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Better Homes and Gardens Australia

Better Homes and Gardens Australia September 2019

Better Homes and Gardens - full of ideas, inspiration and information for you and your family. Every issue of Better Homes and Gardens is packed with inspiring, affordable and achievable ideas plus step-by-step projects for all areas of your home and garden.

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13 Issues


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better homes and gardens australia

EDITORIAL Editor-in-chief Julia Zaetta Deputy editor and decorating editor Dora Papas Creative director Scott Cassidy Managing editor Artemis Gouros Production editor Joseph Kenworthy Editor’s assistant Elaine Nasr Enquiries (02) 9394 2496 Design director Monique Larracy Senior designer Carol Tang Garden editor Jenny Dillon Acting food editor Jennene Plummer DIY writer Greg Fahey Craft editor Siobhan Rogers Beauty editor Annie Millar Photo librarian Autumn Mooney Decorating stylist Vanessa Tidy REGULAR CONTRIBUTORS Garden diary Tony Fawcett Moon gardening Milton Black Health & beauty Samantha Harrison Pets Caroline Zambrano Content management team Copy directors Chrystal Glassman, Daniel Moore ADVERTISING Brand solutions director Clarissa Wilson (02) 9394 2647 Brand solutions manager Alison Kirkman (02) 9394 2033 Brand solutions coordinator Calvin Simpson (02) 9394 2938 Vic sales director Fran Vavallo (03) 8636 7526 Qld sales director Angela Coley (07) 3368 4203 WA account manager Jessica Mohen (08) 9482 3306 SA account manager Danielle Coffey-Carter (08) 7231 5909 NZ –…

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the greatest crackling you will ever crunch!

ROLLED ROAST PORK BELLY WITH CHILLI SAUCE Preparation time 40 mins Cooking time 3 hours 40 mins Serves 10 3kg piece boneless, skin-on pork belly, skin well scored, (see Crackling Good Tips, opposite page)2 Tbsp sea salt4 cloves garlicSmall bunch thyme, leaves chopped8 bay leavesFreshly ground black pepper, to season1 Tbsp olive oilSoft bread rolls, to serve (optional) CHILLI SAUCE 2 red capsicum, deseeded and roughly chopped1 ripe tomato, quartered4 red chillies, tops removed2 eschalots, roughly chopped4 cloves garlic, peeled3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar2 tsp honey STEP 1 Preheat oven to 140°C fan-forced (160°C conventional). Season pork all over with 1 tablespoon of the salt. Keep salted pork covered and chill. STEP 2 Crush garlic, thyme and bay leaves together in a mortar and pestle, or finely chop, to a make a paste. Mix generously with salt and…

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Wow, what a project! In fact, what a pair of projects for you to make, to see out the last of winter! The best pork roast you’ve ever served to the troops. And the most delightful throw to impress them even more. Or you might just love them both because they are truly extraordinary and you don’t give a fig about looking good to anyone – you just want the joy yourself! Good idea. But back to the pork just for a minute. Mastering the art of making crazy fabulous crackling is right up there with one of the greatest cooking abilities you can have. In fact, Fast Ed, our wonderful and clever TV presenter chef, says, along with being asked a recipe for the simplest chocolate cake ever, how to…

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ideas notebook

BE SEATED Fans of florals, needlepoint or longstitch will love this idea. Using hand-stitched designs as you would woven upholstery fabric, give retro chairs that have seen better days a fab upgrade. Depending on its style, you may even be able to re-cover the chair yourself. SHED NEW LIGHT Hardcover books as a lamp base? It’s the kind of bright idea people write and wax lyrical about. Secure the books with glue, let dry, then use a hole saw to drill a hole to suit the socket of a light kit (from hardware stores). Drill another hole at the back to feed the cord through. To complete, attach a vintage-style light bulb. country birds Thought stencilling was passé? No way! This country sideboard proves it. Your first step is to paint your piece with Annie…

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top-notch ideas

ALL A FLUTTER Your interiors will be all a flutter in the best possible sense, with these gorgeous hummingbird and botanical cushions. GOTTA LOVE A POM Decorator baskets with pompoms cost a pretty packet. So make your own poms and attach them to variety-store baskets. Ta da! VINTAGE MADE You may have to raid your garden for flowers but these, with assorted bottles and a salvaged mirror, add a divine vignette. Photography GAP Interiors/Colin Poole, GAP Interiors/Tony Timmington, GAP Interiors/Nick Smith; Hannah Brown and Lucy Heathcoat of Amory Brown; project by Abigail Ryan; coral chest courtesy of Annie Sloan; cushions Clarke & Clarke…

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cooking up kitchen charm

before you renovate or remodel your kitchen, perhaps the most important thing is to determine your style. The following pages present a showcase of trends, colourways, materials, appliances and, above all, ideas you can dip into and adjust to make your own. The result: a beautiful kitchen that stands out from the rest. CLEVER DETAILS Everywhere you look, there are interesting details, here – vintage-style label drawer handles, numbered knobs and contrast cubbies to tie in with the splashback. Altogether awesome!…