Who knew Covid-19, face masks, 70% alcohol sanitiser and disposable gloves would be 2020’s keywords! There we were in mid-March, going about our daily lives, deliberating over espresso or Americano, chenin or chardonnay, salmon or trout. Then, after a lightning bolt of warning, we scurried around, madly buying up essential household supplies before bolting back to the confines of our homes just in time for the thunderclap of lockdown.
No doubt you’ve made some interesting discoveries about yourself and your abilities in this unprecedented time. Certainly, if our current website and social media trends are anything to go by, many of our followers have found a new (or renewed) love for baking, particularly when it comes to cultivating a sourdough starter (otherwise known as fresh yeast) for making home-made bread, not to mention the nationwide obsession with banana bread, pancakes and muffins! The brew of choice for washing all these baked goodies down is dalgona coffee – if none of this sounds familiar, head over to our website and social media pages to be in the lockdown loop of sanity-saving recipes, kitchen tips, trivia and more, which we’re churning out daily and will continue to do.
This brings me to the reason for publishing this free mini digital magazine: when the F&HE team and I were discussing what we wanted to give our readers right now, we decided it wasn’t more of the same lockdown operating manuals you’ve already got. And so, we present this small yet sincere offering of fresh and vibrant inspiration, which includes a dream-like beach house to remind you of seaside holidays (page 16) and our pièce de résistance: a jaw-dropping showcase of Mother’s Day cakes guided by you, our readers (page 4).
So, without further ado, please enjoy scrolling through our gift to you!
Andrea Pafitis-Hill, editor of Food & Home Entertaining