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Sticky Clementine Puddings

Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6. Liberally grease the basins. Zest and juice 1 of the clementines.Using a knife, remove the peel and pith from the other clementine and slice into 4 rounds. Remove the pith from...

Almond Dutch Baby with Blackberry Compote

Remove the top shelf and preheat the oven to 220°C, fan 200°C, gas 7. Tip the flour and sugar into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre. Crack in the eggs and add the milk and almond extract. Whisk...

Forward Thinking

Simon Wong, Chartered Financial Planner at JM Finn, explains how to plan for your child’s private school education . Are there any ways to cut the cost of a private school education? Any aspiring parent wishing to send their children to...

Sweet Dreams

Sue Whigham goes in search of the lesser-seen members of the Lepidoptera order of moths. I know that many of us, no, all of us, when we think of moths, have dark thoughts about clothes moths, or at least their...

Winter Sports

What’s on offer to keep pupils active during chillier months? WT speaks to Dulwich Prep Cranbrook and The King’s School, Canterbury about the range of sports available. Mrs Jo Wilson, Head of PE and Games at Dulwich Prep Cranbrook What...

10 minute fitness

Being healthy isn’t just focusing on exercise or diet, it’s about lifestyle and mindset, too, as Sarah Maxwell explains. Prior to a summer break, many of us think about sprucing up in readiness for the beach, family fun, great food...

Boost Your Immunity

Henrietta Norton explains how changing attitudes to fermentation are having a beneficial effect on gut bacteria. Fermenting is firmly back in fashion these days.  Not during my 15 years as a Nutritional Therapist has the advice of fermenting a cabbage...

Apple Cinnamon Custard Tart

Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6. Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat. Reserve 2 tbsp of the melted butter. Add the crushed biscuits to the rest and mix until evenly coated. Tip the biscuit mixture...

Bakehouse White Sourdough

Mix all ingredients together for approximately 10 minutes – check the temperature of the dough, it should be 24°c. Cover and leave in the mixing bowl for 60 minutes.Knock back the dough and cover for another 60 minutes. Knock back...

French Twist

Add a measure of Pinkster Royale to a chilled flute of  Prosecco or Champagne. Pinkster Gin is deliciously dry with a hint of fruit and an exceptionally smooth finish.  pinkstergin.com Book your tickets at surrey-homes.co.uk/open-house

Longtooth Gimlet

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in the Longtooth Gin, lime juice and simple syrup. Stir vigorously with a long cocktail spoon until very cold.Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass, or strain over a rocks glass...

Quinoa Power Porridge

Melissa Hemsley is on a mission to prove that it’s possible for everyone to eat well on busy nights, using store-cupboard staples and speedy, fuss-free recipes that really deliver on taste. Before seeing Melissa on the Open House Live Stage,...

Win a Laksen Gentleman’s Balfour Field Sports Jacket

A warm welcome awaits you at In The Country store set in Badlesmere, Kent. Find a wide selection of women’s and men’s clothing and accessories from well known brands for all your sporting and outdoor pursuits, including Laksen, Hoggs, Percussion,...

All that Jaz

Jaz Rosten-Edwards had always wanted to have an art gallery – so she turned her house into one. Houses on a residential street can blend into one. Especially if there is a row of them built as a set at...

Mint-crusted roast lamb with tender artichokes

  Heat the oven to 180°C. In a pot, cover the potatoes with cold salted water, bring to the boil and simmer for 5-10 mins, until just cooked. Drain and allow to cool, then cut into quarters. For the artichokes,...

Beyond the Classroom

University, college or straight into a career? Reigate Grammar School and ACS International Schools discuss what help is on hand when it comes to making choices for life after secondary education. Matthew Buzzacott, Head of Careers at Reigate Grammar School,...

Course Work

Our pick of the best adult education courses across the South East. Kent Adult Education With almost 4,000 wide ranging and diverse courses to choose from, Kent Adult Education offers adults the opportunity to reach their full potential by trying...

A Pebble’s Throw

Experienced house renovators Robey and Kelly Hilliard’s latest project – a three-storey wreck of a home cut into the Sandgate hillside – has been a labour of love for the couple, who wanted to preserve as much of the original...

Off the Scale

With soaring ceilings, contemporary décor and the most beautiful views across the Kentish countryside, Bayham Hall’s restoration has allowed the building’s original features to shine through whilst providing an enviably spacious family home for owners Jaime and Justin Cooke.  [showhide...

Spotting the signs

Speaking from her own personal experience, Sarah Maxwell looks into the stigma and concerns surrounding the menopause and perimenopause. Perimenopause generally occurs in a woman’s 40s but can happen in her 30s or even earlier. With this in mind we...

Heads Down

When it comes to successful exam revision, it’s all in the motivation, as Hilary Wilce explains. For some students, the new school year means retake exams looming ahead. For many others, there will be new tests and exams coming down...

The Forever Plants

Jo Arnell explains what makes succulents such strong survivors. Technically, a succulent is any plant with thick, fleshy (succulent) water storage organs. Succulents store water in their leaves, stems, or roots, so they can go for long periods without needing...

A Changing Climate

Jennifer Stuart-Smith takes a look at how gardeners are having to adapt to extreme weather conditions. Whether you are a farmer, fisherman or gardener, there’s little point battling Mother Nature. She always has the upper hand. So, rather than railing...

Eating Green – Lentil, Spinach & Onion Curry

This is like a dhal; split peas or other pulses can be used (if using dried pulses, check pack instructions). I like the texture of Puy lentils and because this is made quickly, all the ingredients stay firm and discernible....

Eating Green – Beetroot and Butternut Tart

This can be made as a tart tatin, or layered into a pastry case. It is a loose mix, so will fall apart slightly when cut. Preheat oven to 180°C, gas 4. Mix 1 tbsp of the oil, beetroot, butternut...

Eating Green – Stuffed Courgettes

Life may be too short for stuffing mushrooms, but not courgettes! This recipe can be adapted in many ways, depending on what you have in store. I have used quinoa and pine nuts as the protein ingredient, but you could...

Making Sense of the World

Hilary Wilce looks at how politics is approached in the classroom. As I write this, we have no idea where the country will be heading this autumn, and whatever your political views, you’ll probably agree that this is a time...

Join Our Club

We explore the vast range of after-school activities on offer across schools in the South East. From tug of war to mindfulness colouring, there's no shortage of options. [showhide more_text="READ MORE" less_text="READ LESS" hidden="yes"] Dulwich Prep Cranbrook At Dulwich Prep...

Word Play

Which languages are students choosing to study? And how are they being applied to life after school? We look into language matters at Buckswood School and Ashford School. [showhide more_text="READ MORE" less_text="READ LESS" hidden="yes"] Buckswood School Gilly Johnson, Deputy Principal...

Education Directory

Our Education directory, focuses exclusively on Kent, Sussex and Surrey, introducing some of the south east's best and brightest preparatory academies, specialist colleges, independent schools and boarding schools.

WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY FOR TWO AT LEEDS CASTLE PLUS TICKETS TO THE CHRISTMAS MARKET

As part of its 900th anniversary, from the 14th to 19th of September, join Leeds Castle in Kent for a ‘floral party’ celebration with the spectacular Festival of Flowers, for which Wealden Times is Media Partner. Each year the Festival...

Goats’ cheese, Parma Ham & Nectarine Salad

Wash and spin the salad leaves. Wrap the wedges of nectarine with the strips of Parma ham and place randomly over the leaves. Crumble the goats’ cheese on top and sprinkle with the toasted pine nuts. Serve with a simple...

A taste of the Mediterranean: Sharing Platter

Putting it together Begin by choosing a large platter and using 3 points, start by placing the elements in all 3 areasDecant your dips into 3 small bowls and place in a triangle formation on or near the board.Next start...

Courgette Spanakopita

Courgette preparation:  Grate the courgettes and sprinkle with salt. Cover with a tea towel and leave overnight in a colander with a bowl underneath.The next day, submerge the courgettes in water to rinse the salt from them. Then gather in...

Green and Pleasant

Childhood memories and favourite holiday haunts are the inspiration behind Karen and Rafe Easter’s charming family home. It’s difficult to believe just how much of England’s green and pleasant land lies a mere hour’s train journey from the capital, and...

Too Cool for School

The colourful history behind Juliet Maingay-Cooper and Jake Mintrim’s Hastings home, part of a mansion built by eminent Victorian travel writer Augustus Hare, saw it once serve as a convent and school before its current incarnation as a chic and...

Late season crops

Jo Arnell proves that, with a little planning, there’s still plenty to grow in the veg garden as colder months approach. There might be gaps appearing on the plot this month. I’m hoping it means you’ve been able to celebrate...

Play & Learn

Our children need to explore and have fun, it’s a key part of their development, as Hilary Wilce explains... For all of us, summer is a time of play. Children play in the long days free from school. Adults play...

Late Bloomers

Sue Whigham gives her tips for glorious autumn colour.  A few years ago a group of us went to have lunch at Gravetye Manor, home to the Victorian gardener, William Robinson. Robinson bought the Elizabethan house and about 200 acres in...

Win an 8-piece knife block and A Kent Cookery School course

Manufacturing knives in Germany since 1731, ZWILLING has built up a reputation of quality, tradition and innovation resulting in knives that are exceptionally sharp, strong and durable. Through tradition and innovation, ZWILLING has remained a leader in kitchenware quality and...

Fairground attraction

When Laurie and Sol bought a derelict listed building in St Leonards they’d never done a renovation before, but with boundless resourcefulness they have created an unforgettable family home. All the houses that feature in this magazine have required leaps of...

Wild at Heart

Henrietta Norton from Wild Nutrition explains how she’ll be harnessing summer goodness to keep her body and mind healthy throughout July. The Summer Solstice on 21st June this year marked the transition into a new season and the start of...

The whole person and nothing but the whole person

Dr Adrian Rainbow, Deputy Head (Co-curriculum) of Sevenoaks School, describes how the whole person education philosophy is applied there and the benefits pupils – and society – enjoy from it We live in precarious times: climate change, species extinction, tariff...

Early years – ask the experts

Ashford Prep School – The Pre-Prep Team How can parents best support their child as they start in Reception? Be positive as this is an exciting time. Don’t make school a big deal as this can make children more fearful of...

On their marks…

A lifelong love of exercise can be inspired by the right approach to teaching sport at the earliest stage. Ashford Prep School - Harrison Straw – Head of Pre-Prep PE I believe it is very important for children to take...

Planting the seed

Gardening is good for everyone’s wellbeing – and children who grow their own vegetables are far more likely to eat them. We hear from two schools where pupils grow their own. Dulwich PrepCranbrook Dulwich Prep Cranbrook has a Gardening Club...