Regular readers of this blog will know that I've been in love with the independent magazine Pretty Nostalgic since its first bi-monthly issue appeared in May. I had a small piece in that first edition, and am now thrilled to have a feature in issue 3, which landed on my doormat on Thursday morning.
Recreating a Mrs. Beeton recipe for the modern day family has been something I have wanted to try for a long time - since starting this blog, actually - and there was much amusement as I reported to friends and family that I was sourcing partridges to make an authentic partridge pie, especially as at the time I wrote this piece they weren't yet in season! Luckily I avoided flouting any bird protection laws by tracking down some frozen ones, and spent a happy afternoon in the kitchen.
The pie really was delicious!
Pretty Nostalgic magazine is a project I really want to champion because its ethos sits so well with my own. Calling themselves "The independent vintage lifestyle magazine celebrating everything that's brilliantly British" the magazine aims to promote making more of what you have, bringing an ethical approach to life, promoting British independent manufacturers, artists and businesses and looking to the past to learn how to live in a wonderful present.
It's an attitude I believe is becoming increasingly prevalent in the UK since the recession, and so often when reading this magazine I find myself nodding in agreement with the talented contributors packed into each issue. And it seems I'm not alone. Since launching I have watched the magazine's popularity soar across social media as growing numbers find themselves relating to the Pretty Nostalgic way of life.
The magazine is also beautifully presented with rich, inspiring images and a real sense of community. I'm so proud to have been able to contribute in a small way to this new issue.
Another little snippet:
If you love vintage, sustainable living, handmade, upcycling, living by the seasons and appreciating what you have, you will love this magazine. Not only do the issues not date, but they are printed on thick, strong paper and the magazine resembles a book, so you'll be able to pick up past issues to read again and again.
I also blogged about Pretty Nostalgic founders Nicole Burnett and Sarah Legg's book Pretty Nostalgic Home: Happy Days from Vintage Ways here, which really changed my outlook on how I want to live in my home and the possessions I treasure within.
You can buy Pretty Nostalgic magazine and their book direct from their website, or limited copies are on sale in WH Smith stores nationwide.
Enjoy your Saturday!