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donna hay - - EDITOR’S LETTER -

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.

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