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Monday 1 June 2015

RECIPE: Pickled Fish Tacos

Serves 4


- 4 small tortillas
- 500 g pickled fish
- guacamole
- red chilli, finely chopped
- coriander leaves
- lemon wedges

1. To make the tacos, heat the tortillas in a hot pan.

2. Top each tortilla with a generous dollop of guacamole then add the pickled fish, red onion, red chilli and coriander.

3. Squeeze over a little lemon juice then serve.


RECIPE: Pineapple Pork Chops

Serves 4
Serving size: 1 pork chop + 1 pineapple slice

Nutritional information per serving: Carbs 24g | Fat 3g | Protein 28g


Pork Chops:
- 4 pork chops
- 4 slices fresh pineapple, cut 2cm thick

- ½ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 3 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 Tbsp minced ginger
- ¼ cup water
- 2 Tbsp minced garlic

1. In a small bowl, whisk marinade ingredients together.

2. Place pork chops and marinade in a sealed Ziploc® bag. Place in fridge for at least 3 hours (overnight is best), turning bag every couple hours.

3. Remove pork chops from bag - DO NOT DISCARD MARINADE. Pour marinade in saucepan. Cook over medium heat until it boils, about 4 minutes. Reduce to simmer for another 6 minutes, stirring frequently.

4. Place in a small dish, you will be using this marinade to brush on your chops and pineapple.

5. Preheat grill to medium-high. Lightly coat grill rack with non-stick cooking spray.
Place pork chops on grill - cook for 5 minutes on one side. Flip chops over and brush marinade on chops, add pineapple to grill and cooking for additional 3-4 minutes. Flip pineapple halfway through.

6. Let chops rest for 3-5 minutes before serving. Place a pineapple slice on each chop.


RECIPE: Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

Serves 4-6

- 6 cups salad (a combination of arugula/lettuce and baby spinach, any spring green mix will do). - 1 red apple
- 1 green apple
- 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped (such as Diamond of California)
- ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
- ⅓ cup dried cranberries
- poppy seed salad dressing or any salad dressing of your choice
- 1 cup apple juice
- 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar in a pinch)
- 2 tablespoons honey scant
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ cup oil

1. Core and chop apples (thin slices or 2cm chunks).

2. Toss lettuce, apples, walnuts, feta, and cranberries together in a large bowl.

3. Whisk together all dressing ingredients.

Toss salad immediately before serving.


DIY: Recycled Plastic Bottle Light Shades

What to do:
Step 1: Use a sharp craft knife to cut off the bottom section of the plastic bottle.

Note: You can only use CFL light globes in the fitting, as anything else heats up and will melt the plastic shade.

Step 2: Screw the top half of the bottle to the light fitting

Step 3: Optional - you may spray paint the outside of the plastic in any colour of your choice.

What you need:
1. 2 litre juice bottles
2. craft knife
3. optional: spray paint - colour of your choice

Estimated time needed: 15 minutes plus drying


DIY: Chalkboard Serving Tray

What to do:
Step 1: Sand the pine with 240-grit sandpaper until nice and smooth. Wipe away all traces of dust.

Step 2: Apply wide masking tape around the edge of the board. The wide tape protects the edge of the board from overspray.

Step 3: Spray on 3 to 4 coats of chalkboard spray, applying light coats and working from side to side. Allow each coat to dry before applying the next coat.

Step 4: Let the paint dry before gently peeling off the masking tape.

GOOD TO KNOW: Prime the chalkboard before you use. Wipe chalk across the entire surface and then wipe away with a lightly damp cloth.

Step 5: Attach your choice of handles to finish off.

What you need:
1. Piece of pine approximately 300 x 900mm
2. 240-grit sanding paper
3. Wide masking tape
4. Rust-Oleum chalkboard spray

Estimated time needed: 30 minutes plus drying


DIY: Pebble Mat

What to do:
Step 1: Recycle and old doormat, or cut a sheet of rubber to size (Many larger fabric stores offer various rubber products for various upholstery projects).

Step 2: Before sticking down the pebbles, arrange them on the rubber mat until all the pebbles fit nicely.

Step 3: Use Pattex Universal Silicone to attach the individual pebbles to the rubber mat. Apply a thick bead of silicone to the back of each press and press firmly onto the mat.

Step 4: Once you have finished sticking down all the pebbles, leave to cure for 24 hours.
After that you can leave as is, or you can apply a satin on gloss spray varnish over the top.

What you need:
1. Assorted pebbles or river rocks - Select pebbles of approximately the same size, and ones that will be easy to stick down
2. Rubber mat
3. Pattex Universal Silicone
4. Dropcloth or newspaper
5. Rust-Oleum clear polyurethane spray varnish (satin or gloss)

Estimated time needed:
30 minutes plus drying