Pitta pockets – placed in the freezer and reheated under the grill – are perfect for a picnic on the sofa. I fill it with hummus, boiled eggs, tomatoes, red onions and any pickle I have – the ideal chili.
Yotam Ottolenghi, chef-patron of Ottolenghi and Guardian food writer
Older fruits – especially those that are soft to cut – can be turned into a very simple pudding by roasting brown sugar and ground ginger, and warming it with a cold drink like yogurt, cream or ice cream. This
I can attest to the cheap thrill of milk (I like KitchenCraft Le’Xpress, which costs about £ 8), as many of us did during the lockdown, the fancy coffee without the price tag of my dream coffee. Spending a lot of pounds on a machine – or coffee shop. I’m still using mine.
Leave meChef and food writer
When we were skinny, my husband and I would challenge each other: cooking based on things in the fridge or cupboards. One of the things I made was kimchi and tomato spaghetti. Fry half a jar of kimchi in toasted sesame oil until thick and caramelized, then add a tin of chopped tomatoes. Boil for 15-20 minutes and mix in freshly cooked spaghetti. Ms.
For pudding, can I recommend this simple delicacy – like fragrant, but much cheaper, than fancy candles. Ms.
I rarely go for a full pedicure because I take good care of my feet at home. Once a week and on dry feet, cut the toenails with a clipper (I always use a mousse), then scrape off dead skin using a cheap foot file (Dr. Scol, boots or superdrugs) around your ankles, toes and on the strength of the feet. All great). Let the dead skin fall off the old newspaper (which sounds loud but really satisfying) and discard.
Quickly wash your feet, then dry them thoroughly and rub your feet thoroughly on a balm of heels like flexitol. Cover with clean cotton socks and sleep through the night. You will get up on soft, healthy looking legs. File and paint nails if needed, making sure you leave a thin hole between the nail and the cuticle. Between paint works, maintain the skin with pumice stone in the bath or shower area, work around the polish to avoid chiplin.
Sally Hughes, Guardian beauty writer
Gel eyeliner creates the best cat-eye flick, but the brushes that come with the jar are often difficult to operate. You can buy a good brush, but you are looking at a double figure. Try a trick I learned backstage at Fashion Week and use the £ 2.50 Super Fine Paint Brush to apply your eyeliner instead. You will need one for acrylic or oil, as the watercolor brush is very soft.
Anita Bhagwandas, Guardian Beauty Writer
If you are looking to reduce your summer makeup system, invest in a cream blush stick to use on the lips, cheeks. And Eyes for a beautiful pink look that works with all skin tones. The Milk Mini Makeup Lip + Cheek in Quirk isn’t cheap at £ 18, but keep in mind that you can use it in three ways. It is pigmented enough to be used on eyelids without drying, so it stays on all day.
Another simple hack is to use a brush-on facial SPF that doubles as a face powder by hand. The Hawaiian Tropic Mineral Sun Protection Powder Brush (SPF30) is good and works on all skin tones, despite the pale complexion. It also continues to sell, so if you see it, stock up right away. AB
Huge beauty products are the name of the little handbag, but when you buy a trial size lipstick you feel like you have fallen too far to fit it in your bag. An old pillbox is a way around it. Get one for less than 5 at eBay or a charity store (I like many compartments, for example), clean it thoroughly, keep it sterile, and then apply your cream blush, lip balm and lipstick to the compartments. Then gently heat the bottom with a hair dryer: When it cools, the products should set. AB
Shopping is expensive but style is free. Everyone has a white shirt (and if they don’t, they know someone). I wear my loose vest and trousers instead of my summer jacket. Do not pop the collar, do not roll up the sleeves and tie the knot. Just keep it simple – I wear it on my knees like a cardigan. It works everywhere from office to vacation. Bonus points if you wear gold chains and black sunglasses.
Jess Cartner-Morley, Guardian fashion writer
If, like me, you have the following items – blazers, jeans, white sports socks, coaches – try adding a baseball cap. It gives some cheap supermodel glamor (see catwalk in Celine) general look. Logo hats are encouraged, as well as uniquely good. JCM
First, tie a large size men’s shirt (somewhat larger and plaid, ideally) so that it fits in the waistband of your trousers. Sounds simple, but this grunge-inspired twist will break your outfit nicely (and will give you something to sit on if you go to the park). Second, on warm days, be sure to fold the contents down to hide the bubble, by wrapping your T-shirt back with a hair bubble.
Melanie Wilkinson, the styling editor of the Guardian
Channel the infamous Miu Miu SS22 show (having a super-shirt, fred-hem miniskirt), but instead of cutting the short skirt in two, try cutting the sleeves of the long shirt and the bottom half. Go for the elbow-length in the sleeves and the bomb length in the hem of the shirt, so they fit. You don’t need to crop it too short, either – it’s all about frying. MW
Vintage shopping is a surefire way to get high quality footwear. It only takes two things: time and patience. First, target specific categories or make it too heavy – this applies to both online and personal shopping. For example, “broodery angles blouse” may sound like a narrow search term, but it will produce a wealth of riches on Etsy – while Bygonediva does some great Victorian lace pieces. Leather jackets are another winner, as are 70s summer dresses and backlit dress jewelry.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, Asos Marketplace and Depop are packed with crop tops and shoulder bags (now both larger), which look as fresh as in Y2K.
Helen Seamons, Men’s Costume Editor
Vintage denim costs less than new, it’s good for the planet (obviously) and generally good, at least not because someone has already worn it for you. Cutting jeans into shorts is the classic way to reuse an old pair of 501s. Try Rokit, Thrift.plus and Beyond Retro. H.S.
Home and garden
You don’t have to spend to refresh your home – you just have to look at what you already have. When I want to update a room, I ask myself if the space is working hard enough. Moving a few pieces of furniture around you can create a reading corner in the living room and suddenly there is an extra mini-space inside the large one. Do this by sorting your bookshelf – freestanding or permanent – then rearranging your books. I promise you, it will feel like a new room.
Laura Jackson, TV presenter and author
While I was running a dinner club, I found some large pieces of wood, which I used to cut into boards, cut into the sand, treat and use as a serving board on my dining table – it’s incredibly satisfying to be able to create something like this on your own. Best of all, it doesn’t cost anything later. LJ
Buying compost is the biggest expense for gardeners, so making your own is no-brainer. Take away your food waste, your old wool socks, some removed garden weeds, add a little time (on average about three months) and hey presto, free compost. It’s not just a growing medium; This will feed your plants for free and cut down on your waste. You don’t even have to spend money on compost bins – most councils offer subsidies.
Alice Fowler, Guardian Garden columnist
Garden open days are a great way to snuggle up around home-sized plots and get free inspiration. From locally organized to national garden plans, where your entry fee goes to philanthropy, you will find many layouts, planting combinations, path materials, ponds, sheds, mature plants – plus, you will have many ideas. Choose the minds of the people who made it. On top of that, people often sell their surplus plants for a fraction of the price of garden centers. And best of all, there’s usually homemade cake. Of
Apart from their beauty, air purifying properties and ability to make us feel calm, houseplants can be multiplied at no extra cost to share with friends and family or just to enhance your own collection. Reproduction is the act of producing new seedlings from parent plants, and there are many methods of reproduction, from cutting leaves, stems or roots, to grafting, layering and sowing seeds. I’m very lazy, and I want to hedge my bets and avoid disappointment whenever I can, so I stick to the most common techniques and comfortable home plants to preach. Here are my top options:
Stem pruning (cut 10-20 cm below the leaf joint and place in compost)
Jade plant (Crassula ovata)
Chinese currency plant (Pilea peperomioides)
Stem cuttingBut keep it in water
Swiss cheese plant (Delicious monstera)
Pothos (Epipremnum Species)
Inch plant (Tradescantia Species)
Desert Rose (Echeveria Species)
Rabbit ear cactus (Opportunity Species)
Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
Plants (isolate) Small seedlings from mother plant)
Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum)