There is always jam

Preserve making with the Saturday Telegraph magazine, and the darling Oscar

Preserve making with the Saturday Telegraph magazine, and the darling Oscar

I am allowing myself a lull. I’ve stopped writing my regular column for the Telegraph and started having bonfires, hoping to find some room for inspiration as I clear out the contents of my office. It’s a distracting job. And although this second I feel at the bottom of the creative pit, it turns out I have produced a few rather nice features over the years. In this piece, published nearly 6 years ago, and which I had quite forgotten about, I bang on about the joys of making jams and jellies as home made presents. I think I will take my own advise and give it a whirl. After all, the sun in shining, the trees are dripping with fruit, and for once in my life I don’t have a deadline….

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Children’s notebook: baking

Telegraph logoBaking with children is a complicated dance around the kitchen, elbows out and mixing bowl held high to keep small, greedy fingers at bay.

Cooking with kids

get your pinny on

Now that mine have mastered the hand-held electric whisk, my walls are textured with cake mixture, clinging cement-like to the tiles. But I still love cooking with them, particularly when all ingredients can be mixed together in one bowl, and I can retreat to a safe distance. Better still when everyone is in aprons, and the work surface is covered with something easy to clean. I love just about everything by the Dutch designer Sabine Engel, especially this lifesaparty.co.uk apple apron, £13.50. read more

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Children’s notebook: Nostalgic children’s clothing

Rafaela van der Heyden and Victoria Roper-Curzon's nostalgic range of children's clothing

Rafaela van der Heyden and Victoria Roper-Curzon's nostalgic range of children's clothing

Telegraph logoGrandmother’s footsteps When the sisters Rafaela van der Heyden and Victoria Roper-Curzon discovered box upon box of tissue-wrapped clothing from their childhood (much of it hand-made by their grandmother, and all lovingly stored away by their Spanish mother) they were inspired to create Elfie (elfielondon.com), their own nostalgic range of children’s clothing. Here you will find patchwork jumpers (ages 1-5, £48) and cardigans, each with a hand-crocheted frog or mouse attached (1-5, £48). Dungarees, dresses and tweed coats will follow. read more

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