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27Delicious and easy Christmas cooking A Culinary Journey through
 World-renowned chef Theo Randall
- no stress, minimal fuss
Northern Ireland
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06 What’s On
With lots of festive fun still to look forward to and ringing in the New Year in style
22 Festive Bakes
Bring out your inner star baker with these almost too-good-to-eat Christmas biscuits
34 Christmas Gifts
Our great guide for everyone one on your gift list - even those who are impossible to buy for
38 Home Guide
The New Year heralds more than just self transformation, so we look at ways to improve your home
42 Homebuying
If you’ve decided to move instead of improve, we’ve got some advice on the homebuying process
58 Care, Considered
The tell-tale signs to look for in your loved ones that might suggest they are not meeting their basic needs
Discovering Dubai
 A Note
from the editor
I always enjoy working on this issue, with one foot in December with all its festive glow and boundless cheer and the other in beginning of a new year, filled with promise and more than a little expectation.
I love that special ten days between Christmas Eve and January 2nd. Shall we coin a new term to describe this period? All I know is that it’s these days that I relish - I abandon all grip on time and the calendar, surrendering entirely to the delicious monotony of lazy lie- ins, chocolates for breakfast and a lengthy afternoon nap. It’s also the time where I can devote some thought to the ‘life admin’ that I’ve been putting off for months (when I can wrangle myself away from the TV), and that’s very much the theme of this issue.
We’re looking, rather critically, at the home - after a few weeks being cooped up in there with your nearest and dearest, you’re bound to have some jobs to tackle - seize the day we say! And we show you how!
It’s also in my vegetative state that I think about my health and begin to make promises for the year ahead. Last year I attempted Veganuary - giving up all animal products for the duration of January to benefit my health and carbon footprint. Unfortunately I fell off the wagon (and onto a fondue...) when an impromptu trip to the Alps put me in the way of far too much wine, cheese and charcuterie - I’ll defy even the most virtuous of people to turn down the almost sordid ooze of a raclette... Now, whilst the actual month-long mission was a flop, it also showed me that my health failings are within my grip to change, so I’m sharing a bit of what I’ve learnt this issue.
All that, plus chef Theo Randall, the wonderful Alan Titchmarsh, travel to Dubai and some last minute Christmas Gifts. All that’s left to say is that all of us here wish you the Merriest of Christmases and a peaceful New Year - thank you for picking up our lovingly produced magazine and see you again in February!
Alan Titchmarsh
 Editor Katie Thomson
Publisher Sally Thomson
Contributors Rebecca Williams, Peter Thomson, Kate O’Connell, Lucy Saunders,
Angela Cave, Pete Lawrence, Dan Weston.
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