The Simple Things 19
MIDWINTER MAGIC... Cosy corners, fireside reads and bright ideas to fill dark days. Comfort food for grown-ups, snow lanterns to make your garden glow plus how to live your plans and dreams. Win an Inntravel holiday & travel bags worth over £3000!
eating | growing | living | escaping | wellbeing issue 19 ÂŁ4.99 ! y t s a o t g n i l e Fe MIDWINTER MAGIC Cosy corners, fireside reads and bright ideas to fill dark days How to live your plans & dreams Easy peasy DIY salami Co Commffoorrtt ffoooodd ffoorr ggrrow ownn--uuppss Share Shareaafondue fonduewith withfriends friends Coffee Coffee&&walnut walnutcake cake- -aanew newtake take Learntotolove loveJanuary January Learn Tweed, Tweed,oranges oranges&& pantomime pantomimedames! dames! snow lanteRns Make your garden glow Curl up with The Simple Things – a story of family and friends, cosy retreats and the great outdoors, and never-ending journeys of discovery. Lose yourself in a yarn that draws inspiration from the past to present a vision of the near future. One full of contentment, thoughtfulness and Seville orange gin. Where beautiful things lie all about just waiting for you to notice them. It’s not a work of fiction. These characters and this setting, the beginning, middle and end – all so lovingly folded between the covers – are yours. They are The Simple Things. Cover Photography by Getty Images / Johner Images Back Cover Still life photography by Philip Sowels. Additional photos by Viviane Perényi #19 ! y t s a o t g n i l Fee 82 50 Enjoying the street art in Wellington, New Zealand Sharing a fondue with friends Fresh Living Escape 09 Your essential guide to the month ahead, 22 beyond the nine-to-five 74 Let there be light from Will Taylor’s fresh product picks to the best new books to read, events to take part in and dates to put in your diary Nicola Ibberson’s shop Little House in Town Create beautiful lanterns from ice and snow 24 simple style 78 mind craft Why tweed is anything but stuffy Setting one simple goal for the new year 26 Seed to stove 81 my simple thing Make tangy winter treats with leafy greens Architect George Clarke on his notebooks 34 food from afar 82 my city Enjoy a vitamin-packed serving of sauerkraut Viviane Perényi introduces us to Wellington 36 Interview 88 read yourself cosy Meet ethical fashion pioneer Safia Minney Books to curl up with when it’s cold outside The simple things to buy, cook, read and do in January 10 Wintry wares in muted tones, from vases to slippers Tweed jackets, fair fashion and great recipes for brassicas Simple goals, secret notebooks, snow castles and more 42 The eXPERT: CHARCUTERIE Leading artisan producer James Swift 48 MAKING SALAMI An easy-peasy recipe for cured meat ON THE COVER All our cover stories are marked with a little heart. 50 gathering 68 Dip in to a rich cheese fondue 61 Gardening Follow our bright ideas for dark days 65 simple pleasures Food writer April Carter’s day in tea 66 cake in the house Try a fragrant twist on the classic coffee cake 70 cafÉ culture A London café and delicatessen to savour 4 Save 45% & get youR magazine delivered! Special subscription offer page 68 6 Digital subscription 68 Subscribe in the UK 116 Subscribe overseas CONTENTS 36 A chat with People Tree’s Safia Minney 61 92 Deciding what to grow this year Taking a tour of a relaxed family home NEST miscellany 91 Flowers in the house 121 How not to slip on ice and snow, Twelfth Night vs Burns Night, making twig whistles, forcing chicory, how to identify winter twigs, five ways with Seville oranges and more Love your home inside and out with the simple things The fiery blooms of witch hazel 92 how we live Cosy custom spaces in a busy family home A curious combination of the practical and the playful Get youR DIGITAL copy! Buy a digital edition of The Simple Things for iPhone, iPad, Android, PC or Mac – ready to read whenever you want. For details, turn to page 6 104 looking back The quintessentially British pantomime dame 108 reflecting Philip Ball explains the science of colour 110 obsession Raymon Elozua’s strangely beautiful buckets 114 urban gardener Admiring an unsung hero of garden climbers win prize worth £3000 PAGE 17 117 POSTCARDS FROM THE HEDGE Tim Smith’s tales of suburban self-sufficiency 118 What I miss Saturdays spent shopping for records to Subscribe go to www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk OR CALL 0844 848 2852 www.facebook.com/thesimplethingsmag www.twitter.com/simplethingsmag www.pinterest.com/simplethings 5 Multi-stem vase set | £141 San Francisco-based Heath Ceramics’ Winter Seasonal Collection is designed to evoke a peaceful winter’s day. We love the frosty hues. Metsä tea towel | £12 This hand-printed tea towel is part of a collection designed by Bjørn Rune Lie, inspired by Finnish kitchen linens from the 1960s and 1970s. Ebba linen holdall | £38 Whether you fill it with carrots in the kitchen, logs in the lounge or toys in the nursery, this rustic linen holdall banishes ugly storage. your winter wish list Dot mug | £9 Cheer up a dreary day with hot cocoa or spiced cider sipped from this spotty ceramic mug. Each one is hand-thrown and glazed by artisans in a fair trade collective. Marketplace editor Will Taylor seeks out this season’s most stylish wares in muted tones Display box | £36 From trinkets to postcards, this wooden house with a lacquered interior offers quirky, practical storage. Felt bowls | £23 Crocheted with beautiful untreated yarn then felted, these chocolate, milky white and cappuccino-toned vessels are neutral nests for your secret treasures. Will Taylor The Simple Things’ Marketplace editor Will is a freelance interiors journalist and colour addict who has channelled his love for colourful interiors into his blog, Bright.Bazaar. His first interior design book will be published in the spring. fresh | This month SOME Prices based on currency conversion. Prices are correct at time of writing. Howard sofa | £999 The Howard sofa is tailored to suit smaller rooms, so it’s ideal if your living room is suffering from post-Christmas bloat. The piece is named after its traditional ‘Howard’ arms, and we love how the single row of buttons adds softness to the design. living | seed to stove S e e d to 2 Stov e Leafy Greens This month, Lia Leendertz turns her crop of cabbages and kale into tangy winter treats Photography: Kirstie Young 5 UK subscription offeR Save up to 45%* on the shop price – pay from just £2.75 an issue pay from just £2.75 an issue* Delivery direct to your door at no extra cost Never miss an issue Receive 13 issues A YEAR Living and loving the simple life 68 uk print edition savE up to 45% * when you Subscribe to pay from just £10.99 for a Slipcase www.myfavourite magazines.co.uk 2 easy ways to subscribe www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/TSTP1S Or call 0844 848 2852 (quoting reference TSTP1S) Lines open 8am-9.30pm weekdays, 8am-4pm Saturdays UK Pricing: £19.49 by six monthly Direct Debit – save 40% 1 year price (13 issues) £41.99 – Save 35% 2 year price (26 issues) £71.49 – Save 45% Terms and conditions: *Savings compared to buying 13 full priced issues a year from the UK newsstand. This offer is for new UK print subscribers only. You will receive 13 issues in a year. Full details of the Direct Debit guarantee are available upon request. If you are dissatisfied in any way you can write to us or call us to cancel your subscription at any time and we will refund you for all unmailed issues. Prices correct at point of print and subject to change. For full terms and conditions please visit: myfavm.ag/magterms. Offer ends 10th February 2014. 69 “I whispered in Prince Charles’s ear, as I had with the Dalai Lama, ‘you really should be wearing organic cotton’” Kate Burt meets the boundlessly optimistic ethical fashion pioneer and entrepreneur Safia Minney S e r v i c e s t o fa s h i o n Safia’s encounter with Prince Charles was smoother. They met in 2009 and he presented her with an MBE for her services to Fair Trade and the fashion industry – the icing on a vast cake of accolades, including Safia » 36 Photography: © Jenny Lewis / Corbis Outline “H e doesn’t wear much other than an orange robe, so pants were the best thing.” Safia Minney, founder and CEO of ethical clothing brand People Tree, is explaining how she came to gift the Dalai Lama some underwear – or, rather, how she almost didn’t. Safia was in Vancouver, speaking at an event about social entrepreneurship. The Dalai Lama was guest of honour and Safia’s moment to get his attention one-to-one was imminent. “But I thought I’d better just go for a wee first,” she grins. “Only I got stuck in the loo. Can you imagine?” And yet, typically scornful of things others might see as obstructions, Safia managed to crawl through a six-inch gap underneath the door to escape. “I don’t know how I did it,” she says. “But somehow I got my act together in time. Well, it’s not every day you get to give the Dalai Lama a pair of organic cotton pants, is it?” living | interview “I was excited about what I saw – entrepreneurial people doing incredible things in vibrant communities and economies. That struck a chord,” says Safia. â€œThe cheese fondue is a fun way to bring people together,â€? says Viviane, who shared hers with three good friends. living | gathering MEN U Onion soup Cheese fondue Rustic salad Orange supremes with vanilla syrup Mulled white wine “I like to entertain in a simple way, so that guests feel at ease. Candles always help to create a cosy atmosphere.” Just fondue it a good old -fashioned cheese fondue brings Comfort on a cold day. just add friends Photography and menu: Viviane Perényi Y ou don’t need to live in the Alps – or, indeed, the 1970s – to enjoy the fun of a fondue. “It’s a playful way to entertain,” says Australian foodie Viviane Perényi of this classic, and often unfairly ridiculed, winter dish. “If someone drops their bread in the cheese,” she gleefully points out, “they get a forfeit.” Eaten with long-handled forks dipped and twirled in a communal pot, fondue is about as sociable as a meal gets without becoming a Subscribe at www.thesimplethings.com stand-up buffet. Needless to say, it’s also gaspinducingly moreish, especially when topped, tailed and accessorised with lighter, sweeter, crunchier and tarter items that balance out all that smooth, unctuous cheese. Can’t locate a fondue set, even in a charity shop? Don’t worry. Any large, heavy-bottomed pot/pan will do the job, if you have the means to keep it toasty – a single-burner camping stove is ideal, or simply place the pot over, or in, some piping hot water. And don’t forget those forfeits… » 51 M y c i t y * : W e l l i n g to n Viviane PerĂŠnyi invites us south on a summertime tour of her new zealand city 82 1 2 *Share the simple things in your city. Leave a comment at www.thesimplethings.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Download The Simple Things now! You can buy a digital edition of The Simple Things â€“ ready to read whenever you want. Single issues and subscriptions are available and every issue you purchase is stored in your magazine library permanently. Once your magazine has downloaded, an internet connection is not required so you can take your magazine with you, wherever you go. To buy your digital copy visit www.thesimplethings.com/digital On Android or PC/Mac? Find us on www.zinio.com/thesimplethings Subscribe from as little as ÂŁ3.99 6 � cafÉ Culture The long tables would look gorgeous in a country kitchen, and here they provide a great communal space. la fromagerie 2-6 Moxon Street, Marylebone, London www.lafromagerie.co.uk I discovered La Fromagerie a few months ago while catching up with my friend Vanessa, who had once booked the venue to host a private fondue party for her 40th birthday. It is, of course, famous for its cheeses; food writer Nigel Slater actually moved house to be within walking distance of the maturing cellars at the original north London shop. But the Marylebone version is also a traiteur and tasting café – a place to savour a ripe soft cheese, a crumbly goat’s or a tangy farmhouse Cheddar. It was founded in 1992 by Danny and Patricia Michelson. Patricia is a cheese aficionado, writing books and supplying some of London’s big-name restaurants. It all began up a mountain while she was skiing in the French Alps – she brought home a wheel of Beaufort Chalet d’Alpage and sold it from a stall in her garden. My favourite seat is at the long communal wooden table at the back, lit up by a sky window. I’ve always had a thing for long wooden tables – they’re at the heart of many happy gatherings. One like this would look amazing in a kitchen with a polished concrete floor and ceramic tableware in earthy colours from Chilean art director Nelson Sepuvelda on display. When it comes to bringing happiness to your home, it’s very much down to a few simple things: a long, rustic dinner table, famished friends, good wine and great food – the latter being definitely on the cards at La Fromagerie. Brunch is the meal to eat here. I had a delicious roasted pumpkin soup and a gorgeous savoury tart with leek and roquefort cheese, and I can’t wait to take friends here to have our own private cheese fondue. Don’t leave without visiting the cheese room, where there are over 200 cheeses from all around Europe – and only the best make it into this Aladdin’s cave. Karine. Start your weekend with coffee and pastries in the café. cC Photography: François Köng 70 living | inspiring spaces La Fromagerie is best known for its cheeses, but you’ll be missing out if you don’t explore the rest of the produce. Browse the homewares and cheese-serving essentials while you wait for your order. Everything on the shop floor, from chutneys and jams to fruit and veg, is hand-picked for its flavour and provenance. Karine Candice Köng Founder and creative director of award-winning store Bodie and Fou, Karine is also a blogger (www.bodieandfou. blogspot.co.uk) and freelance stylist, and is writing her first interiors book. www.bodieandfou.com 71 In the ground floor sitting room, Ineke made the stool and lampshade out of handmade felt from Mongolia. The paper basket chair is Ikea. NEST | how we live Eclectic chic Work and family get equal billing at Ineke Visser â€™s rel a xed, welcoming, earth-toned home in the Netherl ands Words: Judith Wilson Photography: Henny Van Belkom PHOTOGRAPHy: Nick Piatek With 250 buckets in his collection, artist and sculptor Raymon Elozua is now thinking about using them in an installation. 110 NEST | obsession! THE COLLECTOR: R ust y B u c k e ts Words: helen powell BASIC, BUSTED AND STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL, RAYMON ELOZUA’S DISCARDED BUCKETS MAKE A POINT ABOUT MODERN CONSUMERISM W hen Raymon Elozua moved to a small hamlet in upstate New York after living in New York City for 35 years, he became fascinated by his new rural environment and started exploring the area on foot for a photographic project. Walking along empty roads and exploring abandoned buildings, he often came upon old discarded rusty buckets. “I don’t know why I started, but every time I found one I kept it,” he says. His frequent hunting ground for these objects was the site of old ‘burn piles’ located at the edge of abandoned properties. These were places where, in less environmentally conscious times, rubbish would be tossed and burned in rural areas where there was no refuse collection. “Everywhere I looked, I found galvanised pails or buckets, filled with residues of paint, tar and cement or merely empty, perforated with holes or missing the bottom entirely.” 1 Subscribe at www.thesimplethings.com 2 Raymon is a visual artist whose work in different media – ceramics, sculpture, painting and photography – explores ideas of decay and loss. He traces his interest in these themes back to his childhood. “My father fought in the Second World War and my mother was a French citizen. When my father came back to the States we lived in a Jewish community of people who were DPs, which was the derogatory term used for displaced persons. Everyone in the culture I grew up in had experienced a sense of loss, a sense that they were part of an old order or way of life that was dissolved during the war. “My father worked for US Steel and when de-industrialisation came along it devastated a number of towns across America. The people of these ordinary manufacturing towns never thought that the devastation that visited Europe via the war would happen to them economically in their own country.” Capitalism has, he feels, reached an interesting point. “We haven’t been able to manage our economy to look after the next generation. We’ve let our infrastructure fall to pieces. Even if we have intentions to repair, improve or correct problems we still have a hole in our economy.” The rusty buckets, with their empty bottoms and inability to hold water, are perhaps then a metaphor for the state of the economy? “People no longer know how to repair – they know how to replace, and that’s » 1 – 16. 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Offer ends: 6th May 2014. 116 let there be light turn your frozen back garden into a winter wonderl and with l anterns made of ice and snow Words: Ulla Vestola Photography: Martti Leppä ICE LANTERNS Big freeze? Big opportunity. Make ice lanterns using plastic buckets, water, twigs, candles and a bit of patience – and watch your garden turn into a little corner of Narnia. dawn section header www.facebook.com/thesimplethingsmag www.pinterest.com/simplethings Photography: ÂŠ plainpicture / Nordic Life / Terje Rakke www.twitter.com/simplethingsmag www.thesimplethings.com 20 THE SIMPLE THINGS issue one