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Food News

Photo Rob Brown

The food of love (and friendship)

‘Food is a language. Within its rolling landscape of dialects and exotic tongues, so many things can be said.’ These are the first words in Annabel Crabb and Wendy Sharpe’s book, Special Delivery (Murdoch, £17.99), which is a delicious compilation of recipes the pair have shared during decades of friendship.

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After several months of grumbling from under a blanket, spring is traditionally the time we roll up our sleeves and resolve to get organised (maybe after just one more cup of tea). If you’re not feeling fully fired up yet, our savvy storage solutions on page 92 will help you get the ball rolling, including three key looks to suit every style. And if that doesn’t do the trick, dive straight into our collection of the very best hacks for every room, starting on page 63. With ideas for saving money, time and effort, your life will never be the same again – and you won’t be looking back! For those yet to purchase your dream home, never fear. Hayley Gilbert is on hand to break down the headache-inducing process of finding a mortgage into bitesize chunks on page 82. Already settled with a few little ones to keep entertained? Ashlyn Gibson has stepped in with imaginative ideas to transform your spaces into magical (yet practical) playgrounds on page 98. And last but not least, don’t miss our special bonus magazine – free with this issue – which is just brimming with inspiration and simple ideas for showing your kitchen and bathroom some love. From key accessories to boost the space, to a mirror that morphs into a telly at the end of your bath, there’s something for all tastes and bank balances. Enjoy.

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Editor’s Letter
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The‘re’ words are big this time of year. Rejuvenate, revive,
Shopping
Pastel colours and graphic prints will have you dining in
Look out for stools that can double-up as handy side
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This Peruvian design will add a worldly feel to any
Copper is still so on-trend and offers an edgy, contemporary
Johnson Tiles’ 3D Soho Blue Cube décor tiles work well
Fan of retro styling? This punchy orange number should fit
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Styling
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Making
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1 Make a template of the canvas shape by placing
1 Sew strips of fabric together down the long edges,
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Cooking
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