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Apricot & Orange Cheesecakes

Finish off a meal with these deliciously creamy individual apricot and orange cheesecakes. You can make them a day in advance.   Ingredients:   125g digestive biscuits, crushed 40g unsalted butter, melted Zest and juice of a small orange 2 tsp powdered gelatine 250g full-fat soft cheese 25g caster sugar 200ml double cream, softly whipped […]

Tales From Britain’s ‘Food War’ Zones

Many Brits – perhaps hoping for a repeat of last summer’s heatwave – have decided against travelling abroad this year. Of course, it’s great news for our home-grown tourist industry. If you’re planning to take your annual holiday in Britain this summer, you might be looking forward to the opportunity to sample local brews, cheeses, […]

Mortgages: Short-Term Or Long-Term

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of mortgage products available. The trend towards offering non-traditional mortgage terms doesn’t help when you’re trying to decide which loan is best. Banks and building societies are increasingly offering longer-term mortgages lasting 30 or 40 years alongside the ‘standard’ 25-year term with which many of us […]

Seventies Chic

Get your groove on – Seventies chic is back! But this time around orange pine and avocado bathrooms are banned, in favour of good-looking furnishings, bold patterns and cool accessories. The Seventies revival in interiors has been brewing for a while, building up to an unmistakeable trend that has even started to reach the high […]

Encouraging A Love Of Reading

According to BookTrust, children who enjoy reading tend to have better literacy skills, increased vocabulary and enhanced general knowledge. Reluctant readers may need some encouragement to discover their love of reading, however. Lead by example Show your child how much you enjoy reading, even if it’s just by flicking through a cookbook or burying your […]

The History Of Children’s Toys

The history of children’s toys ranges from a simple cup and ball to a Slinky.  Toys don’t necessarily have to be complicated to provide hours of enjoyment. Since the dawn of time, children have played with toys both to amuse themselves and to learn about the world around them. The Origins of the Doll Some […]

Chicken & Rice Burritos

Make these quick and easy chicken and rice burritos for on-the-go lunch or supper. Wrap tightly in foil to transport. Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 100g easy-cook long grain rice, boiled, drained and cooled (see tip) 2 tsp chilli powder 350g chicken breast […]

Scribe To Screen

Don’t miss out on reading the novel of these TV and film adaptions. Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty Series two of Big Little Lies is due this June. If you haven’t yet read the book that the first series was based on, now is the time. It follows three mothers in the run up […]

Vegetable And Chilli Noodle Bowls

These vegetable and chilli noodle bowls are a quick vegetarian supper packed with flavour! Soba noodles are Oriental noodles made from buckwheat flour. You’ll find them in most large supermarkets but if unavailable, use egg or rice noodles instead. Ingredients 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tsp grated […]

Sustainable Style

Little things can make a big difference, that’s why sustainable style has become such an impactful trend. Choose environmentally friendly furnishings when you can, and do your bit to save the planet.   This mid-century style side table has been fashioned from old, reclaimed pine, with brass and zinc handles. Rubricks side table, £249, Swoon.   […]

The Modern Bedroom

Does your bedroom look a little dated, or is it brimming with contemporary style? We outline some quick and easy ways in which to give it a brand new modern look. A quiet retreat, a calm haven, and a cosy place in which you can relax, read, watch TV, listen to music, make phone calls […]

Weather The Debt Conditions

Debt snowballing is a term used to describe a particular method of dealing with debt, which in some ways goes against ‘traditional’ thinking. It’s commonly advised to deal with the most expensive debt first in terms of interest rates and charges, which is a natural and effective approach to paying down debt. But one issue […]

A Life Like No Other

Take a trip into another time and another life. Or stay in your own life and be inspired by ideas of self-improvement. This month’s reads will certainly make you pause to reflect. The Familiars – Stacey Halls 1612 is a dangerous time to be a woman in Northern England, as King James has declared war […]

Spring into summer

From a bargain day cream to a luxe fragrance, there’s plenty to tempt you this summer, whatever your budget. British luxury fragrance brand Tom Daxon has a new fragrance out – Midnight Saffron (from £105). Lavender, saffron, jasmine and amber combine to create a warm, spicy, unisex cologne that’s really quite distinctive. See www.tomdaxon.com. Itchy, […]

Fresh Cherry and Almond Cake

This deliciously fruity cherry and almond cake can be served warm as a dessert or cold as a classic afternoon tea cake. Ready in: 1 hour 40 minutes, plus cooling time  |   Serves 8   Ingredients: 225g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing 225g golden caster sugar 225g self-raising flour 4 medium eggs, beaten […]

Concorde: Making History 50 Years Ago

On 2nd March 1969, an awestruck crowd watched as Concorde took to the skies above Toulouse on its maiden flight, drowning out their applause with its four Olympus 593 engines. Built to fly in excess of 1,300mph, on that first flight the Anglo-French built Concorde was in the air for just 27 minutes and didn’t […]

Potato and Broccoli Gratin

This hearty potato and broccoli gratin makes a great side dish for a Sunday roast, or a very satisfying vegetarian supper served with crusty bread and a mixed green salad. Ready in: 1 hour  |   Serves 4 – 6   Ingredients: 750g potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks Salt and freshly ground  black pepper 225g […]

The History Of Plastic

It has been around for a relatively short space of time but in less than 200 years it has become our indispensable disposable. Now, with the realisation that it is having a hugely detrimental impact on our environment, are its days numbered? This month we look at the history of plastic. Put simply, plastics are […]

Mini Orange & Chocolate Cakes

These lovely little citrus and chocolate cakes take no time to make and are a delicious sweet treat. Ready in: 1 hour, plus cooling and setting  |   Makes 12   Ingredients: 225g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing 12 mini chocolate cookies 225g golden caster sugar 225g self-raising flour ½ tsp baking powder 4 […]

Have Manners Gone For Good?

Have you recently felt ignored, snubbed or belittled by someone’s behaviour? Has a stranger closed a door in your face, or a friend been too busy browsing their phone to talk to you?  Sometimes it really does seem like everyone’s manners have gone ! If you have bemoaned the lack of manners in today’s society, […]

Houseplant Heaven

Houseplants will have supplied you with some lovely greenery during the gloomier months, but right now it’s time to give them a bit of TLC as they could do with some pampering, and create your very own houseplant heaven! Quite often houseplants get very lackluster and miserable over the winter and spring, so start by […]

The Beatles: Fab Foresight?

Looking at the Beatles’ songs with Fab Foresight in view of modern lifestyle. Few people can deny that The Beatles changed the face of music forever. Some say they even predicted the future with lyrics such as ‘newspaper taxis’ or songs like ‘I’m Looking Through You’ (MRI scanner) and ‘I’ve Just Seen a Face’ (Tinder). […]

Screen-free Time With Your Grandchildren

A Guide to ensuring you have a fun-filled, screen-free time with your grandchildren You’ve hidden all your precious ornaments, shifted sharp-cornered items of furniture out of the way and stocked up on nutritious snacks. Is it an earthquake warning? A tornado alert? No, it’s not an impending disaster: just a visit from the grandkids. It’s […]

Squash & Spinach Lasagne

If you fancy a meat-free supper this week then try this delicious filling vegetarian lasagne. Serve with a crisp green salad and crusty bread. Ingredients: 1 butternut squash, peeled and flesh diced 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 1 tsp dried oregano 3 tbsp olive oil 200g baby spinach […]

Growing Up In A Digital World

Like it or loathe it, we’re leaving in a digital age, and many children have learnt to swipe, scroll and select ON digital devices long before they’ve mastered riding a bike. Screen time If you’re worried that your child is spending too much time staring at a tablet, smartphone or other digital device … you […]

Strange Cat Behaviour Explained

Cats are amusing and fun to be around but sometimes cat behaviour just seems downright bizarre. If you’ve ever wondered why your cat behaves in a certain way, from kneading its paws to eating plastic bags, we might be able to offer a little insight. Head butts When your cat bumps its head against you, […]

Lazy Days

Whether you’re stretching out on a sun lounger, or just grabbing an hour’s peace and quiet in your garden, a good book is an essential in our opinion. Standard Deviation – Katherine Heiny Graham’s second wife, Audra, is warm, sociable and always ready to throw herself headlong into any situation. The total opposite of his […]

White Chocolate Filo Tarts

Crisp and light pastry cases filled with a rich and creamy white chocolate mousse – these tarts are easy to make but look impressive. Double up the quantities if serving a crowd. Ingredients: 25g unsalted butter, melted 6-8 sheets filo pastry 100g good quality white chocolate 2 tbsp milk 150ml double cream Dark chocolate curls […]

Come Back To Carpet

By Katherine Sorrell Modern carpet can be both practical and fashionable, offering an enormous choice of colour, pattern and texture. Why choose carpet? Carpet is soft and comfortable underfoot, absorbs sound, is non-slip and forgiving if you have a fall, and is insulating against heat loss and draughts; however, it may stain and wear. Regular […]

To Dye Or Not To Dye?

 Kate McLelland It’s a dilemma faced by most people of ‘a certain age’: let your hair go grey, or reach for the dye bottle? Why we go grey Our natural hair colour comes from a pigment known as melanin, produced by the hair follicles. As we age the follicles produce less melanin and this means […]

Storage Solutions for Every Room

 Well-designed storage makes an enormous difference to our homes, so interiors expert Katherine Sorrell takes us through some room-by-room ideas. Our homes are full of stuff, and each room requires specific solutions. You could do this yourself, plotting on graph paper where doors, windows, radiators and other furnishings will go, making use of ‘dead’ spaces […]

Keep Calm and Get Colouring

Close your eyes and think back to the simple pleasures of childhood: a rainbow box of crayons on the table , beside it, a book of illustrations just waiting to be coloured in. Remember the intense concentration as you filled in the blank spaces with your favourite shades of yellow, red, purple, green and blue? […]

The Ageless Art Of Decoupage

by Kate McLelland Throughout history there have been very few people who found great success in their seventies and eighties. An exception was the artist Mary Delany who, at the age of 71, became a favourite at the court of King George III due to her mastery of a particular skill: decoupage. The word originally […]

Toilet Training Your Puppy

You’ve chosen your puppy, and now it’s time to bring them home for the first time. It’s an exciting prospect but you’ll need plenty of patience, especially when it comes to toilet training. Here are a few ideas to help you train your pup, and minimise any damage to your home. Choose a specific outdoor […]

Things to do in Knaresborough

Visitors and locals alike will be surprised at just how much there is to do and see in Knaresborough. We have compiled a list of “things to do” which at last count was 42….but keeps on growing!  If you know of any we’ve missed, please let us know and we’ll add them on !!! From […]

Beef Stew with Dumplings

This is a traditional and warming casserole which is ideal to serve to the family during the chilly winter months. Serve with steamed green vegetables such as broccoli, Savoy cabbage or green beans. Ingredients: FOR THE STEW 1kg braising steak, cut into chunks 2 tbsp seasoned flour 3 tbsp sunflower oil 2 large onions, peeled […]

Stand Up To Racism

There is growing public concern regarding racism rallies, marches and protests, especially in the light of the George Floyd incident. Unfortunately, where large groups of people gather you will always get one or two agitators.  That is all it takes to start an incident where normally sane and calm people get carried away as has already happened in many cities. With […]

The Gift Of A Great Read

For historical fiction fans Washington Black – Esi Edugyan 11-year-old slave Washington Black is taken from the sugar fields and lent to his tyrannical master’s brother, Titch, to work on a ‘cloudcutter’ hot air balloon. The duo form an unlikely friendship that, coupled with Washington’s artistic talent, could provide a way out of slavery. For […]

Driverless Cars Explained

Driverless cars are a hot topic in the motoring world at the moment. Everyone’s talking about them; manufacturers, politicians and transport chiefs are all nattering on about the future of cars without the need for drivers. But what are they, and what do they mean for the future of motoring? We’re going to try and […]

Aye Up … It’s Yorkshire Day !

Yorkshire Day lands on 1st August, and yet it seems that Yorkshire lads and lasses celebrate the beauty of the county’s scenic offerings all year round. Living in Yorkshire has always been something to be proud of – from the lush, verdant countryside to the genuine warmth of the folk. There’s no wonder why people are so deeply passionate about this stunning […]