The quality of our air has been in the news quite a lot recently. Just a few days into the new year, some parts of London have already breached guideline nitrogen dioxide limits. It’s also been discovered that living on a busy road may increase your risk by 12% of getting Alzheimer’s disease.
We live on a fairly busy road, however, I’m more worried about the particles in the air from our multi-fuel stoves. An air purifier seems like a no-brainer for our home. Whether you suffer from allergies, asthma or simply want to improve the smell of your home (all you cooks, pet owners and/or smokers!) air purifiers are a good idea.
- Puripod air purifier: £25.99, Wayfair
Removes contaminants, clears airborne fumes, releases clean and fresh air back into your room and eliminates unpleasant odours:
- Removes cooking smells and cigarette smoke
- Light weight and portable
- Easy to move from room to room
- Virtually silent
- Rabbit Air MinusA2 Peanuts Edition SPA-700A: $539.95, Amazon US
- BioGS HEPA filtration with six stages of purification and deodorisation
- Customised filter option of your choice: germ defence, odour remover, pet allergy, toxin absorber
- Covers up to 700 sq. ft.
- Dyson Pure Cool Link™ Tower: £449.99
- Automatically removes 99.95% of allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns: 360° glass HEPA filter captures ultra-fine particles from the air including pollen, bacteria and pet dander.
- Intelligent purification: Automatically monitors, reacts and purifies – then reports to your Dyson Link app. So you can remotely control your environment.
- Automatic night-time mode: Monitors, reacts and purifies; but only using the quietest settings. LED display dims – no disturbance.
Happy New Year, people! Have you made any resolutions? Do you have any plans for 2017?
January is traditionally the time when people book their holidays. Either some last-minute winter skiing, some winter sunshine or a far-flung city break.
Whichever holiday you choose, you’ll need to pack your sunglasses in your hand luggage. Not got a pair? We can help you out of that situation! We’ve teamed up with Sunglasses Shop to offer one of our readers a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses*. (Please see the note below for the few models not included!)
To enter, visit the Ray-Ban page on the Sunglasses Shop website then return here to leave a comment below telling us which pair you’d like to win. It’s that simple! There are lots of other ways to increase your chances of winning – and this comp is open to our international readers too!
A pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses from Sunglasses Shop
*Excludes polarised and prescription lenses and titanium and aluminium frames
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We’ve only recently discovered the incredible work of Ecuadorian artist, Oswaldo Guayasamín (1919-1999).
Guayasamín was a prolific producer of paintings, drawings, sculpture and jewellery. His award-winning works were often very political and sometimes controversial. He highlighted subjects such as poverty, injustice, political oppression, racism and the class divide in Latin America. His paintings can be haunting, unsettling and, at the same time, exquisitely beautiful.
If you ever get the opportunity to visit Ecuador, visit the Capilla del Hombre (Chapel of Man) in the capital, Quito where many of his works can be viewed. It reminds us of Kettle’s Yard, but on a much larger scale.
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What are you doing on New Year’s Eve? We’ll be having a quiet one at home, probably watching a film and then maybe Jools Holland’s Hootenanny on the box. We’ll be enjoying a bottle or two of New Year’s Eve bubbly listening to the fireworks going off around the neighbourhood.
We can heartily recommend all the bottles featured below – we’ve personally tested them ourselves! Who needs to spend hundreds of pounds on Cristal Champagne and the like? These are excellent value and taste great!
What’s your tipple of choice on New Year’s Eve?
- Wm Morrison Vintage Cava Brut: £6.50, Morrisons
- Astoria Corderie Prosecco Di Valdobbiadene Extra Dry: £11.25 Gerrard Seel
- Tesco Finest Vintage Champagne: £25, Tesco
We’ve finally polished off all the Christmas Day left overs. I made a (surprisingly delicious) fritata using up a couple of sliced up roast potatoes, sprouts and stuffing. It’s amazing what you can throw together to save on wasting food!
Today has been frosty all day and at times like this, all the body craves is comforting carbs. This hot, creamy cardamom rice pudding just hits the spot!
It’s quick to pull together, foolproof and is delicious served hot with a side of pouring cream or vanilla ice cream.
Cardamom rice pudding
- 100g/3½oz short-grain pudding rice
- 400ml/14fl oz single cream
- 400ml/14 fl oz full-fat milk
- 50g/2oz caster sugar
- 5 cardamom pods
- Preheat the oven to 150ºC/300ºF/Gas mark 2
- Put the rice into a sieve and rinse under a cold water tap
- Drain off excess water and put the rice into a shallow, wide oven-proof dish
- De-husk and grind the cardamom pods in a pestle & mortar
- Put the cream, milk, sugar and ground cardamom into a medium-sized saucepan
- Put the saucepan on a medium heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved (or you can heat the ingredients in a large glass measuring jug in the microwave on high for 2 minutes)
- Remove from the heat and carefully pour the liquid over the rice and give it a little stir
- Bake the mixture for 1½ hours, by which time the pudding should have a golden brown top
- Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving with cream or ice cream
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Smoking paraphernalia isn’t something on our shopping list usually, but this collection of vintage pipes caught our eye at a recent auction.
They date from the 1950s/60s era and certainly have a strong mid century modern style about them.
They’re made from a variety of woods in lovely warm shades, Bakelite type plastics and metals such as stainless steel and aluminium.
They’re so good looking and tactile – More ‘Mad Men’ than old men!
Justin has been practising his smoking style in the mirror with a few of them – he looks quite tempted. It actually suits his big beard!
Drop us a line if any of them takes your fancy.