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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
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.
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
CONTENTS ISSUE 05
COVER PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS
Enjoying your city
Making lunch with friends
Chatting with a pasta expert
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
Try pinhole photography and more
Games, clothes and food for a snow day
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
Sharing a new obsession
Learning about colour
Stealing design tips
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
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
SOMETHING FOR LUNCH
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.
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 donâ€™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 Coronaâ€™s Type Bar.
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
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
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
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
Ham, mushroom, chicken – and chocolate. What’s your favourite topping? “Mmmm...” we’re with Homer Simpson on this one.
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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