Monday, January 30, 2012

Peri Peri Chicken Salad

Takeaway is no match for this meal! This sizzling peri peri chicken is not only quick, but also wins on taste, value and freshness.   

Ingredients (serves 4)
2 long fresh red chillies, halved
2 tsp finely grated lemon rind
2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs chopped fresh oregano
3 garlic cloves, crushed
60ml (1/4 cup) fresh lemon juice
12 (about 600g) chicken tenderloins
Olive oil spray
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
80g baby spinach leaves
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
125g cherry tomatoes, halved   

1. Remove the seeds from the chillies, if desired. Finely chop. Place in a bowl. Stir in lemon rind, olive oil, oregano, garlic and lemon juice. Add chicken. Toss to coat.
2. Spray a barbecue grill or chargrill with oil. Heat on medium-high. Cook the chicken for 4-5 minutes each side or until cooked through.
3. Whisk the extra virgin olive oil and vinegar in a large bowl. Add the spinach, onion and tomato to the bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Divide the chicken and spinach mixture among serving plates.   

Serving tip: Serve this salad with thickly sliced crusty bread or gluten-free bread, if desired.  
With a twist: Peri peri salmon salad: Replace the chicken with 3 salmon fillets, quartered length ways. Cook for 2-3 minutes.  
Thai chicken salad: Replace chilli mixture with 1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce. Replace the spinach with 1 cup fresh coriander sprigs.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Home Office Storage and Organisation Solutions

Create a home office anywhere in your home with these ideas for streamlined storage and efficient organisation from Better Homes & Gardens. When planning your home office, make sure there are adequate outlets nearby for computers, printers, and task lighting. 

Create a corner office at home by zoning a section of a larger room, such as your living room or family room, as a work zone. Behind this desk place place large bookcase, this will fulfill all the storage needs of your work area in one simple system. For more storage, hang floating shelves along the wall.

If you need an office for more than one person use a dining table as a desk and place it perpendicular to a wall so several people can sit at the table at once. Place the table against a wall of built-ins, which will add storage. A large bookcase also works wonders for an office setup like this.

Turn storage upside down with an inventive way to use kitchen cabinets. Hang a cabinet horizontally and attach piano hinges to the doors so it can open to become a mini desk area. When not in use, the door can simply be closed to conceal the work area and maintain a sleek appearance.

For a simple, do-it-yourself desk, employ sturdy file cabinets as a base and a large desktop, or painted panel, as the work surface. Position the desktop on the file cabinets and screw into place.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Georg Jensen’s Flora Vase

When it comes to beautiful silverware, Denmark’s Georg Jensen is a name that stands out from the rest.  Georg Jensen’s Flora Vase is more like a work of art than a functional vase. Crafted from shiny, mirror-finish stainless steel, its flawless curves and asymmetrical shape reflects the glorious imperfection of nature. With flowers, or without flowers, this stunning vase will take centre stage in any room.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Twilight Tones by Laura Ashley

Laura Ashley's stunning new Twilight Tones collection for the home will be arriving in stores February/March. This collection offers a rich and classic colour palette of midnight blue and sapphire and will create a sophisticated space with crystal and mirrored elements.

Inspired by the art déco period, Twilight Tones focuses around a stunning twisted stripe design called 'Serpentine' and a spiral design called 'Curzon' which feature throughout in metallic silver, midnight blue and linen.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Tavira by Linen House

Effortless glamour in soft shades of silver-grey and turquoise, this decorative panel jacquard quilt cover from Linen House features pleats, a piped finish and matching quilted and embroidered European pillowcases.

Friday, January 20, 2012

New Bamboo Tea Too

Made from bamboo leaves, T2 's new Bamboo Tea Too, tastes of honey and sweet peas, is caffeine-free and said to be rich in protein and fibre. Golden in colour, and distinctly bamboo in its aroma, it's a drop with a difference and an all-day drinking delight. Bamboo is alkaline and perfect to have with food. The leaves can be re-brewed making this tea an all day winner!

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Stylish Planning

The Wall Sticker Co. makes planning fun and funky with their new chalkboard calendar. Its great for the office or home and it will last for years to come. Add photos to help children see their week ahead.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tuna & Lemon Fettuccine

This tuna and lemon fettuccine is an easy and delicious recipe for mid-week fine dining!

Ingredients (serves 4)
1 lemon
2 (about 300g each) tuna steaks
1/3 cup (80ml) extra virgin olive oil
375g dried fettuccine
1 long fresh red chilli, seeded, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tbs salted baby capers, rinsed, drained
¼ cup (45g) toasted pine nuts
1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
50g baby rocket leaves

1. Use a zester to remove rind from lemon. (Alternatively, use a vegetable peeler to peel rind from lemon. Use a small sharp knife to remove white pith from rind. Cut rind into very thin strips).
2. Season tuna with salt and pepper. Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a medium frying pan over high heat. Add the tuna and cook for 1 minute each side for medium rare or until cooked to your liking. Remove from heat and set aside for 2 minutes to rest. Use a sharp knife to thinly slice.
3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water, following packet directions until al dente. Drain well.
4. Heat the remaining oil in the pan over low heat. Add the chilli, garlic, capers and lemon rind and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add the pasta, pine nuts, parsley and rocket and gently toss to combine. Divide evenly among serving plates. Top with tuna and serve immediately.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

For The Perfect Night's Sleep…

AURA's sateen sheet sets are the ultimate in sleeping comfort, woven in 410 thread count for everyday luxury, and using long staple cotton to create a stronger, softer and smoother fabric which is easy to care for and will maintain its luxurious sheen.Choose from a selection of colours to match your bedroom colour scheme.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Get Organised in 2012

Do you have any organisation goals on your New Year’s resolutions list? Achieve your goals by breaking them down in to easy-to-complete steps, and focus on small parts of the overall projects. If you’re looking to conquer clutter room by room check out Better Homes & Gardens great advice.

Keep only things that really matter to you, that you use, and that you have room for. Ask a trusted friend to help you go through memorabilia. It's easy to get lost in the past while reading old letters or looking through old photos, but a friend will keep you on track. Dealing with sorted piles makes it easier to make decisions. Be kind to yourself and give yourself more time to tackle objects that have feelings attached to them. But don't let grief or guilt bully you into keeping things you don't really need. Keep only a few strong sentimental reminders.

Play beat the clock and schedule 15 to 30 minutes of daily catch-up time and see how many organisational tasks (sorting the mail, reorganising a cupboard, putting laundry away) you can complete. Knowing that an end is in sight will make it easier for you to get going. Sound an alert. If time is always getting away from you, set an alarm to remind you to do a specific organisational task. Make time fly and multitask - minutes will pass more quickly if you do a task while watching TV, listening to music, or conversing with a spouse, child, or friend.

Use a "transfer basket" to gather everything that needs to go out the door the next day - library books, bills to mail, schoolwork, etc. Haul the basket to your car every morning and bring it back into the house when errands are done.

You can't hide all clutter, but you can contain it. Look at where it collects and set up attractive ways to deal with it. Place a large bowl on the kitchen counter to collect keys. Leave a big basket by the door for shoes. Check discount stores and office supply houses for patterned folders for storing bills or wicker, fabric, and leather boxes to match your décor.