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The Simple Things March 2019

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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things to want and wish for

MAKER OF THE MONTH Majeda Clarke weaves together styles that span centuries Bringing a modern aesthetic to an ancient craft, Majeda Clarke is a textile designer who specialises in weave – interweaving styles, as well as threads. Take her Welsh blanket designs (above), which feature colours and shapes more typical of South Asia. The award-winning designer is committed to sustainable, local craft, and works with UK mills as well as a Bangladeshi community of weavers who use a thousand-year-old (now Unesco-listed) technique. majedaclarke.com HUE TESTAMENT Joa Studholme shares Farrow & Ball colour secrets in Recipes for Decorating Farrow & Ball’s Colour Curator understands exactly how colour can “nurture the soul”, transform a room, and solve tricky decorating dilemmas – transforming dingy recesses into light filled spaces. There are tried and tested tricks aplenty, from using…

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things to note and notice

“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas”Marie Curie No, you didn’t miss it, today is Pancake Day. We’ve got savoury recipes (p7) and sweet (p30) with a colourful spring vibe. WOMAN KIND It’s International Women’s Day – what better reason to gather good friends together and remind yourselves how important those relationships are. BARBERSHOP BANTER A funny and thought-provoking play, Barber Shop Chronicles is set during one day in six African barber shops from London to Lagos. A new UK theatre tour starts in March in Manchester. Search uktw.co.uk for dates. It’s Spring Equinox (Autumn in the southern hemisphere), when the length of both night and day is almost equal around the world. Welcome lighter mornings and warmer days (no snow in April please). GOOGLE, ONLY GREENER Install the search browser extension Ecosia and every time…

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a clever recipe

Turmeric pancakes with carrot houmous & vegetables Makes 8 2 tsp cumin seeds150g chickpea (gram) flour2 tsp ground turmeric½ tsp salt350ml cold water1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for frying FOR THE TOPPINGS Carrot houmous*1 cucumber, deseeded; 1 largecourgette; 1 bunch radishes; 150gpodded peasJuice of ½ lemon1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil100g salad leavesHandful of coriander leaves 1 Toast cumin seeds in a dry pan. Sift gram flour, turmeric and salt and stir in cumin seeds. Make a well in centre and beat in the water and oil to make a pouring batter. Rest for 15 mins. 2 Thinly slice cucumber and courgette. Halve or quarter radishes. Blanch peas for 2 mins, drain, refresh in cold water and dry. Combine veg, toss with lemon juice and olive oil and season. Set aside. 3 Put oven on lowest…

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magical creatures

When appreciating frogs, the first thing you need to ensure is that you aren’t appreciating toads instead (though they undoubtedly deserve our fondness, too). So, how to tell the difference? When disturbed, frogs tend to hop and toads tend to crawl. Frogs have smooth skin, toads have warty skin. Frogs have black patches behind the eye, toads have large lumps (parotoid glands) behind the eye. And, unlike toads, frogs are indiscriminate spawners, they will breed in any convenient water, as opposed to returning to the ancestral pool. Ditches and temporary puddles are often used. In spring, there’s so much action at the pond, all you have to do is watch a while. On a sunny day, a sparrow bathes in the shallows amid indolent, sunning tadpoles. Occasionally I’ve seen a dead…

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simple style

“You’re ready for anything. This is a garment that says ‘no nonsense’ like no other” Button yourself up in a boiler suit and you’re ready for anything. This is a garment that says ‘no-nonsense’ like no other. Unlike its more glamorous relative, the jumpsuit (fitted, made of lighter material), a boiler suit is loose and a bit slouchy. It has several roomy pockets – including two at the rear and a long, thin pocket to slip a hammer into – and wide-legged trousers that can be easily rolled up. It is utilitarian in a way that appeals to modern sensibilities – to those who love a cross-back twill apron, a pair of stout boots and a good leather belt. Ideal for grown-up tomboys, a boiler suit can be worn with a pair…

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ready, steady, brunch!

Breakfast, lunch and dinner bring instant structure to a day, so what better way to change things up and slow things down at the weekend than with an inviting, sociable brunch. Our menu is a celebration of freshness, from tangy mimosa cocktails to moreish melon skewers via a spring frittata that packs a crunch. Offering sweet and savoury, this brunch echoes all the best bits of a breakfast buffet, only without the cold toast and lukewarm service. And if people want to help themselves, assembling rye toasts or piling up Eton mess, so much the better. » Mimosa fizz A TWIST ON THE TRADITIONAL COCKTAIL, MADE WITH GRAPEFRUIT Serves 6 1l carton freshly squeezed orange juice1l carton freshly squeezed grapefruit juice1 bottle prosecco or Champagne Handful of blueberries Bunch of fresh thyme1 ripe grapefruit,…