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Have you ever wanted a good excuse to have to avoid cooking? Well, thanks to Deliveroo your prayers have been answered.

The last thing you want to do on the weekend is slave away in the kitchen like Cinderella. We can't help but daydream about going out for brunch or dining at that fancy new Italian restaurant your colleague has been raving about, but sadly our bank accounts won’t allow it.

Luckily, Deliveroo is offering free delivery across all restaurants this Friday and Saturday.

Hallelujah!

Every restaurant on Deliveroo in Ireland will be taking part in this special free delivery deal across Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Belfast over the two days.

Liam Cox, General Manager of Deliveroo Ireland shared: “We’re thrilled to be able to give our loyal customers the opportunity to take advantage of our free delivery offer."

He hopes this offer will encourage people to try new food: “I'm hoping this will encourage more people to want to try out some of their favourite local delicacies, so there’s no reason not to indulge!”

We will certainly be treating ourselves this weekend thanks to Deliveroo.

Why not make the most of this offer and gather up your friends for a night-in. You could all order your favourite dish and share with one another, that way everyone can try something different, whether that’s a gourmet burger or some salmon and avocado sushi.

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Poke bowls have taken over the Internet, and has proven itself worthy of the title of most fashionable food trend of 2017. 

Colourful, healthy and yummy, they tick all the boxes, and many eateries around Dublin now offer their own version of the trendy bowl. 

This traditional Hawaiian dish could be basically described as a sushi salad, and just like our beloved sushi rolls, you can make poke bowls with loads of different ingredients. 

Rather than splashing the cash on a takeaway poke bowl, you can follow our recipe, which is super easy to make and most importantly, tasty AF.  

For 2 servings 

Ingredients

  • 200g cooked sushi rice
  • 200g salmon filet, cubed
  • ½ ripe avocado, sliced
  • ¼ cucumber, sliced
  • ¼ fresh mango, cubed
  • 2 tbsp edamame
  • 2 tbsp fresh seaweed 
  • 2 radishes, sliced

For the dressing

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tbsp sesame oil
  • ½ tbsp lime juice
  • ½ tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • ½ tbsp green onion, thinly sliced
  • Black and white sesame seeds, to taste

 

Method

1. In a small mixing bowl, combine soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, spring onions and lime juice.

2. Toss salmon and marinate for one hour.

3. To assemble, scoop slightly cooled sushi rice into a bowl, top with salmon, avocado, cucumber, edamame, mango, seaweed, radish and sesame seeds.

4. Drizzle with the rest of the marinade, and enjoy!

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With Kimberley Walsh adding fuel to the pregnancy fire by stating that her BFF will make a brilliant mum, Cheryl Cole and her beau Liam Payne headed out for sushi in London last night. 

Unsurprisingly, the former X Factor judge's appearance sparked oodles of commentary on the supposed impending arrival of a little pop prince or princess. 

 

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Wearing a beige, polo-neck jumper dress with tall black boots, the 33-year-old completed her look with a heavy camel-coloured coat.

Hitting celebrity hotspot Nobu, the duo turned in for the night early – also opting to shun booze for bottles of water during their meal.  

Still, some fans expressed concern that the love-birds seemed particularly exhausted; Liam, 23, had bags under reddened eyes while Cheryl also seemed tired. 

Of course, Mr Payne recently returned from a recording session in LA and may still be suffering from the effects of jet-lag. 

 

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He met his girlfriend of ten months way back in 2008 when he was just 14 – with Ms Cole, who is currently in the midst of divorcing her second husband – .giving the then wannabe-star a resounding 'yes' following his audition.

However, it wasn't until two years later that the One Direction singer returned to the reality TV show – and made it through to the live finals. He and his bandmates ultimately finished third in the competition, going on to become the biggest band of the last decade. 

 

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Ah McDonalds, a fine institution of all things fine dining.

Ok fine, the fast food chain are not exactly serving caviar, but really it’s only going to be a matter time.

After introducing 48-piece McNugget meals to the menu in Japan (we’re not even kidding), we feel like it is just a matter of time before that gourmet menu loses the run of itself altogether. 

It seems like sushi fanatics are already pushing for an interesting twist on some McDonald’s staples.

In a YouTube video, the Miami-based sushi chef Hiroyuki Terada creates futomaki using a McDonald's Big Mac. The concept is absolutely ridiculous, but we'd be lying if we said we didn't want to try it.

Thank you America, you have given us yet another reason to head to the golden arch. 

First, Hiroyuki cuts each bun in half horizontally to make them thin enough to form a replacement for the seaweed that typically holds everything together in a sushi roll. He then presses them together to form a thin sheet of bread.

After carefully arranging all of the Big Mac ingredients, plus some avocado, tomato, fresh herbs, spicy mayo and, of course, the iconic skinny cut chips, he rolls up his creation, unveiling a tightly curled Big Mac sushi roll.

Then he cuts them into bite-size portions and arranges them on a plate in such a fashion that we can practically hear the Instagram likes rapidly accumulating. 

So, to recap: Americans are making Big Mac sushi and Japanese nugget fans are living the dream of 48 piece McNugget buckets, meanwhile we are sitting over here dreaming of the day the all-day breakfast menu reaches our shores.

To be fair, the 48 piece deal is for a limited time only, but at least Japanese fans get the opportunity to experience the McNugget bucket.

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The most Instagrammed food is surprising, BUT we love it!

Yes, brightly iced doughnuts can step aside. Macarons, your time has passed – because IG have crowned pizza its new 'it' food!

Vice reports that the cheesy Italian dish is the most photographed food on IG. The study was carried out by chef Alessio Mecozzi and PR firm Klaus Davi. 

The researchers poured through 300m food photos uploaded onto IG and found that 17m of them had the hashtag #pizza added to it. 

Not surprisingly, New York had the most pizza photos, hogging 6.1 percent of all pizza pics around the world. 

Pizza is one of those Internet-friendly foods with a cult following, producing countless memes and even emoji delivery orders. It also doesn't hurt that celebrities like Chrissy Teigen and Jennifer Lawrance are totally obsessed, too. 

Sushi ranked in second place in the study, followed closely by pasta. 

But we have to say, we think pizza is No. 1 too.

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We all know the feeling: we have a big, hearty, healthy breakfast, only to be running to the supermarket within 90minutes as our stomachs rumble well before lunch-time. 

What gives you ask? Well, the food that we usually eat when we're busy, stressed or even just plain hungry are to blame.

The highly processed, high-carb foods we turn to make our insulin levels spike, causing our blood sugars to crash which eventually makes us hungry all over again.

These foods are often stored as fat rather than used for fuel, but as we all know the usual culprits (fruit juice, white bread, fizzy drinks), there are a few surprising healthy players in the game also. 

So here's a list of all the healthy food that actually makes us more hungry. 

 

Whole-grain bread

Think that 100 percent whole-grain bread with crunchy peanut butter is going to keep you satisfied until lunch? No chance. Any type of bread, even the whole-grain kind, has extremely high glucose levels and will elevate your blood sugar more than a Snickers bar. Yep… you thought it was doing you good but it lied. 

 

Dry cereal

Even if it's a big bowl of hearty grains, cereal doesn't have a very high water content so it's not going to fill you up for very long. Just think about holding a full bow of cereal, it's very light… and the same is going into your stomach. 

 

Green smoothies

There's no denying that a green smoothie is healthy for you: it's full of the likes of leafy greens, fruit and almond milk, after all. But if you want to stay fuller for longer, drinking your calories isn't going to do much good for you. Our bodies don't initially register that were consuming sustenance in liquid form which results in you eating more calories throughout the day. 

 

Pretzels

Pretzels first came on the scene during the low-fat craze of the Eighties and Nineties. Fat-free pretzels sounded like a good idea but it's not so: they are full of refined white flour and purely processed. It will stock your blood stream with a load of glucose which is going to make you hungry soon after eating. 

 

Sushi

It's really difficult to feel full while eating sushi because it feels light and it's so easy to just keep popping a bite-sized piece into your mouth. And they can be packed full of calories too. So instead of eating a load of them in just one serving, fill up on miso soup or a salad beforehand. Your tummy will thank you. 

 

Frozen yoghurt

While this might be a nice treat for after a meal, it is not going to keep you full. Sugar is simply empty calories and like before, with the glucose filling your system, you tummy will be rumbling soon after. If you really need to have some (because let's be real now) try fill it full of healthy oats, grains and fruits to make it last longer.

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Well, ‘tis far from California rolls and sashimi we were raised, but sushi has really gotten a foothold in Irish food culture in recent years.

You’ll be shocked to hear though that you’ve been eating it wrong all this time! While we’ve been struggling to look some way confident with a pair of chopsticks, turns out over in Japan they’ve just been picking sushi up with – GASP – their hands!

In this video, sushi master Naomichi Yasuda explains how sushi rolls (the ones covered in seaweed) should just be eaten with the fingers. Sushi with only fish on top like nigiri should still be eaten with chopsticks though – so those intensive lessons were worth something at least!

Watch the full video here for more tips and to see Naomichi at work…

 

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This sushi recipe is really easy to make and is the perfect dish to serve at any summer party.

What you’ll need:

  • 300g sushi rice
  • 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. caster sugar
  • 1 large avocado
  • juice ½ lemon
  • 4 seaweed sheets
  • 4 large slices of smoked salmon
  • 1 bunch chives
  • 1 tsp. of sweet soy sauce

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Put the rice in a small pan with 600ml water. Bring to the boil and cook for 10 minutes until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender. Stir through the vinegar and sugar, cover and cool.
  2. Skin, stone and slice the avocado. Put in a bowl and squeeze over the lemon juice, turning the avocado to ensure the pieces are covered.
  3. Divide the rice between the seaweed sheets and spread it out evenly, leaving a 1cm border at the top and bottom. Lay the salmon over the rice, followed by the chives and finally position the avocado across the centre.
  4. Fold the bottom edge of the seaweed over the filling, then roll it up firmly. Dampen the top border with a little water to help it seal the roll. Repeat to make 4 rolls. At this stage, the rolls can be wrapped individually in cling film and chilled until ready to serve.
  5. Cut each roll into 8 rounds. Serve with sweet soy sauce for dipping.

 

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Anyone who says they don’t try to impress their guests with a fancy dinner is clearly telling a lie.  

We’ve all gone through the stress of cleaning our homes inside out only to tell our guests to ‘ignore the mess’ – sounds very familiar if you ask us.

If you want to further impress your guests, provide these tasty finger foods:

1. Chicken Spring rolls

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2. Sushi

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3. Chocolate covered strawberries

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They’re easy to buy in a supermarket, but remember, your guests will be more impressed if you make these yourself!

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Whether you’re trying to gain a few kilos or shed a few pounds, your calorie-intake has a lot to do with helping you achieve your goals.

Here are some health foods with surprising amounts of calories:

Sushi
Just because they are tiny, it doesn’t mean they’re harmless. A sushi roll can have up to 500 calories – not very good for your waistline.

Dried fruit
With over 100 calories per 160g serving, your calorie-intake can go up rather quickly when you have dried fruit. If you’re trying to have less calories then opt for fresh or frozen fruit. You can eat in larger amounts at fewer calories.

Low-fat peanut butter
When manufacturers reduce the fat in peanut butter, they replace it with sugars. This means your ‘low-fat’ peanut butter had the same amount of calories as the original. You might as well stick to the regular stuff because you won’t eat as much since the original is much more filling.

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Oishii Foods have launched their new campaign for 2014, encouraging people to eat their way to ‘a new you’.

Sushi has been proven to have amazing health benefits, such as lowering cholesterol, benefiting joints, making hearts healthier and improving circulation.

Oishii Sushi use ingredients that are packed full of vitamins and minerals, meaning their food is low in fat, low in sugar and high in protein – the perfect recipe for a healthy start to the New Year.

Managing Director of Oishii Foods, Ciara Troy says: “I have had several women e-mail me to say how much weight they have lost eating our sushi whilst also buying our other products at least three times a week.”

With Ireland’s obesity levels at a staggering 24.5%, January is perfect time to make the switch and add sushi to your diet. Oishii Sushi pieces contain less than 200kcal per 100g and are packed full of the minerals and nutrients your body will be craving after the festive season.

For the budding cooks among you, Oishii also run sushi demonstrations by skilled chefs, which include hands-on sushi-making sessions.

The Oishii Noodles range is available in Dunnes Stores, Superquinn and Super Valu.

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