Dublin/Ireland/the world? 

That's a really tough question! I don't know if I have a favourite because I love to try new places all of the time.

A great brunch spot though would be Noah&Co. in Liffey Valley. The food is delish.

The best brunch place in Dublin?

We love HQ on Grand Canal, that's gorgeous!! 

Any “food pet peeves”?

Mine would have to be when people automatically say they don't like something when they haven't tried it!

I'm one to try before I decide whether or not I like it. 

What food would you not eat for the whole world?

I hate ginger! It makes me feel ill even thinking about it…

What can we always find in your fridge?

Cheese, milk, yoghurt, oh and eggs!

You have friends over for dinner, what do you cook for them?

I love to cook and I have a few favourites. 

I would go for spaghetti bolognese, I love spaghetti.A stir fry either, my Mam says they are the best! I do a really nice chicken satay as well. Any of those I'd say! 

Do you find it hard to eat a healthy diet on a daily basis?

If I stay in 'the zone' I am totally fine, keeping up with workouts and eating healthy each week but it's when I fall off the bandwagon like I would have on my holidays, I find it really hard to get back on track!

I'm an 80/20 kind of girl though, so I do my best to eat healthy and work out as much as possible but I love some treats or cheat meals too. 

What is your guilty pleasure?

Cheese! Any type, cheese boards with all the trimmings, olives, meats and grapes.

Cheese on top of cheese on top of cheese!!

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We ALL know that feeling well on a Friday night; feeling so worn out with exhaustion that the mere thought of cooking a meal for yourself makes you want to shed a tear. "I didn't work all week to deal with this," you think, wearingly. That is where the 'backup plan' comes into place. The backup plan being, having something on hand that is restaurant quality delicious, that you can prepare at home, requiring minimal effort from you.

That let's be honest, that 'something' is always pizza – at least when it's this close to the weekend. Unfollow anyone on social who is willing to dispute that – you don't need that kind of negativity in your life, tbh.   

Thankfully, Milanos are here to bring you that Friday feeling with their newest additions to their supermarket (and very budget-friendly) pizza range (why yes, you can buy Milano goodness to cook at home), including an out-of-this-world American pizza (€5.69). It originates from a signature restaurant recipe (so you know it's going to taste GOOD), made with pepperoni, mozzarella and Milano’s famous passata. In one word: heavenly. 

You can also get their Pollo Ad astra (€5.69), a classic pizza base topped with chicken, Peppadew™ peppers, Cajun spice and mozzarella. Did you know that this one is already a staple on the Milano restaurant menu? This recipe has been perfectly crafted so you can love and enjoy it when you're just too tired to leave the house. 

Their supermarket range now also has more products should you want a little something on the side (so to speak), including three new salad dressings, House, House Light and Caesar, all at €3 each. This will be additions to the fan-favourites in the range, from the scrumptious dough balls which we always need more of (€2.99) and Milano classic pizzas, Margherita and Sloppy Giuseppe. 

Milano’s new (and very tasty) retail product range is now available selected Tesco stores nationwide.

Why not treat yo-self? You deserve it.   

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Swap milk chocolate for 70 or, even better, 85% dark chocolate. 

Rich in minerals, good fats, antioxidants, low in sugar and often dairy-free, dark chocolate is a healthy treat that you should indulge on a regular basis this year. One or two squares after a meal pleases the taste buds, totally guilt-free. The flavours are so strong, you won’t need the whole tablet to feel satisfied. 

Swap white for brown

White rice, white bread, white pasta: these can all be replaced with their whole grain version, organic if possible. The health benefits? More nutrients and more fibres, which are key to a healthier gut, help control blood sugar and maintain a healthy weight. 

Swap juices for fruits and water

Juicing may have been a huge food and health trend for the past few years, yet some experts would like you to drop the juice to go for the whole fruit instead. Fruit juice passes through the digestive system more rapidly than whole fruits, which are full of fibres, and have a much higher glycemic index. More generally, try and eat your calories instead of drinking them. 

Make your own food whenever you can

We know that a busy life often means ready-made food but each little swap matters. Homemade soup, homemade salad dressing… some staples are so quick and easy to cook, you don’t have any excuse to buy it pre-made. Plus you can make them in batch and keep in the fridge or freeze them.

Once you try homemade dressing – which is basically one teaspoon of mustard, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, 4 tablespoons of oil, salt and pepper – you can never buy a supermarket one again.

Swap your chocolate bar or biscuits for an apple with nut butter

Avoid chocolate bars and their empty calories. Packed with fibres, vitamins, minerals and good fats, apples and nut butter are one of the healthiest snacks you can make at home or in the office, without sacrificing taste – it’s actually so good you might become addicted.

Cut your apple into quarters, spread some peanut or almond butter, and sprinkle with cinnamon for added nutritional value and taste. If you are watching your weight, just don't put too much nut butter on your apple are it is very heavy in calories. 

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Whoever said there's no such thing as a free lunch had obviously never heard of The Back Page!

The eatery in Phibsboro has become well known for giving away free meals to people.

They pick two random names each week – one male and one female – and then whoever is lucky enough to have that name gets to eat for free. 

And this week, they are calling on Orlas and Olivers to pop in between 10am and 3:30pm to enjoy a tasty lunch on them.

The sports bar took to Facebook yesterday to announce this week's names, advising people to bring ID because, hey, who wouldn't try to nab themselves some free food?

We just have one little question: is the call-out just for Orlas… or does it include Orlaiths and Orlaghs? 

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In Paris, brunch is usually served only on Sundays and cafes and restaurants tend offer one option including all the food and drinks.

Some places work differently and don't require you to get the whole meal deal so check beforehand if you don't necessarily want to spend 25 quid in one go. 

As you would assume, brunch is quite popular in Paris so queues can be quite frightening if you show up to a trendy place at 1pm on a Sunday. But most of the time, the food is worth the wait! Here is our pick for the best places to go for brunch in Paris.

1. Café Marlette

Prepare yourself for a bit of waiting as Café Marlette is a very popular spot to get a delicious Parisian brunch. Coffee, juice, granola, cheese, ham, eggs, fresh bread, cake… for 25 euros you will be fed for the day (that's if you manage to finish your plate). This café also offers a range of cake mixes that are better than any homemade one so grab a couple boxes while you are there. 

 

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51 rue des Martyrs, Paris 9 and 63 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, Paris 9

2. La Recyclerie

Built from recycled good which makes it look like a Pinterest board, this unique spot is ideal during a sunny day as you can enjoy your brunch plate outside, sitting by some old train tracks that are not in use anymore. La Recyclerie often hosts charity thrift sales at the weekend to the delight of all vintage lovers.

 

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83 boulevard Ornano, Paris 18

3. Uptown

Located near Montmartre, Uptown serves a gourmet brunch in a lovely casual atmosphere. If you can't make it for brunch, this place also offers delicious small plates for dinner, ideal to share and try some absolutely fabulous French food.

18 rue Francœur, Paris 18

4. Paperboy

This small hipster café is worth a visit almost as much for people watching as for the food. On this menu influenced by American and British cuisines with a healthy twist, everything is delicious, fresh and homemade.

 

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137 rue Amelot, Paris 11

5. Clint

Eggs, burgers, salads, homemade cakes, waffles, milkshakes… It will be hard to chose what to order from Clint's tempting brunch menu!   

 

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174 rue de la Roquette, Paris 11

6. Season

This healthy and trendy spot covers all the most instagrammable food you could think of, from avocado toasts, to pancakes, acai bowls, burgers and salads. So if you fancy a tasty meal that will definitely score a few likes on the gram, you know where to go!

 

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1 rue Charles François Dupuis, Paris 3

7. Le Trésor

Parisian are usually a bit wary of all-you-can-eat buffets as they tend to be a sign of lower quality. With its scrumptious yet refined food, Le Trésor is an exception to the rule. From croissants to fresh breads, hot dishes, eggs, cold meats, seafood or homemade cakes, you will enjoy the all-you-can-eat policy until the last bite!

8. BüL & bar à cannes

If you feel like a healthy and yummy brunch, BüL is the place to go. This small eatery offers gluten-free and mostly vegetarian options that won't make you feel like you are missing out on anything. 

 

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20 avenue Trudaine, Paris 9

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