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STYLING AND PHOTOGRAPHY: EMMA HARRIS
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Como cutlery sets | from £40 for five-piece set Hand-finished cutlery from Italy with a burnished effect. canvashomestore.co.uk
Tincture lifestyle & home cleaning products | £7.50–£25 Safe, natural cleaning products based on botanical wisdom gleaned from monks of old. tincturelondon.com
THINGS TO WANT AND WISH FOR Feathering your nest with lovely things can rekindle a love of staying indoors, says LOUISE GORROD
LOUISE GORROD Our Wishlist Editor blogs, bakes and photographs at Buttercup Days: buttercupdays.com. On Instagram: louise_ buttercupdays Glitter clutch | £40 A twinkly pouch for partygoers. hush-uk.com
Imani organza maxi skirt | £218 A floaty skirt to drift about in. anthropologie.com
Sol table lamp by Edger Home | £84 Control three levels of brightness by touch. scp.co.uk
Unstable stool | £660 A rocking stool to keep the spine straight and core muscles strong. angusross.co.uk
FRESH | JANUARY THINGS
‘Kunak Mountain With A Fog Bank’ wall chart | from £160 A snowy scene to transport you to the peaks. From the British Library Collection at surfaceview.co.uk
A box set supper STAYING IN ON THE SOFA BECOMES A REAL TREAT WHEN YOU ADD GOOD FRIENDS, GREAT FOOD AND A FILM Recipes, styling & photography: CATHERINE FRAWLEY
here’s an inviting way to turn January’s long, cold evenings to your advantage. Gather friends for a night of lounging on the sofa, in front of a box set you’ve all been meaning to watch, or a classic DVD that brings back happy memories. Whatever the entertainment, the menu can be as easygoing as your evening: homemade dips and chips for grazing; comfort pasta with freshly baked flatbreads. Even the apple crumble is too laid-back to pile formally into a dish… And glasses of wine all round. Trust us, January is not the month to go dry.
HOME STYLE THE FONDUE Words: CLARE GOGERTY
ard to credit it now, but the fondue – that bubbling vat of cheesy yumminess – was once out of favour. In the 70s, inspired by trips to the Continent and skiing jaunts to the Alps, it was at the cutting edge of sophistication. Brought out for surburban dinner parties, and served with a bottle of Blue Nun, it was a novel and sociable way of eating, providing a talking point and a lot of double dipping. But, inevitably, a backlash followed and a new generation consigned it to the back of cupboards and charity shops, dumped, dusty and dismissed, deemed naff by foodies and weight-watchers alike. But now it’s back! The enthusiasm for all things chalet- and Alpinerelated has led to a raft of new, updated fondue sets appearing. More and more of us are gathering companionably around its flickering flame, dunking chunks of bread into its heaving, larva-like goo. A cheese fondue is comfort food at its most comfy, up there with macaroni cheese and Welsh rarebit: hot, oozy and calorific, combining the crustiness of bread with the stringiness of molten cheese. Just right for eating à deux, it is a simple winter meal to be consumed before collapsing on the sofa.
It’s reassuring to know, that the fondue does have Alpine origins and does hail from Switzerland. The first Swiss recipe dates from 1699, featuring in Kass mit Wein zu Kochen – a book about cooking cheese with wine. In the 1930s, the Swiss Cheese Union cynically reinvented the fondue as the Swiss national dish. They even created a word for it – figugegl – an acronym for Fondue isch guet und git ä gueti luune, Swiss German for “Fondue is good and gives a good mood.” It grew in favour, taking the US by storm in 1960s and then percolating to the UK. The ingredients of the cheese fondue have not changed over the years. First, garlic to rub around the pot (called the caquelon), then a splash of white wine and grated cheese (easy-to-melt cheese such as emmental and vacherin, rather than cheddar) plus a little cornflour to prevent it separating and scrambling. A little splash of kirsch is a welcome addition. Two alternatives were introduced by Konrad Egli, a restaurateur at his Chalet Suisse restaurant: in 1956 came the fondue bourguignonne, in which cubes of meat are dipped into hot oil, and in 1960, the chocolate fondue arrived, made from melted Toblerone. A fondue for two: no double dipping allowed
T H E U P D AT E
TWO GREAT TWISTS
Mami fondue set | £200 Cast-iron and sturdy. A lifetime of fondues await. alessi.com
Praline fondue set | £20 A touch of contemporary Scandi style. habitat.co.uk
Ceramic fondue set | £55 Six colour-coded forks to keep things tidy. kitchencraft.co.uk
PHOTOGRAPHY: GETTY IMAGES
“A cheese fondue is comfort food at its most comfy: hot, oozy and calorific”
THE STUDY OF CELESTIAL BODIES AND THEIR INFLUENCE ON OUR LIVES Words: JANE ALEXANDER Illustrations: CARLOS ARROJO
THINK | GALLERY
MOUNTAIN HARES by John Langley Scottish Highlands “On a cold January morning, most of the mountain hares were resting in their snow holes. However, when one individual tried to use another’s resting place, a mad chase occurred. In a flash the two hares charged past me and I was able to take this image of both of them in full flight.”
WILD LIVES AN APPRECIATION OF OUR NATIVE CREATURES THROUGH THE YEAR, THANKS TO THE TALENTED WINNERS OF THE BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGR APHY AWARDS
EIDER DUCK by Jonathan Gaunt Northumberland “This female duck was shot inside the harbour walls after a particularly stormy spell during last winter. This shot captures the wave the duck created as she pushed through the water.”
COOT by Andrew Parkinson Derbyshire “These charismatic birds are a joy to work with, especially in glorious dawn sunlight on a mist-shrouded lake. Coots are especially feisty at the beginning of the breeding season when territories are being defined and established.”
MY NORDIC NEST
INTRODUCE BURSTS OF PATTERN AND COLOUR The Scandinavians appreciate the impact of a cushion. Chosen carefully and scattered carelessly, they bring colour and pattern to otherwise understated interiors. Finnish company Marimekko pioneered bold, colourful and graphic textile design with some of its creations such as the big flowery Unikko pattern becoming iconic, and newer companies like Ferm Living and Oyoy continue the tradition.
ABOVE These cushions,
printed with sea anemones and sea grass, are by artist and designer Kustaa Saski. The collection, called ‘Mindscapes’, was designed for Finnish textile manufacturer Marimekko. Saski was influenced by the rhythm,
colour and atmosphere of the seafloor he saw when he was scuba diving. The colourful, bold designs follow in the tradition of the company, pioneered by one of its designers, Maija Isola, whose large flowered prints became an international success.
PHOTOGRAPHY: EMIL MONTY FREDDIE; MARIMEKKO
FANCY BRINGING A LITTLE SCANDINAVIAN STYLING INTO YOUR HOME? GET THESE FIVE ELEMENTS IN PLACE AND YOU’RE ON YOUR WAY
NEST | HOME TOUR
Everything in this shot is from Oyoy (oyoy.dk), a Danish design company founded in 2012 by interior and furniture designer Lotte Fynboe. The brand’s motto is ‘less is more’ and Oyoy focuses on creating functional, high-quality products with graphic
patterns and shapes. The simplicity and minimalism of its designs is coupled with interesting colour combinations and the innovative use of materials. Think of it as classic Scandinavian design with a hint of Japanese flair
A NEW FLAME GETTING CRAFTY WITH CANDLES CAN BRIGHTEN THE DARKEST DAYS Compiled by: FRANCES AMBLER
NEST LOVE YOUR HOME INSIDE AND OUT WITH THE SIMPLE THINGS
PHOTOGRAPHY: NGOC MINH NGO/TAVERNE AGENCY
Witch hazel This is the time of year when you really appreciate winterflowering shrubs, and witch hazel (hamamelis) is one of the finest. Its spidery, scented flowers which look as though they have been extruded from its branches, bring a splash of colour and a spicy fragrance that smells a little like frankincense. Its twigs are sometimes used as divining rods (which may explain its name) but we prefer to snip a few and bring them indoors to brighten the gloomy January days.
STICKY S TI S I CDKOYM W WISDOM
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THINK | NOTES ON LIFE
Taken from A Sticky Note Guide to Life: Bite-sized observations you didnâ€™t know you needed by Chaz Hutton (HarperCollins). Follow his Post-it trail on Instagram @instachaaz
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