RECIPE FOR A HAPPY HOME

The 82- year- old TV favourite re­veals her tricks to GABRIELLE FA­GAN

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Bak­ing queen Mary Berry shares her top 10 tips

Mary Berry – the Queen of Bri­tish Bak­ing - has whipped up a recipe for ‘ home happiness’ in her new book, Mary’s House­hold Tips & Tricks - Your Guide To Happiness In The Home.

“My fo­cus may have been on cook­ing, but it’s al­ways cen­tred on the home. In my books and TV pro­grammes, I’m al­ways keen on shar­ing tips to help peo­ple,” says the broad­caster.

“This book’s not about cre­at­ing more work, or telling peo­ple what to do, it’s just pass­ing on a col­lec­tion of tips, things I learnt from my mother, my own ideas gleaned from years of prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence, as well as help­ful hints from friends and fam­ily.

“Home should be a place where, if you have a fam­ily, they want to visit and can come in and in­stantly re­lax,” Mary adds. “We’re very lucky – my hus­band and I have been mar­ried 50 years and don’t re­ally ar­gue – life’s too short. Never let the sun go down on a row is our motto.

“The one thing Paul and I re­ally dis­agree about is how the house is dec­o­rated,” she says. “My hus­band likes the style he grew up with, which isn’t ex­actly mine! For ex­am­ple, I’ve got tie backs on the cur­tains, but if I go away, he re­moves all the tie backs and puts them away in the cup­board. Sim­i­larly, he’ll move cush­ions he dis­likes out of sight. Then grad­u­ally I put them all back again. It’s a farce re­ally!

“Our kitchen is a prac­ti­cal, at­trac­tive space where ev­ery­one tends to con­gre­gate – fam­ily, friends and our two dogs – and where all the de­ci­sions are made,” re­veals Mary.

“I have col­lec­tions dis­played, from china hens to vin­tage chris­ten­ing mugs. There are all sorts of easy tricks to mak­ing a space more prac­ti­cal. For in­stance, if you have good qual­ity cup­board doors, fix­ing spice racks to the back of them is very use­ful. That’s the per­fect dark place to store them, be­cause light causes spices to fade and lose flavour.”

Mary’s House­hold Tips & Tricks by Mary Berry, is pub­lished by Michael Joseph, £ 20.

Mary re­ceiv­ing her CBE with her hus­band Paul Hun­nings. The cou­ple have been mar­ried for 50 years

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