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NEW CELEBRATING THE THINGS THAT MATTER MOST

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JANUARY | ISSUE 05 | £4.99

MAKING MARMALADE CLOTHES FOR A SNOWY DAY FEEDING GARDEN BIRDS BAKING A WALNUT LOAF PLANNING THE VEG PATCH

HOMEMADE

PA S TA MAKING IT FRESH, ADDING EASY SAUCES – AND KNOWING YOUR SHAPES

food with friends LIFT YOUR SPIRITS WITH COLOUR

MAKING YOUR HOME GLOW

COLD OUTSIDE WARM INSIDE

BOLD IDEAS FOR A CITY APARTMENT

CUT A SIMPLE PAPER CANDLE SHADE

GAMES, GEAR AND SNACKS FOR SNOW

Happy New Year! Four seasons, 12 months, dozens of gatherings and several

hundred cups of kindness (or tea) lie ahead.

Here’s to new friends and new memories.

As this first, neverending month of 2013 revs

up, join us in rebranding abstinence and frugality as Simple Things worth celebrating.

Because sugar’s not the only thing that tastes sweet; pasta is about more than penne; and

pizza tastes better home made and with good mates. Snowballs, growing-your-own,

cosyfying your home and curling up with a good story – the things that matter most still

cost least. And they always will.

GROW

COOK

MAKE

SHARE

Because nothing beats the satisfaction of growing your own. It’s true that a patio, window box or just a pot will do.

Because the real joy of food is in the preparing and the sharing – simple suppers, breakfast with friends and always cake-in-the-house.

Because it feels so good to say you made it yourself. Learning new skills and discovering traditional crafts well worth reviving.

Because it’s family and friends that shape our lives – the Sunday walks, the hot-dogs on the beach, the movies in front of the fire.

‘PAPER MEADOW’ A potential wallpaper design being developed by Hannah Nunn. Her lamp designs are available now if you can’t wait. www.hannahnunn.co.uk

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COVER PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS

Enjoying your city

Making lunch with friends

Chatting with a pasta expert

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11 A BREAKFAST RECIPE

48 WISH LIST

Make your own ‘good morning’ marmalade

Best buys for staying in or going out

12 WISH LIST

52 FOOD FROM AFAR

Our edit of things to wake up and want

Discover ‘mate’, the South American ritual drink

16 THINGS TO PLAN AND DO

54 ESCAPE

Try pinhole photography and more

Games, clothes and food for a snow day

19 INTERVIEW

64 OBSESSION

Meet lifestyle blogger Sarah Wilson

Meet the typewriter ribbon tin collector

22 MY CITY

68 IN THE GARDEN

Take a tour of Montreal’s secret corners

Helping garden birds survive the winter

28 LUNCH WITH FRIENDS

72 HOW WE LIVE

Five friends learn to make pasta

Bold ideas in a city apartment

36 THE EXPERT

82 STOP FOR A CHAT

Chef Guiseppe Sinaguglia shares his pasta know-how

A talk with a chicken keeper

40 NOTES ON PASTA

The power of colour in our lives

Gourmet guide no.5: know your shapes

90 THE MINDFUL GARDENER

44 URBAN GARDEN

Garden resolutions and hiding in the shed

Wake up slowly and make plans for your morning

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Our favourite community gardener ponders the mystery of the absent snails

Make sure you plan some good old weekend escapades

84 LIFTING THE SPIRITS

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Sharing a new obsession

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Learning about colour

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Stealing design tips

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Getting cosy

DUSK

Home for the evening – gather, cook, read and relax 95 SIMPLE PLEASURES A shopkeeper describes her day in cups of tea

Eating pizza for pud!

119 january ENHANCING THE SIMPLE LIFE WITH THE PRACTICAL AND THE PLAYFUL

96 CAKE IN THE HOUSE Baking a date and walnut loaf

97 EXPLORING THE SENSES Susannah Conway reconnects us with the everyday pleasure of taste

98 REFLECTING Satish Kumar on why beauty is about so much more than being pretty

100 GATHERING Pizza night with the gang

110 WHAT I MISS Looking back at when the world seemed bigger

112 THE CRAFT HOUR Making your home glow with a simple paper candle shade

130 AND SO TO BED A delicious bedtime story and a late-night snack with author Stuart Evers

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MAKING RETRO HOME VIDEOS • PLANNING THE VEG PATCH • IDENTIFYING PUPPIES • SCARF KNOTTING • MAKING MARMALADE

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Felt slippers There’s no need to get cold feet when you can banish early morning chills with these felt slippers. www.etsy.com/ shop/ShpilkaFelt

Wobbly bowls Break the mundane morning routine by eating your breakfast from these unique, hand-thrown bowls. www.roostliving.com

Alarm clock pillowcase Bring traditional charm into your bedroom with this alarm clock print pillowcase – all the style and no shrill ring. www.hm.com

THINGS TO WAKE UP AND WANT Fresh morning picks compiled by WILL TAYLOR

Linen blanket Cosy up underneath these linen blankets, which are handmade by artisans working on antique shuttle looms. www.shopfolklore.com

Painted teapot Berlin-based artist Lena Hanzel hand-paints dinnerware that she finds at thrift markets, such as this teapot. www. etsy.com/shop/ RoomforEmptiness

Glass storage jars The beauty of the grain in these acacia wood jar toppers makes decoration out of everyday storage. www.daylesfordorganic.com

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LUNCH WITH FRIENDS: L E A R N I N G T O M A K E PA S TA FIVE GIRLS, THREE INGREDIENTS, ONE CHALLENGE: LEARN TO MAKE PASTA FOR A COSY STAYING-IN LUNCH TOGETHER Photography: LUISA BRIMBLE

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A Working straight on the kitchen side, it all starts with a mound of flour with a well in the middle. The girls all had a go at cracking eggs. Prue impressed with her single-handed cracking. B The eggs need whisking with a fork before using fingers. It is a bit gooey and sticky at first but drawing the flour into the egg makes the magic happen and the dough is soon formed. It’s done when you push your finger into the dough and it comes out clean. If it’s sticky, work a little more flour in. C Prepare to knead! Dust the surface with flour or semolina.

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Simple supplies – flour, salt and eggs are all the ingredients needed for fresh pasta. Turn to page 31 for quantities.

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You don’t need snow to enjoy exploring the walks and breath-taking views of Box Hill, Surrey. For bike rides, trails and adventures www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Wishing for a snow day THE TR AIN TO WORK IS CANCELLED AND THE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED. GIVE IN AND BE FIRST TO LEAVE YOUR TR ACKS IN THE NEWLY FALLEN SNOW… Words: SIAN LEWIS Recipes: ANNIE BELL Photography: NATIONAL TRUST IMAGES/JOHN MILLAR and CON POULOS

PHOTOGRAPHY: HEATHER SAITZ

Janine Vangool stands proudly with her first and favourite tin, Smith Corona’s Type Bar.

OBSESSION

THE COLLECTOR: TYPEWRITER RIBBON TINS

Words: ANNA BRITTEN

SMALL AND STRIKING – FOR JANINE VANGOOL, THE TYPEWRITER RIBBON TIN IS A MINI MILESTONE IN DESIGN HISTORY

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efore pixels, there was type. That type came from inked ribbons, and those ribbons came in attractive tins that sat on the desk of every secretary during the 1900s right through to the 1960s. As the decades passed, the ribbon tin evolved into a cardboard box, then a plain plastic case, until it was finally demoted to the back of the stationery cupboard as the world decided it preferred its words processed. Janine Vangool has been infatuated with typewriters and typewriter paraphernalia since she was a child. “My mum was an executive secretary,” explains the designer and editor of Canadian design magazine Uppercase. “I used to go downtown and play on her typewriter – I dreamed of having one of my own one day.” Five years ago, Janine was surfing eBay when she spotted something that reawakened her childhood fascination. She says: “I came across a typewriter ribbon tin and I had never seen them before. It was

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quite by chance. I was taken with the graphic design, as I am a graphic designer – I love the typography. That’s how it started.” Her first tin, and still her overall favourite, is the red-and-black Smith Corona Type Bar tin (fig 1). She says: “I loved it because it just says the words ‘Type Bar’ on it – really beautiful, really graphic, with that bold red background.” “I now have a couple of dozen tins, but I’ve never quite counted them exactly. When you’re collecting and buying, sometimes it’s a good idea not to count how many you have! For the most part they are all unique.” “What I collect is pretty much the workhorse collection of typewriter tins that the secretaries would use on a regular basis. They’re more representative of the time. Mine are mostly from the 50s and 60s – typographically, that’s my favourite era. I owe that to my father; he restored antique vehicles and his favourite was the 1954 Ford. He would have old brochures and magazines everywhere, so I grew up with that aesthetic. “If you look at the different tins throughout time you can see how graphic design and typography have changed.” You can also see how certain brand names and designs sought to inject a little glamour into the typist’s working day, and maybe even establish » 1: Type Bar, NY 2: De Luxe Secretarial Silver, NY 3: Carter’s Midnight, The Carter’s Ink Co

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BOLD & BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTR ATOR JULIA BINFIELD SURROUNDS HERSELF WITH THINGS SHE LOVES IN HER BRIGHT, AIRY APARTMENT Words: MARIANA SCHROEDER Photography: BRESSAN E TRENTANI

HOW WE LIVE

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Julia bought the Italian sofas in the living area from a friend in England who had a bed and breakfast. They are perfect for the space.

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CAKE IN THE HOUSE The last of the Christmas dates are folded into this homely loaf. Serve warm with butter to leave friends demanding the recipe

RECIPE AND PHOTOGRAPHY: CHANTELLE GRADY

DATE & WALNUT* LOAF 175g pitted dates, roughly chopped 230g boiling water 2 tbsp maple syrup 200g plain (all purpose) flour 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 60g rolled oats 125g walnuts, roughly chopped 95g soft brown sugar 1 tbsp olive oil Butter, to serve 1. Preheat oven to 180˚C (355˚F). Grease and line a loaf tin (19x9cm, 6cm deep) with baking paper. 2. Place dates in a heatproof bowl and then pour over boiling water and maple syrup. Stir and set aside for 15 minutes. 3. Place flour, bicarbonate of soda, oats, walnuts, sugar and oil in another bowl. Add date mixture and stir until all ingredients come together. Spoon mixture into loaf tin and bake for 50 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. 4. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes in the tin. Then place on a wire rack to cool for another 5-10 minutes before slicing. Serve warm with butter.

* Despite its name, the walnut isn’t actually a nut. According to the botanical definition (rather than the culinary one) it’s an edible seed. Fellow pretenders include almonds, pistachios and brazil nuts – and even the humble peanut, which is in fact a legume.

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Pizza night GATHER FRIENDS FOR A SATISF YING EVENING OF PIZZA , FAVOURITE OLD FILMS – AND A BEER OR TWO Photography: LUISA BRIMBLE Styling: STEPHANIE INGRAM

GATHERING

Ham, mushroom, chicken – and chocolate. What’s your favourite topping? “Mmmm...” we’re with Homer Simpson on this one.

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anuary, a month short on daylight and even shorter on funds. But you need neither bright light nor riches to enjoy getting the gang round for the evening. After festive excess and rounds of family visiting, it’s time to re-establish routines and gather your closest friends for a cosy and very casual night in. Be bold – this could even be a week night. Dress code: jeans, jumpers and the wooliest of new socks. This is no time for fancy dishes or the cordon Subscribe at www.thesimplethings.com

bleu cookbook you got for Christmas, you need speed from chopping board to oven so you can fight for your space on the sofa. Pizza is the ultimate crowd pleaser, and it’s so easy to make everyone’s favourite variation in one batch. Buy ready-made bases or roll out your own dough – it’s quick and repays a little effort with heaps of fresh taste and light, crispy crusts. Get a favourite film off the shelf, choose your toppings and line up the Trivial Pursuit for later. And yes, there is even pizza for pudding. »

PIZZ A M EN U Mushroom, ham & ricotta Pesto chicken, pine nuts & parmesan Chocolate, hazelnut and banana pizza & vanilla ice cream

PHOTOGRAPHY: SARAH MASON. WWW.SARAHMASONPHOTOGRAPHY.CO.

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