For all of you forever juggling work, family, friends and more (while also trying to sneak in a little ‘me time’), this issue is for you. It’s packed with quick and clever recipes I know you’ll love.
As a busy mum with two (equally busy) boys, I’m a bit of a master juggler myself. Between home, work, jogging whenever I can squeeze it in, the school run, the coffee run… I always do my best to find time to indulge my love for cooking and entertaining. To help me, I have a few tricks like those in this issue up my sleeve! We’ve put together a truly genius collection of recipes for busy people, whether you need to dish out a weeknight dinner in under 20 minutes or put on a beautifully simple dinner party.
First, we’re letting you in on our favourite kitchen secrets (page 53) – these are our picks of the best, most clever shortcut ingredients that should be in every pantry. My current go-to is caramelised onion relish (I use it all the time). Stir through pasta with a few extra ingredients, and that’s an easy mid-week dinner, done!
Our all-in-one tray bakes (page 96) are also top of my cheat list – they’re all handily roasted in just one dish for an easy and impressive meal. The perfect crowd-pleasers, really! And, as I never forget dessert, we’ve also given pies, tarts and cakes a special speedy makeover. Our amazing melt-and-mix treats (page 126) are all made from one basic batter, for that deliciously light and airy texture, then baked into an array of irresistible no-fuss doughnuts, tray cakes, puddings and more.
For me, the best thing about this issue is that it shows you can still create beautiful and impressive dishes without spending hours becoming frazzled in the kitchen.