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The messy women's guide to game-changing wardrobe storage

Dec 10, 2019 by carol adams.

Get your clothes in order this January with these tips and tricks. I’ve got a lovely rocking chair in my bedroom. I was very smug when I bought it. It’s a gorgeous blue colour and is designed so that you can take it outside in summer to read your book, or in my case, about three different newspapers, of a sunny Sunday – I’m an old millennial, I still like to get my news the analogue way. Until very recently, I hadn’t sat on that lovely chair for about a year, which serves me right for being smug about it,...

Travel and Transport

7 quick home spruce-ups for the new year

Dec 10, 2019 by carol adams.

No time to decorate but want to change things up? Try one of these fast-but-fabulous fixes. Whether you rent or own, it’s hard to avoid a home comedown in January. The twinkly brightness of Christmas is gone and rooms that looked cosy and inviting when done up with fairy lights and candles in December can feel a tad bleak. Plus, because it’s a time when we are thinking about overhauls and changes to start off the year – anyone else a bit obsessed with Marie Kondo’s Netflix series? – your spaces’ flaws can feel amplified. For me, that was walking...

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5 kitchen solutions that will give you space to actually cook

Dec 10, 2019 by carol adams.

Barely any room for your kettle, let alone a KitchenAid? Time to get clever with your space. Watch any TV cookery programme and you’ll get a warped sense of what a kitchen should be. There are usually multiple ovens, vast islands big enough for the chef’s whole family to get in on the action – Jamie Oliver has a lot to answer for – and gleaming pots and pans arranged smugly in size order. Kitchen stations on The Great British Bake Off manage to fit in an oven, warming drawer, hob, storage jars and bulky stand mixers, while still having...

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The do's and don'ts of cooking for friends

Dec 10, 2019 by carol adams.

Don't overload your table with clutter – and do ditch the starters and simplify your carbs. Lucy Dunn on ways to make cooking for friends angst-free. If there is one thing that’s guaranteed to put the fear of God in me, it’s the prospect of “having friends over”. I am incapable of cooking for more than four people, and guilty of bulk-buying, bulk-cooking and bulk-burning everything to a crisp. Over the years, there have been several examples of this happening – incidents that I’d really like to forget, so, nowadays, in my household, we have An Understanding: my husband does...

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The death of the potato: are millennials to blame?

Dec 10, 2019 by carol adams.

Not if Team Pool has anything to do with it. Millennials get a bad rap, but we have actually done some good economic work over the past few years – sales of avocados, soap and flat whites have all shot up since the younger among us reached spending maturity. But now our generation faces new troubles, as we are tarnished with the outrageous accusation that millennials are causing the death of the potato. According to industry magazine The Grocer, sales of potatoes were down 5.4% last year and – as always – millennials are to blame. The review claims that...

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So, coconut oil:is it poison or is it acceptable way to fry your food?

Dec 10, 2019 by carol adams.

A Harvard professor has called it “pure poison”, but the truth about coconut oil is a little more complicated than that, says Poorna Bell. I’ve never had an eating disorder but, like many people, there have been shades of being a bit dysfunctional with food. That includes: not really trusting my body around food; believing I need to “earn” the cake I’m going to eat by doing exercise; shaming myself around certain foods (eg kale is great, McCoy’s are bad); and half-hearted periods of calorie restriction when I felt I needed to lose weight. It has taken 37 years to...

Sports and Fitness

What is a carb anyway?

Dec 10, 2019 by carol adams.

In France, bread is “basically a condiment”. So, why do we now treat carbs as though they’re “worse than cocaine”? Laura Goodman investigates. We love a Friday night in with wine and carbs, don’t we? We don’t go out to enjoy music or comedy any more and that’s fine; we’re pleased with ourselves. We like to compare notes on hermitry, where points on the agenda include fleecy blankets, The Ordinary’s AHA + BHA Peeling Solution, feelings, a bit of CBD oil under our tongues and TV shows that roll and roll without us having to do anything. And when I...

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Caroline O'Donoghue talks to Erskine about slow cooking,

Dec 10, 2019 by carol adams.

Caroline O'Donoghue talks to Erskine about slow cooking, slow cookers and the best drunk comfort food. Even if you have been following Gizzi Erskine’s career for a few years, you might walk past her new book, Slow, without clocking it’s hers. Since her first book, Gizzi’s Kitchen Magic, in 2010 (plus her subsequent TV appearances on Channel 4’s Cook Yourself Thin and This Morning), Erskine’s face has hardly ever fallen out of the UK food scene. Her distinctive beehive, cat-eye and rockabilly style have led her to being billed as everything from “the punk Nigella” (although, food-wise, she’s closer to...

Health News

FOOD HONESTLY Anna Jones’ all-round-to-mine party food

Dec 10, 2019 by carol adams.

Four quick and easy party starters to kick off 2019 in style . Parties should be fun, without the stress of spending loads or days making vol-au-vents. By the time New Year's Eve arrives, I am often ready for some straightforward recipes and these little canapés hit the spot. A very British tart cut into little squares and some festive salsa always go down well and I’ll serve them with some pretty drinks that go down even better. SMOKY TORTILLAS & CELEBRATORY SALSA These couldn’t be easier to put together and people love them – it’s fiery party food at...

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A cheese course with every meal and squirty cream as standard

Dec 10, 2019 by carol adams.

Forget fancy recipes for leftover turkey – the true spirit of post-Christmas eating is in experimental fridge raids, says Lauren Bravo. Let’s begin by stating the obvious: leftovers are better than Christmas dinner. It is – and, this being 2017, I do not use the term lightly – an unequivocal fact. I have evidence: 65 per cent of my Twitter followers agree and the ones who voted “no” are just being contrary. It’s part of a wider human truth; just as the chips you have at the end of a night out are usually more enjoyable than the party, festive...