Competition: Win a KitchenAid mixer worth £429!


As the days get shorter and the air gets colder, it feels good to get into the kitchen and bake. Comforting and cosy, it’s no wonder baking is one of the most loved of British pastimes. Create culinary masterpieces with a KitchenAid Food Mixer – we have one to give away courtesy of our friends… Continue reading

Recipe: Garibaldi biscuits


Lia Leendertz, our regular Seed to Stove columnist, remembers forgotten foods in the November issue of The Simple Things. Here, she shares her delight in the Garibaldi biscuit, plus a tried and tested recipe.

Passing on traditions: New boots


So shiny, not a mark on them. And all that leather, suede or, for the extrovert, patent. Your little bitty strappy sandals are all very well but with a pair of boots there’s far more shoe to show-off and tell.

The joy of bedlinen: Five ways to make your bed cosier

joy of bedlinen

It’s a simple truth that your bed will never look as good as the ones in the bedding department of John Lewis. Carefully co-ordinating layers of pillows, throws and cushions, known fancifully as ‘pillowscaping’, takes some managing on a daily basis. Sometimes the most you can hope for first thing is a bit of duvet… Continue reading

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

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  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.