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Woman's Day Magazine NZ Issue 24, 2021

No magazine is more in touch with Kiwi women than Woman’s Day, New Zealand’s most popular weekly magazine. For the one-in-three women who read Woman’s Day each week, it’s a treat – a chance to escape daily life for a titillating fix of the best showbiz stories, hot celebrity photos, inspirational real-life reads, a TV guide and a lifestyle section packed with tips, tricks, puzzles and great columns.

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52 Issues

in this issue

6 min
top goss!

WEDDING & A BABY FOR LEO! He’s been Hollywood’s most notorious bachelor for years, but there’s whispers Leonardo DiCaprio could be finally ready to settle down – with a wedding and a baby! The 46-year-old’s girlfriend of three years, Camila Morrone, 23, has sparked speculation they could be walking down the aisle, after posting pictures of herself on Instagram in a very bridal-looking gown. And an insider tells Woman’s Day that the couple are moving full speed ahead, and are also getting ready to welcome the pitterpatter of tiny feet! Leo is believed to have recently bought his beloved 78-year-old mum Irmelin a house in the leafy Los Angeles neighbourhood of Los Feliz, and he has an ulterior motive – to use the house as a nursery! “Leo’s finally going to make his mum’s…

6 min
kiwi mum’s transformation ‘jules from mafs changed my life!’

The morning after her husband left, Larissa Downey wondered if this was as bad as it gets. Not only did her heart feel heavy, but the Tauranga mum was also struggling with her body image, having “doubled in size” since she was a runner-up in Miss Universe New Zealand five years earlier. And just to make things worse, the 30-year-old was only just emerging from the “deep dark hole” of the postnatal depression that had engulfed her since the birth of her son Carter, now two. Too “ashamed” to admit she wasn’t coping, overwhelmed with tiredness, working full-time and unable to see “a light at the end of the tunnel”, Larissa recalls her worst moment when one morning driving to work, she toyed with the idea of driving her car into a…

4 min
popstars finalists get personal our tears & triumphs

‘MY LIFE HAS CHANGED’ Being on Popstars has changed Dunedin rapper TJ Zimba’s life. “Apart from just being recognised all the time, I feel like the show’s also given me the tools I needed,” the 21-year-old says. “I’ve learnt how to sing, rap and make beats better, and I’ve added some amazing people into my life. I’m beyond grateful.” TJ – who performs under the name ZËxÏÏ and has just released new single Tmrw Maybe (right) – adds that he wants to use his newfound fame to spread the message of unconditional love. “I love to put people in a good mood and let them know they’re not alone. I’ll never be afraid to use my platform to do or say what’s right.” If he wins, the Malawian-Zimbabwean star says he’ll spend the…

1 min
speedy prep

1 COOKED CHICKEN Shredded cooked chicken is available at supermarket delis. Or buy a whole roast chicken, chop or shred the meat and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. 2 QUINOA & BROWN RICE There are various quinoa and brown rice products that are ready in 2-3 minutes. Try a combination of black, red and white varieties of quinoa to mix things up. 3 MINCED GARLIC & GINGER Available in jars – or tubes – from the supermarket. These really are a time-saving wonder. For more tips, check out The 5-Minute 5-Ingredient Lunchbox by Alexander Hart (Smith Street Books, $24.99).…

2 min
kitchen hq

Creamy pumpkin carbonara Dish up food blogger Kayla Sciacca’s modern twist on the Italian classic SERVES 4 In a bowl, whisk 1 cup pumpkin purée, 2 eggs, 3 egg yolks, ¼ cup cream, 1 cup grated parmesan, salt and pepper. Cook 500g spaghetti according to packet instructions. Reserve ½ cup of the pasta water before draining. Fry ½ cup sage leaves in olive oil over medium heat for 10 secs or until crispy. Remove from pan. Fry 100g diced pancetta for 4-5 mins over low-medium heat. Add 1 garlic clove, cook for another min, then discard it. Add spaghetti to pancetta oil and mix. Pour spaghetti mix into pumpkin sauce, tosssing to combine. Add pasta water as required to create a creamy sauce. Top with sage leaves, parmesan and pepper. SMOKED SALMON BRIOCHE Impress your…

3 min
mushroom magic!

BEEF, MUSHROOM & TOMATO POT PIES SERVES 4 PREP 15 MINS COOK 1 HOUR 35 MINS • 1kg chuck steak, diced• ½ cup seasoned flour• ¼ cup olive oil• 1 onion, diced• 2 garlic cloves, crushed• 3 tsp smoked paprika• 200g button mushrooms, sliced• 400g can diced tomatoes• 1 cup beef stock• 2 tbsp oregano leaves• 6 sheets filo pastry• 40g butter, melted 1 Preheat oven to 180°C. 2 Toss beef in flour to coat, shaking off excess. In a large flameproof casserole dish, heat oil on high. Brown beef in two batches, 3-4 mins each. Transfer to a plate. 3 Reduce heat to medium, then saute onion, garlic and paprika 2-3 mins. Add mushrooms and saute 4-5 mins. 4 Return beef to pan with tomatoes, stock and oregano. Bake, covered, 1 hour. 5 Divide beef mixture…