Recipe: Dark chocolate and raspberry tarts

recipe for dark chocolate and raspberry tarts from the Simple Things magazine

With four cake and biscuit recipes to choose from, April’s issue of The Simple Things is a baker’s dream come true. Want more? These dark chocolate and raspberry tarts are pastry perfection

Share some strawberry margaritas


The sun has truly come out from hiding this week, and we cannot think of a better way to celebrate than sharing this recipe for a fruity strawberry and lime margarita. Cheers! Serves 6 300g fresh or frozen strawberries 2 tbsp honey 240ml tequila Half a bunch of mint leaves 1. Fuse the honey, tequila… Continue reading

The Simple Things Issue 6 is here, full of inspiration and ideas!

The Simple Things Issue 6 cover

The February edition is now out, featuring a whole heap of amazing recipes, interiors, ideas for sharing quality time with friends, craft projects, enjoying the wildlife and seashores of Britain, and romantic Valentine ideas…

Making pasta: "Well worth it," says our friend Ian! Find out how to make your own in Issue 5…

Issue 5 pasta making feature

Handy pasta-making hints and mouth-watering pictures from Ian Robson, in response to the Lunch With Friends feature in our current Issue – get inspired!

The Simple Things Issue 5 is out today, packed with ideas for a brilliant New Year!

The Simple Things issue 5 cover blog version caption

Baking, making pasta, playing in the snow, gardening, caring for birds in Winter, crafting a paper candle shade, exploring Montreal… these are just a few of the huge range of ideas in Issue 5, to help you get 2013 off to an inspiring start and make the coldest months of the year the cosiest and most pleasurable!

Season's greetings from The Simple Things team!

The Simple Things Merry Christmas

The Simple Things team wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – find out what each of us will be doing today…

Christmas cocktail recipes: Eggnog – festive indulgence!

Salvatore Calabrese Eggnog

With Christmas almost upon us, Salvatore Calabrese aka ‘the Maestro’ dispenses four variations on THE definitive holiday cocktail – enjoy!

Live Urban Love Rural: A Yorkshire Christmas – from London to the Dales…

Live Urban Love Rural Arncliffe igloo

An evocative first post from our new guest blogger, Rachel Bull the editor of, which will strike a chord with anyone who’s traveling home for the holidays…

Christmas recipe: Bubble & squeak – a British classic that's got relatives around the world…

Bubble and squeak

A recipe that’s thrifty, tasty and over two hundred years old, which is enjoyed in various forms around the globe? Ooh, yes please, save those leftovers and turn them into a culinary treat!

Christmas cocktail recipes: Planter's Punch & White Russian – classics for entertaining…


Our second round of cocktails from the shaker of ‘the Maestro’, Salvatore Calabrese, are perfect for parties and will mean that you’ve got more time to spend with your guests, rather than behind the bar!