Month: August 2014

Garbage room diaries… My latest finds

I was lucky on my trip to the garbage room yesterday.  I managed to find this really cool salt rock lamp in perfect working condition.  It just so happens to fit perfectly in the shelving unit that I found in the garbage last year.  My bedroom is basically made up completely of garbage finds, other than my bed because that’s just gross.  I also spotted this handy little rhyming dictionary, I’ve been known to write a poem or two and this will make rhyming a little easier.  10639528_572316306205793_4178150911992356483_n


Broiled lobster tails with garlic butter



-½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
-2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
-4 large lobster tails, thawed, if frozen
-Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Lemon wedges, for serving

Preheat the broiler. Combine the butter and garlic in a small saucepan and over low, melt the butter. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside while you prep the lobsters.

Place the lobster (shell side up with the head end facing you) on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Using kitchen shears, cut down the center of the shell almost all the way to the base of the tail, being careful to not cut the meat. Pry open the sides of the shell to expose the meat. Gently pull out the meat, leaving only a small connection of meat to the shell at the base of the tail. Squeeze the shell back together and lay the lobster meat on top of it. Brush the lobsters with some of the garlic butter and season with salt, pepper and paprika.

Broil until the lobster is golden and the meat is cooked in the center, about 10 minutes. Serve with the remaining garlic butter and lemon wedges.


The scoop on… Chai seeds



1. Chia is gluten free
2. It is very high in dietary fibre, making it great for digestion and healing digestion issues.
3. It contains 20% Omega 3 ALA, making it a super food for the brain and heart. Chia has eight times more Omega 3 than salmon!
4. It boasts 20% protein
5. The protein is a complete protein with all 8 essential amino acids
6. It is high in antioxidants (It has a four times higher ORAC value than blueberries)
7. Chia contains five times more calcium than milk
8. Chia contains seven times more vitamin C than oranges
9. It contains three times more iron than spinach
10. It contains twice the potassium content of banana
11. It is food for healthy skin, hair and nails
12. It has a positive impact balancing blood glucose levels (making it awesome for diabetics)
13. Chia makes a great egg replacement. Just combine with water to form a gel, and add it to recipes that call for egg.

Nutritionists recommend that 15g/0.53oz (one tablespoon) of chia is consumed each day. Be sure to drink plenty of water as chia is very high in fiber.

I toss a tablespoon of chai seeds into my morning smoothies and it really helps to thicken the consistency and gives it a nutty flavour.

You can also:

– Sprinkle it raw onto almost any food

– Add it to breakfast cereals, salads and soups

-Add it to bread and muffin recipes

– Mix with water or coconut water to form a thick gel