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meet real
women like you

COVER PHOTO: CLIVE SHALICE. HAIR & MAKE-UP: SARAH JANE GREEN. STYLING: LUCY TURNER. TOP: ZARA. JEANS: TOPSHOP.
HEELS: NEW LOOK. BRACELET: DOROTHY PERKINS. OTHER JEWELLERY: ALEX MONROE

MEL HUNTER, 39,


lives in Hampton,
Middlesex, with her
husband, Gray, and
children, Isla, 5,
and Sam, 2. This month she has
been trying to be more positive
nd out how she did on p26.
How good are you at applying
fake tan?
Not bad. With pale, freckly skin
Ive been using it for years. That
said, Im also braver about just
going natural these days. Does
anyone really care?
EVE AHMED, 50,
lives in Oxford with
her husband and two
daughters. She tells
us about her new
puppy nightmares on p29.
Youre at the ice-cream van.
What do you go for?
The works a double 99 with
soft-scoop ice cream, two Flakes,
added nuts and raspberry topping
sauce. Calories? Whos counting?
KAT MACKIE, 35,
lives in Surrey with
husband Phil Hill
and son Rex, 2.
Find out how Kat
glams it up on p19.
Youre on the beach, are you
reading a Kindle or a book?
It would denitely be a book.
I like to read novels and always
opt for one that is set in the place
that Im visiting if I can.

Its time to...


get happy

Are you an optimist? Is


your glass half full or half
empty? Im more of a glass half full

Have you tried the 5-2 diet?


Our office is full of women
restricting themselves to

kinda girl, thinking the best of people and


believing that things usually come right in
the end, but I guess even I could do with
an injection of optimism every now and
then, as our writer Mel Hunter shows us
on page 26. In these tough times, its
important to focus on the simple things in
life. However hard were working here, we
insist on getting out of the office at least
one lunchtime a week. Were lucky enough
to be next to the Thames and one quick
walk contains enough simple pleasures to
keep us smiling all afternoon ice cream,
street art or happy schoolkids running
around. As our writer discovered,
Happiness is about being content with
what weve got.

500 calories a couple of days a week. The


science behind it seems sound and most of
them are shedding the pounds and looking
fabulous, but one teeny complaint the
rest of us get tired of the rumbling tummies,
moaning and cries of: I cant stop thinking
about buttery toast every few hours. And
woe betide the rest of us if our fish and
chip (with mushy peas) Friday in the staff
canteen clashes with one of their low-cal
days. (Maybe they should read our Secrets of
Skinny Women feature on page 57 instead
and take tips from lightweight ladies who
have stayed that way for life!) And on that
note, were off for another ice cream... Enjoy
this issue and let us know what you think on
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We love hearing from you all.

If, like most of us, youre


a beauty addict, youll love our
salon-style treatments feature (page 38).
who wants to pay for a manicure when,
with the right know-how and products, you
can do it yourself? After seeing a friend
whod had the Brazilian blow dry and was
swishing her hair around like Andy Murrays
glamorous girlfriend, Im now feeling
inspired and think Ill give it a try, too.

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Celebrat ng real women lik e you!

REAL WOMEN
Read how Julie reached
rock bottom before she
felt brave enough
to ask for help

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YOUR FASHION

REAL WOMEN
COVER STAR
Fed up with her career,
Nikki took a leap of faith
and changed her life

REAL WOMEN
FASHION
Beth shows how to
turn a bargain buy
into something
very stylish

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Our pick of next


seasons styles

49
The scent of
summer in
a bottle

10 COVER STORY Rock the two tone look


16 COVER STORY The fashion buys to
pick up now...
19 What youre wearing
21 Your personal stylist

YOUR LIFE

6 Zesty summer buys


8 COVER STORY I turned my passion into
my business
22 COVER STORY The moment that
changed it all
26 COVER STORY You can be more
optimistic A confirmed pessimist changes her
outlook in seven days
29 And they called it puppy love
30 Happy (step)families
33 You tell us...
138 Shes so one of us! Mary Berry

YOUR LOOKS

38 COVER STORY 5 salon-style


treatments to try at home
42 COVER STORY Keep your summer
glow for longer...
44 COVER STORY How to do the sleek
chic knot, plus Hair Help
47 Real women beauty Q&A
49 The beauty expert

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YOUR HEALTH

50 The 7 simple ways to... cut your risk of


heart disease
52 I thought anorexia was a young
persons disease
55 COVER STORY 15 easy ways to beat
the bloat
57 Secrets of skinny women
59 Lounger work out: get fit by the pool!
60 Embarrassing problems you should
never ignore...
62 Botox cured my migraines

REAL WOMEN
HEALTH
Tracey found a
surprising way to
treat migraines

YOUR HOME

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107 In the kitchen The latest foodie tips


108 Boutique hotel style! Anoushka has
created a glam Californian feel in her home
112 5 hot trends for your home
117 Nows the time to... Plan ahead for
a winter garden thats full of life

YOUR TIME & MONEY

35 The tips handbook


100 Know your rights (and get your
money back!)
103 Dont throw it, use it! How to turn
leftovers into tasty meals
121 The gadget guru

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68 A taste of Italy
72 Totally irresistible
cakes & bakes
78 Make the most of
your roast
82 The new summer
buffet
86 Fast family meals
92 Handmade with love!

Whatever your scheme, weve got


just the thing to give it a fab new look

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127 Stay in... Go out... Our round-up
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BFancy festoon
Pretty-up any dreary nook,
inside or out in an instant.
Truly Scrumptious bunting,
5.95, Tittlemouse Gifts.

BShade seeker
Prompt an is-thatsomeone-famous?
double take in this
super chic hat.
Titu stripe
floppy hat, 18,
Oliver Bonas.

Lifes
Little

BPen a postcard
Dont choose the usual
tourist card. Send one of
these stylish ones instead.
Marion McConaghie
postcards, 5 for eight,
John Lewis.

E ssent al s
Squeeze every last
drop out of the
summer with these
zesty buys

BSaving
face
Calming
camomile +
skin-softening
oil = very
happy skin.
Camomile
Silky
Cleansing
Oil, 10, The
Body Shop.

BLip service
Treat parched
lips to a balm
in a sweetie
shade.
Drink Up
Hydrating
Lip Balms,
16 each,
Origins.

BFlower
power
A zip of rose
added to
elderflower
makes for
an extra
delicious
drink.
Belvoir
Fruit Farms
Elderflower
& Rose
Press, 2.39,
Sainsburys.

BSwing out sister


Team with jeans and strappy
flats for an effortlessly glam look.
Swing cami in printed lace,
20, Asos.

BDressed-up dining
These beauties will distract
from any dessert disaster!
Dragonfly spoons,
26 for six, Primrose
& Plum.

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BTick tock tin


Store your trinkets,
treasures and
tablets in this
quirky tin.
Pocket watch
trinket box, 9,
Lindsay
Interiors.

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COVER STAR

I turned my
passion into
my business
When Nikki Channon,
44, tired of her old career,
she and her husband
combined their favourite
hobbies and found
the opportunity to live
their dream life

s a professional
singer, Id been
performing in a duo
with my husband,
Jason, for ten years.
But as I hopped around on the wet
floor of yet another pub toilet trying to
change into my posh frock, I couldnt
help thinking there had to be more
to life. We didnt have any kids (just
two naughty beagles!) and Id always
wanted to move to the country. Jason
felt the same, but we needed to fund
it and thats when we decided to take
the things we were most passionate
about and turn them into a business.
Ive always enjoyed entertaining
I get such a buzz from seeing
everyone enjoying themselves and
knowing I made it happen. Our
home in Weston-super-Mare was
always full of people, laughter and
music. Jason, on the other hand, gets
his fun from mountain-biking. As
an ex-army man, hes super fit and
started biking around ten years ago.
An idea came to us when we
went skiing in France. We stayed in
the most fantastic chalet and after
skiing all day, wed return to lovely
meals cooked by the staff. The

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more we thought about it, the more
we realised that no one was doing
anything comparable in the UK
and if we combined that style of
hospitality with mountain biking,
wed have our business. All we had
to do was find the right place to kick
off MudTrek Mountain Bike Breaks.
Our target area was Wales, as it
has great mountain-bike tracks. In
spring 2009 we found a 250-yearold farmhouse on the edge of Brechfa
Forest in Carmarthenshire. It had
stunning views, was beautifully isolated
and the mountain-bike trails nearby
were world-renowned. We knew wed
found the perfect spot and moved
there in May, but it took us two years
to complete the renovations. We had
to graft night and day to turn the
70s-style interiors into the welcoming
space were now so proud of.
At the same time
Jason and I were still
driving all over the
country to gigs, so
we could pay the
bills. Jason built a
website for the
business and we set up a Facebook
page we were off the ground!
We welcomed our first guests to
the barns in August 2011. We were
very nervous and excited I had
visualised it for so long that it all felt
a bit surreal. Of course, we didnt
tell our visitors they were the first,
but they know now and, thank
goodness, theyve come back since.
Entertaining large groups of
mountain bikers quickly became
second nature. We found lots come
to get away from high-pressure jobs
and to enjoy the amazing scenery,
so we do everything we can to
create a welcoming, relaxed vibe.
I think this would be a tough job if
you werent a people person, but
we both love to socialise. Im no
Nigella, but Im in my element in the
kitchen and our visitors rave about
the menu. Ive always stuck to really

tasty, hearty recipes. Some of the


most popular like beef casserole
with mustard croutons and banana
bread and butter pudding have
come from the pages of Essentials!
But the real firm favourite is Nikkis
Legendary Lasagne and the secret
is using locally sourced, top-quality
ingredients and a few spices to give
it a little kick.
Mountain biking isnt seasonal,
which means were always busy, but
our dreams for the business havent
stopped. Were looking to double
the capacity and were building
a new skills course on some
neighbouring farmland. But the
bigger dream is to have a franchise,
where other holiday lets are
transformed into MudTreks.
Theres such potential and the
future looks bright we have loads of
repeat business,
were earning twice
as much as when
we were touring
clubs, and weve
won four awards.
I think about the
times Id be singing my heart out as
kids ran around the dance floor
playing football, or the time when
we were set up under a pub
dartboard, and I cant believe how
far away from our performing days
weve come. Yes, clearing up after
guests can be gruelling and there
were tough times at the start, like
when 12 muddy mountain bikers all
wanted showers and the water tank
couldnt cope, or the time when I had
14 burly men eating their lasagne
with their head torches on, because
the power had cut out. However,
Jason and I sorted out those early
teething problems together, and we
could never go back to our old life.
Our new adventure in the
country is everything we wanted
and so much more.
For more info about Mudtrek
holidays, visit mudtrek.com.

Some of my
guests favourite
recipes are
from Essentials!

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Nikkis tps on
startng a business
Make the most of your skills
Think about what youre like as a person.
Theres no point going into hospitality if you
dont love having people around.

Research, research, research


Do masses of market research about your
product and the growth potential. Who
else is doing this? Are they doing it well?

Exploit social media


If it wasnt for Facebook and Twitter, I dont
think MudTrek would have been a success.
Its the best way to spread the word.

Use contacts
Friends with an accountant? Got a friendly
neighbour with marketing experience? If
youre setting up a business you need all
the help you can get ask for as much
advice as you can.

Explore funding
Check out possible loan schemes or new
business grants in your area. I called our
local council to enquire about grants and
the resulting funds meant we could finish the
renovations to our guest barns.

Nikki and
Jason now
have a
successful,
awardwinning
business.

Be an Essentials cover star!


If you want to appear on our cover, like Nikki, then
wed love to hear from you. Just tell us a bit about
yourself, attach a recent colour photo and send your
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PERFECT THE PEPLUM
AND THE PENCIL
The pencil skirt is
the shape of the
season. Just add a
peplum top and,
for extra waist
definition, cinch in with
a contrasting belt.
Skirt, 40, 8-20, J by Jasper
Conran at Debenhams.
Top, 50, 8-18, Preen/EDITION
at Debenhams.
Belt, 15, Next.
Earrings, 15, Majique at
Oceanic Jewellers.
Bangle, 12, Next.
Clutch, 59, Marks & Spencer.
Shoes, 45, 3-8, Very.

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TONE

LOOK

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Its here in black


and white mix
monochrome
checks, spots
and stripes
for a seriously
graphic look
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STATEMENT FASHION

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STAND OUT FROM
THE CROWD
Make a statement
with a graphic print
top, but keep your
bottom half simple.
Finish off with
monochrome
accessories.

Graphic print is
the new trend!

Top, 50, 8-18, Wallis.


Trousers, 26, 6-22, Next.
Earrings, 8.50, Dorothy Perkins.
White bangle, 20, Majique at
Oceanic Jewellers.
Black bangle, 10, Accessorize.
Camera, 55, Lomography.

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TRY SOME TAILORING
The trouser suit is big
news this season; its
all about mixing
boyish tailoring
with feminine pieces.
The stripe on these
trousers lengthens
the leg just add
sexy heels.
Jacket, 80; trousers, 50,
both 8-18, Preen/EDITION
at Debenhams.
Blouse (with attached necklace
detail), 34.99, 8-14, Mango.
Ring, 8, Wallis.
Heels, 17.99, 3-9, New Look.

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PICK UP A PRINT
Try mixing a polka
dot top with a simple
pencil skirt. We love
the zip detail on this
gorgeous style.
Top, 18, 8-22, BHS.
Skirt, 50, 8-18, Preen/EDITION
at Debenhams.
Pendant, 8.50, Dorothy Perkins.
Bracelet, 10, Principles by Ben
De Lisi at Debenhams.
Heels, 38, 3-9, Next.

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SLIP INTO A SHIFT


Give a nod to the 60s
and try something
thats smart, sexy
and slightly figureskimming. This dress is
a great cut, too, and
so flattering. Less than
perfect pins? Layer
over skinny jeans.
Dress, 70, 8-18, W Limited
Edition, Wallis.
Chunky bangle, 12, Betty
Jackson Black at Debenhams.
Black bangles, 12,
(for set of two), Principles by
Ben De Lisi at Debenhams.
Clutch, 12.99, New Look.
Shoe-boots, 60, 3-9, Next.

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STYLE YOUR
BLOUSE SEXY
Blouses arent just
for the office. Add
leather-look trousers,
cool courts and a
statement necklace,
or tuck into a pencil
skirt for a look that
shouts style.

FEATURE: LINDSEY BAKER. ASSISTED BY: RHIANNON DERBYSHIRE. PHOTOS: CLIVE


SHALICE. HAIR & MAKE-UP: SARAH-JANE GREEN. SET PAINTED USING CROWN PAINT,
INCLUDING FEATURE WALL IN REBEL, 13.99 FOR 1.25 LITRES, HOMEBASE & B&Q.

Blouse, 22.99, 8-14, Mango.


Trousers, 28, 6-22, Next.
Necklace, 15, Dorothy Perkins.
Ring, 15, Majique
at Oceanic Jewellers.
Heels, 19.99, 3-9, New Look.

Amazing-value
trousers, only 28

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The fashion buys


to pick up now
Forget the summer sales. Take a sneak peek at next seasons styles
perfect to wear now and on into the months ahead
Folklore scarf

Wear long and loose.


Glam up with a slick of red
lipstick we love Mac Russian
Red shade (14).
For maximum impact,
wear with head to toe black.
Collection scarf, 19.50,
Marks & Spencer.

Leopard
loafers

These go so well
with skinny jeans.
Wear with black or
camel but never red.
Dont add any more
leopard print it
would be too much.
Leopard flats, 29,
3-7, Accessorize.

Shirt dress

Loves
Strappy heels

Team with cropped trousers.


Add teal accessories to go
with the gorgeous shoe colour.
Spray with a suede protector
before you rst wear them.

Slip on a fabulous necklace


under the collar to dress it up.
Add a patterned belt for
extra denition to your waist.
Dont wear black accessories
youll look like a bee!
Yellow shirt dress, 25,
8-24, Littlewoods.

Open-toe heels, 70, 3-8, Clarks.

Bright bag

Perfect for
pear shapes
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This acid yellow bag will


add a touch of zing to any
outt, and its roomy, too!
Be bold and team with
other bright colours.
Dont be tempted to go
all matchy-matchy and
wear with yellow shoes.
Yellow bag 60,
River Island.

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Earrings with impact

Punky earrings will toughen up a pretty dress.


No other jewellery is needed these are enough.
Wear with orange lippie to enhance the colour.
Triangle earrings, 14.50, Topshop.

Pencil skirt

This one ticks all the trend


boxes pencil shape, baroque
print and teal shade.
Top with a sleek, tted
cashmere jumper.
Add black tights and
courts for some leglengthening magic.

Printed
pins

Dress up with a
white shirt, statement
necklace and heels.
Mixing prints can
quickly lead to disaster,
fashion-wise, so best
to avoid.
Dress down with a
black jumper, pendant
and pumps.

Brocade pencil skirt, 18, 8-22, BHS.

FEATURE: RHIANNON DERBYSHIRE

Printed jeans, 45,


8-22, Monsoon.

Get it before
it goes

Ankle boots

Great with a dress but never tights.


Pair with a jumbo clutch.
Dont hide under long trousers.
Stone ankle boots, 45,
3-8, Dorothy Perkins.

Statement
jacket

Perfect for smartening up


your casual jeans and T-shirt.
Wear over an old LBD to give
it a new lease of life.
Let the jacket do the talking
team with neutral shades.
Stripe jacket, 38,6-22,
Dorothy Perkins.

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WHAT
YOURE
WEARING

REAL
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n LAID-BACK
GLAM

KAT MACKIE, 35, SURREY


Im a bit of a vintage fiend and
this dress is one of my favourite
finds the green colour is perfect
for sunny days, and the metallic
accessories modernise it nicely.

How do you turn


a bargain buy into a
super-stylish outfit?
Well, you tell us

Read Kats blog at katthiskatthat.blogspot.co.uk

Dress,
19.99, 6-20,
New Look.
Sandals,
30, 3-8,
Topshop.
Necklace,
18.50,
Evans.

n THE COOL
COVER-UP
MARIKO KUO, 27, LONDON
British summer can be really
unpredictable, so this cool printed
blazer keeps me feeling summery,
but covered up. I added colour-pop
accessories to brighten it up even
more its an easy, stylish outfit.
Follow Marikos style at silkandsuits.com

n THE

Blazer, 35,
8-22, M&Co.
Clutch, 23,
River Island.
Shoes, 45,
3-8, Asos.

PRINTED MAXI

SUE PARK, 55, SURREY


When I go on holiday I pack a
suitcase full of brightly coloured
dresses theyre just so easy
to wear! And I always leave
room for a stash of statement
jewellery, so I can glam them up
when I go out in the evenings.

n CASUAL,
FEATURE: RHIANNON DERBYSHIRE & NICOLE CAMPANARO

BUT STYLISH

Dress,
19.99, 6-20,
New Look.
Necklace,
14.95,
Whats
About
Town?.

BETH GOODRHAM, 42, BIRMINGHAM


I needed to be in trainers today, so
I could run around after my kids, but
adding the blazer and statement
necklace stops it from being too casual.
Follow Beths blog at styleguile.blogspot.co.uk

Trainers, 42,
3-8, Schuh.
Jacket, 40,
10-18, Wallis.
Necklace,
28, Miss
Selfridge.

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youd like to show off, or that of a friend, wed
love to hear from you. Please email a recent
pic to: amazing_essentials@ipcmedia.com.

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OUR PICK OF WHAT TO WEAR AND HOW TO WEAR IT

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The moment that

changed it all

Sometimes things have to be really


bad before they can get better

Suddenly, I saw myself as a stranger would


Nicola Martinel, 35, is single and lives in Haringey, north London.
When my mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer breathing was laboured. But that was nothing to
I was only 24, but weighed over 25 stone. I was
the pain I felt on the inside.
a size 32. How did I get to be that big? Its easy.
Six months after Mum died, I was at home one
I ate and ate and ate.
evening. Id ordered a curry, side dishes, rice and
Since the age of 14, Id been getting through
poppadoms and settled down to watch TV. But
four bacon sandwiches for breakfast, a fast food
as I lifted a fork to stuff oily, creamy curry into my
lunch and one or two takeaways for dinner. I even mouth, I caught sight of my reflection in the
had crisps and chocolate hidden in my bedroom.
mirror and saw myself as a stranger would see me.
Mum had always encouraged me to lose weight, I was so fat. My cheeks were chubby, my arms
so when she came back from hospital that day
flabby, my top was stretched too tightly over my
I wanted to show her I could do it. The next
breasts and tummy. I was horrified. What would my
day I joined Weight Watchers.
lovely, poor mum think if she could see me now?
For three years, Mum fought the cancer while
The image that I saw in the mirror that night
I slowly lost six stone. She was so proud of me.
will stay with me forever, because I was so
Then, in 2006, she passed away.
ashamed of myself. Mum didnt give herself
Losing my mum was
cancer, but here I was making myself
What would obese. My health complaints were self
something Ill never come to
my lovely inflicted and all because I ate too much.
terms with, but at the time I was
filled with regret, remorse,
mum think if Id used Mums death as an excuse to
frustration, anger and so much
she saw me? eat, but I was the eldest sister of three
sadness. Nothing made me feel
and my family needed me.
better because nothing could bring her back.
It was a new low. I shoved the takeaway
So I turned to the only thing that had ever been
to one side in disgust and knew I had to take
of comfort to me when Id felt bad food.
control of my life. I went back to Weight Watchers
At the chip shop Id order fried chicken
and was determined to make it work this time.
and a large portion of chips, extra curry sauce
I completely overhauled my diet, eating cereal
and a saveloy sausage. Id nip into the newsagent for breakfast, vegetable soup for lunch and
on the way home and buy a family-sized bar of
chicken salad for dinner.
chocolate and a huge packet of crisps. I wolfed
By 2009, I was 13st and wore a size 14.
down the biscuits that made their way around the I now swim six times a week and feel healthier
office before anybody else got a look in and Id
and younger than I did in my 20s.
buy two-litre bottles of fizzy drinks every day.
Life is full of choices and I made the wrong
Mum had been so proud of me for losing the
ones for years. But I never want to be that woman
weight, but that didnt stop me eating. On the
in the mirror again, and hopefully I never will.
outside my body found it hard to carry all the fat;
For more information about Weight
my back ached, my feet were sore and my
Watchers, visit weightwatchers.co.uk.
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Nicola with her


beloved mum
(top). Eating
was a way to
ease the pain.
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The joy of reading to daughter


Lily was something Julie never
thought shed experience.

I couldnt read to
my daughter
Julie Cobbold, 43, lives with her partner, Mick, 37, in Sidcup, Kent.

Determination has
certainly paid off
for Nicola who now
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happier and
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Not being able to read or write


too busy to read to them and to wait
turned me into a brilliant liar. If
for their dad to come home.
I couldnt find something in the
I carried on like that until my
supermarket, Id tell the assistant Id
youngest, Lily, now 7, came home
left my glasses at home, and ask her from school two years ago, asking
to find it for me. I only ever did
me to read The Gruffalo to her. I felt
menial jobs where
sick. I realised I
When Lily
no one knew or
couldnt keep up the
asked
me
to
cared if I could
pretence any longer
read, and I always
Im not very
read to her,
carried my address
good at reading,
I felt sick
on a piece of paper
I explained. I didnt
in case I was asked to write it down.
get a lot of help when I was your age.
I hated lying but, for me, it was
I felt so much better after
better than admitting I was illiterate.
admitting my secret, I plucked up
At school, Id fallen behind with my
the courage to tell Lilys teacher,
school work, and no one at home
too. She was brilliant and put me in
had noticed because I was part of a
touch with the National Literacy
big family. My teachers tried to help, Trust. After a five-week course I
but I was so embarrassed, Id cause
finally felt I could change my life.
trouble to get out of having to read.
Im studying for GCSE English now
Eventually I left school, but living
and my ambition is to become a
such a big lie every day was awful. Id teaching assistant, so that I can help
lie on my bed crying, hating myself
those children who struggle like I used
for being thick. Words were all
to. I want to show them that not
around me, humiliating me with the
being able to read is nothing to be
scramble of letters.
ashamed of and it can be overcome.
When my two older daughters,
For more information about
Danielle and Katie (now 24 and 21), the National Literacy Trust, visit
were little, I used to tell them I was
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Katy refuses to
let her condition
rule her life.

If a teenager could
do it, so could I
Katy Weaver, 30, lives in Cheam, Surrey,
with her partner, Mark, 33.

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Mark has proved his love


for Katy time and time
again by helping her
through her dark times.
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The pains in my joints started three years ago.


Id wake up unable to move my hands and, as the
day wore on, the pain would spread to my wrists
and ankles. My doctor said it was nothing to worry
about and just told me to take paracetamol.
At that time, Mark and I had been living together
for a year. Wed met two years earlier in a
nightclub. I used to love dancing, and even went
to classes. I played netball and tennis, too, but
the pain got so bad, I had to give them all up.
Mark helped me a lot when I was in pain.
At first, it was simple things like opening jars
and making my breakfast. But, over time, the
situation deteriorated.
He started having to feed me, help me get
dressed and guide me in and out of the shower.
It was embarrassing and humiliating. Mark was
my boyfriend, after all, not my carer.
had had two hip replacements before her
I was in so much pain and so unhappy. I
18th birthday. But by her 21st birthday shed
couldnt walk without being in agony, we werent
run two marathons.
having sex and, deep down, I was waiting for
It gave me such a jolt. If shed found the
Mark to leave me.
strength to do that, maybe I did have a future
I went back to my GPs practice in May 2011
after all. I talked to Mark, who assured me
and, this time, I saw a female
hed never leave me, which
Mark fed and
doctor who was lovely. She
I really needed to hear. I started
broke the news that I was
dressed me. He taking the medication. I was
suffering from rheumatoid
felt like my carer, scared about what side effects
arthritis. I was 28.
not my boyfriend Id suffer from, but as time
The minute I got home,
went by and none of them
I Googled RA and was horrified when I saw
appeared, I started to relax.
pictures of a crippled, deformed hand. I sobbed
By October 2011, I felt better than I had in
as I read about the terrible side effects from the
a long time and even started my dance classes
drugs Id need nausea, hair loss, liver damage.
again. I was determined not to let rheumatoid
I didnt have a future worth living for.
arthritis control my life and finally, after nearly
I imagined myself at 40, old and bent and
ten years of saying I would, I ran the London
dependent on Mark, so I told him to leave me.
Marathon last year. It was a great moment,
For the next two days, I wouldnt let him wash me
especially after all those dark days.
and I didnt go to work. I spent hours trawling the
Ive changed a lot over the past two years
Internet, crying and reading everything I could
and Ive learnt that theres no shame in asking
find about rheumatoid arthritis.
for help. And I now know that Mark isnt going
And then I stumbled on a story of a girl
to leave me because I cant open a jar!
who was even younger than me. Shed
For more info, contact the National
been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and
Rheumatoid Arthritis Society at nras.org.uk.

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You can be more


Mel Hunter never sees the silver lining in the
clouds and shes fed up with it. But can the
38-year-old mother of two fill up her halfempty glass? And will she do it in a week?

eing an optimist doesnt come


naturally to me Im a born
doomsayer. Ive told myself
thats fine, because Im always prepared
for disaster. However, studies show
that Im wrong. The more positive we
feel, the more open-minded, creative
and inspired we are. And with a beautiful
family and a good career, I know I have
a lot to be happy about. So why am I so
gloomy and what can I do about it?
Enter Bridget Grenville-Cleave, author of
Positive Psychology (6.99, Icon Books),
who reckons she can change my mindset.
She claims that, by using five simple tools
over the next week, Ill be able to give
myself an optimism overhaul.

My positivity
tool kit
X Distract myself
when negative thoughts hit
X Keep a gratitude diary
X Enjoy the here and now
X Recognise pessimistic thoughts,
but dont dwell on them
X Focus on things that
make me feel good

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optimistic
Friday
Why cant I hear about the good fortune
of others without feeling that my life is
lagging behind? Today a friend tells me
that shes finally exchanged on her new
house. Im happy for her, of course, but the
news adds to the life envy which I have
trouble shaking off.
Bridget explains that comparing
ourselves to others is one of the most
common characteristics of pessimism,
and a real barrier to well-being. Here
I must use distraction.
So, rather than logging onto a property
website and tormenting myself with
houses I couldnt ever afford, I grab my
bike and cycle up to the shops, instead. By
the time I arrive home 40 minutes later,
my head is surprisingly clear.
Today is also the day I start my gratitude
journal. Bridget says writing down good
things that happen will help me see the
upsides of my life. In my pretty new
notebook I wrote how the short bike ride
enabled me to appreciate the area where
I live, how I am grateful that were all well
again after a plague of sickness bugs, and
finally how hearing my two kids giggling in
the bath this evening made me wish I could
bottle that sound and keep it forever.
Maybe life isnt so bad after all.

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Saturday
Weekends often wind me up: the mess, the
noise, the no-time-to-myself. Why cant
I just enjoy the precious two days my
husband, Gray, our children and I have
together? Its time to put some optimism
tactics to the test.
When my five-year-old daughter, Isla,
starts whining, I remember Bridgets
mantra: enjoy the here and now. I must
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stop focusing on the things I think I should


be doing, and instead take some
enjoyment out of what Im doing.
So I stop the chores and get out the
craft kit that Isla got for her birthday. Im
astonished to find the moulding and
squashing of coloured dough is actually
quite calming. Spending time with my
daughter, without trying to do something
else at the same time, makes me feel... er...
happy. Maybe Im actually getting the hang
of this positivity lark.

Sunday
Were driving to friends for lunch when
Gray mentions the cars now done more
than 80,000 miles. Oh, no, I groan
instinctively, then immediately check myself.
Bridget told me to be more aware of
negative thoughts as
they happen. Just by
stopping for a second,
I realise that comment
was unnecessary, as the
car is running well.
Arriving home later, Ive had a lovely day
chatting with old friends and seeing our
kids playing together. Im starting to see
that becoming positive isnt about
changing my life or who I am. Its more to
do with looking with fresh eyes at the good
stuff right in front of me.
Before bed, I make a list of activities Ive
enjoyed doing over the years, like going to
the fairground or watching French films. The
aim is to do something from the list each
day. Ill put it to the test tomorrow.

option and neither is a French film


I bake a cake instead. Just taking half an
hour to do something I enjoy changes how
I feel about the whole day, and makes me
feel less downbeat in general.

Wednesday
I know my negativity can affect others
around me, especially my husband, so
I resolve to be positive this evening and see
what a difference it makes to both of us.
Then Gray phones to say he missed his
train by seconds and wont be home until
later. Instead of my usual angry reaction,
I take a deep breath and suggest he stops
for a beer in the station bar.
He texts a little later, saying thanks.
While Im waiting for him, I choose all my
favourite photos and create a montage of
family pictures on my
computer. I show Gray
when he gets home
and then save it as my
computer wallpaper.
Now every time I switch
on, it makes me smile. Simple pleasures.

Hearing my kids
giggling, I wish
I could bottle the
sound to keep

Tuesday
Well, Monday was completely full-on, so
my list was put on hold until today. And as
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Thursday
Its now been a week and whoopee!
I actually feel much more positive. Ive
put a happy playlist on my iPod, done
some homework to focus on what Im
good at, and made a big sunshine list
of the things that make me smile.
But what Ive really learnt from all this
is that happiness isnt about dancing on
cloud nine all the time. Its about being
content with what Ive got.
It takes a bit of effort, but is definitely
worth it. While still not overflowing with
happiness, in just seven days my cup
certainly looks more full.
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And they called it

puppy love

Eve Ahmed never wanted a dog, but somehow she


found herself the reluctant owner of a very needy
Border Terrier. And things took a different turn

his was all my daughters fault.


Because of 14-year-old Claudia,
I was standing in a chilly barn in
the middle of nowhere, staring at
six wriggly bodies.
Please hurry up and choose, I pleaded.
Theyre all the same.
Not to her apparently.
She went for the quirkiest.
Over there Id like the
one licking the wall.
Eight weeks earlier
wed had a crisis when
Claudia fell out with her best friend. Every
day, shed come home from school crying,
until I rashly promised: Well get a dog!
It worked, she cheered up. But the
happier she got, the more I panicked.
What had I let myself in for?
Youll have to walk him every day and
pick up his poo, I warned. Hell whine at
night and wee on the carpet.
I dont care, I love Rusko already, she said.
Which is why I found myself back at home
looking down at the fluffy Border Terrier,
thinking: Just how difficult can it be?
What a mug I was! Dog ownership is like
having a newborn baby, and with my
husband, Peter, at work and Claudia at
school, it fell to me working from home
to be chief carer. Rusko required endless
walks, so I was permanently clad in woolly
hat, scarf and overcoat. In my pre-puppy
life, Id tottered about in high heels and
kept my hair sleekly blow-dried. Now my
footwear of choice was a pair of wellies.
Rusko didnt just want physical care,
though; he craved love, too. He wanted

attention and constant praise, and after


20 years of bringing up my own two
children, of pandering to their needs and
putting them first, I had nothing left to give.
In the beginning, Id pictured Rusko
sleeping by my side as I worked at my desk.
As if He did nap briefly after being
exercised, but then he
would stare at me beadily
until I played with him.
Sometimes, on a walk, Id
think about letting him off
the lead, then running fast in the other
direction. Id be free! Within seconds,
though, Id be overwhelmed with guilt.
One day, in the course
of 15 minutes, Rusko
sicked up grass on our
white carpet, before
treating himself to a pee
in the corner of the living
room. I lost it, big time.
Right! Thats it!
I shouted to Peter
and Claudia. Ive had
enough! Hes going back
to the breeder!
I stormed off into the
kitchen, leaving one
dog and two humans
behind me. Then I
heard the tiny pad of paws, and there was
Rusko, staring up at me, pleading and
anxious-looking.
Thats when I realised he loved me. I was
the one whose lap hed snuggle onto every
evening. I was the one who could bring an
ecstatic look to his face when I tickled

PHOTO: ALAMY

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behind his ears, and it was me who hed


wait for to greet joyfully on my return from
any trip shopping or loo-break!
And when I looked down into his
chocolate brown eyes, I knew I loved him,
too. I didnt mean it, I told him. Who was
I kidding? I could no more abandon this
dog than I could my own children.
Since that day, things have changed a
little in our household. We now all have
a part in looking after Rusko as a family.
But secretly, hes still my dog.
And much to my surprise, Im even
thinking of getting another little bundle
of fur to keep him company. I must be
absolutely barking!
Eve is nurturing Claudia
and Rusko through
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Y
Stepfamilies are the
fastest growing type
of family in the UK,
but whats it like
being part of one?
Stepmum-of-two,
Clare Thomson, 36,
looks at the challenges
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oure not my mummy. You


cant tell me what to do!
Greta, my three-year-old
stepdaughter, had just had her
bath and was standing in her pyjamas at
the top of the stairs. Her hair was wet and
tangled and her expression grim.
Come downstairs,
I pleaded, and let me
brush your hair. But my
request only provoked
a more furious reaction.
NO! I wont! I was just 26, and while
my friends were still moving from one
boyfriend to the next Id taken on a readymade family when I moved in with Simon,
and his two children Greta and eight-yearold Henry. Id guessed it wasnt going to
be easy, but had no idea what actually lay

ahead. Gretas outburst was my first big test


as a stepmother and I failed it miserably.
As my face flushed scarlet, I snapped right
back at her. I dont want to be your mother!
But I DO need to brush your hair!
Stunned by my outburst, Greta quietly
came down the stairs and the deed was
done in silence. I was
mortified and apologised
to her afterwards and there
was a reconciliatory hug and
kiss before bedtime. But
it hit me that my new role as a stepmother
was like being handed an Ikea flatpack
without the instructions.
That was ten years ago and thankfully
our relationship has since blossomed, but
I cant say its always been easy. Back then
I didnt know anyone in my situation. Now,

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things are very different. A recent report
revealed that stepfamilies are the fastest
growing type of family in the UK with one
in ten being a stepfamily. And whats even
more surprising is that one in three of us
is a step-parent, stepchild, stepsibling or
even a stepgrandparent. So does that
mean were now better prepared to take
on the role? Not necessarily.

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Jealous emotions
Laura Williams is a 38-year-old florist from
London. Three years ago she moved in with
her boyfriend James who had joint custody
of his seven-year-old daughter Gemma.
Of all the emotions Laura expected to face,
jealousy wasnt one of them.
James and Gemma shared an incredible
bond which, if Im honest, I felt threatened
by, says Laura. Theyd talk about people
I didnt know and shed sometimes whisper
things in his ear when there were just
three of us at the dinner table. I felt like
an outsider in my own home.
Fortunately, talking through her insecurities
with James made Laura realise she had
nothing to worry about. James gave me
space so that Gemma and I could get to
know each other and over time we did
enough things together to have our own
in-jokes. Now shes ten and we regularly
go shopping without her dad.
Jealousy is a common feeling among
step-parents and its obvious why. As a
stepmum youve known your new husband
for less time than his kids have. They have
lots of memories of good times that you
didnt share and they have routines that
you havent learnt yet. Its hard, but not
impossible to deal with.
Katharine Hill, the UK director of
Care For The Family, which offers
relationship support, says its worth
thinking through any potential problems
and solutions before they arise.
Many people approach a new stepfamily
thinking it will be the same as a traditional
family, so when issues come along it takes
them by surprise. But there are lots of
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things you can do to make it easy on


everyone. Katharine advises to go at the
childs pace and dont rush them into
relationships theyre not ready for; to talk
to them about how they feel and listen to
what they say; and to never, on any
account, rubbish the other parent. When
youre loyal to both their mum and dad
youll be seen as an ally not a threat.
Samantha Harrington-Lowe, 43, is a
stepdaughter as well as a stepmother, and
she recognised the challenges so acutely
she decided to write a book Step Parents:
The Essential Guide. I have an amazing
stepmother, she says, so I know it can
work, it just takes some effort.
Samantha and her partner
live with her 13-year-old
daughter and his 15-yearold son and though
everything is fine now, it
wasnt always plain sailing.
My daughter had a hard time accepting
her stepdad, says Samantha. She was
distant and moody, and she really just
wanted to be with me and not have this
strange man around. We made sure I spent
plenty of time alone with her, so she knew
our relationship wasnt going to change.
My partner also started getting to know her
separately, taking her out without me and
spending time together. That way they built
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the children; often its the ex-partners


who throw a spanner in the works. This
is the case with Ruth Hill*, a 34-year-old
pre-school teacher from Prestatyn, north
Wales whose partner Simon Lloyd, 40,
moved in with her and her four-year-old
son Dan last year.
My relationship with Dans dad has
been difficult since I ended our marriage,
says Ruth. He was very angry about
our break-up and was furious when
I got together with Simon. Unfortunately,
he doesnt hide his dislike of Simon Dan
once came home after visiting his father
and told me: Dad said he doesnt like
Simon. I told my ex it was unfair to drag
Dan into what is an adult
situation. He wasnt very
apologetic and as much
as I hate it, theres only
so much I can do. Now
I just try to be civil and
rise above it, but its hard.
Though there are more stepfamilies
today than there were ten years ago, were
all still facing the same challenges and it
makes me realise I havent done too badly
with my stepkids. The children are now
14 and 19, were all extremely close and
being part of their lives has been the most
enriching experience of my life.
It may take some time, but just like with
traditional families, as long as you put in the
effort, you will definitely reap the rewards.

Never, on
any account,
rubbish the
other parent

CELEB STEP-PARENTS STRUGGLE TOO


It was totally
nerve-wracking
when I first met my
stepdaughters. I
desperately wanted
them to like me. What
I wasnt prepared for
at all was quite how
much I would like them.
Nadia Sawalha, actress

One of the greatest


learning curves in my
life has been being a
step-parent. I thought
I knew how to do it
and I found out that
I didnt.
Kirsty Young, TV and
radio presenter

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I know women who


are jealous of their
stepchildren, but when
youve fallen in love with
someone who has children,
you cant cherry pick the
good bits. Children never ask
to have divorced parents.
Kirstie Allsopp,
TV presenter

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Whats the best job you


ever had?

Shes a star!
I loved reading the sunny interview with
your August cover star, Judith Bogner.
What an inspiration to try something new
a scary prospect when youre in your
forties. Ive wanted to leave my job in IT
for ages and recently took redundancy
yikes! Ive got an idea for a new business
and Im now going to go for it.
SALLY, MIDDLESEX

Instant glamour
Thanks for my free sunglasses from
BHS. I chose the tortoiseshell metaledge style and told my daughter they
were designer. They look fabulous.
BOBBIE, DUBLIN

YOU SAID... ON FACEBOOK


VICKY Painting my own shabby chic
furniture. Because I work for myself, I can
be at home with my children and I love,
love, love doing it and being creative.

ANNA Being a mum. Shame the pay isnt


better, but you cant have everything!

Epsteins article Spare me the barbecue


invite please. I totally agree with her
yes, I love eating outside, but it has to be
a warm afternoon with gorgeous food.
SUSIE HART, ON FACEBOOK

RACHEL Im a teacher and theres


nothing more fulfilling or challenging
than working with teenagers.

Never too soon


Dream on
You asked the question, Can you really
get fit in just 4 mins a day? And the
answers a resounding no it seems!
Oh well, better get my trainers on and
start running, then.
MICHELLE, SWANSEA

I agree with Clare Matthew who fell into


a relationship soon after the break-up of
her marriage. True love is hard to find, so
when it comes along, I say grab it. In my
experience, relationships that break up
have usually been unhappy for some time.
MS S, CHESHIRE

A happy patient

Glam mum

I absolutely love the August issue of


Essentials. I received my first ever copy
while in hospital having my gallbladder
removed it cheered me up, thats for
sure. I cant wait to get home to try out
the fab recipes and my lovely sister-inlaw is buying me a subscription for my
birthday later this month :-)
LISA LAMB

Thanks for your


gorgeous fashion
in the last issue I
was looking for a
dress to wear to
my sons wedding
and the M&S one
was perfect. Im
now one happy
(stylish) mother
of the groom!
SANDRA K,
BY E-MAIL

No thanks!
Just getting stuck into my August edition
of my favourite magazine. I LOVE Angela

NICKY I was an air hostess in the good old


days. No two days were ever the same
I met lots of people and the social life
and staying in hotels was
great oh, the glamour!
DIANE Ive worked as a paramedic
for nearly 20 years. At times its very
stressful, but you dont get a bigger
buzz than helping someone or making
a difference to a persons life.

ALICE As a dog-walker I play fetch on the


beach and get paid for it. Cant beat it!

...AND ON TWITTER
STEPH I worked at a resort in the
Caribbean in my twenties and, yes,
every day was like a holiday.

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The TIPS Handbook


Save time, money and hassle with these tried and tested ideas

Sticky
situations

Melty mouthful
Its just impossible
to stop ice lollies
from melting all
over you, so try
poking a cupcake
case over the stick
to catch any drips.

Remove stubborn
stickers without a
trace. Dry them
with a hairdryer
for a minute or
two, then simply
peel off.

Clean machine

POWER PLAY

Look after your washing


machine and it will
work better and last
longer. Clean the
detergent tray by
soaking in warm water,
then wash clean.

Check if batteries are dead by


dropping them onto a flat
surface from a height of
about six inches. If they
bounce more than once,
they are empty.

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Painless
paper cut
Sometimes the
smallest injuries are
the most painful.
Rubbing lip salve on a
paper cut will stop
any pain and also
help it heal faster.

Breathe easy
Love garlic and
onions, but dont
want bad breath?
After eating these
stinky foods, chew
a sprig of parsley
to neutralise
the smell.

REAL WOM
EN
LIKE YOU

Shake it up!

Rhonda Hasse
tt , Oxfordshire
If youre makin
g cocktails, bu
t
dont have a pr
oper shaker at
hand, attach a
sandwich bag
around the to
p of a glass with
a
rubber band to
create a makes
hift one.
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REAL W
O
LIKE Y U

ations
Hairy situ, W
olverhampton

Antonia Spinks
t just good for
Hairsprays no
it to remove
your hair! Use
on
arker spray
permanent m
it
d
an
wipe
on
the mark and
. It also works
straight away
f
of
t
.
ks
should lif
ar
m
lt tip
pen ink and fe
biro, fountain

Miracle marshmallows
Next time you have a sore
throat, dont reach for a
lozenge eat a marshmallow.
The soft treat will soothe
aches and coughs. Really!

Tea time

ICE-COLD
REFRESHMENT
Wrap a wet kitchen towel
around a can or bottle
and stick it in the freezer
for ten minutes for
a perfectly chilled
beverage. Brilliant for
a hot summers day!

Shocking
solutions!
Always getting
electric shocks?
Attach a safety
pin to clothes
to divert the
static charge.

Green tea is
great on
sunburn. Soak
kitchen paper
in it and apply
to the burn.

Butter brilliance
Softening butter in the microwave
often leads to a buttery puddle.
Cover it in clingfilm and beat it
with a rolling
pin instead.

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Experience
the
unexpected...

EXCELLENCE

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to take you to another place and
experience the ultimate pleasure.
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To make a marriage of two avours you must start with the best
ingredients. It takes time but when it works its amazing because
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5 salon-style
treatmentshome
to try at

Who doesnt love a professional beauty treatment? Trouble is, theyre not
cheap, so treat yourself to our DIY solutions at a fraction of the cost
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Try a Brazilian
blow-dry
IN THE SALON
The Brazilian blow-dry has long been
loved by celebs, and now its available
to everyone but its not cheap. The
straightening chemicals used in the
treatment give even the frizziest, wildest
hair that glamorous, silky smooth look for
up to three months. Headmasters has
Repair & Restore Blow-Dry, which is packed
with keratin to deal with any damage and
give you that lovely swooshy hair we all
dream of. Prices range from 150-250,
depending on the length of your hair.

AT HOME

Do a 3-week
manicure
IN THE SALON
Gel manicures will last much longer than
a regular one, which is great news if youre
going on holiday or even if you just hate
painting your nails. The polish should stay
chip-free for up to three weeks, making
it a better-value option than most regular
manicures. Try a Bio Sculpture Gel manicure,
which has an enormous range of colours
there are 7,000 technicians nationwide
and prices start at 30.

AT HOME
What could be better than your
very own gel nail kit? After a bit
of practice with the Red Carpet
Professional LED Kit, 89.95, youll
soon be saving a fortune on trips
to the salon. Just set the polish
with the LED light and youll get
a manicure that lasts a lot longer
than your usual polish, and
removes quickly and easily
without damaging your nails.

A quick fix to make your hair


sleeker and more manageable
is KeraStraight Protein Mask, 25.
This protein-rich treatment forms
a bond around each strand of
hair to help rebuild it and leave it
stronger, healthier and sleeker for
up to 48 hours. Each pot will give
you more than ten treatments.

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Get hair-free skin


IN THE SALON
Laser hair removal is expensive, but worth
investing in if youre after long-lasting
results. It works by using light to zap the
root of the hair, which means its unlikely to
grow back and if it does, itll be much
thinner, with around 80% less hair growth
after a full course. The amount of sessions
you need will depend on your hair colour
or the density of it, but a course of eight
treatments for a full leg at The Harley
Medical Group will cost 2,202 and, of
course, youll need both of them done!

AT HOME
The Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit,
29.99, is just like the wax you get in
professional salons, and can be used on
hair as short as 2mm. Plug in the device
and in 20 minutes its ready to use and at
the perfect temperature, so theres no
chance of scalding your skin. The roll-on
applicator is simple to use, mess-free and
your skin will stay smooth for up to four
weeks Brilliant.

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Pamper
your feet

IN THE SALON
If youre looking for something more
hard-hitting than a pedicure, find a
podiatrist who can help your toe woes.
Podiatrists are trained to diagnose and treat
foot, ankle and leg problems. To find a
specialist in your area, visit podiatrypages.
co.uk, or ask your GP for a referral.

AT HOME
If youve ever thought the normal
foot files just arent good enough
to get rid of the hard skin on your
feet, then you need the Scholl
Express Pedi, 39.99. It works quite
like a sander, but on a much
gentler scale. Battery powered,
with a special textured roller, you
use it on dry feet, then just watch
the hard areas turn smooth and
soft in minutes.

Deal with
cellulite

IN THE SALON
Cellulite affects 95% of British women,
whatever your shape or size. Causes can
range from stress to sudden weight gain,
and once it sets in its really difficult to get
rid of, although a professional treatment
can help. The Private Clinic offers
Mesotherapy, where a mix of vitamins and
homeopathic ingredients are injected into
the problem area to improve circulation,
treat fluid retention and rejuvenate your
skin. Prices start at 900 for five sessions.

AT HOME
Similar to professional treatments
that pummel cellulite, the Bliss
Fatgirlslim Lean Machine, 120, is a
4-in-1 vacuum system that deeply
massages problem patches to
boost lymphatic drainage, detox
and breakdown lumpy, fatty areas,
to leave skin looking smoother.
Use once a day for three minutes
on each area. Once you start
to notice results, reduce the
treatments to three times a week.

Youll feel like


a new woman
after a home
pampering
session and
theres no hefty
bill at the end!
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KEEP
YOUR
SUMMER
GLOW
for longer...
With a glowing
complexion, tanned
skin and sun-kissed
hair, summer is
when we look our
best. We show
you how to keep
that holiday look
for longer

Radiant skin
The reason your skin looks
glowing in summer sunshine is
down to simple physics. Bright
sunlight gives the surface of your skin
a translucent quality as it bounces off
the top. So, what do you do when the
sun dips down for autumn? You can
fake the same effect by using a serum
with light-reflecting particles. We
love Wild About Beauty Rose Water
Illuminating Serum, 22. To
enhance your skins soft glow, why
not exfoliate to create super smooth
skin? Opt for a scrub packed with
vitamin C, which brightens your
complexion, such as SuperFacialist
By Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Gentle
Daily Micro Polish Wash, 9.99.

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Sun-kissed hair

FEATURE: SARAH-JANE CORFIELD-SMITH. PHOTOS: IPC IMAGES; SCOPE

Faux tan
tips & tricks
If youve been away on holiday and
want to prolong your tan for as long as
possible, theres no better product
than Lancaster Legendary Tan,
30. Not only does it contain a
very clever tan activator complex,
which stimulates melanin (the tan
making pigment) in your skin, but its oil
base is so hydrating that youll keep
peeling at bay for longer. Plus, it has a
subtle golden shimmer that gives a
serious depth to your tan. If you
havent been lucky enough to get a
natural tan, then its time to fake it.
LOral Paris Sublime Bronze
Self-Tanning Fresh Feel Gel, 12.19,
creates a gorgeous caramel tan that
allows your natural skintone to shine
through. Its also time to get out the
blusher but it has to be apricot
toned. A strange optical illusion occurs
to your skin with apricot blusher, the
peachiness of the blush makes the rest
of your skin look warmer and healthier.
Our favourite has to be Bourjois
Blush in Healthy Mix, 7.49.

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Youre used to hearing about the bad effects that sun,


sea and salt have on your hair, but they do have some
plus points, too. As long as youve used a UV spray, then
youll find your hair has never
felt so soft. Alkaline salt water
combined with the soft holiday
water that you washed your
hair with will have helped get
rid of product build-up and
impurities. At home try
Redken Hair Cleansing Cream
Shampoo, 10, which will
keep your hair feeling just as
soft. The sun will no doubt
have created natural
highlights. So to keep it like
this for longer, spray in
Pureology Perfect 4
Platinum Miracle Filler
Treatment, 12.95. And, if
you loved your holiday beachy
waves, then spritz Toni & Guy
Casual Sea Salt Texturising
Spray, 7.19. It will make even
the straightest of hair fall into
natural, frizz-free kinks.

A pop
of colour
Now, were not claiming that by
wearing a bright lipstick the sun is
going to reappear and youll feel
like youre on the Costa del Sol.
But, theres nothing like an injection
of bright colour to lift your mood
and to ward off autumn darkness
for a little longer.
FOR FAIR SKIN Rimmel London
Moisture Renew Lipstick in Diva
Red, 6.29.
FOR MEDIUM SKIN Revlon
ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick
in Muse, 8.99.
FOR DARK SKIN No7 Stay Perfect
Lipstick in Gay Geranium, 9.50.

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HAIR STEP BY STEP

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How to do

the sleek chic knot


Create this look quickly and easily its a
head turner for weddings and parties

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Wear it neat, or gently tease
the hair around the knot for
a slightly messier look.

Prep with....
You need your hair to be super clean, so use a clarifying
shampoo. Klorane Shampoo with Citrus Pulp, 6, will
get rid of product build-up and, if you live in a hard-water
area, it will stop any chalky residue on the scalp. Use
a light conditioner, so that your hair doesnt get so
silky that you cant knot it try LOral Paris Elvive
Nutri-Gloss Light Shine Cream Conditioner, 3.99.
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Blow-dry your hair


with a soft bristle
brush. As youre
drying, brush hair
away from your
hairline. Create a
deep parting on
one side, then spray
Pantene Extra
Strong Hairspray,
3.69, on your
hands and smooth
over to flatten
any flyaways.
Divide your
ponytail in half
and tie into a
knot around the
base. Pin the
knot to secure.

Pull the loose


sections of hair
across your ears
and pin them
into the bun.
Finish off
by spraying
TRESemm
Salon Shine
Glossing Spray,
4.99, all over.

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The latest tricks, tips & buys

Loves
STYLE &
PROTECT
Who knew that heat styling
can actually be good for
your hair? We found Phyto
Phytokratine Repairing
Thermal Protectant Spray,
16.50, left our hair softer
and shinier. Thermoactivated ingredients use
heat from styling devices
to rebuild hair and seal in
moisture so theres no need to feel
guilty about regular styling.

Spray some
LOral
Professionnel
Mythic Oil,
13.95, onto
your fingers and
smooth it over
any stray ends
that are sticking
out. Use the
sticky texture to
tuck them
into the knot.

The day after...


Sleep in your knot and
when you undo it, youll
find youve created soft
waves in the ends of your
hair. To give them a bit
more movement and
volume, sprinkle Matrix
Design Pulse Mega Dust,
7.43, through the ends.
Its a fine dust that will
make your hair expand
and plump up the waves.

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TLC FOR
THIRSTY HAIR
We love Ojon Damage Reverse
Restorative Hair Treatment Plus,
32.50, which now has a new lighter
scent. It will restore and revive your
hair, leaving it visibly healthier after
just one use. For a once-a-week
treat, comb the mask through
your hair and leave
to penetrate for at
least 20 minutes,
before rinsing.

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HAIR
COLOUR
SOS
If your colour is looking
worse for wear, revive
it with one of these...
FOR BLONDE HAIR
Try a silver shampoo
such as Philip Kingsley
Pure Silver Shampoo,
15, which uses violet
pigments to reduce
brassy tones.
FOR BRUNETTE/RED HAIR
A shampoo designed
for dark locks like TIGI
Bed Head Colour
Combat Colour
Goddess Shampoo,
8.71, is best for
refreshing your colour.

Fight the frizz


If youve got fine hair and
avoid serums for fear theyll
leave it looking lank and
limp, then try LOral
Elvive Smooth & Polish
Aqua Serum, 5.99. The
lightweight formula gives
24-hour frizz control
without weighing down hair
and making it look greasy.
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FEATURE: NICOLE CAMPANARO

Sweep back
hair into a low
ponytail at the
nape of your
neck, leaving a
section of hair
above each ear
free. Tie up the
ponytail securely.

FEATURE: SARAH-JANE CORFIELD-SMITH. PHOTOS: HEADMASTERS.COM

Hair
help

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Q&A
REAL WOMEN BEAUTY

What anti-ageing products are


good for sensitive skin?
HELEN OWEN INGRAM
Look for products that contain gentle
skin plumping ingredients like hyaluronic acid,
glycerine and plant oils. Try the Trilogy CoQ10
Booster Serum, 29.50, for a real skin treat.

Each month we round up your biggest beauty


concerns from Facebook, Twitter and email, and
our beauty experts answer them. Simple!

Is it possible to
keep lipstick in
place all day?
AMBER ROSE
Use a lip liner the same
colour as your lipstick
over your whole lips
before application
itll create a base for the
colour, making it last
longer. Then, apply
a long-lasting lip
colour like Maybelline
SuperStay 24 Color,
8.99. Try the summery
Delicious Pink shade. We
wore it all day and didnt
need any top-ups fab!

How can I
strengthen
my nails?
MARGARET HUGHES
Keeping your nails
relatively short should
stop them splitting, and
applying a formula like
OPI Original Nail Envy,
18.65, will strengthen
and protect them,
too. Rubbing on
almond oil and taking
sea kelp both work
wonders, too.

BB CREAMS

FEATURE: RHIANNON DERBYSHIRE

Everyones
talking
about them,
but what do
they do?
RIA FOORD HARVEY
BB stands for Beauty
Balm. It covers any
spots, imperfections,
evens out your skin
tone and illuminates
and moisturises
your skin, while at
the same time giving
you SPF protection
basically, it does
it all! Its ideal for
everyday wear.

Can you
recommend
the best one?
LIZ HOOPER
Weve tried
countless
brands, and we
keep coming back
to our faithful
Garnier BB Cream
Miracle Skin
Perfector, 9.99.
Or, if youre willing to
spend a bit more
cash, Mac Prep +
Prime Beauty Balm,
22, has SPF35 for
ultimate protection.

Whats the best affordable


thickening mascara?
HANNAH EVANS
Mascaras can be a bit of a minefield because there
are just so many of them, but Maybelline has a great
selection at pocket-friendly prices. Try the Rocket
Volum Express Mascara, 7.99 the brush is really
thick but bristly, so you can give your
lashes a coating without the clumps.

I need a dye
that covers grey
hair what
shall I go for?
TRACEY PANSY
Our favourites are
Schwarzkopf Color
Mask, 6.49, and Nice
n Easy Colour Blend
Foam, 6.99. Theyve
both got great colour
ranges and cover your
greys without leaving
you with a flat colour.

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Is there
anything I
can do to make
my eyebrows
grow?
KATIE HALL
Stop plucking for at
least three weeks. In
the meantime, use a
brow powder to give
the effect of fuller brows
bareMinerals Brow
Color, 11, is great
and there is a range
of shades to chose
from to complement
your colouring.
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THE BEAUTY EXPERT


You can trust us to test the latest products to make you look great

Smells like
summer

BRIGHT EYES
I JUST LOVE MAYBELLINE
THE ERASER EYE, 7.99,
A CLEVER NEW UNDER-EYE
CONCEALER WITH ANTIOXIDANT-RICH GOJI BERRY
TO HELP BANISH SIGNS OF
AGEING. AND ITS LIGHTREFLECTIVE FORMULA
GIVES A FLAWLESS FINISH.

Make those sunny days


last just a bit longer with
Balmain Eau DIvoire eau
de toilette, 46 for 50ml.
A sexy, sophisticated
scent with notes of
bergamot, redcurrant,
magnolia and patchouli.
The bottle will look great
on your dressing table, too.

HANDBAG
HELPER

FEATURE: SARAH COOPER-WHITE. PHOTOS: IPC IMAGES; SHUTTERSTOCK

IT MAY BE SUMMER,
BUT SOAP AND AIR
CONDITIONING CAN
LEAVE YOUR HANDS
DRY AND CHAPPED.
CRABTREE & EVELYN VERBENA
AND LAVENDER ULTRAMOISTURISING HAND THERAPY,
5, IS SUPER RICH AND THE
PERFECT HANDBAG SIZE.

News flash!

If you love to try out new and unusual beauty


products, visit mybeautyemporium.com, which
stocks loads of fab items from around the globe.

Plump up your skin


If your annual holiday in the sun has left your skin
sapped of all moisture, treat it to Emma Hardie Age
Support Treatment Cream, 42. The unique texture
smoothes lines, thanks to micro-algae, natural peptides
and hyaluronic acid microspheres.

THIS
MONTHS

Must
Buy

CRAYONS... FOR LIPS!


IM A FAN OF THESE MODELS OWN
COLOUR LIP-STIX, 5. THE CHUBBY
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DEFINED AND COLOURED QUICKER
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The 7 simple ways to...

cut your risk of


heart disease

Think only overweight, middle-aged men need to worry about their hearts?
Then think again. Its time to tackle the number-one killer of British women

ne Saturday afternoon, Hina Shah, 42,


a financial services project manager
from Harrow, Middlesex, was making
sweet dishes for Diwali (Hindu Festival
of Lights), with her daughter, Hiral, then
aged five. Suddenly I felt odd. It was as though I had
something stuck at the back of my throat, making it
difficult for me to breathe. When it didnt go away,
I went upstairs to have a lie down. My husband, Bijal,
and son, Bhaveer, were out and I didnt bother my
in-laws, who were in the house.
Lying on the bed, I began struggling for breath.
I felt cold and clammy and aware that I was slipping in
and out of consciousness. Fortunately, Hiral came to
find me. I could barely whisper. She ran from the
room and returned a few minutes later, dragging her
grandfather by the arm. Call 999, I gasped.
The paramedics took Hina to Harefield Hospital
a heart-specialist hospital, where it was confirmed
she had suffered a myocardial infarction (heart
attack). The doctors performed an emergency
angioplasty under local anaesthetic, which involved
inserting two stents into the blocked artery to keep it

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open. Hina recalls: The whole thing was surreal like


I was watching a film. I just kept thinking, I want to
live: Im too young to die and my children are too
young to be left without their mother.
Hina had no risk factors for heart disease no
family history, she ate healthily, she never smoked and
her blood pressure was normal. But shes just one of an
increasing number of women experiencing heart attacks.
Its a myth that its just men who die of heart
disease, says Doireann Maddock, Senior Cardiac
Nurse at the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Its the
single biggest killer of women in the UK killing three
times more than breast cancer. But heart disease is
often preventable, so its essential we get women
thinking about their heart health, so they can make
positive changes to their lifestyle.
Six years after the attack, Hinas life is very
different. Im monitored regularly and have to take
statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs) and aspirin for
life. Im far more committed to exercise now walking
and taking yoga and Zumba classes. My experience
has taught me a valuable lesson and I feel I now live
a more fulfilling and happier life because of it.

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4 Keep an eye on
your blood pressure
1 Get moving
Experts are increasingly concerned
about the amount of time we spend
sitting with a study by Kansas State
University warning that office
workers who spend more than four
hours a day sitting are at greater risk
of cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
MAKE THE CHANGE If 150 minutes
of physical activity a week seems
like a lot, try breaking it down into
10-minute sessions during the day
and build up from there, advises Amy
Thompson, senior cardiac nurse at BHF.

2 Stub it out
Smokers are twice as likely to develop
heart disease as non-smokers. But
giving up smoking in middle age or
beyond still has benefits. Smokers
who gave up later in life experienced
a 40% reduction in the risk of heart
attack and stroke within five years.
MAKE THE CHANGE Order your free
Quit Kit at smokefree.nhs.uk.

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3 Check your
cholesterol
In the UK, two out of three adults over
40 have raised cholesterol levels,
which can cause arteries to harden
and narrow. This can eventually block
blood flow, causing a heart attack.
MAKE THE CHANGE Choose products
with plant sterols and stenols, such
as Benecol and Flora Pro. Activ,
which have been shown to have a
cholesterol-busting effect. And check
out the Ultimate Cholesterol Lowering
Plan at alproplus.com.

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One-in-three UK adults has high


blood pressure (hypertension) but,
alarmingly, around a third of people
arent aware of it because there are no
obvious symptoms, says Blood Pressure
UK (bloodpressureuk.org). Yet, they
are three times more likely to develop
heart disease and stroke and twice
as likely to die from them than those
with normal blood pressure.
MAKE THE CHANGE The only way to
know whether you have high blood
pressure is to have it measured, says
Amy Thompson. We recommend
that everyone over 40 gets their blood
pressure taken as part of a health
check, to assess their risk of getting
heart and circulatory disease.

5 Go Med
Eating a Mediterranean-style diet
can cut heart attacks, strokes and
death rates in people at high risk of
heart disease by as much as a third,
according to a major Spanish trial.
Meanwhile, Swedish researchers who
studied the eating habits of 1,200
people over 70 found that those
following a Mediterranean-style diet
tended to live for two or three years
longer. Its thought the antioxidants
in fruit and vegetables, fish and olive
oil fight cancer and heart disease.
MAKE THE CHANGE The European
Society of Cardiology recommends
that people should eat two portions of
fish a week to prevent heart disease.
One of these should be oily fish, such as
salmon, mackerel or sardine, as these
contain the highest levels of omega 3
fatty acids. Dont like fish? Take a
pharmaceutical grade supplement
containing 1g of omega 3.

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6 Ditch the fads


Having a BMI above the ideal range
of 22.5 to 25 increases the risk of an
early death, according to research.
MAKE THE CHANGE Forget that fad
diet. A 25-year Swedish study looking
at diet and heart-disease risk factors
among 140,000 people, found that
low carbohydrate/high-fat diets, like
the Atkins diet, didnt maintain
long-term weight loss and increased
blood cholesterol, which has a major
impact on risk of cardiovascular
disease. Cut down on alcohol, sugar
and refined white carbs, says Cheryl
Wilson, head clinician at The Nutrition
Coach (thenutritioncoach.co.uk).
Alleviating stress, getting quality
sleep and cardiovascular exercise
will also target abdominal fat.

7 Watch the sugar


High blood sugar increases the risk of
diabetes and, in turn, heart disease.
The risk of heart disease is eight times
higher in women with the condition.
MAKE THE CHANGE Up to 80% of
cases of type 2 diabetes can be
delayed or
prevented
FACT
with lifestyle
Drinking a little alcohol
changes, says
may be good for your
heart, but only if you
Pav Kalsi,
stay within the
Clinical Advisor at
recommended limits.
Diabetes UK. Check
out the handy online
risk-assessment tool at
www.diabetes.org.uk/
Riskscore/ to measure
your risk.
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I thought anorexia
was a young
persons disease
The average age that a woman develops anorexia is 17.
But Suzanne Naylor-Wilson was 39 when doctors
diagnosed her eating disorder. Improbably, Suzanne,
from Durham, is a trained nurse and yet still didnt
recognise her own symptoms. Here she tells her story...

es. I have anorexia. And Ive


had it since I was a teenager.
For almost 30 years Ive
been vomiting after meals,
exercising for hours, and
surviving on a couple of pieces of toast a
day. Yet until last year I refused to admit
there was anything wrong with me.
I had a happy life with a loving partner,
Iain, and our beautiful little boy, Gregor, but
I couldnt see that I was starving myself
to death. Whats even
more unbelievable?
Im a nurse.
In the summer of
2011, just before
Gregors first birthday,
I felt constantly exhausted, so I went to see
my GP. I thought it might be delayed postnatal depression. My doctor agreed and
prescribed antidepressants, but also
referred me to a dietician, because I was
so thin. I was 5st 2lb. But by February
2012, Id lost a further 7lbs and I was
referred to a psychiatrist.
She sat me down and said, Suzanne,
you have anorexia and you need to be
admitted to hospital now. I thought she
was talking rubbish. Look at me! I was
functioning, I was bringing up my child.
Then I was furious. I wanted to leave her
office and rush home to Iain. But she
wouldnt let me. Youre very ill, she

explained, gently but firmly. And if you


refuse treatment, Ill have you sectioned.
It wasnt the first time I was told I might
be anorexic. When I was growing up, my mum
had twice tried to broach the subject, but
wed argued so furiously shed dropped it.
I didnt have a close relationship with
Mum. When I was 13 I felt my life was out
of control. I was being bullied at school and
my parents were arguing at home. When
I started to develop hips and breasts I felt
that my body was
unmanageable, too,
so I started jogging,
throwing up after Id
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eaten and exercising
in my room. I kept scales under my bed
and made sure my weight stayed at
512st throughout my teens and well into
adulthood, which was much too light
for my 5ft 4in frame.
Later, when I was 18, I was ill at home
and a doctor visited. Mum asked him if
I had an eating disorder but, astonishingly,
he just said that if I did, Id grow out of it.

I kept scales under


my bed to ensure
I stuck at 5 st

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12-hour shifts on a couple of pieces of


toast and black coffee.
I met Iain when I was 31 and he now
feels guilty that he didnt pick up on my
illness. But I hid it well. When we started
dating wed go for meals, but Id vomit in
the restaurant toilet after Id eaten. Id take
a toothbrush and toothpaste, as well as
mints and perfume to hide the smell.
When we moved in together, Id starve
myself all day so we could eat together at
night, then Id rush upstairs and be sick.
I was leading a life he knew nothing about,
and as we both worked long hours (Iains
a Business Director) it was easy to keep up
the deception.
I always wanted a baby, but with my
erratic periods I never thought it would

No one knew I was ill


I dont remember anyone else ever
commenting on my size. Friends and
relatives assumed I was a naturally skinny
person. Even when I started nursing in my
early twenties, none of my colleagues had
any idea I was ill, yet I managed to work

Baby Suzanne
(centre) was a
picture of health.

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WOMEN
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YOU

been off work for so long, that Id spent so


much time away from my baby and how
Id made my family worry about me. The
penny finally dropped: I had an illness and
I wanted to get better.
I left the unit at the end of October
2012 and Im determined not to go back.
I still find every day a battle, but Ive been
given strategies for coping with the crazy
thoughts I sometimes get.
For Gregors
sake, Suzanne
is determined
to stay well...

The long road to recovery

...and Iain is
part of her
recovery.

happen. So when I fell pregnant with


Gregor in 2009 it felt like a miracle.
Immediately I changed my diet. I ate meat,
fish, salad, vegetables and drank lots of
milk. I gained weight, but didnt worry
about it because I was looking after my
baby. It was a happy time for me.
After giving birth I weighed 8st. I breastfed
for eight months and ate as well as I could,
considering I was exhausted. But as soon
as I stopped breastfeeding I stopped eating
thats how little I valued myself.

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Forced to eat
By the time I saw the psychiatrist Id lost so
much weight, tests showed I was going into
kidney failure. I agreed to be admitted
because I thought it would be for a few
days; in fact, I didnt go home again for
another five months. At first, I was fed
through a tube in my nose, then forced to
eat hospital meals in front of the nurses.
Iain brought Gregor to see me every
day, but I couldnt cuddle him properly

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because of the tubes, and he was terribly


upset, saying Mummys poorly.
I tried not to cry in front of him, but Id
sob from the moment
he left until I saw him
again. Its hard
reminding myself of
that time, and I can
honestly say it was the worst period of my life.
When I was finally discharged in July
2012, my mind wasnt ready; I hadnt
learnt anything and almost as soon as I got
home I stopped eating. Three weeks later
I was readmitted.
But this time things were different. I was
referred to a purpose-built eating disorders
unit, Birch Ward, in West Park Hospital,
Darlington, which felt much less like a
hospital. Quite a few of the patients were
my age and we were encouraged to make
friends. Gregor and Iain visited for two
hours every day and there was a lovely
garden for Gregor to play in.
I still ate in front of nurses, but I had a
say in what I ate and the meals were freshly
cooked. I was encouraged to enjoy my food.
Plus, I had four hours of therapy every day;
sometimes in a group, sometimes just me.
Gradually, my body and brain began to
benefit. I realised how sad it was that Id

Gregor, Iain and I now sit down to eat


breakfast and supper every day. If I feel
anxious afterwards, instead of rushing to
the toilet or putting on my jogging shoes,
Ill focus on the nourishment Ive put into
my body and concentrate on the time Ive
spent with my family. It helps, and the
anxious feelings usually disappear.
If I feel theres too much on my plate,
doctors have told me its OK to eat half,
then have a biscuit
later to make up the
calories. And Ive
learned to discuss
my feelings with Iain
more, so hell know if Im having a bad day
and can keep an eye on me.
I weigh 6st 3lb now. I know I need to gain
more weight and I still have that niggling
feeling that I shouldnt eat. I realise anorexia
has the potential to creep back into my life
but, for Gregors sake, I wont let it.
I wish with all my heart Id had my
treatment sooner and caused less hurt
to my family, but theres nothing I can do
about that. Im hoping that my story can
help someone else, though, another mum
who doesnt eat, whos spent her life hiding
from the truth.
If thats you, then listen to what people
around you are saying and go and get help
it could save your life.

Id lost so much
weight I was going
into kidney failure

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If you think you have an eating


disorder, get in touch with your GP
and visit b-eat.co.uk, the UK eating
disorder charity.
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WELL-BEING

15

easy ways to
beat the bloat

Do you look like youre pregnant, even though youre not? Just a few simple
changes could help take care of that uncomfortable tummy swell
1 Ditch gum pop
a mint instead

6 Check your eating


etiquette

11 Does dairy do
it for you?

As you chew, you swallow air


a big cause of bloating.
Mints can help ease gas
after eating, so try Setlers
Mintees, 2.15, Boots.

Scoffing on the move and swallowing too


fast can boost bloating. Eat smaller
mouthfuls and chew slowly to avoid
swallowing air, advises Dr Sam Christie.

Many struggle to digest lactose,


the sugar component of milk,
says Kim. Switch to rice, almond or
cashew milks and try soya yogurt.

7 Avoid artificial
sweeteners

12 Stay hydrated

2 Sit up straight!

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Hunching over when eating puts pressure


on the stomach, resulting in acid reflux and
gas, says nutritional therapist Alison Cullen,
from herbalists A.Vogel (avogel.co.uk).

3 Spice up your life


Curcumin, the active component in
turmeric, is thought to be helpful for IBS
sufferers, relieving bloating, stomach
cramps and intestinal gas, says nutritionist
Dr Sam Christie. Try the high-potency
Natures Best Turmeric, 13.95 for 60
tablets (naturesbest.co.uk).

4 Shake the
salt habit

Sucralose and aspartame, often found in


fizzy drinks and diet foods, cant be effectively
broken down by the body and can lead to
bloating, says Kim. Couple that with the
added gas found in carbonated drinks and
its not hard to see why your stomach swells.

8 Pop a probiotic
Research published in the Clinical Journal of
Gastroenterology found that two particular
probiotics Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM
and Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07 reduced
bloating. Theyre a bit of a mouthful, but look
out for them. Try Healthspan Super20
Probiotic, 15.95 for 60 (healthspan.co.uk).

Salt encourages the body to hold


onto fluid. Ditching the salt shaker
wont be enough youll need to
cut back on takeaways and readymeals, flavouring home-cooked food with
herbs, instead. Parsley is perfect, as it helps
eliminate excess fluids from the body.

9 Cook it

5 Give yourself a break

Adding Epsom Salts to bath


water is thought to help reduce
bloating by drawing water out of
the stomach. Try Care Epsom
Salts, 2.89, from pharmacies
nationwide.

Overeating is an obvious cause of a bloated


tum, says clinical nutritionist Kim Pearson
(kim-pearson.co.uk). It takes up to 20
minutes for your brain to register youre full,
so before you dive in for seconds, wait a while.

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Eat less raw food. Cooking helps break down


food, making it easier to digest, says Dr
Marilyn Glenville, author of Natural Solutions
to IBS, 10.99 (marilynglenville.com).

10 Take a bath!

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Drinking water doesnt lead to fluid


retention. In fact, if you deprive your body
of fluids, it goes into famine mode and
holds on to what water youve got, causing
bloating. Aim for six to eight glasses a day.

13 Know your triggers


Gas-producing foods can include beans
like chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans, as well
as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and
cauliflower, says Dr Marilyn Glenville.
And, too much fruit can result in
excess fructose being broken down by
fermentation, leading to gas in your gut.
Limit to three portions of fruit a day.

14 Go for a walk
A gentle increase in movement will help
gas pass through the digestive system,
so try a 10-15 minute stroll after eating,
says personal trainer Rob Brennan
(fitnessuniversal.com).

15 Go wheatfree for
a while
Wheat is one of the most
common causes of bloating and
it crops up in our diets all through the day,
says Kim Pearson. Try going without it for a
week to see if it makes a difference.
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STAY SLIM

Secrets of

skinny women

We all have those friends who


stay the same size for years
without dieting. So, come on
girls, how do you do it?
XI fill up on homecooked meals full of

XMaking fitness
fun by planning activities
involving the whole family
works for me. I go cycling,
kick-boxing and climbing with
my two sons, and on long walks
with my mum and my dog.
Lisa Hopton, 45, has been
a size 8 for over a decade
since losing weight with
Slimming World.

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XMake sleep a
priority anyone who gets
less than six hours a night tends
to gain weight quicker than those
who get seven to eight hours.
A lack of sleep can disrupt our
hunger and appetite hormones,
meaning we eat more.
Fiona Kirk, 58, nutritionist
and author of Soup Can
Make You Thin: The Cookbook
(12.99, fatbustforever.com).

XI take cinnamon


supplements to keep my
blood-sugar levels steady.
Jayne Thrip, 52, The Wirral.

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X Its a smaller
breakfast for me

XMy carbs come


from veggies, brown
rice and oat cakes, rather than
refined sources like pasta and
bread, which make me bloated.
Jacqui Cleaver, 33, from
Poole, remains a size 12 since
losing baby weight in 2006.

after I read that cutting back in


the morning can save you 270
calories a day. Now I dont fill my
bowl with cereal and only have
one boiled egg not two.
Sally Wilson, 42, Anglesey.

XIm a fidget and


walk around when Im on the
phone, park furthest away in
the supermarket car park,
and use the toilet on another
floor at work.
Sarah Skinner, 29, Walsall.

XI take care when


eating out and always

XEat like a child

share a sarnie or baguette


and never order large takeout
coffees theyre all calorie traps.
Simone Loughton, 37,
Manchester.

as a rule, children tend to eat


when theyre hungry and stop
when theyre full. Its us adults
who insist on clearing plates!
Fiona Cowley, 34, Telford.

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lean protein and plenty of fish


and vegetables, but my golden
rule is never to think diet. So if
I want a chocolate bar or some
crisps, I have them, but only
as a treat. I avoid ready meals
because theyre full of additives
and preservatives. Instead,
I freeze meals and leftovers in
foil cartons for days when Im
short of time and cant cook
something from scratch.
Amanda Strutton, 42, has
been a 10 since her teens.

XI dont weigh


myself I use my jeans as a
guide. If they start to feel snug,
I cut out bread and pasta for a
few days rather than make the
mistake of going up a size. I also
have a cup of Chinese green
tea every night without fail.
Rochelle Peachey, 46,
has been a size 8 all her
adult life.
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SHAPE UP

Lounger work out

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If you didnt make those Zumba classes before your holiday, all is not lost

Tummy toner

BOTTOM BURNERS

Arm sculptors

Sit tall on your lounger and put your


hands either side of you. Keeping
your back straight and tummy pulled
in, tilt back slightly and lift your legs
up from the hips from the side you
should form a V-shape. Pause before
lowering your legs in a controlled
movement. Avoid arching your back.
Aim for 12 to 15 reps.

Lie on your stomach with arms folded


underneath your head. Lift your legs
from the knee down off the lounger
and start to beat your heels together,
flexing your toes for a count of four and
then pointing them for a count of four.
Repeat for one minute, ensuring you
clench your buttocks throughout. Stop
if you feel anything in your lower back.

Sit upright with both feet on the floor,


arms in front of you holding a large
bottle of water in each hand. Without
arching your lower back, raise your
arms up until the bottles are
at shoulder height. Pause
before lowering to
the starting position.
Aim for 10-15 reps.

BUM LIFT

Inner thigh shaper

Lie face up on your lounger with your


heels hip-width apart, knees bent at
90 degrees, and arms by your side. Lift
your hips, squeezing your bottom, so that
your body forms a straight line from your
shoulders to your knees. Keeping hips and
bottom raised, lower your knees out to the
sides before bringing them back in, and
return to the start position. Do 10 reps.

Lie on your back on the lounger with


your legs bent and feet flat, before
positioning a rolled-up towel
between your knees. Keeping your
back flat and shoulders relaxed,
squeeze the towel between your
knees hard, as you count to 10.
Relax for a couple of seconds, then
repeat. Do a total of 12 reps.

Pilates single
leg stretch

COUCH POTATO
CRUNCH

Lie back with knees bent. Lift your head


and shoulders and tuck in your chin.
Pull your left knee in towards your
chest, with your left hand on the ankle
and your right hand on the knee. Then
lift your right leg about 45 degrees.
Switch legs, changing hand positions.
Aim for 10 reps on each side. Put your
head down if your neck starts to hurt.

Lie on your back with knees bent


and feet flat on the lounger.
Bend your elbows and put
your fingertips on your
temples. Slowly curl
forward, lifting your head
and shoulder blades off the lounger.
Pause at the top before lowering slowly
back down. Do 15 reps.

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Embarrassing
problems

you should
never ignore
Many of us are too ashamed
to seek help for certain
health-related conditions.
But dont be your GP has
seen and heard it all before!
ore than 50% of UK adults admitted
putting up with a problem because they
found it embarrassing, according to a
recent poll*. And only 23% of women
said they would see their GP to get it checked,
compared to 41% of men. Yet doctors insist they
have seen and heard it all before. Talking about
embarrassing symptoms is something that we do
every day, says Dr Penelope Ward, a GP from Glasgow.
Youre providing essential clues for us to determine
if there is an underlying problem we can help with.

25%

of British women
have misdiagnosed
themselves on
the Internet then
bought the
wrong product**

EXCESSIVE SWEATING
The problem
Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) sufferers produce
four to five times the normal amount of sweat per day,
explains Dr Pixie McKenna, of Channel 4s Embarrassing
Bodies (drpixie.com). Primary hyperhidrosis is where
the sweating occurs on the palms of hands, soles of
feet, under the arms and on the face while secondary
hyperhidrosis is sweating all over the body.

The solution
Use an antiperspirant that contains aluminium
chloride, like Driclor (4.79 from pharmacies),

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which actually blocks the sweat glands.


Doctors usually recommend starting
with this, as its the least invasive
treatment. Botox can also be used to
temporarily treat armpit sweating by paralysing
the muscle to the sweat gland. If these dont work,
there is medication to block the sweat glands and,
as a last resort, surgery. Consult your GP.

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The problem
Its normal to produce a clear or white vaginal
discharge, but if you experience a change to the
colour, consistency or smell; an itch or pain in your
abdomen; or unexpected bleeding, then you should
see your GP or nurse. Causes include thrush (a fungal
infection often accompanied by an itch, and creamy
discharge); bacterial vaginosis (an overgrowth of
vaginal bacteria sometimes caused by using
perfumed bath products); sexually transmitted
infections, like chlamydia and gonorrhoea; or
forgetting to remove a tampon, says Dr Ward.

The solution

The solution
Regular pelvic floor exercises will cure the problem
in three out of four cases, says Dr Harper. If youre
unsure how to exercise, your GP can refer you to a
physiotherapist or incontinence advisor. If theres no
improvement, they can offer you specialist techniques
including vaginal cones or electrical stimulation.
Occasionally, surgery may be required. One non-invasive
technique uses tension-free vaginal tape and can be
done under local anaesthetic.

BAD BREATH

Vaginal infections of all types can be diagnosed


with a simple swab and are treated with antibiotics
(or over-the-counter anti-fungal remedies for
thrush). Remember, the vagina is self-cleansing,
so washing internally can upset the natural balance
of bacteria or yeast, leading to infection.

The problem

PILES

The solution

The problem
The most common cause of piles (haemorrhoids) is
constipation. The more you strain to pass stools, the
more pressure you put on the blood vessels, which
then form lumps. Pregnancy can also cause piles due
to the added pressure on the veins from the baby.
They can occur inside or outside the anus and
symptoms include blood from your anus, discomfort
after going to the toilet, and a slimy mucus discharge.

The solution
Piles will often settle down on their own after a few
days, says Dr Ward. A high-fibre diet with plenty of
fruit and vegetables, drinking water, exercise and
maintaining a healthy weight will help reduce the risk
of constipation and straining. There are, however,
a number of over-the-counter creams and
suppositories to help reduce the discomfort. These
can be used for up to seven days at a time. In rare
instances, piles may need to be surgically removed.

INCONTINENCE
The problem
There are different types of urinary incontinence,
but the most common is stress incontinence,
explains Dr Dawn Harper of Embarrassing Bodies
(drdawn.com). Its caused by a weakening of the
pelvic floor muscles, which hold the bladder in place
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medication. Sufferers find any physical activity like


coughing or sneezing can trigger urine to leak.

Halitosis affects 50% of us at some stage in our


lives, says Dr McKenna. While about 10% of cases
are due to conditions like diabetes, sinusitis, tonsillitis
or medication side effects, diet (garlic, coffee, etc)
and smoking are also common causes. In 90% of
cases, however, it is due to poor dental hygiene.
Have a dental check up twice a year; brush your
teeth morning and night time for at least two
minutes with a fluoride-based toothpaste; always
floss and rinse your mouth out with mouthwash.
Chewing sugar-free gum will stimulate saliva to
self-clean the mouth. But, if you feel that you have
a medical condition, or are on medication that is
contributing to your bad breath, talk to your GP.

FLATULENCE
The problem
The usual culprit is swallowing more air than usual, or
eating food that is difficult to digest, says Dr Ward.
This causes the bacteria living in your gut to produce
gas. If the food takes a long time to digest, it can start
to decompose and release sulphur a foul-smelling
gas. Beans, Brussels sprouts, lentils and prunes are
triggers for this, but you should also be wary of
slimming products containing sorbitol or fructose.

The solution
Choose carbs that are easily absorbed like potatoes
and rice, and avoid swallowing air so no gum or
smoking. Eat slowly and take exercise, which aids
digestion. Sometimes the cause can be a health
condition affecting your digestive tract. If you suffer
with persistent abdominal pain, unexplained weight
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Mum of four, Tracey Wilson, 42, from Whitstable,


Kent, has been plagued by headaches since her teens.
But four years ago, things took a turn for the worse...
hy anyone would choose to be
injected with Botox for cosmetic
reasons is beyond me. Its not
a pleasant experience! And
the only reason I endure more than 30
injections every three months is for the
relief it brings from constant head pain.
Id suffered from migraines since I was a
teenager. Theyd begin with a tingling in my
hands, then Id get visual disturbances and
finally the agony would hit. However, in
2006 the day my twin girls, Georgia and

Charlotte, were born things became


severe. Hours after the birth, the left side
of my body went numb, I began dribbling
and couldnt speak properly.
A neurologist diagnosed a minor stroke.
For the following six months, I spent most
of the time in my darkened bedroom,
unable to lift, bathe or change my new
babies because my left side was so weak.
There was a constant background ache in
my head, interspersed with severe pain
that would last for 36 hours or more. The

Tracey was in
constant pain
for years.

ice-pick stabs that accompanied the pain


would floor me.
The alarm bells began to ring when an
elderly aunt suffered a stroke and was
back on her feet after a few weeks. Why
hadnt I bounced back so quickly? My GP
referred me to another neurologist and

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this time I was given a different diagnosis.
I hadnt had a stroke at all. I had something
called hemiplegic migraine.
Its an extreme migraine where the aura
(the warning symptoms that occur just
before a migraine attack) take on the form
of paralysis down one side of the body. Id
been in a perpetual state of migraine as
one bout ended, the next began.
Over the following months, I was
prescribed beta blockers, which did nothing
to help me, an antihistamine, which
brought my pain levels down, but made me
sleep for 18 hours a day, and a drug for
epilepsy, which made me feel suicidal.
Then, two years ago, my neurologist
asked me to take part in a Botox trial the
34 injections in my forehead, temple, back
of my head and neck were thought to block
pain signals. After the third round, I began
to realise my pain levels had dropped.
It hasnt been a quick fix, but now I can
live a semblance of a normal life. A while

ago, I got my first pain-free day in years,


and last week, I managed to spend a whole
day out with my family. It felt so good to be
able to give my kids a normal fun day.
Ive set up a website migrainetalk.co.uk
to help other sufferers chat about their
condition, because I felt very isolated
through my pain. I still get horrendous

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migraines, but Im starting to live day by


day, rather than hour by hour.
As for the wrinkles on my forehead? Well,
I didnt have any before, so the Botox hasnt
helped with that! To be honest, I dont like
the way its changed my face its made my
eyebrow droop. But its more than worth it
for the relief I get from my headaches.

Five ways to treat migraines


Tracey has a very extreme form of migraine, but if you suffer from the more regular
ones, here are some steps you can take to prevent them
Discover what causes
your migraines by keeping
a diary. Triggers can
include certain foods or
stress, but are different
for everyone.
Recognise the signs a
lot of people feel different
before a migraine attack.
Pinpointing when youre

about to have one can


make it easier to deal with.
Exercise regularly and
eat a balanced diet this
can reduce migraine
frequency and help you to
cope better with attacks
when they do happen.
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proved to cause migraines
in some cases.
Talk to your GP there
are many successful
preventative treatments
for migraines available
from the NHS, ranging
from medications to
acupuncture sessions.

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Invite your friends round for
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GOATS CHEESE,
PROSCIUTTO & FIG CROSTINI

RICOTTA, BEAN & MINT TOASTS

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LEMON & SAGE GNOCCHI

TALEGGIO-STUFFED PORK MEDALLIONS

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WHITE Grecanico 2012, 6.99, Marks & Spencer


fresh citrus aromas and a crisp, juicy palate.
RED The Wine Selection Chianti, 5, Asda packed
with russet fruit and earthy undertones.

The aperitf
Rossini
A delicious twist on the classic Bellini
try it with raspberries, too.
200g strawberries, hulled, plus some extras
to decorate
75ml Grand Marnier or Cointreau
Prosecco or Cava, chilled

Whizz the hulled strawberries and liqueur


together until smooth. Pass through a
sieve into a small jug and chill until ready to
serve. Fill glasses two-thirds full with the
pure, then gently pour in a little of the fizz
and stir. Decorate the glasses with a few of
the extra strawberries.

The nibbles
Ricotta, bean
& mint toasts
Frozen peas taste great, too, just crush
them lightly to stop them rolling off!
Ready in 25 mins 215 cals per serving
4g fat 2g sat fat
white baguette, sliced into 12
300g broad beans, defrosted if frozen
3 spring onions (1 thinly sliced, 2 finely
chopped)
zest of 12 lemon and a squeeze of juice
few sprigs of mint, leaves only
125g ricotta
extra virgin olive oil, to drizzle

1 Grill bread on both sides until lightly


toasted; cool. Bring a pan of water to the
boil, add the broad beans and boil for
3 mins for fresh beans, or 1 min for frozen.
Drain, refresh with cold water, then
squeeze each to remove the skin.
2 Mix the beans with the sliced spring
onion, a little lemon juice, mint leaves
and seasoning. Set aside. Mix the ricotta
with the chopped spring onion and lemon
zest. Spread a little onto each toast and
top with the beans. Drizzle with a little
oil before serving.
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Goats cheese,
prosciutto
& fig crostini
Tossing the figs in a little balsamic
creates an instant chutney and
looks so chic.
Ready in 10 mins 221 cals per serving
8g fat 4.5g sat fat
walnut or olive bread, sliced into 12
3 small figs, cut into wedges
1tbsp balsamic glaze
125g log rinded goats cheese, thinly sliced
6 slices prosciutto, halved
microherbs or cress, to garnish

Grill bread on both sides until lightly


toasted; cool. Gently mix the figs with the
balsamic glaze and season. Top each toast
with a piece of goats cheese, a piece of
prosciutto and a balsamic fig, then scatter
with a few herbs.

The main event


Taleggio-stuffed
pork medallions
If you cant find Taleggio, Brie or even
Stilton would taste just as good.
Ready in 20 mins 343 cals per serving
20g fat 7g sat fat

the pan and cook for a further 3 mins. Add


lemon juice and walnuts, and gently heat
for 1 min, turning the pork once.

On the side
Sliced fennel salad
A mandolin really makes light work of
the fennel try Amazon or Lakeland.
Ready in 10 mins 110 cals per serving
11g fat 1.5g sat fat
100g watercress
zest and juice of 1 lemon
6tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3tbsp capers in brine
25g bunch of flat-leaf parsley
2 heads of fennel

In a food processor, whizz half the


watercress with the lemon zest and juice,
olive oil, capers and parsley, then season.
Slice the fennel very thinly, toss in a bowl
with the remaining watercress, then drizzle
over the dressing and toss again.

Lemon & sage


gnocchi
Be careful not to overcook the gnocchi,
it can quickly go soggy.
Ready in 10 mins 300 cals per serving
13g fat 5g sat fat

6 pork medallions, trimmed of fat


100g Taleggio, cut into 6 thin slices
6 small sprigs of sage, leaves only
6 slices prosciutto or Parma ham
2tbsp olive oil
juice of 2 lemons
40g walnuts, roughly chopped

1 Slice a horizontal pocket into each of the


pork medallions. Cover in clingfilm then,
using a rolling pin, flatten each one so they
are about half their original thickness. Stuff
the cheese into each pocket. Put a few
sage leaves onto each medallion, then
wrap each in a slice of prosciutto.
2 Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a
medium heat. Add the pork and cook for
3 mins, turn, add remaining sage leaves to

50g butter
3tbsp extra virgin olive oil
zest and juice of 1 lemon
5 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
handful of sage leaves, torn
pinch of chilli flakes
750g gnocchi

1 Bring a large pan of water to the boil.


Put all the ingredients (except the gnocchi)
into a large frying pan and heat very gently
for 5 mins, until the garlic is soft.
2 Add the gnocchi to the boiling water and
cook for 2 mins, or until they have all risen
to the surface of the water. Drain quickly
and add to the frying pan, then cook for
a further 1 min, stirring.

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Luscious limoncello trifle


Weve used lemon drizzle cake for extra zing, but you could use sponge fingers.
Ready in 15 mins 877 cals per serving
63g fat 38g sat fat
300g lemon loaf cake, sliced 1cm thick
4tbsp Limoncello liqueur
350g blackberries or frozen raspberries,
defrosted
200g lemon curd
600ml double cream
4tbsp icing sugar
4tbsp Marsala or sweet sherry
zest of 1 lemon, to decorate

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slices in the base of a 1.5-litre serving


bowl and scatter over the berries,
reserving a handful, then drizzle with
two-thirds of the lemon curd.
2 Whip the cream, icing sugar and
Marsala to very loose peaks. Spoon
half onto the cake. Scatter with the
remaining cake and reserved berries,
then spoon over the remaining lemon
curd and cream mixture, and sprinkle over
the zest. Chill until ready to serve.

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1 Lay the cake on a plate and drizzle over


the Limoncello. Put two-thirds of the cake

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CAKES & BAKES


Take a break from the bikini diet these sensational recipes
are packed with summer flavours!

Coconut & lime fairy cakes


Use an ice-cream scoop to measure out into the cases and only fill to just half-full.
Makes 24 Ready in 1 hr 353 cals per serving
19g fat 12g sat fat
300g self-raising flour
50g desiccated coconut, plus 3tbsp
to decorate
160ml tin coconut cream
150g soft butter
4 medium free-range eggs
300g caster sugar
112tsp baking powder
zest and juice of 3 limes
50g lime marmalade (we like Roses)
FOR THE FROSTING
250g butter, at room temperature
500g icing sugar
3-4tbsp lime juice

1 Heat oven to Mark 4/180C. Line


2x12-hole cupcake tins with cupcake
cases. Using an electric hand whisk, whisk
together all the cake ingredients (except
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the marmalade) for 3-4 mins until light.


Spoon into the cases and bake for 18-20
mins, until golden, risen and springy to the
touch. Cool completely.
2 Meanwhile, mix together the butter and
icing sugar, then whisk with an electric hand
whisk for 3-4 mins until light. Add the lime
juice and whisk again to combine. Spoon
into a piping bag with a 1cm star nozzle.
3 Using a sharp knife at a slight angle, cut
out a circle of cake from the centre,
leaving a 1cm margin around the edge.
Cut each circle in half and set aside. Spoon
in a little marmalade, then pipe the
buttercream in a swirl from the edge to the
centre. Press in the cake butterfly wings
and decorate with the remaining coconut.

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Triple-decker jaffa cake
Turn your chocolate cake into a masterpiece by adding edible flowers.
Serves 16 Ready in 1 hr 30 mins, plus
cooling 624 cals per serving 40g fat
24g sat fat
250g plain flour
50g cocoa powder
250g caster sugar
1tsp baking powder
12tsp bicarbonate of soda
12tsp salt
250g butter, softened
zest and juice of 1 large orange
2 large free-range eggs
150g soured cream or natural yogurt
FOR THE FILLING
150g butter, at room temperature
300g icing sugar
150g orange or lemon curd
few drops of orange extract
few drops of orange food
colouring (optional)
FOR THE GANACHE
250g dark chocolate, eg, Bournville
1tbsp sunflower oil
300ml double cream

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1 Heat oven to Mark 4/180C. Oil and


base line 3x20cm loose-based cake tins
with non-stick baking paper.
2 Sift the flour and cocoa powder into
a large bowl. Stir in the sugar, baking
powder, bicarb and salt, then mix well to
combine. Use an electric whisk to beat in
the butter until it looks like wet sand.
3 In a jug, mix the orange zest, juice, eggs
and soured cream, pour into the flour mix
and beat well. Spoon into the tins, smoothing
the surfaces. Bake for 20 mins until just
springy to the touch and a skewer comes
out clean. Rest in the tins for 10 mins, then
turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

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4 For the filling, gently beat together the
butter and icing sugar, then whip for 3-4
mins until light. Whisk in the orange curd,
orange extract and colouring, and set aside.
5 For the ganache, gently melt all the
ingredients together in a pan over a very
low heat, stirring constantly until
combined. Cool for 1 hr at room
temperature, or until spreadable.
6 Peel off the baking paper and, if needed,
trim the dome off each cake to stack evenly.
Spread the bottom layer with half the filling
and put on a plate. Spread the middle layer
with the remaining filling and put on top.
Add the third layer, then cover the cake with
the ganache. Top with edible flowers, such
as begonias or nasturtiums in season now.

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White chocolate
& raspberry
loaf cake
A real summery treat you can buy
freeze-dried raspberries online or in
Waitrose, or just swap for fresh.
Serves 12 Ready in 1 hr 45 mins 258 cals per
serving 14g fat 8g sat fat
125g butter, at room temperature
125g caster sugar
3 medium free-range eggs
175g self-raising flour
12tsp baking powder
1tsp vanilla paste or extract
1tbsp milk
125g fresh or frozen raspberries, defrosted
75g white chocolate chunks
FOR THE DECORATION
75g white chocolate, unbroken
fresh or freeze-dried raspberries,
to decorate

1 Heat oven to Mark 3/170C. Grease and


double line a 2lb loaf tin with baking
parchment. In a large bowl, whisk together
the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder,
vanilla paste and milk for 3-4 mins, until
light and fluffy. Add the raspberries and
chocolate chunks and loosely fold through
dont worry if they break a little.
2 Spoon into the tin, smooth the surface
and bake, loosely covered with a sheet
of foil, for 40 mins. Uncover and cook for
a further 20-30 mins until golden and
springy to the touch. Remove from the
oven and cool in the tin for 15 mins,
before transferring to a wire rack to
cool completely.
3 Put the white chocolate into a strong
food bag, seal and sit in a bowl of warm
water until melted. Do not use hot water,
as it will cause the chocolate to seize.
4 Peel off the baking paper from the cake
and put on a serving plate. Snip off a very
small corner from the food bag and drizzle
over the chocolate. Scatter over the fresh
and freeze-dried raspberries.

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Tropical carrot cake


125g soft pitted dates
150g butter, at room temperature
150g light muscovado sugar
4 medium free-range eggs
200g self-raising wholemeal flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
1tsp ground allspice
zest of 2 limes
200g carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
FOR THE LIME SYRUP
juice of 2 limes
3tsp caster sugar
FOR THE FROSTING
200g full-fat Philadelphia cream cheese
125g icing sugar
2 passionfruit, pulp only, sieved to
remove seeds
12 jar passionfruit curd (2.55, Ocado) or
use lemon curd

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Our twist on this fave is lighter than the usual version.


Serves 12 Ready in 1 hr 30 mins + cooling
427 cals per serving 21g fat 12g sat fat

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1 Heat oven to Mark 4/180C. Whizz the


dates with 2tbsp warm water to make a
pure in a food processor. Whisk together
the butter and sugar until very pale and
fluffy. Add the eggs, flour, bicarb and
allspice, and whisk again to combine. Fold
in the lime zest, date pure and carrots.
2 Spoon into 2x18cm cake tins, oiled and
lined with baking parchment. Level the
surface and bake for 30-35 mins until
golden and just springy to the touch.
Allow to cool a little in the tins, then turn
out and peel off the baking parchment.
3 Gently heat the lime juice and sugar in a
pan, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Prick
the surface of the cakes all over with a
skewer and drizzle over the lime syrup to
absorb. Leave to cool completely.

TREATS
4 For the frosting, whisk together the
cream cheese and icing sugar until light.
Add the passionfruit pulp and whisk
again briefly. Transfer one cake, upside
down, onto to a serving plate. Spread the
cake with just under half of the frosting
and drizzle over the passionfruit curd. Top
with the second cake and spread with the
remaining frosting.

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Amaretto
tiramisu roulade

Cooling the sponge rolled-up helps


stop it from splitting when rolled again.
Serves 8-10 Ready in 1 hr 572 cals per serving
44g fat 24g sat fat

1 Heat oven to Mark 4/180C. Line a


20x30cm Swiss roll tin with baking
parchment. Whisk the eggs and sugar in a
large bowl for 3 mins until thick, doubled in
volume and the mixture leaves a ribbon
trail on the surface. Fold in the coffee
mixture, flour and ground almonds. Pour
into the prepared tin and bake for 12-15
mins, until just springy to the touch.
2 Cool the sponge for a few mins, then
turn out onto a larger sheet of baking
parchment, dusted with cocoa powder.
Carefully peel off the baking paper, roll up
and leave to cool completely.
3 Meanwhile, toast the almonds in a
non-stick frying pan for 3-4 mins, shaking
to prevent them from burning, add the
sugar and salt and cook for a further 2
mins until the sugar has melted and the
nuts are glazed. Tip onto a piece of baking
parchment in a single layer and leave to
cool, before breaking into single nuts.
4 Mix together the mascarpone, amaretto
and icing sugar until smooth. In a separate
bowl, lightly whip the cream with the
drinking chocolate until soft peaks form.
Unroll the roulade, spread over the
mascarpone, followed by the cream.
Scatter over most of the grated chocolate.
Carefully roll up, gathering the paper
underneath and pushing forward as you
go. Transfer to a serving plate and scatter
with the nuts and remaining chocolate .

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3 medium free-range eggs


100g caster sugar
2tbsp espresso/coffee powder dissolved in
1tbsp boiling water
60g self-raising flour
50g ground almonds
1tbsp cocoa powder, to dust
40g whole unskinned almonds
1tbsp caster sugar
pinch of sea salt
250g mascarpone
3tbsp amaretto
3tbsp icing sugar
300ml double cream
3tbsp drinking chocolate
30g dark chocolate, coarsely grated

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If you cant find sour cherries you could use glac cherries, instead.
Makes 25 Ready in 1 hr 15 mins + cooling
238 cals per serving 11g fat 6.5g sat fat
70g dried sour pitted cherries
140g dried cranberries
3tbsp kirsch or brandy
200g butter, cubed
300g dark chocolate, chopped
4 medium free-range eggs
325g caster sugar
160g plain flour

1 Put the cherries and cranberries in a


pan, cover with kirsch and heat gently for
5 mins. Set aside and leave to plump up.
2 Heat oven to Mark 3/150C. Fully line a
20x30cm brownie or Swiss roll tin with
baking parchment. Melt the butter in a
large pan over a low heat, add the

chocolate and stir. Remove from the heat


and leave to melt, stirring occasionally. Put
back on the heat for a few secs at a time, if
the chocolate hasnt completely melted.
3 Beat the eggs and sugar with an electric
hand whisk for 3-4 mins until doubled in
volume. Add the chocolate mixture and
stir. Sift in the flour and fold in, followed by
two-thirds of the fruit and any liquid. Pour
the mixture into the tin. Scatter over the
remaining fruit and bake for 35 mins until
the top is set, but theres still a little
wobble. Cool completely. Cut into squares
using a sharp knife dipped in hot water,
wiping the blade clean between each cut.

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TREATS
Mix it with
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THE HAND WHISK


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THE ALL-IN-ONE
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Magimix Le Mini
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processor whisks,
whips and beats
ideal for meringues,
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ROAST

Theres so much more to chicken than Sunday lunch.


Love your leftovers and get your moneys worth

SEA SALT ROAST CHICKEN

Dont skimp
on salt its vital to
give you a crispyskinned bird.

KNOW YOUR BIRD


Buy the best you can afford. Freerange and organic birds have less fat
and more avour than battery hens.
Cheaper birds may have brine
solution injected into them to make
them plumper and youll never be able
to get a crispy skin with one of these.
Buy a large chicken and keep the
leftovers for other meals.

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WHEN IS IT DONE?
The easiest way to tell is to insert
a meat thermometer into the
thickest part of the thigh. You need
to have a temperature of 80C.
Or insert a knife or skewer into
the thickest part of the thigh.
If the juices run clear its cooked.
If you still arent sure, pull the leg
away from the breast the meat
should be opaque and almost white.

RESTING
Always leave to stand after
roasting to allow the meat to relax
and juices to distribute evenly.
MAKE STOCK
Strip the leftover meat from the
carcass, then put the carcass in a
large pan with a carrot, onion and
celery stick, cover with cold water
and barely simmer for 2 hrs.
Reduce to concentrate the avour,
then freeze in ice cube trays. Use
instead of stock cubes.

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The roast

Sea salt roast chicken


Theres no butter or oil here as the skin crisps in its own fat with the aid of salt.
Serves 4 Ready in 2 hrs 10 mins 283 cals
and a generous grind of black pepper.
per serving 4.5g fat 1.5g sat fat
3 Heat a 25cm ovenproof frying pan in
the oven for 15 minutes. Remove the
1.8kg whole free-range chicken
4 short leafy fresh herb sprigs, such as
hot pan and put the chicken in,
rosemary, thyme and/or marjoram
breast-side up, and return to the oven.
2 heaped tbsp flaky coarse sea salt
4 Roast for 15 mins, then reduce oven
1 Heat the oven to Mark 8/230C with
to Mark 4/180C and roast, rotating the
the shelf in the middle. Pull off the
pan once halfway through, for a further
excess fat around the cavity of the
1-114 hrs, until the juices run clear
chicken and discard, then rinse and pat
when the thigh is pierced with a fork.
dry thoroughly, inside and out. Slip a
5 Remove from the oven, sprinkle with
finger under the skin of each breast
a little more salt and leave to rest for
and use your fingers to loosen the skin
10 mins, then transfer to a serving
from the meat. Tuck in the herb sprigs.
plate. Drain off the clear fat from the
2 Season the bird all over, but mostly
pan, then spoon the pan juices over
on the outside, with the flaky sea salt
the bird to serve.

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Chicken & rice salad


with mint pesto
This is great for a late summer picnic
or perfect for a packed lunch.
Serves 4 Ready in 50 mins 511 cals per
serving 22g fat 5g sat fat
175g frozen peas, thawed
4tbsp extra virgin olive oil
200g white long-grain rice
40g mint leaves, plus a handful to garnish
15g basil leaves
55g freshly grated Parmesan cheese
25g pine nuts
60ml fresh lemon juice
1 small clove of garlic, peeled
225g roast chicken, finely shredded
1 small cucumber, peeled, deseeded and cut
into 5mm cubes
3 spring onions, thinly sliced

1 Cook the peas in a pan of boiling


salted water for about 2 mins. Drain
and set aside.
2 Bring 400ml water, 1tbsp oil and
12tsp salt to the boil in a 2-litre pan,
then stir in the rice. Return to the boil
and cover. Reduce the heat to low and
simmer for about 15 mins, until the
water is absorbed and the rice is
tender. Fluff the rice with a fork, cover
and leave to stand, covered, for 5 mins.
Spread the rice on a baking tray and
leave to cool completely.
3 For the pesto, put 60g peas, the
mint, basil, cheese, pine nuts, lemon
juice, garlic, remaining oil and some
fine sea salt in a food processor and
process until smooth.
4 In a bowl, toss together the rice,
remaining peas, pesto, chicken,
cucumber and about two-thirds
of the spring onion. Transfer to a
serving bowl and sprinkle with the
remaining spring onion and mint
leaves to garnish.

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salad minus
the chicken
as a side to your
Sunday roast.

The soup

The salad

A homemade stock adds flavour to this Vietnamese soup.

Try the French-style green beans for the sweetest crunch.

Serves 4 Ready in 55 mins


530 cals per serving 2.3g fat
0.5g sat fat

Serves 4 Ready in 1 hr
290 cals per serving 18g fat
7g sat fat

Chicken pho

1 medium onion, peeled and


thinly sliced
7.5cm fresh ginger, thinly sliced
2 litres chicken stock
6 whole cloves
4 whole star anise pods
7.5cm cinnamon stick
350g rice stick noodles
34tsp Thai fish sauce
14tsp granulated sugar
225-300g roast chicken, finely
shredded
TO SERVE
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
lengthways
1-2 birds eye chillies (optional)
100g beansprouts
4 lime wedges
mint, basil or coriander leaves
hoisin sauce
chilli sauce (Sriracha, if you like
it hot)

1 Char two thin onion slices


and the ginger slices by using

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Chicken, beans & onions


tongs held over an open
flame, or in a hot griddle pan.
2 In a large pan, mix the
charred onion and ginger,
stock and spices. Bring to a
simmer over a medium heat,
then simmer for 30 mins.
Meanwhile, cook the noodles
according to instructions.
Remove stock from the heat
and stir in fish sauce and sugar.
3 Drain the noodles and divide
between 4 bowls. Top with
the chicken. Reheat the stock
and ladle it into the bowls. Top
with several of the following:
paper-thin slices from the
reserved onion, spring onion,
chillies and beansprouts. Add
a squeeze of lime, herbs and
cracked pepper. Serve with
the hoisin and chilli sauces.

112tbsp extra-virgin olive oil


tbsp unsalted butter
350g Spanish or yellow onions,
halved lengthways, peeled and
cut into 5mm slices
25g pine nuts
450g French beans, or other
skinny green beans, trimmed
225g roast chicken, roughly
shredded
5tbsp crme frache
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1 In a 30cm heavy frying pan,


heat the oil and butter over a
medium-high heat. Add the
onion, a little seasoning and
cook for 4045 mins, stirring
occasionally and reducing the
heat every 10 mins, until the
onions are caramelised.
2 Meanwhile, in a frying pan,
heat the pine nuts over a low

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nuts are golden.
3 Bring a large pan of salted
water to the boil. Add the
beans, partially cover and
cook for about 7 mins until
just tender. Drain in a
colander, then run under cold
water until cooled; drain and
pat dry. Transfer to a large
bowl. Add the chicken, crme
frache, two-thirds of the
onion and the pine nuts, and
toss to combine. Using your
fingers, crush enough coarse
sea salt to make about 34tsp,
add to the salad with a
sprinkle of pepper. Toss again.
4 Transfer to a serving plate,
scatter over the remaining
onion and add a second
sprinkle of salt and pepper.

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Pasta dish
Spaghetti with roast chicken
& garlicky greens

Wholewheat pasta is healthier, plus it leaves you feeling fuller for longer, too.
Serves 4-6 Ready in 35 mins 949-632 cals
per serving 45-30g fat 18-12g sat fat
550g Brussels sprouts, stems intact
25g unsalted butter
6tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for
drizzling
2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
450g dried wholemeal spaghetti
225ml chicken stock, heated to a simmer
225g roast chicken, sliced
225g freshly grated Parmesan cheese

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1 Cut the sprouts into very thin slices


using a mandolin or good sharp knife.
2 Heat the butter and 2tbsp oil in a
casserole over a medium heat. Add the
sprouts and a pinch of salt. Reduce the
heat to low, cover and cook, stirring
frequently, for 5 mins. Add 60ml water
and continue to cook, covered, stirring
occasionally, for a further 15-20 mins.
3 Meanwhile, heat the garlic in the
remaining oil in a frying pan over a low
heat, swirling the pan, for 5-6 mins
until fragrant and golden. Remove
from the heat.

4 Bring a large pan of well-salted water


to the boil. Cook the pasta until al
dente, then, reserving 125ml of the
pasta cooking liquid, drain and transfer
to a large serving bowl. Add the
sprouts, stock, garlic and oil, and toss
together. Add the chicken and 175g
cheese. Toss again, adding the cooking
liquid to moisten, if desired. Serve the
pasta immediately, drizzled with extra
oil and sprinkled with plenty of black
pepper, the remaining cheese and a
little coarse sea salt on top.

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If you really
dont like sprouts,
use spinach or other
leafy green salad
and just stir through
at the end.

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THE new
SUMMER BUFFET
Take your pick from our all-new
party faves, prep ahead and enjoy them
outside when the sun breaks free!

Bacon &
avocado cups

Sausage &
onion cigars

Scoop up the cups for easy finger food,


no forks required!

Keep your filo sheets covered with a damp


tea towel while you make the cigars.

Makes 15-18 Ready in 30 mins


76-63 cals per serving 7-6g fat 2-1.5g sat fat

Makes 15 Ready in 50 mins


146 cals per serving 8g fat 2.5g sat fat

250g pack bacon lardons


1 large ripe avocado
zest and juice of 1 lemon
100g radishes, sliced
1tbsp extra virgin rapeseed oil
1tsp wholegrain mustard
pinch of sugar
2 little gem lettuces (or 2 hearty round lettuces)

1 Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat.


Add the bacon lardons and cook for 8-10 mins,
turning occasionally, until deep golden and crisp;
drain off excess fat, then cool on kitchen paper.
2 Peel and stone the avocado, chop into small
chunks, add a squeeze of lemon juice, then toss
with the sliced radish. Squeeze remaining juice
into a bowl, add the zest, oil, mustard and sugar,
then season and whisk to combine.
3 Tear off the larger lettuce leaves only and put
in a large bowl of cold water for 10 mins to crisp
up; shake off excess water and set aside. Spoon
the avocado and radish mix into the lettuce cups,
top with the bacon and drizzle over the dressing
just before serving.

1tbsp sunflower oil


450g pack Lincolnshire chipolatas
2 large onions, thinly sliced
few sprigs of thyme, leaves only, chopped
3tbsp balsamic vinegar
50g fresh breadcrumbs
5 sheets filo pastry
olive oil spray
poppy seeds, to sprinkle
chutney, to serve

1 Heat oven to Mark 5/190C. Heat sunflower


oil in a frying pan, add sausages and cook until
golden. Add onion and cook for 10 mins until
sausages are cooked through. Mix in thyme and
balsamic, and cook for a further 1 min. Cool and
slice sausages into small chunks. Return to pan,
stir in breadcrumbs and divide into 15 portions.
2 Lay a sheet of filo, long edge towards you and
cut into three wide strips. Spray each with a little
olive oil, then spoon a portion of the filling along
the short edges. Roll up, tucking in the sides, adding
a spray of oil to help it stick. Put on a baking tray
lined with parchment, spray with a little more oil
and scatter over a few poppy seeds. Repeat with
the remaining mixture. Bake for 15-20 mins
until crisp. Serve hot or cool with some chutney.

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Plum muddle
Like a Bakewell tart in a glass! For each
cocktail, add 12 ripe, stoned plum, cut
into wedges, 1tsp plum jam, 1tsp lemon
juice, 1tbsp amaretto and 2tbsp vodka
or white rum to a jug. Mash with a
wooden spoon, rolling pin or muddler.
Add some broken ice and stir well. Top
up with soda water.

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ENTERTAINING

To drink...
WHITE Quirky Bird Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Nouvelle, 6.99, Tesco zingy, citrus tang.
ROS Taste The Difference Fronton Ros, 7.99,
Sainsburys fruity and tasty.
SPARKLING CaBolani Frizzante Prosecco NV, 7.99,
Laithwaites mouthwatering pear and citrus avours.

PLUM MUDDLE

BACON & AVOCADO CUPS

SAUSAGE & ONION CIGARS

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GREEK SALAD NACHOS

CHEDDAR & SUNBLUSH


QUICHE ROLLS

VEGGIE SKEWERS WITH


SMOKY RED PEPPER DIP

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Greek salad
nachos
Weve lightened these
with reduced-fat
cheeses, so you can
keep on nibbling!
Makes 4-6 Ready in 40 mins
340-227 cals per serving
19-12.5g fat 4.5-3g sat fat
3 red onions, cut into thin wedges
tsp chilli flakes
1tbsp olive oil
350g cherry tomatoes, halved
2tsp dried oregano
250g bag plain tortilla chips
200g light feta cheese, crumbled
125g ball light mozzarella, coarsely grated
or finely chopped
10cm chunk cucumber, deseeded and
finely diced
50g black olives, sliced
juice of 12 lemon
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1 Heat oven to Mark 5/190C. Toss the


onion, chilli flakes and oil in a large
ovenproof baking dish and roast for
20 mins until soft. Add the tomatoes
and oregano to the tray and cook for a
further 15 mins, until softened. Add the
tortilla chips and gently mix.
2 Scatter over the cheeses and return
to the oven for 5 mins to melt. Mix
together the cucumber, olives and
lemon juice. Remove the nachos from
the oven, scatter over the cucumber
mix and serve immediately.

Cheddar &
sunblush
quiche rolls
These petit pain rolls make clever
cases for mini quiches, without the
fuss of using pastry.
Makes 6 (easily doubled) Ready in 40 mins
286 cals per serving 12g fat 4.5g sat fat
6 part-baked petit pain rolls
12 x25g pack basil, leaves only, chopped
4 medium free-range eggs
4tbsp milk
4 spring onions, finely chopped
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75g mature Cheddar, chopped into


small cubes
12 x240g pack sunblush tomatoes, drained
and roughly chopped

1 Heat oven to Mark 5/190C. Using a


sharp knife, cut off the tops of each roll.
Discard the tops, put the rolls on a baking
tray and bake for 10 mins, until pale
golden and the crust is just firm. Remove
from oven and leave to cool for 5 mins.
Carefully pull out the soft middles.
2 In a bowl, beat together the basil,
eggs, milk and onion; season well. Pour
into the rolls, then top each with the
cheese and tomatoes. Bake for 18-20
mins until just set. Cool or serve warm.

Veggie skewers
with smoky red
pepper dip
This Spanish dip, called romesco, is
so good try it with grilled fish, too.
Serves 6 Ready in 50 mins 272 cals per
serving 12g fat 2.5g sat fat
1kg baby new potatoes, halved if larger
than bite-sized
3tbsp olive oil
1tsp smoked paprika
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
400g mini sweet peppers, sliced into
chunks (try Tesco)
290g jar roasted red peppers in brine,
drained and patted on kitchen paper
40g Parmesan or pecorino, finely grated
40g flaked toasted almonds

Banoffee cheesecake
Dont be tempted to swap to low-fat cream
cheese this ones a treat!
Serves 10-12 Ready in 1 hr + chilling
718-598 cals per serving 53-44g fat 32-27g sat fat
140g butter
1tbsp golden syrup or honey
200g HobNobs biscuits, finely crushed
4 sheets leaf gelatine
300ml double cream
2tsp vanilla paste
400g full-fat soft cheese
397g tin Carnation Caramel, chilled
4tbsp light muscovado or soft brown sugar
4tbsp rum (or use apple juice)
3 ripe but firm bananas, peeled, sliced on an angle

1 Melt 100g butter and the syrup, remove


from heat and stir in the biscuit. Spoon into a
well-oiled 20cm deep, loose-based cake tin
and press into the base. Chill for 15 mins.
2 Soak the gelatine in cold water for 5 mins.
Meanwhile, heat 100ml cream in a pan until
steam begins to rise. Remove from heat and
stir in gelatine until cooled. Whip remaining
cream with vanilla until it forms soft peaks, add
cheese and whip again. Add soft gelatine and
stir. Beat caramel until smooth and fold through
mixture. Spoon onto base and chill for 2 hrs.
3 Heat remaining butter and sugar until melted,
then bring to the boil. Add 2tbsp rum, remove
from heat and stir until smooth. Add remaining
rum and leave to cool. To serve, run a hot dishcloth
around the outside of the tin to help release it.
Scatter over banana and drizzle with sauce.

1 Heat oven to Mark 5/190C. Line a


large baking tray with baking paper.
Add the potatoes, 2tbsp oil and the
paprika, then toss. Bake for 30 mins,
add 2 cloves of garlic and toss again;
cook for a further 10 mins.
2 Add the sweet peppers to the tray,
season and roast for a further 10 mins,
until softened. Thread the potatoes and
peppers onto bamboo skewers.
3 Meanwhile, whizz together the
remaining garlic and oil, red peppers,
cheese and almonds until coarse.
Serve with the skewers.

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PRAWNS

Make
Coconutty prawn curry
A tub of curry paste is a cheats dream it packs a speedy flavour punch!

Always buy
raw prawns
for cooking;
pre-cooked
prawns will
become
tough and
chewy when
reheated.

YOU WILL NEED


1tbsp sunflower oil
1tsp turmeric
2tbsp Thai green curry paste
40g desiccated coconut (or 75g
fresh coconut, coarsely grated)
350g green beans, trimmed
and halved
350g raw peeled king prawns
160g tin coconut milk
1 lime, zested and cut into wedges
2x250g packs Tilda Coconut &
Lime Leaf Steamed Basmati Rice

How to

1
2
3

Heat the oil in large wok or frying pan, add the turmeric,
curry paste and desiccated coconut, then cook for 1 min
until fragrant. Add the green beans and stir-fry for 2 mins.
Add the prawns and the coconut milk, plus 100ml water.
Bring to a simmer and cook for a further 2 mins until the
prawns are pink. Scatter with lime zest.
Meanwhile, heat the rice according to pack instructions.
Serve with the curry and some lime wedges.

Ready in 20 mins 434 cals per serving 20g fat 12.5g sat fat 1 of your 5-a-day 3.91 per serving

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DINNERS

Browning
the chops first
will help them
retain all that
lovely flavour.

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CHOPS

Make
Mini summer roast
For this very simple dish, cut the veg into similar sizes, so they cook evenly.

Lamb chops
are such an
underused
midweek cut;
fry in a hot
pan first to
render off
(melt down)
the fat.

YOU WILL NEED


500g pack new potatoes,
quartered
1 aubergine, cut into 2.5cm
chunks
2 peppers, cut into chunks
2 courgettes, cut into chunks
250g cherry tomatoes
3tbsp olive oil
4 lamb chops, trimmed of
excess fat
25g pack basil, leaves only, torn

How to

1
2

Heat the oven to Mark 7/220C. In a large baking dish, toss


the potatoes, aubergine, pepper, courgette and tomatoes
with 2tbsp oil and season well. Roast for 25 mins.
Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a large frying pan on a high
heat, add the lamb and, using tongs, cook the chops on their
fatty edge until browned, lightly crispy and the fat is rendered
down. Pour off the fat and discard. Then cook the chops for
1 min each side until browned.
Put the chops on top of the veg and return to the oven for
8-10 mins, or until cooked to your preferred pinkness.
Scatter with the torn basil leaves and serve.

Ready in 35 mins 441 cals per serving 22g fat 7g sat fat 3 of your 5-a-day 3.45 per serving

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The marinade has a sensational
sweet and sour avour

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SOME DICED
TURKEY

Make
Tasty turkey skewers with herb couscous
Dont forget to soak your skewers in water first, if using wooden ones.

Turkey makes
a great
change to
chicken
breasts and
is super lean,
so very
healthy, too.

YOU WILL NEED


500g diced turkey breast
2tbsp tamarind paste
zest and juice of 2 limes
12tsp chilli flakes
1tsp sugar
200g couscous
350ml vegetable stock
bunch of spring onions, finely sliced
small bunch of mint, finely chopped
small bunch of parsley, finely
chopped
400g tomatoes, diced
tzatziki, to serve

How to

Heat the grill to medium-high. Mix the turkey with the


tamarind paste, lime zest and juice, chilli flakes and sugar.
Thread onto skewers and put on a foil-lined grill tray. Grill for
8-10 mins, turning halfway to brush with some of the remaining
marinade, until cooked through and golden.
Meanwhile, put the couscous in a bowl. Heat the stock to
boiling, pour over the couscous, stir well, cover and leave for
5 mins. Add the remaining ingredients, season, mix well and
serve with the skewers and tzatziki.

Ready in 15 mins 300 cals per serving 2g fat 0.5g sat fat 1 of your 5-a-day 3.20 per serving

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DINNERS

To
chargrill
your own
aubergines,
slice thinly,
brush with oil
and griddle
until tender.

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2 BALLS OF
MOZZARELLA

Make
Aubergine, tomato & mozzarella bake
Weve used antipasti chargrilled aubergines in oil to save cooking time.

Theres
enough
naughty oil
in this, so use
half-fat
mozzarella
to cut down
on calories.

YOU WILL NEED


2x400g tins chopped
tomatoes
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
pinch of ground cinnamon
25g bunch of basil, leaves only
75g fresh white breadcrumbs
430g pack chargrilled
aubergines, drained well
2x125g reduced-fat mozzarella
balls, drained and thinly sliced
30g hard cheese, finely grated
(check its suitable for veggies if
theyre eating this dish!)
salad, to serve

How to

Heat the oven to Mark 6/200C. Rapidly boil the tomatoes,


garlic and cinnamon in a large frying pan for 5 mins, until
reduced by about a third. Spoon a third into a 1.2-litre baking
dish, scatter over a third of the basil leaves and half the
breadcrumbs, then add a layer of aubergines (about half the
pack). Top with half the mozzarella.
Repeat layering with a third of the tomato sauce, basil and
remaining breadcrumbs, top with the remaining aubergines
and mozzarella, then spoon over the remaining sauce. Scatter
with remaining basil and sprinkle over the grated cheese.
Bake for 15-20 mins until bubbling and oozy. Cool for
5 mins before slicing and serving with a salad.

2
3

Ready in 40 mins 290 cals per serving 12g fat 2.5g sat fat 3 of your 5-a-day 3.31 per serving

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A PACK OF
SAUSAGES

Make
Peri-peri hot dogs & rainbow slaw
We love Nandos Peri-peri Sauce for this onion relish, but go easy if its for kids.

Experiment
with different
flavoured
sausages;
we used
spicy paprika
ones for an
added kick.

YOU WILL NEED


1tbsp sunflower oil
8 good-quality spicy pork
sausages
2 red onions, finely sliced
1-2tbsp peri-peri sauce,
to taste
zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 large carrot, coarsely grated
12 small cabbage, finely
shredded or coarsely grated
12 small bunch of coriander,
finely chopped
5tbsp light mayonnaise
4 sub rolls

How to

Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the sausages and cook
over a medium heat for 4-5 mins until browned. Add the
onion to the pan and cook for a further 12-15 mins until deep
golden. Add the sauce, lemon zest and juice, and cook for 1 min.
Meanwhile, mix together the carrot, cabbage, coriander and
mayonnaise. Warm the sub rolls and slice open.
Fill each roll with a little onion, then add the sausages.
Serve with the slaw.

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3

Ready in 30 mins 591 cals per serving 31g fat 9g sat fat 1 of your 5-a-day 1.89 per serving

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A classic with a
spicy twist. Hot stuff!

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Spiced salmon salad


Mix 1tbsp sunflower oil
with 2tbsp Cajun spice
mix, then rub into 6 skinless
boneless salmon fillets to
coat. Heat a large frying pan,
add salmon and cook over a
medium-high heat for 8 mins,
turning halfway, until deep
brown and cooked through.
Mix together 250g cherry
tomatoes, halved, 1 large
mango, peeled, stoned and
chopped, and 1 ripe avocado,
peeled, stoned and chopped,
with the juice of 112 limes to
make a salad. Then mix zest
and juice of 12 lime with 150g

half-fat soured cream.


Cut 3 thick slices white
bread, crusts removed, into
1.5cm squares.
Heat 2tbsp sunflower oil
in a frying pan, add the
bread and toss to coat. Cook
for 3-4 mins over a high heat
until golden and toasted. Cool.
To serve, put 2 gem
lettuces, shredded, in a
large bowl, spoon over half the
salad and 3 salmon fillets,
flaked (reserve the remaining
salmon and salad for Meal 2).
Drizzle with the dressing, then
scatter with the croutons.

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4

Ready in 35 mins 484 cals per serving 27g fat 6g sat fat 2.81 per serving

Cook Once
Eat Twice
MEAL 2

Chilli salmon tacos


Heat oven to Mark 8/220C. Toss
700g McCain French Fries with
1tbsp Nandos Peri-peri Chip Sprinkle,
then cook according to pack instructions.
Meanwhile, heat 8 small corn
tortillas according to pack
instructions. Flake reserved cooked
salmon into a frying pan and warm with
198g tin sweetcorn, drained, until hot.
Mix 3tbsp sweet chilli sauce with the
reserved mango salad to make a salsa.
Spoon a little salmon and sweetcorn
onto each tortilla, add a spoonful of
salsa and roll up. Serve with the fries.

1
2

Ready in 20 mins 819 cals per serving


22g fat 6g sat fat 3.45 per serving

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Handmade

with love!

Craft it! Style it! Make it! These stunning ideas will impress everyone

The
perfect
gift!

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as y!IT
E

INSPIRING

IDEAS!
Create a teacup candle
YOULL NEED
Candlewick &
wick clips
(or readymade ones)
Candle stubs (or
wax ingredients)
Two saucepans
Teacups
Pencil

BUY IT!
100% Natural
Beeswax
Pellets, 5.79;
Yaley Prewaxed Wire
Wick (with
clips), 2.49
for 12, both
hobbycraft.
co.uk.

For
scented
candles,
simply
add a few
teaspoons
of an
essential
oil at the
melting
wax stage.

MELT candle stubs in an old pan thats set in a larger


pan with an inch of water in the bottom. Heat gently
until the wax is liquid, then turn off the heat.

TIE the other end of the cut wick onto the middle of a
pencil. Position the wick clip in the bottom of the teacup
and rest the pencil across the rim so that the wick hangs
down in the centre. Pour the wax into the teacup until
its full. Leave to cool.

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CUT the wick to 3cm longer than the depth of the


cup. Thread one end into the metal clip and then
secure in a knot.

RE-HEAT any leftover wax and pour into any spaces


wax shrinks as it cools, so there may be some gaps as
it starts to set. Leave to harden, then trim the wick until
1cm is left. Leave for at least a day before you light it.

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update!
MINIMUM
SEWING
SKILLS

READER OFFER

Essentials readers can get this


Simplicity pattern 4108 for 50% off
the retail price of 5.65. Just quote
code ESS410813 when ordering
from simplicitynewlook.com.

Make a comfy bolster cushion


YOULL NEED
Bolster cushion pad (8, John Lewis) Striped fabric Sewing machine Scissors, needle and thread Zip

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MEASURE the cushion pad


and, adding 2cm to each
measurement, cut three
pieces of your striped fabric
to size one for the body
and two circles for the ends.
With the right sides together,
machine stitch the two long
edges of the body piece of
fabric, leaving an opening in
the middle to insert the zip.

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STITCH the circular ends


(right side in) onto the ends
of the stitched fabric. Now
hand-sew your zip into the
opening in the middle, and
turn right side out. Insert
the cushion pad, zip up
and plump!

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MAKE
as y!IT
E

INSPIRING

IDEAS!
Revamp
an old
cupboard
YOULL NEED
Fine sandpaper
Old cupboard
Paints (white,
and blue/grey)
Paintbrushes
White spirit
Paper, pencil and
scissors
Masking tape

SAND down the cupboard, then


apply two coats of blue/grey
paint (Lulworth Blue by Farrow
& Ball is a good shade) and
leave to dry. Wipe down with
white spirit.
DRAW some cloud shapes
onto separate sheets of A4
paper and carefully cut out,
creating stencils. Decide where
you want them to go on the
cupboard, then use masking
tape to attach them.
USE a stubby paintbrush to dab
white paint through the stencils
to create fluffy clouds. Leave to
dry, then carefully remove the
stencils. Create raindrops with a
fine paintbrush and white paint.

Easy
paintng
DO IT IN A
WEEKEND

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Make it
together!
RAINY
AFTERNOON
PROJECT

Craft a fun fish


cushion
YOULL NEED
White cotton fabric
Fabric chalk
Scissors, needle and thread
Thick fabric pens
Cushion stuffing

Ill be your stencil just


cut me out and enlarge
me on a photocopier.

DESIGN your fish (or copy the one above)


and draw the basic outline of it about
2cm larger than you want it to be onto
a large piece of double-folded fabric using
fabric chalk, then cut out. Youll be left with
two fish-shaped pieces.
STITCH both pieces together, leaving half of
one side open, and turn right-side out. Lay
flat and use fabric pens to draw an outline of
the fish, plus scales, a mouth, etc. Stuff the
cushion, then hand-sew the opening.

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Easy-make
kitsch utensil tins
YOULL NEED
Tin cans
String
Ribbon, wallpaper, tape measures,
fabric strips
Scissors
Double-sided sticky tape

REMOVE the labels from


a selection of tin cans of
different sizes by soaking
them in warm soapy
water. Dry thoroughly.

MAKE
as y!IT
E

INSPIRING

IDEAS!

MEASURE tightly around


each tin (a piece of string
works well), then cut pieces of
ribbon, wallpaper, old tape
measures and any material
you like to that length.

Done in
under an
hour

STICK double-sided tape to


each decorative strip and
cover the tins with your
chosen design. Now pop
in your kitchen utensils.

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E

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IDEAS!

Handy
sewing
skill

Embroider a
laundry bag
YOULL NEED
Sewing machine
White cotton fabric
Fabric chalk
Coloured embroidered thread
and needle
Ribbon
Scissors

Enlarge
these on a
photocopier.

TURN the bag inside out and


stitch up the bottom, then turn
right-side out again. Thread the
ribbon through the hem at the top
of the bag, bunching it up slightly
as you go. Hand-sew both ends of
the hem (just at the top to keep the
ribbon in place), then tie the ribbon
into a bow and trim any excess.

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SEW a 5cm hem along one long


end of a 60x40cm piece of fabric.
With right sides facing, fold the two
short sides together and stitch.
Chalk out your design on the front
of the bag, then using coloured
thread and a needle with a large
eye, put one hand in the opening
and use the other to embroider
over the chalked design.

If times
tight, create a
similar design
with fabric pens
(available from
bakerross.co.uk).

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Send them Back


To School in style!
For outstanding quality uniforms to stylish
stationery and lunch boxes, Sainsburys is the
one-stop shop for Back To School essentials

PROMOTION
A6 Botany Foil
Butterfly Case Bound
Notebook, 4.49.

EASY TO WEAR
Non-iron shirt,
from 4;
pleated skirt,
from 6.

Butterfly
Picnic
multi-pocket
pencil
case, 2.49.

Butterfly Picnic ringbinder, 2.49.

You can buy two uniforms from as


little as 13.50. This includes a 2-pack
of sweatshirts (from 4), a 2-pack of
skirts/trousers (from 6) and a 3-pack
of polo shirts (from 3.50).

BOYS AND GIRLS


BACK PACKS
Moshi Monsters Poppet
backpack, 8.99.

he holidays are drawing to a close and its time to kit the kids
out for the new school year. With everything from uniforms and
stationery to lunch boxes all under one roof, going Back To
School suddenly got easy, thanks to Sainsburys.
New stationery is great, but cool new stationery is even better, and
Sainsburys has lots of exciting ranges to choose from. For younger
kids, theres the glittery Butterfly Picnic, futuristic Space, cute and
cuddly Woodland Friends and mischievous Monster Faces themes.
While for style-conscious teens, the bright and colourful Festival
range features fabulous on-trend florals and bold stripes. Ecoconscious parents will also be happy to hear that all paper stationery
sold in Sainsburys is sustainably sourced.
And the uniforms are pretty smart, too non-iron shirts will
reduce ironing time by an hour a week, and pretty pleat skirts will
stand the test of many an assembly to remain looking sharp the
neat look is 100% guaranteed.
Finally, if youre looking for ideas for their lunch boxes, youre in the
perfect place, as Sainsburys has a huge range of healthy snacks that
kids will love. Now all you have to do is get them to school on time!

Space
calculator,
2.99.

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Spider-Man
backpack,
12.99.

TOP TIPS FOR


A HAPPY FIRST
DAY BACK
Make it a day
to remember
If theyre looking
smart in their new
uniform and carrying
the coolest stationery
around, the first day
of school will be one
to look forward to
for your kids.
Lots of
homework?
Get them to keep it in
a special file, so they
never forget and
leave it at home.
Be prepared
Make up lunchboxes
the night before, and
have all their clothes
laid out and bags
packed.

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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Been let down by someone or something? Follow our

1 Money was taken


from my account after
cancelling a contract

4 A workman let
me down
The problem Youve employed a
man to do a job for you, but youre
not entirely happy with it.

The problem You stop a phone/TV


service, but are still charged.

Your rights The Supply of Goods


and Services Act 1982 states when
you pay for a service, it must be
carried out with reasonable care
and skill.

Your rights This will depend on


your contract.
Take action Read the Ts&Cs to see
if there are restrictions on cancelling
dont just stop the direct debit.
But, if youve cancelled the contract
after checking the restrictions and
money is still deducted, inform
your bank and write to the company.

2 My online buy
was rubbish!
The problem You bought clothes
online, but arent happy with them.
Your rights Theyre the same as
when you buy from a shop, but
when shopping online, you have
seven working days from delivery
to return the item for a full refund.
There are some exceptions to this,
like fresh food and flowers.
Take action If theres a fault, call
the retailer and ask for a refund,
including delivery/return charges.
TIP Your rights when shopping online apply to
mail order or buying from a TV channel, too.

3 My new machine
has broken down
THE PROBLEM Your lovely brandnew dishwasher starts leaking water
one month after buying it arrrgh!
YOUR RIGHTS The thing to quote
is the Sale of Goods Act 1979,
which mean goods sold must be of
satisfactory quality, fit for purpose
and as described. If the product has
been used for a few months before a
fault occurs, you may lose your right
to a full refund, but you can still ask
what other options are available.

Take action Write to the trader to


explain the problem and how you
want the situation put right. Get a
template letter on what should be
included from adviceguide.org.uk.
If the trader wont play ball, the
next step is to make a county-court
claim through moneyclaim.gov.uk.
TIP If the trader is a member of a trade
association like the Federation of Master
Builders (fmb.org.uk) or NICEIC for electrical
work (niceic.com), then contact them.

TAKE ACTION Check out your rights,


then go back to the retailer (not the
manufacturer) and be clear and
assertive when explaining your
problem never be confrontational.
You may be entitled to a repair or, if
thats not possible, a replacement. If
the fault has developed within the first
six months, the burden of proof will be
on the retailer to prove that the fault
wasnt there when you bought it.
TIP Full details of the Sale Of Goods
Act can be found at which.co.uk.

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tips and have your complaint taken seriously
7 This cut-price
stuff is faulty
The problem You buy a pair
of shoes on sale in a shop, then
discover theyre coming apart.

5 Help! I bought a
dodgy car from an ad
THE PROBLEM The car you bought
privately breaks down after a few months.
YOUR RIGHTS When buying from a private
seller, you lose your rights for a product to
be of satisfactory quality and fit for purpose.
TAKE ACTION This is a case of buyer beware
and usually little can be done. The car
must be roadworthy when sold , so if the
seller wont offer a refund, contact CAB
(the Citizens Advice Bureau) for help.
TIP When buying a car privately, have the
vehicle checked. Both The AA and RAC offer
this service, from 123-300.

6 My hotel wasnt what


I was expecting

FEATURE: JENNIFER NEWTON. PHOTOS: SHUTTERSTOCK

THE PROBLEM The hotel youve booked is


substandard and refuses you a refund.
YOUR RIGHTS If the hotel fails to match
the brochure, you may have grounds for a
claim against the holiday operator. If they
refuse, then the Consumer Credit Act 1974
section 75 is your fallback it makes the
credit card company equally responsible.

Your rights Theyre the same


for on-sale items as full-price
ones unless the price has
been reduced due to a defect
you discovered before you
went ahead and bought them.
Take action If you find a fault,
you have the right to claim a
full refund. Go back to the
shop as soon as possible with
the faulty goods and your
receipt (and yes, you can use
your credit-card statement as
proof of purchase). The law
doesnt specify exactly how
much time you have to do this,
but leave it too long and you
risk having accepted the
goods meaning you lose your
right to a full refund. However,
you may still be entitled to a
repair or replacement.
TIP Take the item back and ask for the
manager. Explain the problem and
if they try to fob you off, state rmly
that under the Sale of Goods act
youre entitled to a refund.

THE PROBLEM When the designer bag


you bought via an online auction site arrives,
you discover its a fake.
YOUR RIGHTS Unfortunately, you have
very few rights when buying privately,
whether its through a small ad in
the newspaper or on an auction site.
In a private sale, the goods must be as
described, but the seller isnt covered
by the rules on satisfactory quality.
TAKE ACTION Its worth trying to claim a
refund from the seller, however, if you have
used your credit card and the item cost over
100, it might be easier to go straight to
your card provider. More information
on buying from online auctions is available
at adviceguide.org.uk.
TIP Always check an auction sellers
reputation before buying by looking at their
feedback from previous buyers.

X CAB is the one-stop shop for all


consumer advice and the new
improved service now covers all
issues that were previously handled
by Consumer Direct. Call 0844 411
1444, or visit citizensadvice.org.uk.

TAKE ACTION Voice your complaint and


put it in writing, quoting the Misrepresentation
Act 1967. If your operator wont offer a
refund, check your rights with your travel
insurance. If all else fails, contact your creditcard company for a refund under section
75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974.
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Dont throw it,

use it!

Who knew leftover food could be so enticing?


Take our ideas and create another meal
1 You can stretch
leftover sauces
like mushroom
stroganoff by
tossing them with
pasta or serving
over rice, polenta
or just on toast.

3 A great way to
use up leftover
cooked veggies
is to mix with 125g
self-raising flour,
one egg, 150ml
milk and some
chopped onion.
Form into patties
and fry until
golden to make
tasty fritters.

2 Keep tortillas to hand.


The burrito started as a
convenient way to
package leftovers for
lunch and theyre so
much more exciting
than a limp sandwich.

4 If youve got
some greens left,
saut them in a little
butter and add
them to a cheese
omelette for an
iron-rich and
filling lunch.

7 Cooked too
much rice?
Contrary to
popular belief
you can keep
cooked rice for
24 hours, as long
as its cooled
within an hour
and stored in the
fridge. In a lightly
oiled pan , stir-fry
with some prawns
and frozen peas
until piping hot.

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5 Turn milk you


need to use up
into white sauce
(30g flour and 30g
butter for every
pint), then store in
the freezer to liven
up cooked veg,
such as broccoli,
cabbage or
cauliflower.

6 Eggs nearing their use-by


date can be turned into custard,
which you can then freeze in
ramekins. Next time you have
people round , defrost the
custards, sprinkle with sugar
and pop under the grill until they
bubble. Voil! Crme brle.

8 Pop sad looking tomatoes


into boiling water for a few
minutes. Peel them, liquidise,
then add garlic and herbs of
your choice for a simple pasta
sauce to use immediately
or freeze.

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9 Got a tiny piece of


Parmesan left on
the rind? Save it with
others in the freezer
until you have quite
a few, then defrost
them, blitz in a food
processor and use
as you would usually
finely grated it
tastes no different.
Sprinkle into a
seasoned, beaten
egg and mix into
steaming pasta.

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10 If youve had
fish in the freezer
for too long, dont
simply throw it
away. Defrost it
and use it to make
a stock, which can
then form the basis
of a seafood pasta
or risotto, fish stew
or soup.

13 Never cook just


four out of six
chicken breasts in
a pack, as the
other two will
probably sit in the
freezer for ever.
Cook all six and
use up during the
week to bulk out
soups and salads.

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11 If your cream is nearing the end of its
shelf life, you can recycle it into butter.
Whisk room-temperature cream until it
thickens, then reduce the speed until it
separates into buttermilk and bits of butter.
Put the butter in cold water, squeeze to
remove the residual buttermilk. Wrap in
greaseproof paper and store in the fridge.

14 Wilting
mushrooms
can be fried in a
knob of butter,
seasoned (laced
with a little cream
if youre feeling
naughty) and
served on toast
for supper.

12 Soft fruit thats gone a bit


mushy and a lonely fruit
yogurt can be blitzed with milk
into a delicious, super-healthy
after-school smoothie. Any
frozen berries from the freezer
will not only boost the flavour,
theyll also act as an ice cube.

15 Turn cabbage,
some potatoes
and leftover
meat (or a tin of
corned beef in
the cupboard)
into a hash with a
poached egg
on top.

17 Almost-empty
jars of jam/
marmalade in the
fridge? Make a
yummy fruit sauce.
Empty into a pan,
warm over a low
heat until runny and
pour over ice cream.
Or swirl into low-fat
Greek yogurt.

16 Got mashed
potato left over
from last night? Pop
hard-boiled eggs
into a dish, cover
with mash and top
with grated cheese
for a hearty cheese
and potato pie.

18 Get the kids to make


pizzas. Cut up the couple of
rashers of bacon youve got
in the fridge, the three bits of
salami, the lone pepper, the
bunch of wilting spring onions.
Pile it on to some pitta breads,
covered in tomato sauce or
tinned tomatoes, and pop
in a hot oven for 5 mins.
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19 Veggies are the most likely


foods left at the end of the
week, so to avoid wasting them
(and because theyre healthy)
whip up a vegetarian meal for
a change. Try a risotto made
with chopped courgettes,
carrots and celery, or a Thai
green vegetable curry.

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20 Have a YoYo
night (Youre On
Your Own). Put your
leftovers in bowls
and serve with
bread, olive oil and
dressings. A good
idea for a girlsnight-in buffet, too.
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InThe Kitchen

A little foodie know-how can go a long way so here are our expert
cooking ideas and tasty buys to try this month. Enjoy!

Such a cool idea

THE NEW SAVVY WAY TO COOK


We know we should all be eating less meat and more veg, and
now we can do it the easy way with Rachel de Thamples recipes
in Less Meat More Veg (16.99, Kyle Cathie). Theyll meet your
protein quota and are packed with seasonal fruit and veg. Try
the tomato-laden mussels recipe believe us, its so yummy.

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CHEFFY TIP

For the greenest


veg, blanch in boiling
water with the lid
off (accumulated steam
on the lid turns greens
into a nasty khaki!).
Refresh under cold
water to set the colour.
New summer puddings to try

These bite-size puds , with fruity


swirls and creamy fillings, are
perfect for parties and picnics.
Mini Mixed Fruit Meringues,
1.99 for three, Marks & Spencer.
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Weve been popping The Ice


Co Ice & Slice (1.99, Tesco and
Waitrose) into our G&Ts. To make
your own, zap lemon wedges
in the microwave for a few
secs, then freeze in
ice-cube trays. Store
in a freezer bag to
add to your tipple.

Loves
This fruity semisparkling ros is
lusciously sweet,
gently perfumed
and perfect on a
summers evening
and good value
at 4.99 a bottle.
Hacienda de Lluna
Moscatel Rosado
2012, Laithwaites
(laithwaites.co.uk).

FROM
THE
FREEZER

Decadent, stylish, intensely


fruity and the perfect finale
to your next dinner party.
Seriously Raspberry & Pistachio
Entremet, 5.99, Waitrose.

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Ooh you get a little bit of the


exotic with these two go on,
you deserve some indulgence.
Coconut & Mango Panna Cotta,
3.50 for two, Sainsburys.
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BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Style!

Love the summery all-year-round Californian look with glam


hotel-style rooms throughout? Heres how one reader did it

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HOME INSPIRATION

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REAL
WOMEN
LIKE
YOU

MEET THE OWNER


Anoushka Feiler and husband Hugo
live in west London their home is a
mews house, built on the site of an
old workshop, but Anoushka felt it
was designed more as a bachelor
pad not a home. They settled in, got
used to their new surroundings and
took three years to decide how to
redesign the garden and living space
to get their perfect home

GLAM DINING & KITCHEN


Anoushka saved by buying Ikea units,
but spent on a custom-made designer
Corian worktop. Mixing budget and
designer pieces gets the wow effect
affordably. The seat cushions are in
velvet embossed material from
Designers Guild with more hints of red
from vases and accessories. And for
added glam, the sparkling glass
chandelier above the hob is actually
an extractor fan.

Style tip!

Keep a black and white scheme


simple with walls and main
furniture mostly in white, but
add a rich black feature wall,
textured rug or glossy chairs.

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LIGHT-FILLED BEDROOM
For continuity between rooms,
Anoushka had all the walls painted
white, with warm wood flooring to
contrast throughout. In the
bedroom, she went for a calm,
breezy look with white blinds,
layered bed linen and a simple
splash of colour from a teal runner
and patterned cushions.

Its worth buying good


paint, like Dulux Light
& Space matt paint
with the latest LumiTec
technology, which
helps reect more
light around the room.

Style tip!

Iconic chairs like the Barcelona


gets the Mad Men look instantly
cultfurniture.com or milandirect.
co.uk have affordable choices.

MAD MEN-STYLE
LIVING ROOM
Layers of black, white and grey gets
the urban 60s vibe. The large
textured rug draws the eye down
to the matt black feature wall and
across to the long white gloss
sideboard. And for comfort the deep
grey sofa with latest ochre colour
cushions is super stylish.

Style tip!

Lime green is the spot


colour with a zesty
parasol and lush
modern plants like
ferns and palms.

CALIFORNIAN CHIC
OUTDOOR ROOM
Indoors and outdoors seamlessly
blend, with summery white walls
continued outside. The style is modern
courtyard with contrasting grey
pavers against white rendered raised
beds. Warm wood furniture and
planters soften the look.

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WOMEN
LIKE
YOU

HOME INSPIRATION

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How to...GET SUMMER GLAM STYLE

Expedit shelving
unit, 45, Ikea.

Bramante extending
dining table, 499,
Made.com.

Lappljung
Fagel cushion
7, Ikea.

Baroque silver
mirror, 199,
Furniture Village.
Large resin
antlers, 40,
House Envy.

BOUTIQUE BATHROOM
Walls in a mid-grey with contrasting
dark grey tiles on the floor give this
bathroom a posh hotel feel. Pearlised
mosaic tiles and a decorative mirror add
sparkle, with a luxe double counter top
basin on a modern white gloss cabinet.
Search antique shops, markets and
eBay for a show-off affordable mirror.

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Style tip!

The new art is


Wall stickers or
Wall Decal. Youll
nd similar trees to
this at wallstickers
uk.org.uk from
13.99.

Arc table lamp,


45, Isme.

Jakarta octagonal
2m parasol premium
in apple green,
53.99, World Stores.

Echo large
white gloss
sideboard,
199, Very.

Normann
Copenhagen
Swing Vase,
22, Red
Candy.

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see page 132

Philippe
Starck for
Kartell Louis
Ghost chair,
190, John
Lewis.

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5 Hot
Trends
For Your
Home

S t yle Tip...
Toile wallpaper is
so on trend for
those wanting
an antique or
country look, and
its favoured by
interior designers.

1 MODERN RURAL
Country style has lost its twee fussiness, to be replaced
by rich grey furnishings and toile feature walls.

Stag picture, 35, M&S.

Misy
lamp
table,
69,
Furniture
Village.

Designer edition,
Abigail Ahern
lamp, 80, for
Debenhams.

Rochelle French
armchair in Dove
Grey, 295,
Alison at Home.

Resin bird box,


16, Next.

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Fox tapestry
cushion, 14, Next.

Leckford Toile
wallpaper in Steel,
22 per roll; Rural Luxe
Howard sofa, 1,100;
Hare cushion, 30,
Dave Green for Sitting
Firm; Packington side
table, 199; stool
upholstered in Wool
Fleck Check, 30 per
metre; Rustic Stripe rug,
from 99; Garden
Trading fireside tools,
110, all John Lewis.

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2 FAB 50s AND SWINGING 60s
(THEYRE BACK!)
Mid 20th-century-style furniture is everywhere on the high street, but the
updated look is with vibrant bursts of zingy colour.

S t yle Tip...
The new take on Mad
Men style has punchy
colour in luxe textures
like velvet.

Swivel easy chair in Sandbacka


green, 250; three-seat sofa, in
Sandbacka green, 1,000; highback armchair in Mosta green,
300; table in yellow 70; green
vase, 35; flatwoven chequered
green rug, chequered green, 260,
all from the Stockholm range at Ikea.
Albion wall-mounted
storage unit, 150, Habitat.

S t yle Tip...
For a contemporary
take on country,
the high street is
packed with
modish wildlife
accessories, from
cushions to lamps.

Ben de Lisi
rhombus
cushion,
28,
Debenhams.
Sapporo compact
storage, 99, M&S.
Wooden tripod floor lamp with
grey shade, 75, Sainsburys.

S t yle Tip...
Linea chartreuse
angular vase, 12,
House of Fraser.

Linea knitted
cushion
in lime, 25,
House
of Fraser.

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Get a one-off focal point


for a wow statement with
an abstract bookcase,
designer vase or rug.
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Pelham natural wallpaper,
30 per roll; Wykeham
cushion, 48, Wykeham
fabric curtains, 32 per
metre; Noah floor lamp,
150; made-to-order shade
in Wykeham fabric, 35 per
metre; Elena mirror, 175,
all Laura Ashley.

3 NEW WARMING
NEUTRALS
Layer subtle tones of buff, cream, white and greige
(its the new beige) for sophisticated luxury.
Evoke D2
walnut
radio,
84.99,
John
Lewis.

Check cushion,
16, Next.

Pong
armchair,
in birch veneer
and Lockarp
grey, 210, Ikea.
Brooklyn
large
diner
pendant,
80, BHS.

Odyssey
vase,
20,
John
Lewis.

Toast bedding set, from


28; Loretta pendant,
50; Betsy bedding set,
from 28; throw, from
25; trunk, 499; Collage
frame, 25, all BHS.

Bocksey modular shelving


unit, 348, Habitat.

4 RICH WINTER FLORAL


Vibrant flower prints are currently big news on the high street. Mix
with a hot spot colour throw and warm wood or leather furniture.
Keshia
lamp,
65, The
Chandelier
& Mirror
Company.
Butterfly
by Matthew
Williamson
bedlinen, 60,
Debenhams.

Meredith
patchwork
chair, 150,
Alexander and Pearl.

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Glass Medina
tealight holders,
18 (for set of six), TCH.
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5 BOUDOIR BATHROOM
Vintage glamours back, warmed up with muted
antique pastels, mirror furniture and ornate chandeliers.

Atherton
Venetian
side table,
115, The
Chandelier
& Mirror
Company.

S t yle Tip...
Mix in dark wood
furniture and checks,
but for hints of colour
stick to the new retro
hues like olive green
and ochre.

Pale pink
ranunculus in
glass bowl, 12,
bloom.uk.com.

Julien
Macdonald
toiletry bag,
15; and
eyemask,
8, both
Debenhams.

Cream
damask
screen by
Arthouse,
75,
Wallpaper
Direct.

Metal storage,
from 20,
House of Fraser.

S t yle Tip...
Secondhand rolltop baths can be
picked up quite
cheaply. To get the
latest glam look,
paint the surround
with a suitable
metal paint.

FEATURE: JENNIFER NEWTON. PRICES CORRECT AT TIME OF PRINTING

Tarva
bedside
table, 35,
Ikea.
Lisbeth Dahl
Tropical
Bird tin,
2.99, Mollie
& Fred.

Cristallo chandelier,
89; Rachel fivedrawer chest, 299;
Apartment console
table, 99; prism
mirror, 65, all Isme.

S t yle Tip...
A new floral duvet
cover + vibrant painted
wall gets this look in a
day. How easy is that!

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Nows the time to

...plan ahead for a perfect display all the way through to next spring

Deadhead your flowers

Got hardy flowers like chrysanthemums that you want to


keep going as long as possible? Then deadhead by picking
off old flowers to encourage more growth. But for double
the flowers, keep feeding fortnightly with a good feed like
Miracle-Gro All Purpose Concentrated Liquid Plant Food,
4.99 for 1 litre, Robert Dyas (robertdyas.co.uk).

Repeat the look

Little rows of pansies in pots keep the colour coming over


autumn and winter months.

Buy beautiful cloches

These Victorian-inspired plant protectors not only look


gorgeous, but also protect from small plant casualties.

Plan next years colour

Do a quick tidy

Check for diseased leaves on plants. You dont need to


spray with chemicals, but cut them off, or prune out affected
parts. Burn or dispose, so spores wont survive next year.

Chuck it out

Get spring bulbs in for garden colour early next year. Plant
daffodils, tulips, crocuses and snowdrops (in pots) in layers
for a longer period of colour. Start with the bigger bulbs at
the bottom, cover with compost and finish with smaller bulbs.

Gather up or rake out all fallen leaves and old bedding


plants it stops pests getting in. For a nice, neat garden
over the winter, simply lay bark mulch on garden beds to
fill the holes. This will prevent weeds getting in.

Grab some colour

FEATURE: JENNIFER NEWTON. PHOTOS: IPC IMAGES; SHUTTERSTOCK

Alan Titchmarsh reckons, The key to a colourful autumn


garden is to keep changing pot displays. Plant the back of
the pot with evergreens like Carex grass, small green shrubs
or box topiary, and leave room at the front for flowers. Use
cyclamen or small chrysanthemums in the autumn and,
come winter, replace with violas or ornamental cabbage.

Double your garden


plants for free!
This is the time to cut plants in half for double the display
next year. Herbaceous perennials, such as hostas, ferns
and phormiums, will go into overdrive come spring if you
dig them up now and, with foot on spade, chop in half. Then
just replant the two halves its easy and the plants love it.

Plant shrubs and trees

As autumn approaches, the soil is warm and perfect for


new shrubs and trees they get well bedded in before
winter and have a head start on establishing their roots.

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Grow salad
Varieties like endive Frise
Glory and lettuce Winter
Density are hardy enough to
keep you picking through
autumn, and herbs like
parsley, thyme and sage
grow happily over colder
months, especially in pots.

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Want to avoid paying monthly to Sky
or Virgin? The new Pure Avalon
Freeview+HD Digital TV Recorder
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channels from the BBC, ITV and
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PROS Out of the box its a doddle to
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Record two channels simultaneously,
rewind live TV and view 8-day
on-screen programme guide.
CONS For on-demand from BBC
iPlayer or streaming movies, its great
but needs more catch-up services like
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Orbit, 69.95,
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How to... stream music!

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streaming music from
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access to millions of
tracks that you can
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your laptop, tablet
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iTunes Radio
apple.com/uk

A must for
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REAL WOMEN LIKE YOU

The big Apple launch will be


available here in the autumn.
It will feature more than 200
radio stations and it will be
free, with ads appearing now
and then. Existing subscribers
to Apples iTunes Match, which costs 21.99 per year, will be
able to use the service ad-free. Create your own radio station
to suit any occasion, based on your favourite songs and artists.
No party will ever be the same!

RDIO

FEATURE: JENNIFER NEWTON

rdio.com
An ad-free music
subscription
package featuring
over18 million
tracks. Sign up for
an account for up to
six months free
streaming on a PC
(no credit card required) and download
the Rdio app for free mobile access for
14 days. Prices after the free period are
4.99 a month from a PC, or 9.99 to
include smartphones/tablets.

W hy I love.. .Q-BOPZ, 29.99,


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Spotify spotify.com/uk
The market leader in Europe with over 20 million tracks and
best known for the free version, which has ads. You can avoid
them by using the premium service, 4.99 a month for PC use
or 9.99 to include smartphones/tablets.

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I love a soak in the bath with a little music.


This rubber speaker will play tracks from my
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will stick to the bathroom tiles or the back
of my phone, so I can ick between tracks!

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Best destinations to

STRETCH OUT
YOUR SUMMER
Dont want to get your winter clothes out of the wardrobe
yet? Septembers the ideal time to go away youll pay less
and avoid the crowds

Croatia
Croatias rocky coast on the Adriatic is perfect in September.
Take a tip and head for the island of Hvar, where the pretty
main town was built from white limestone by the Venetians,
and the countryside is made up of acre upon acre of beautiful
lavender fields. In high summer, its a glam party island, but
come September the pace of life on the island becomes gentler,
the daytime temperature mellows to early 20s and there are
still some great bars open Carpe Diem on the waterfront is
recommended for its chilled out atmosphere. Essentially
Prestige (prestigeholidays.co.uk/croatia) is offering a weeks
stay in September at the Amfora Grand from 1,419 for two
adults. The price includes bed and breakfast in a Superior
room and flights on EasyJet from London Stansted.

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YOUR TIME OFF

MAKADI SPA HOTEL, EGYPT

Egypt
In Makadi Bay, a short drive from Hurghada
airport, sits a slice of luxury and tranquillity in
the shape of the Makadi Spa. Arrive to a
chilled fruit punch and youll know straight
away that every whim is catered for at this
brand-new, all-inclusive complex. Choose
from the pretty beach or one of several
pools to lounge away the days and, yes,
waiters will regularly bring you drinks. Heaven!
For the more adventurous, this area is
famous for its excellent diving, or why not
try a little yoga or pilates. There is a choice
of restaurants from tapas to Asian cuisine,
plus a gorgeous bar overlooking the floodlit
pool at night. You might even get a taste for
the local wine! Seven nights at the Makadi
Spa Hotel start at 805 per person,
all-inclusive and including flights, with Red
Sea Holidays (redseaholidays.co.uk).

Crete
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete is a smart choice for a
September break. The weather is lovely and sea temperatures are at
their warmest. Elounda, a pretty fishing village in the northeast, makes
an ideal base to explore and its where youll find the Blue Palace
Resort & Spa, a real beauty of a hotel. There are over 100 pools in
this private complex, most of which are adorable little infinity plunge
pools right outside your bedroom glorious! The hotel is high-end,
but never stuffy, with three restaurants and fantastic views all around
the bay. Thomson (thomson.co.uk) offers seven nights at the 5T A la
Carte Blue Palace Resort & Spa on a bed and breakfast basis, from
972 per person. This is based on two adults sharing, and includes
flights departing from London Luton on 29 September 2013.
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ABAMA GOLF & SPA RESORT, TENERIFE

Tenerife

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Tenerifes weather is good all year round, and in September


expect temperatures of up to 30C. Base yourself at the islands
classiest resort, the Abama. This huge Moorish-style property
has everything you might need within its 400 acres of grounds,
including a golf course and a private beach. If you fancy exploring,
try Teide National Park, based around the Mount Teide volcano,
at 3,718 metres, the highest point in Spain. A cable car takes
you to the very top, for some breathtaking views of the island.
Western & Oriental (westernoriental.com) offers seven nights at
Abama Golf & Spa Resort from 999 per person, based on two
people sharing a Citadel Deluxe Room on a bed and breakfast
basis, including return economy flights from London Gatwick.

Dubai has it all and then some!

Dubai
Youll have heard about the skyscrapers, top
hotels, great restaurants and guaranteed sunshine,
but did you know that you dont have to spend a
fortune here for just 20p you can take a ride
across Dubai creek on a water taxi, for 40p you
can visit the Dubai museum, or try the aquarium
for 12. There are bargains to be had, too, at the
Dubai Outlet Mall, with big names discounted by
up to 70%. The 5-star Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah
Beach is offering three nights for 639 per
person, bed and breakfast, including flights from
London Heathrow. Visit travelbag.co.uk to book.

HOTEL PHOENICIA , MALTA

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During September average daytime temperatures on the


lovely island are still in the mid 20s. Stay in the capital,
Valletta, compact and manageable, its choc full of ancient
buildings like the stunning St Johns Co-Cathedral, with its
gilded interior and beautiful frescos. Theres plenty here to
make you feel at home, too. As a former British colony, the
Maltese drive on the left, speak English and probably have
more original red phone boxes than we do! Make sure you
try the local food, too pasta, rabbit and addictive cheese
pastries (known as gbejniet) are the staples here. The 5-star
Hotel Phoenicia (phoeniciamalta.com) has beautiful rooms
from 114 per night in September most have breathtaking
views of Vallettas Grand Harbour. EasyJet (easyjet.com) fly
from London Gatwick from 84 one way, including taxes.

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Morocco

September in Marrakech promises great shopping in the souks


and incredible sunsets in the atmospheric Djemma El Fna
Square, all without the stifling heat of summer. A trip to the
Majorelle Gardens, renovated by Yves Saint Laurent, is inspiring
and is a great place to relax after the hustle and bustle of
the city. For sophisticated dining, head to one of the classiest
restaurants, Le Comptoir (comptoirmarrakech.com/en), while
a stay at The Capaldi is a must. This beautiful hotel, set in an
olive grove in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, boasts two
swimming pools, plus quad biking and camel rides. Original
Travel (originaltravel.co.uk) is offering four nights in a Farmhouse
Room on a B&B basis, including flights, from 590 per person.
THE CAPALDI, MOROCCO

Turkey

LIKYA PAVILION, TURKEY

Those in the know head to Kalkan. Why? Well, its


one of Turkeys most charming resorts pretty
and unspoiled, but with plenty of restaurants to
keep everyone happy. One of the best, if you can
book a table, is Kk Ev (thats Turkish for Small
House) its six tables make it feel like youve
gate-crashed the owners private dinner party.
Plus, if you stay at the Likya Pavilion, a wonderful
boutique hotel overlooking the sea, you not only
get the most amazing split-level space, you also
have your own pool! Prices start from 1,490 per
person for a week, including flights, transfers,
a full-day boat tour, a barbecue dinner and
complimentary use of the executive lounge at
Dalaman airport. Visit elixirholidays.com for details.

The view over Funchal is breathtaking.

Madeira
Less than four hours from the UK, Madeira is a gardeners
paradise, with its year-round pleasant temperatures. In fact,
exotic blooms like agapanthus grow wild by the roadside, in the
way that weeds do here. Funchal, the islands capital, has a quaint
Old Town, plus a cable car which ascends 2,000ft up to the
town of Monte. Or try the Levanda dos Tornos, a picturesque
trek which meanders through eucalyptus forests and quaint
villages, before ending up in the botanical gardens. LateRooms.
com has standard rooms for two people with breakfast from 85
per night at the Four Views Baia hotel in Funchal, and Monarch
(monarch.co.uk) flies from Birmingham for 115 one way.
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Only God
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Stars Jennifer Aniston and
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The new Anthony Michael Hall is


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A Accessorize 020 3372 3000


accessorize.com
Alexander & Pearl
020 8508 0411
alexanderandpearl.co.uk
Alison at Home alisonathome.com
Asos asos.com
B Balmain Nationwide
bareMinerals 0800 652 3362
bareminerals.co.uk
BHS 0845196 0000 bhs.co.uk
Biosculpture 0845 644 8250
biosculpture.co.uk
Bliss 0808 100 415
blissworld.co.uk
Bloom 0844 482 2332
bloom.uk.com
The Body Shop
thebodyshop.co.uk
Bourjois bourjois.co.uk
C Champneys Boots
The Chandelier &
Mirror Company
01322 437 112
chandeliersand
mirrors.co.uk
Clarks 0844 477 7744
clarks.co.uk
Clinique clinique.co.uk
The Contemporary Home
0845 130 8229 tch.net
Crabtree & Evelyn 0800 111
4406 crabtree-evelyn.co.uk
D Debenhams 0844 561 6161
debenhams.com
Declor Nationwide
Dorothy Perkins 0845 121
4515 dorothyperkins.com
Dorothy Perkins (jewellery)
01277 844 143
dorothyperkins.com
E Emma Hardie
emmahardie.com
Evans 0845 121 4516
evans.co.uk
F Filorga Marks & Spencer
Furniture Village 0800 804
8879 furniturevillage.co.uk
G Garnier Nationwide
H Habitat 0844 4991111
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Harley Medical Group 0800 085


4984 harleymedical.co.uk
Headmasters
020 8241 2299
headmasters.com
House of Fraser
houseoffraser.co.uk
I Ikea ikea.com
Isme 0844 811
8112 isme.com
J John Frieda Nationwide
John Lewis 0845 604 9049
johnlewis.com
JunaRose junarose.com
K KeraStraight
kerastraight.com
Klorane
John Lewis
L LOral Paris
Nationwide
LOral
Professionnel
0845 600 0122
loreal
professionel.
co.uk
Lancaster
selfridges.com
Lindsay Interiors
01428 725 636
lindsayinteriors.co.uk
Littlewoods Direct
0844 822 8000
littlewoods.com
M M&Co 0800 031
7200 mandco.com
MAC maccosmetics.co.uk
Marks & Spencer
0845 302 1234
marksandspencer.com
Matrix matrixhaircare.
co.uk
Maybelline Nationwide
Models Own Boots
Mollie & Fred
01305 830 095
mollieandfred.co.uk
Monsoon 0844 811 0069
monsoon.co.uk

oliverbonas.com
OPI opiuk.com
Origins
origins.co.uk
P Pantene
Nationwide
Phillip Kingsley
philipkingsley.
co.uk
Phyto
feelunique.com
Primrose & Plum
01428 643 040
primroseandplum.co.uk
The Private Clinic
0800 599 9911
theprivateclinic.co.uk
Pureology pureology.co.uk
R Red Carpet Manicure
0844 809 2668
redcarpetmanicure.co.uk
Redken lookfantastic.co.uk
Revlon revlon.co.uk
Rimmel London
rimmellondon.com
River Island
0844 576 6444
riverisland.com
S Sainsburys
sainsburys.co.uk
Scholl Superdrug
Schwarzkopf
schwarzkopf.com
Skyn Iceland
Marks & Spencer
Smashbox Boots
Super Facialist Boots
T Tesco (clothing)
0845 075 5000
clothingattesco.com
TIGI lookfantastic.com
Tittlemouse Gifts
tittlemousegifts.co.uk
Toni & Guy
toniandguy.com
Topshop 0845 121 4519
topshop.com
TRESemme Boots
Tria Space NK
V Veet Boots

N Nails Inc nailsinc.com


Next 0844 844 8939
next.co.uk
New Look 0844 499 6690
newlook.com
Newtons 01626 333 006
newtonsfurniture.co.uk
Nice N Easy Nationwide
No7 Boots

W Wallpaper Direct 01323


430 886 wallpaperdirect.com
Whats About Town?
whatsabouttown.com
Wild About Beauty
wildaboutbeauty.com

O Ojon ojon.co.uk
Oliver Bonas 020 8974 1200

Z Zatchels 0845 521 2723


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Virgo

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
24 AUG-23 SEPT

YOUR YEAR AHEAD The last months of 2013 look promising


for business and work-related ventures due to many optimistic
planetary connections. And 2014 will be a landmark year,
throwing you some very attractive career and romance options!
THIS MONTH With a positive new Moon on the 5th, a creative
buzz will send you down an interesting new path. Romance
gets a boost in the last week, when youll be feeling all a-glow
after receiving some flattering attention.

WHAT ARE YOU LIKE?

Meticulous
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Hardworking
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Libra

Scorpio

Aquarius

Sagittarius Capricorn

Pisces

24 SEPT-23 OCT

24 OCT-22 NOV

23 NOV-22 DEC

23 DEC-19 JAN

20 JAN-19 FEB

20 FEB-20 MAR

Mercury, the planet


of communication, is
in your sign after the
9th, so its time to
express yourself.
Put yourself in the
spotlight others
are sure to notice
your talents.

The planet of love


and harmony, Venus,
pours her energy into
your relationships
in September. This
is good news for
happy couples or
those looking for
someone new.

You could be
wasting time on
some of lifes more
trivial details. Its
time to have a
serious think about
what you really want
to be and go for it
without delay!

Youre a born leader,


and this month youll
realise that you could
do a lot better than
the people youve
been answering to.
Do what you feel is
right and do it as
hard as you can.

A little recycling will


give your wardrobe
a new lease of life
and save you cash.
You already have
what you need a
good sorting out will
throw up lovely items
you forgot about.

With the full Moon


in Pisces on the
19th, youll be
feeling emotionally
and physically
connected to people.
Almost too much!
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Taurus
21 APR-21 MAY

22 MAY-22 JUNE

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Youll have a golden


opportunity to make
something right. You
cant go back to the
past, but perhaps you
would take another
path if you had your
chance again well,
now you do.

You wouldnt dream


of giving anyone
close to you anything
but the best, would
you? So nows the
time to treat yourself
with the care and
attention you lavish
on others.

September brings
lovely fun-filled days
where bonding with
the people closest to
you will create some
of the happiest
times of the year.
Even an old argument
will come to a truce.

The weeks ahead will


give you the energy
and passion to
prioritise the things
that make you tick.
Its a useful time for
looking at what
makes you happy
nobody else, just you.

The only thing


standing between
you and your dreams
is reluctance. Admit
to your insecurities
your fears will melt
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Because nice
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Mar y Berry

Cookery writer Mary, 78, was rediscovered at 75 when she appeared


as a judge in The Great British Bake Off. She lives in Buckinghamshire
with her husband, Paul, 80. They have five grandchildren

7School was
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nightmare
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7William, my
son, is still a huge
part of my life
The youngest of my three children,
Will, died in a car accident when he
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photo in the kitchen, and my
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domestic science. The headmistress
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Well, I pity the children! So I took
up cooking.

7Though we
often argue,
I admire Paul
Hollywood
enormously

7Its hilarious
that people think
Im a fashion icon
Mary loves seat
warmers, but hates
soggy bottoms!

7My husband is
spoilt rotten

7I couldnt live


without my cars
seat warmers!

Weve been married for 47 years and


I love him now more than ever. I do spoil
him, though. My sister-in-law once asked
him for a cup of tea and Paul didnt know
where the bags were kept.

I feel the cold intensely, so I believe car seat


warmers are one of the best inventions of
modern times. My husband turns them on
as soon as we get into the car its such a
joy to be warm early in the morning.

7Even I use timesavers in the


kitchen sometimes

7Botox or surgery
is something Id
never consider

I never make filo pastry because it takes so


much time and effort. The last time I made
it from scratch, I was a teenager training at
cookery school. Instead, I buy it for about
2 from a Greek shop in London. I use
what I need and then freeze the rest.

Whats the point? Let surgeons save lives.


I dont use lotions or potions on my face,
either. I watch what I eat, but I dont do
exercise routines. And I dont eat cake
every day, no matter what my appearances
on Bake Off might suggest.

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I am a very bad bread maker,


so I asked the Bake Off people to
find someone to help on the bread scene,
when we first started. Paul believes
presentation is paramount, Im more
interested in taste. I dont mind if theres
a little pastry cracking, though I dont want
a soggy bottom!

7Its not time for


me to hang up my
apron yet
For 60 years Ive been cooking and
showing people how to cook its just
what Ive wanted to do. People often ask
me when Ill retire. Why would I retire? Ill
go when somebody doesnt want me, and
then I will do it quite gracefully.
XThe new series of The Great British

Bake Off starts on BBC Two this month.

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I just buy what I like. At the beginning


of the show the BBC did give me a
stylist, but I rather enjoy picking out my
own stuff. I like something bright on
top, paired with jeans. I live in jeans.

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