Category: Life Style

Different types of bath tubs

Freestanding corner bath tubs may not be as well known as their drop-in cousins however there are some useful and in vogue models out there. In spite of the fact that a few sorts of corner bath tubs are bigger than others, they do as a rule amplify the space in the room by opening […]

How wool got cool

According to the knitting activist Betsy Greer, most people who knit have a realisation that leads them to it – a kind of woolly “Aha” moment. For some, it’s about learning at their grandmother’s knee, but for an increasing number of us it’s an experience in our 20s or 30s (or beyond) when a friend […]

Smashing pumpkins: inside the world of giant gourds

When Ian Paton first exposed his giant specimen in public, it caused pandemonium. “He’s using Viagra!” whined Hampshire pumpkin growers whose own girths paled in comparison to his 371kg fruit. “This is personal,” they complained as it was announced that he’d broken the UK’s biggest pumpkin record. The enraged competitors accused him of cheating,the squash-based […]

Kitchen gadgets review: the Fail-Safe Fondant Dessert Kit

The Fail-Safe Fondant Dessert Kit (£19.99, www.lakeland.co.uk) consists of cuffed silicone cylindrical moulds with flexible counterpart tray. Discs of frozen filling are baked in batter, the differential heat equation approximating a molten sponge cake. Why? Because the fondant stop at a pudding party, the fun don’t st– it’s a … never mind. Just enjoy some […]

I gave it all up … to live off the land

Last year, my boyfriend Laurence and I gave up our jobs to go in search of an alternative way to live. I’m from London but had been living in Stockholm for four years, teaching textiles. I had a permanent job, my place was comfortable and warm, and I lived by the sea. But something about […]

How to make the perfect rice and peas

As anyone lucky enough to have spent time soaking up the sweet, sweet sun of the Caribbean will know, rice and peas (or peas and rice, if you’re in the Bahamas), is more than just a side dish. As Jamaican author Helen Willinsky explains, it is the “staple of our diet”. No traditional Sunday lunch […]