Cake in the house: Sticky toffee loaf

sticky toffee loaf | the simple things

Gooey, gingery and cockle-warming, this sticky toffee loaf is comfort on a plate.

Pottering in the potting shed: Spring harvest sowing


Sow seed now to enjoy an early spring harvest!

Recipe: Tangerine and nutmeg hot chocolate

Tangerine and nutmeg hot chocolate recipe The Simple Things

There is a spectrum of hot chocolates. At one end, the instant and saccharine; at the other, chunks of the real deal – melted and laced. This warming number sits at the luxurious end, with hints of citrus and aromatic nutmeg lifting it onto an altogether cosy, autumnal plane.

Wordless Wednesday

El Golfo, Lanzarote OCT[1]

  El Golfo, Lanzarote. By Linda Lashford for Inntravel.  

Three new baking bibles

making bread together

In celebration of National Baking Week (13-19 October) – in case you needed an excuse – here are three new baking bibles…

156th Mendip Ploughing Match

Yeo Valley The Simple Things

The 156th Mendip Ploughing Match was held on Yeo Valley’s Priddy Hill Farm earlier this month. A celebration of the local community, the soil, and of the heritage of the countryside, the Match also forms a stage in the progress of the Mendip champion to the National Ploughing Championships.

Want, knead, love: Real, down-to-earth bread baking

alex gooch baker | the simple things

There’s something about bread that is so fundamental, so magical, so right. Our passionate baker boy, Alex Gooch, is here to pass on his bread baking knowhow.

Go meteor-spotting this month


Head outside and enjoy the show! Find out how to spot meteors with our guide.

Wool Week: Join The Wool Ride

Wool Week The Wool Ride | The Simple Things

Join fellow yarn-fans this weekend for the capital’s Wool Ride in celebration of Wool Week.

Plants for free: How to collect seeds

plants for free how to collect seeds | the simple things

The flowering season may be coming to an end but there is still abundance in the garden. This is the time to collect seeds, propagate and divide.