Best of the Baths Inspiration

What better way to relax than a long, hot soak in the bath? If you're looking to freshen up your bathroom take some inspiration from some of our favourite baths.   Copper Bath This wonderful William Holland bath is just...

New Headteacher for Walthamstow Hall

:: SPONSORED CONTENT :: Walthamstow Hall School, Sevenoaks, has seen in the New Year by welcoming its ninth Headmistress and opening a new Sixth Form Centre. Miss Stephanie Ferro takes the helm from Mrs Jill Milner, who has retired after 15 years of dedicated...

Birds and Bees

Sex education in schools has matured a bit since the hilarious condom-on-the-banana era. From this academic year all schools in England will be required to teach Relationship and Sex Education (RSE). Primary schools are to concentrate on building healthy relationships...

Ready, Steady…VEG!

On sunny days in February I’m sorely tempted to rush out and get cracking in the veg patch, but then hesitate – in the nick of time. I’m forced to remind myself that frosts can threaten for many months to...

Meringue with Chantilly Cream and Raspberries

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If making heart shaped meringues draw two hearts on the parchment paper and turn the paper over. Separate the eggs placing each white in a cup or small bowl before adding it to...

Côte de Bœuf, with Truffled Potatoes, Asparagus and Aioli

To make the Aioli add one clove of crushed garlic to the mayonnaise and stir thoroughly. To make the Truffled Potatoes, parboil the potatoes in salted water for 5 minutes. Drain and steam dry and cut each potato in half...

Scallops on Pea Purée with Pancetta

Sauté the shallot or onion until soft in a dash of oil and a knob of butter. Add the peas and cook for 4 minutes. Season and add to a blender or bullet. Set aside somewhere warm. Add the pancetta...

Nature’s Bounty

We chat beauty regimes with makeup artist and co-founder of Votary skincare Arabella Preston. Do you have a beauty regime? I cleanse every morning with a Votary Cleansing Oil and flannel. This soothes my skin and provides a gentle exfoliation at the same...

Dream Family Home

Through the invaluable help of a property finder, media guru Caroline Kyriazis tracked down a spacious Victorian terrace in Tunbridge Wells with all the period qualities she and her husband had been searching for. [showhide more_text="READ MORE" less_text="READ LESS" hidden="yes"] So,...

Kaleidoscope of Colour

Central Saint Martins graduate Amy Exton’s terraced Margate home is a riot of clashing pattern, vivid paint and leopard print in many guises – a love of which she lavishly pours into her work as a set designer.[showhide more_text="READ MORE"...

Get fit in three months – Month Two: Home Workout

Personal trainer and nutritionist Sarah-Jane Holt has developed a fitness programme especially for our readers. This month she increases the fitness sessions from two to three sessions a week to ensure that you’ll feel fit and fabulous in three months....

Layer by Layer

Keep toasty this January with thick, tactile knitwear. When the temperature drops it’s time to layer up with warm woollens. Need some inspiration? We’ve got you covered.

Savoir-flair

After years of living abroad, Mike and Caroline decided to move back to England. It was to be a permanent move, but they still travel extensively and so needed to find a place that would be easy to extricate themselves...

Fresh Learning

Chinthurst School What are they? A ‘Forest School’ is an outdoor learning programme which originated in Scandinavia. It brings tremendous benefits to children and the sessions, run by qualified Forest School practitioners, develop confidence, creativity and self-esteem. It is also great...

Study Swap

Cranbrook School How do students apply for an exchange – who is/what subjects are eligible? The students sign up on a first come-first served basis, anyone studying French is eligible. Does an exchange necessarily involve foreign stays or travel? It does, as we...

Healthy Minds

2017 was a big year for mental health awareness. Let’s hope 2018 is even better because classroom statistics about the mental health of our young people are dire and worsening.The estimate is that, at any one time, around 30% of...

Winter Sweet

Flower power There is not much that flowers at the bleak dark start of the year. What blossom there is tends to be small and weather resistant. Flowers hang their shy heads or modestly tuck themselves behind evergreen leaves. Some...

Panettone & White Chocolate Bread & Butter Pudding

Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush the sliced panettone with the melted butter. Place the panettone upright in an ovenproof dish and sprinkle the grated white chocolate between the slices. Heat the milk and cream with the vanilla extract until scalding....

Celeriac and Potato Gratin

Preheat oven to 180˚C. Firstly, butter your gratin dish. Slice the celeriac and potatoes thinly in your food processor or on a mandolin. Heat the milk and cream together. Layer the celeriac and potato in the gratin dish, seasoning with...

Pork Tenderloin with Apple & Balsamic Sauce

Preheat oven to 190˚C. Trim the tenderloin and spread mustard along the loin. Place in a roasting tin and pour in the apple juice and balsamic. Roast for 20-25 minutes… it may need a little longer! When cooked, drain the...

Fig, Blue Cheese & Walnut Salad

Whisk all the dressing ingredients together and taste for seasoning. Make up the salad and arrange prettily. This salad could be put together six hours beforehand, and then spoon over the dressing just before serving.

New Year’s Resolutions

Do you have a beauty regime? Mornings I wake myself up with a ‘chemical-free’ shower followed by a light cream for my sensitive skin. We’ve created a gentle Calendula Cream so I’m tending towards using that everywhere. I prefer the natural...

Let There Be Light

While the words ‘barn conversion’ sound very romantic, the resulting homes can be a bit problematical – no longer a barn, but not quite a house, with furniture sitting slightly oddly within. Dark, oddly proportioned rooms in unexpected places, windows...

Get fit in three months – month one: Home Workout

Personal trainer and nutritionist Sarah-Jane Holt has developed a fitness programme especially for us. Starting with two weekly sessions in month one and building to three sessions over months 2 and 3 we promise it’ll help you feel fit and...