The Simple Things June 2021

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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Midsummer has always symbolised a kind of freedom in both what we do and how we think; we stay up late into the long twilight, believe in magic and see it as a time of hope and possibility. So it’s apt that this month in Britain sees a return to the freedoms of seeing and doing what, when, with who and how we want – which, until last year, we simply took for granted. Remind yourself of small pleasures by lingering in a café and pottering round the shops, savouring this beautiful time of year and seeing it with new, more grateful eyes. Smell the roses, seek out enchanted places, pick strawberries and gather your friends for a backyard barbecue, just because you can.…

june almanac

Nature spot White robin (Lychnis Flos-Cuculi) Ox-Eye daisies (Leucanthemum Vulgare) White campion (Silene Latifolia) LOCAL LORE On the Saturday closest to the solstice, the folk of Ock Street, Abingdon, elect a mock mayor. Once the poorest part of town, the ‘mayor’s’ role was to hold the real mayor to account. Tradition sees them carried on a special chair bearing ‘The Horns of Ock Street’*, amid much merriment. 24 Moonwatch Known as the strawberry moon, due to the harvesting of strawberries, or sometimes the rose moon, June’s full moon is full on the 24th. IN SEASON STRAWBERRIES We don’t like to take away from strawberries and cream (the last thing we’d want is the taking away of strawberries and cream!) but here are a few new ideas for things to do with a glut of strawberries... • Strawberry butter.…

a bit on the side

Now that summer has arrived and gatherings are allowed, we can chuck some coals gratefully on the barbecue (with an umbrella at the ready, of course – this is summer in Britain) and get grilling. Whether you prefer sausages, burgers or a good old veggie skewer*, when it comes to barbecuing food, we all know that, really, it’s all about the condiments. Pick a dull day the week before and enjoy spending time in your kitchen making ketchup, mustard, relishes and dips that will elevate a humble sausage into the hot dog of dreams (you could even bake the bread bun, too). The filling of jars for your larder and fridge is time well spent as – once the coals have cooled – you’ll be able to slip some pickles into…

beers for a barbecue

45 DAYS ORGANIC PILSNER 4.7%, £3.70 Danish craft brewers To Øl appreciate it takes time to make a good pilsner. An unhurried, 45-day fermentation and maturation process produces crisp, delicate flavours that complement – rather than overpower – anything cooked over charcoal. TIDAL REVEALS PEACH & APRICOT IMPERIAL GOSE 7%, £5.50 This beer by Polly's Brew Co. balances sweet fruits with measured tartness, then wraps everything up with a sprinkle of sea salt. This IPA will bring out the beauty in sweet and salted sides. NEAL GETS THINGS DONE IPA 6.5%, £5.95 As the sun sinks you’ll want to sip something substantial. While you could turn to any of Verdant’s outstanding hop-range, Neal Gets Things Done is a top-notch drop. Thick and rich with layer after layer of pineapple and grape. Beer pairings from of Oli…

all scream!

From a tub, on a cone, soft-served, home-churned or grabbed from the newsagent on a hot summer’s day: is there anything more happy-making than a good helping of ice cream? From the humble Mini Milk to the glorious scorched peaks of a baked Alaska, ice cream has the power to transport us to the simpler days of our sun-drenched youth. If the inner workings of our kitchen freezers still confound us today, ice cream’s invention – some say in 7th-century China – must have seemed positively magical. It’s no surprise that these frozen delights stirred passions at royal courts as far back as the 17th century. Rumour has it that Charles II swore his confectioners to secrecy, on pain of death should the mystery of ‘iced cream’ be revealed. Thankfully, the…

anything but vanilla

While gelato is all about classic cioccolato, pistacchio and stracciatella, the Great British Ice Cream likes to go off-piste. Have a lick of these: • Rose-infused with a fruits of the forest ripple: that’s King Richard III, a House of York-themed creation from the history buffs at Gelato Village in Leicester. • Orange and fruity, Luca’s I’rn Brew turns Scotland’s vivid national drink into a refreshing sorbet. Find it at the brand’s cafés in Musselburgh and Edinburgh. • It may be seasonal, but Hackney Gelato’s Hot Cross Bun flavour captures all the Easter goodness of its muse. Think sultanas, candied fruit and, of course, a generous helping of salted butter. • Bacon-infused milk, a custard-filled egg and plenty of dry ice go into the making of Heston Blumenthal’s signature bacon and egg ice cream…