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Selina Altomonte

ELDERFLOWER CORDIAL: OUR FAVOURITE NON-BOOZY BEVVY

By COCKTAILS

The hedgerows and parks are groaning with elderflower right now. Turn urban forager with Selina’s easy cordial recipe from last summer.

Designated driver… pregnant… Dry July… there are times in life when you’re going to have to stay booze-free. But what’s a girl to drink when she feels like something a little fancy?

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CHINDOGU: THE JAPANESE ART OF THE USELESS INVENTION

By ARCHIVE

As regular Ladyland readers would know, we love a good life hack – there’s nothing better than a shortcut, tip or trick that helps you, say, make a pompom without having to cut out little cardboard rings, or remove strawberry stems using a drinking straw.

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MAKE THESE SPICE BLENDS: ZA’ATAR & DUKKAH

By FOOD

Back in my lovely little flat in London, my most favourite place was the conservatory kitchen with its old-school open shelving: great for displaying vintage kitchenalia, not so much for disguising my stage-5 status as a Hoarder of Spices. Yes I need at least two kinds of ras el hanout (one has rose petals!) and an industrial-sized tin of La Chinata’s hot smoked paprika.

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HAPPY HOUR – REMIXING THE SINGAPORE SLING

By COCKTAILS

When Ladyland’s Emma announced she’d be swinging by Singapore to visit me at our international HQ, we immediately envisioned ourselves lounging in rattan chairs at that colonial icon Raffles Hotel, holding court over a couple of Singapore Slings and talking very important Ladyland business.

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BOOK CLUB – STRANGE WEATHER IN TOKYO

By BOOKS

While we’re on the subject of brilliant novellas, spare a moment to delve into this gem of a Japanese love story: Tsukiko is a loner, a late-30-something and quite possibly a functional alcoholic – she consumes a hell of a lot of sake at her local bar, where she encounters her old high school teacher, the enigmatic Sensei.

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