Better Homes and Gardens Australia July 2021

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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1 min
winter welcome!

Of course these days, that’s something more of us can enjoy, with classic wood burners being joined by electric, gas and bioethanol models. You can get the lowdown on what’s new in our guide to winter decorating (from page 84). Think moody florals, earthy tones, and fab cushions and throws to drape across your bed or couch. All that’s missing is a hearty, wholesome bowl of soup. But not for long, with our tasty collection of recipes (page 12). Rich and creamy, they’re full of melt-in-the-mouth meat and packed with seasonal veg, just like our spicy cauliflower cover star. Delish! Indoors and out, it’s the ideal time of year to get creative, from living green walls (page 72) and prairie-style planting (page 52) to DIY ideas for creating a junk-to-joy structure…

10 min
seriously good soups

Recipe on page 18 BUDGET FRIENDLY Recipe on page 18 Recipe on page 18 HEARTY CREAMY CHUNKY AND SMOOTH THESE SOUPS WILL HAVE THE FAMILY LOOKING FOR SECONDS… EVEN THIRDS! BUDGET FRIENDLY Recipe on page 20 BUDGET FRIENDLY Recipe on page 20 LAMB AND BARLEY SOUP Preparation time 15 mins Cooking time 1 hour 40 mins Serves 4-6 1kg boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 4cm chunks2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil2 Tbsp chopped rosemary leaves6 sprigs oregano, leaves pickedSea-salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, to season500g pickling or small onions, cut into wedges3 carrots, cut into large chunks2 stalks celery, cut into large chunks4 cloves garlic, crushed½ bunch flat-leaf parsley, leaves and stems separated, chopped½ cup tomato paste⅔ cup pearl barley8 cups water4 cups beef stockChargrilled bread, to serve STEP 1 In a large bowl, toss lamb with olive oil, rosemary and oregano.…

11 min
fast ed’s kitchen

ROAD TRIP RECIPE For more info, see page 32 Recipe on page 28 ED HALMAGYI Join me as I show you how to give your meals and desserts a seasonal makeover on BHG TV, Fridays at 7pm on Channel 7. (Apologies, may be subject to change) Go to for more food tips and tricks. Recipe on page 28 ROAD TRIP RECIPE For more info, see page 32 Recipe on page 28 Recipe on page 28 Recipe on page 30 Recipe on page 30 THE ULTIMATE CITRUS CHICKEN Preparation time 20 mins Cooking time 1½ hours Serves 4-6 1 large chicken (approx. 2kg)2 Tbsp unsalted, at room temperature2 tsp ground dried lemon myrtle leafFinely grated zest and juice of 2 yuzu or lemons (yuzu is an Asian citrus fruit available online from growers)2 brown onions, finely sliced¼ cup extra virgin olive oilSea-salt flakes and freshly…

5 min
cooking with karen

Recipe on page 36 KAREN MARTINI Join me as I show you how to make delicious dishes on BHG TV on Fridays at 7pm on Channel 7. (Apologies, may be subject to change) Go to for more food tips and tricks. Recipe on page 36 APPLE AND BLACKBERRY CUSTARD PUDDING Preparation time 15 mins Cooking time 45 mins Serves 6 Unsalted butter, for greasing4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced100g caster sugarFinely grated zest and juice of ½ lemon250g frozen blackberries, lightly smashed200ml thick custardIcing sugar, to dustDouble cream or ice-cream, to serve PUDDING SPONGE 2 tsp cinnamon1 Tbsp custard powder1½ cups self-raising flour150g softened unsalted butter150g caster sugar3 free-range eggs, lightly beaten50ml milk STEP 1 Preheat oven to 160C fan-forced (180C conventional). Grease a 15 x 25cm ceramic oven dish. Place apple, sugar, zest and juice in a…

1 min
better cooking

CULT HIT It’s been 20 years since Grace Mazur brought Thermomix to Australia, and later New Zealand. It’s now a household name, with cooks embracing the all-in-one appliance that chops, weighs, blends and so much more. Visit CLEAN AND FRESH Using Aussie botanicals and natural ingredients, freshen your kitchen with Bondi Wash bench spray and dish wash. You’ll have a sparkling kitchen that smells beautiful, too! Visit Winter zing! Aussie passionfruit is available year-round in Australia, but sees a supply peak just in time for winter – perfect for drizzling over morning oats. Simply slice off the top to remove the pulp, as you’ll lose less juice than cutting in half. Too easy! Visit Yes, chef! Turn your kitchen into a restaurant with Kenwood’s latest innovation, the Cooking Chef XL stand mixer, $1999. With…

6 min
rose garden

SEE OUR BIG VALUE ROSE OFFER PAGE 47 Just one rose bush can make magic in your garden. But why stop there? You’ve got a whole box of tricks up your sleeve if you decide to plant more. It just depends on where in the garden is the best place for your bushes to thrive. It could be the front or back yard, a side passage, or a balcony, deck or terrace – just so long as it’s a sunny spot. Here is a guide to how your roses can be the standout in your street. FRONT YARD This is where you show off! • Go formal with box hedging if your house is modern, or informal with soft lines if it’s cottagey. • Plant drifts of three bushes – about 45cm apart – of…