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Selina Altomonte

IT’S LAMINGTON DAY! TRY OUR RECIPE

By January 25, 2017 FOOD

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie – Oi! Oi! Oi!

Okay, I’ve got that out of my system.

As a Sydney girl living in London, I always get a case of the warm and fuzzies on January 26. This is, of course, Australia Day, when all the Aussies who have found themselves in freezing London instead of on some glorious beach back home huddle in pubs to share precious body heat and get a little bit too jolly on Fosters.

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HOW TO MAKE HUMMUS IN 10 MINUTES

By October 10, 2016 FOOD

I once read an article declaring that hummus, the once-humble peasant dish of crushed chickpeas and tahini, is the UK’s best-selling dip – in fact, the Brits get through 12,000 tonnes of it a year. Which really came as no surprise: at one of the first Ladyland editorial meetings we had at least three varieties plonked on the table and thereafter had to make an effort to introduce other exotic treats from the Waitrose deli aisle into the mix.

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DIY GLITTERY CALM DOWN BOTTLE FOR KIDS

By June 9, 2016 CRAFT, KID WRANGLING

This DIY goes by a few different names: calm down bottle; mindfulness bottle; time out bottle; or the more utilitarian glitter bottle (can glitter be utilitarian?). Call it what you like, as these babies all do the same thing: mesmerise your child into a more chilled-out state.

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HAPPY HOUR – ELDERFLOWER COLLINS

By February 26, 2016 ARCHIVE
ELDERFLOWER COLLINS

All this (occasional) sunshine has me hankering after the most summery of drinks. I recently discovered the utterly refreshing and dangerously drinkable Elderflower Collins and it’s my new weekend tipple – try it next time the sun makes a cameo appearance…

Ingredients

Ice
Nip of gin (I particularly fancy Hendricks)
1 1/2 tbsp elderflower cordial (or 2 tbsp, if you absolutely love the stuff)
Soda water
Squeeze of lemon, plus a slice of lemon to garnish
Sprig of mint

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Place your ice, gin and cordial in a cocktail shaker and give it a good old shake.

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SURVIVING THE TERRIBLE TWOS – DO THE TANTRUMS EVER END?

By January 5, 2016 KID WRANGLING

Cue ‘floor drop’: Elliot is not leaving without a fight.

ONE FROM THE ARCHIVES: Selina’s toddler taming tips…

So, last week my two-year-old threw a tantrum so epic it landed us in A&E at our local hospital – not because of an injury (a minor miracle), but because a GP, whom we’d seen about a recurring cough, declared he was “unapproachable”, and that while he was “probably fine”, he’d have to be examined in hospital.

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