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The World’s Most Expensive Food

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It’s just another Paris Hilton Instagram post showing the room service meal she ordered during her Shanghai sojourn last November. “I love Chinese food,” she commented. But there’s one problem, except for the fried rice, the dishes were hardly Chinese: panini, creamy soup, spaghetti, and some other general meals. I wouldn’t fault her though, and the public seems to understand her little culinary mishap. After all, the Paris Hiltons amidst us are more at home eating fancy meals than being confronted by an unassuming panini. Well then, let’s give Paris Hilton one fancy menu.

I thought to put together a set of meals for one day in this infographic, featuring the most expensive foods in the world. These foods are unabashedly opulent, but before you get upset, many of these items were created for fundraising programs (like an auction). Okay, some are truly lavish beyond reason. To put their prices in perspective, our total bill by dinner’s end easily matches the annual income of an average American household, whose weekly meal budget is estimated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be somewhere from $130 to $250 for a family of four. Continue reading

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The Disturbing Truth About The Food You Eat

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Standing in the supermarket’s food section aisle you’re confronted with hundreds of different products compounded by the happy proliferation of subcategories. You have a wide choice of grocery items at your fingertips. Or have you?

A 2013 study by the U.S. consumer rights group, Food and Water Watch, examined the market share of 100 common grocery items and unearthed a disturbing trend: you’re actually down to 2-4 big companies when buying most grocery items. This is certainly a global trend, extremely valid in modern Ireland. Continue reading

2014 Trends for Healthy Eating

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The World Health Organisation’s recommendation to cut our sugar consumption by half shows just how seriously experts believe our health is being affected.  According to Elizabeth Peyton-Jones, health officials finally realise that sugar is toxic, and that we are slowly killing ourselves by consuming too much of the sweet stuff.

“WHO is an independent body responsible for the world’s health which normally deals with disease and viruses.  The fact that it is now issuing guidelines on sugar, which is known to be responsible for killer diseases, should finally indicate how serious this issue is,” said Peyton-Jones, discussing what differences we are likely to see in our eating habits in the coming year. Continue reading

Clean Eating Fish Pie

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I know I haven’t done any Christmassy recipes yet (I promise they are to come!) but I am already planning the meals that will get me back on a healthy track when gloomy January comes around. This fish pie will help you overcome the post-Christmas slump when the sight of a mince pie or nan’s christmas cake is enough to make you heave in your sweatpants which are all that fit you right now (Mean Girls joke, sorry)  Keep this recipe on hand for a light, satisfying recipe that is filled with nutrient rich fish and vegetables. Continue reading

The Green Smoothie

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The Green Smoothie

I have been making these smoothies for about 5 months now as I find them the easiest way to get all the right fruit and veg into me in one quick and painless drink! It fills you up for quite a while so if weight loss is what you are after then you could use one green smoothie to replace one meal – though I would never under any circumstances suggest you do any of those “detox” diets where all you drink is smoothies; it is not likely to last long and would be verrrry boring! Instead, when I am trying to be slightly more healthy, I have a good breakfast, followed by a green smoothie for lunch and remain satisfied till dinnertime. Here is one of my current favourite recipes; remember there are no rules when it comes to what you put into your smoothie just as long as the amount of veg outweighs the amount of fruit you put in. Fruit is still full of sugar so think of it as a way to make the veg taste a bit better in order to get it into you! I freeze sliced banana, spinach and kale so that it both lasts longer and makes the smoothie nice and cold.

My Green Smoothie Recipe

  • Handful of frozen Spinach
  • Handful of frozen Kale
  • 1/4 Cucumber
  • 1/2 Banana
  • Handful of Blueberries
  • Juice of one Lemon or Lime
  • 1 tblsp. Flaxseed
  • 1 tsp. Honey (optional)
  • Sprinkle of Cinnamon (optional)
  • Grated Ginger (optional)

What to Do:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender
  2. Cover ingredients with water and blend until smooth
  3. Drink and feel healthier in seconds 😉

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Red Thai Laksa

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This Thai Laksa is on of the easiest dishes to put together, making it one of my favourites! It’s also a great way of using all that veg that is still in the fridge despite best intentions throughout the week. It is so versatile so throw in whatever you have, however below is how I best enjoy mine.

This recipe may seem like it has a lot of ingredients but not only are they items we often have in the kitchen anyway, they are also very inexpensive to buy. Continue reading

Dublin Harvest Festival Springs Into Life

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Dublin Community Growers are hosting their annual Harvest Festival in Wolfe Tone Park, Jervis Street on Saturday 14th September from 12 – 5 pm to demonstrate how organic food does need not to be expensive and can be accessible to all.
During the event, organically grown produce from Dublin’s  community gardens will be available free of charge for those in  attendance, and in exchange Dublin Community Growers are asking for a  promise to help out with your local community garden. Continue reading
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