RECIPE FOR A HAPPY HOME
The 82- year- old TV favourite reveals her tricks to GABRIELLE FAGAN
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