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The Simple Things

The Simple Things

January 2020

The Simple Things is a beautiful, useful, quirky and fun magazine about taking time to live well. We cover mindfulness and microadventures, eating and growing, forgotten wisdom, home life and slow moments. It's for people who love their lives but want to take the pressure off and remember what’s really important. We like tea & cake, learning stuff, being outside and the satisfaction of a job well done. Do you?

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United Kingdom
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Iceberg Press Limited
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1 min.
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When snowdrops unfurl their green shoots in winter, we should see it as a sign; they have spent the summer and autumn replenishing their stores in order to burst forth, renewed and ready for the new year. January feels less a time for decisions, resolutions and big changes, than for looking ahead and letting those hopes and dreams be spoken out loud. If your own stores are not feeling as topped up as our snowdrops, this month is good for some quiet R&R. Embrace a winter festival or two, go on a field trip to appreciate your home town, drop everything for a snow day, or cheer up yourself and your kitchen with some citrussy projects. Fresh ideas are always a good way to start the year.…

6 min.
midwinter food for friends

After the feasting of the festive season, January brings new beginnings and a chance to make changes. If you’re cutting down on meat and dairy, this vegan menu for six is a good way to start. Nothing is too tricky or too technical, if you’re new to plant-based cooking, and when the food’s this tasty, you won’t feel there’s anything missing. From robust winter vegetables that will fill you up, to Egyptian spices that add an extra dimension to your dinner – not to mention an indulgent dairy-free cake – this is a meal that puts plant-based ingredients at its heart. So gather round the table and tuck in. » Beetroot-topped seed crackers with dukkah This rich-red hummus brings warm colours and earthy flavours to an easy starter FOR THE DUKKAH 50g blanched hazelnuts1 tbsp…

1 min.
great wines for vegan guests

DAL BELLO Prosecco Doc Treviso Extra Dry, £13.90 Who doesn’t like to start the meal with the palate cleansing fine bubbles of a prosecco. Floral notes and a light citrus tang make this a perfect wine to go with beetroot and dukkah and will bring your guests to the table. LA GIARETTA Valpolicella Volpare 2018, £17 A lighter style of red wine from Italy, this wine will not overpower the various flavours going on throughout the menu, instead complimenting it with crunchy red fruits and supple summer berries. DOMAINE DES BERNARDINS, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2018, £13.50 When served chilled this sweet wine really refreshes the palate. With aromas of fresh grape and citrus notes, this will spar beautifully with the richness of the cake and make it feel like there’s room for a…

4 min.
january

Recipe Bashed neeps A simple side for Burns Night that we think should be a main event 500g swede, peeled and dicedPlenty of butterSalt and white pepper Extras 1 Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook your diced swede for around 20 minutes or until tender. 2 Drain and return swede to the pan. 3 Add a good tablespoon or two of butter. You can’t really overdo it, season and mash well. 4 Add any fancy extras you like – chopped chives, a little red chilli, or even some freshly grated ginger. Serve with your haggis, a roast dinner or just sprinkle with cheese and take it to the sofa to fill your honest, sonsie face in front of the fire. It’s what Rabbie Burns would have wanted. Shopping list The tasty extras that you…

2 min.
what i treasure

On the back of the door of the clothes closet I share with my boyfriend hangs my wool stash. Like many knitters, I view it as treasure, yet a glint of guilt comes with the shine. A reminder of not finding enough time to knit. A little fear that one day my boyfriend may question the burgeoning quantity (he never has). I started knitting about four years ago and very quickly it became a passion, a creative release and a meditation. I knit throughout autumn, winter and early spring and have made many items for friends and family, part of the reason I treasure this stash. As I open the bags at the start of a new knitting season, I paw through these old threads and remember the items they created:…

7 min.
cold comfort balm

Wellness can sometimes feel like a complicated, expensive and time-consuming goal when actually the things that make a proper and lasting difference are really quite simple. Think how much better you feel after a good night’s sleep, a morning walk or a catch-up with a friend. All seemingly straightforward occupations, but often neglected in our busy lives when they are actually the best prevention and remedy for stress, illness, lethargy and low mood. At this time of year we’re often persuaded to try the latest diet or exercise trend or to make a list of resolutions to overhaul our lives. However, there is a simpler approach: going back to doing the basics and doing them well. It’s also worth remembering that if you want to make changes, the key to…