Recipe: Basbousa

basbousa blog

In this month’s Seed to Stove, Lia Leendertz is prettifying salads, desserts and even drinks with edible flowers. Follow her instructions for crystallising rose petals (page 42), then use them to top Basbousa, a Middle Eastern rosewater-scented cake.

Food from afar: Bomboloni

Bomboloni blog

Bomboloni: delightful to say, even more delightful to eat. And possibly even onomatopoeic, if you attempt to exclaim “bloomin’ lovely!” while you’re eating them! Doughnuts fulfil a basic human craving the world over and countless countries have their own spin on them – there’s the French beignet, the Turkish tulumba and the Israeli sufganiya to name but a fraction…. Continue reading

Recipe: Brioche hot cross buns

Brioche hot cross buns | The Simple Things

Get everyone’s favourites on the table with our laid-back Easter brunch, featuring a new take on an old classic: brioche hot cross buns

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

Recipe: Make Madeleines for Mother's Day

Madeleines recipe, The Simple Things

Make your mother’s day with a batch of madeleines, fresh from the oven, with our recipe 

Bliss in a bite


Impress your friends by offering up these delectable macarons.   Macarons (makes about 30) 175g ground almonds 175g icing sugar 50g (1-2 eggs) egg whites 100g egg whites (about 3 egg whites) 200g caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract For different flavourings: Pistachio macarons (replace ground almonds with ground pistachios), Coffee (add 2 tsp instant coffee),… Continue reading

Top 5 ways with pumpkins

5 ways with pumpkin

Don’t waste your Halloween pumpkins! More than just a scary face, these big and beautiful winter squashes can be cooked in all sorts of ways for a delicious supper. 1. Pumpkin Pilaf Heat 2 tbsp oil and 2 tbsp butter in a saucepan with lid. Add 1 onion, 3 cloves garlic, 1 tbsp each of cumin,… Continue reading

£20 off at Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh box

We’ve teamed up with Hello Fresh to provide you with an exclusive offer on a delivery of fresh ingredients and recipes. As a The Simple Things reader just enter the code ST20 to claim a tasty £20 to spend on your first box across all Hello Fresh boxes. To Claim the Offer Visit Choose your box Select your number of… Continue reading

Moroccan feast

Photography and recipes Chantelle Grady

Scatter the cushions and get on the floor for a zesty, aromatic supper that’s made for sharing. Food stylist and photographer Chantelle Grady produces exclusive recipes and sumptuous photography for a ten page feature in the magazine this month. Try her spiced coffee and almond fekka recipe tonight. SPICED COFFEE Your cafetiére won’t know what’s… Continue reading

Janis' cake in the house: Pistachio raspberry loaf


Photographer, design buff and native Vancouverite Janis Nicolay shares the recipe for her favourite loaf cake to keep in her home over the summer. Bake and enjoy. Pistachio Raspberry Loaf – makes one 3.5 x 8 inch loaf 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 3/4 cup sugar 2 teaspoons orange zest 2 eggs 2 cups all… Continue reading