Easy lobster tail recipe

Imagine my excitement when I walked up the Whole foods seafood counter and found that 2 lobster tails where going for 10 bucks. I had never made lobster before so this was the perfect time to try especially at that price. After doing a little research online I decided the best way to cook these was to broil them in the oven simply because it was a weeknight and I wanted something easy. The end result was delicious and had me feeling like a master chef. 


Ingredients
2 fresh lobster tails
1 large clove garlic minced
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 pinch sweet paprika
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut the top shell of the lobster in half with kitchen scissors and expose the flesh. 
- Meanwhile add garlic and butter in a small bowl then melt in the microwave for about 10 seconds.
- Spoon the melted garlic butter on the Lobster flesh, then sprinkle paprika, salt and pepper on top. 
- Pour olive oil in a griddle pan, place the lobster with cut side up and cook for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes spoon some garlic butter from the pan over lobster and cook another 5 minutes.
- Make sure not to overcook the lobster as it will turn rubbery.

I served the lobster with my 15 minute spinach spaghetti . Stay tuned for recipe!

How to get healthy and beautiful skin

Many people have asked how I get healthy skin and I always say it's a combination of what I eat, drink and products I use. I would say 80% is diet and 20% is skin products. To get beautiful skin you need to include loads of fruit and veggies like carrots, spinach, grapefruit, strawberries and more to your diet. Salmon is great for healthy skin and it has been said that drinking green tea helps clear your skin.

When it comes to products you need to know if your skin type is sensitive, oily, dry or combination then you can choose what works for you. Every morning I wash my face with Body shop's tea tree wash then apply a small amount of rose hip oil before I use my vitamin E moisturizer with SPF 15. Before I go to bed I apply the rose hip oil 5 nights a week and the remaining 2 nights I use the Estee' Lauder advanced night repair. This regimen has worked for me and my skin has never been better.


What is your skincare regimen? I would love to hear what products are working for you.

Table design with Wayfair and Boston Bloggers

The holidays are almost here and that means plenty of dinner parties with friends and family. One of my favorite things to do is host dinner parties and I love the table design aspect of it. 
I recently attended a Boston blogger event at the Wayfair offices and one of my favorite sessions was the table decor tutorial by Style me Pretty's Abby Larson. I learnt that table decor doesn't have to be expensive and that incorporating nature to your table is a fun way to do it. I never thought spraying a small brunch of leaves with copper paint like you see on the table below would look so good. 


The use of flowers in table decor has been practiced for ages and will never go out of style. When using flowers make sure they don't have a strong scent as this can take away from the meal. 


When decorating your table try using unexpected pieces like small animal ornaments or unique napkin holders. 


Does table design matter to you during the holidays? I would love to hear from you

Roasted Potatoes and Brocolli recipe

What do you do when you have potatoes, broccoli and tomatoes....you make my delicious roasted potatoes and broccoli dish. There is nothing fancy about this recipe however its delish factor is very high and its perfect for those nights were you don't want to fuss. The potatoes are roasted with garlic, rosemary and then mixed with sauteed' onions, peppers and broccoli. Serve with your favorite fish, chicken or steak.


Ingredients
3 large  peeled and cubed Yukon gold potatoes
1 small head broccoli 
2 quartered tomatoes
1/2 medium red pepper 
1/2 medium onion chopped
4 cloves garlic minced
2 tbsp sliced fresh chives
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 tsp curry powder
olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper


Directions
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Season potatoes with salt, pepper, curry powder and mix with half the garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and place in a shallow roasting pan topped with the rosemary. Potatoes should cook for about 40 minutes.
- Set aside roasted potatoes and heat a large skillet with olive oil. 
- Cook onions for 2 minutes till translucent then add remaining garlic, broccoli and peppers. Cook veggies for about 5 minutes till broccoli is soft and slightly crunchy.
- Add tomatoes, potatoes and cook for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper.
- Top with fresh chives and serve immediately.


simply delicious!

Easy Rice Pilaf Recipe

Rice is one of the most versatile ingredients because you can have it plain boiled, steamed, fried or even baked. I love it so much that I have it at least twice a week from brown rice to sticky rice.
Sometimes you may be craving a seasoned rice but don't want to do all the work that comes with cooking fried rice. Making a rice Pilaf is the best way to make plain rice more interesting without the added hassle.

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups Basmati rice
1 onion chopped
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cubanelle pepper chopped
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
olive oil
1 tsp butter

Method
- Heat skillet over medium heat and add olive oil and butter.
- Cook onions, garlic and pepper for about 2 minutes until onions are translucent.
-  Add rice to onion mix and cook for about 3 minutes until rice is slightly toasted and coated in oil. This step is important as it gives the rice its nutty flavor.
-  Pour chicken broth, reduce heat, cover pot and cook rice for about 15 minutes or until rice is soft and broth is completely absorbed.
- Rice Pilaf is great served with fish and it is also good with any protein like grilled chicken, steak etc.