Ahhh... Sunday Morning. Long lie, big breakfast and the Sunday Papers. It's 54 years since The Sunday Times launched Britain's first full colour Sunday newspaper magazine. A lot has changed in the world since then and how we receive our news and media has been revolutionised but there's still nothing quite like sitting down with a cup of coffee and the Sunday paper. Much of the joy of the Sunday Times is it's sheer size and depth of coverage. There really is something for everyone. Today the Magazine has relaunched with a new line up of writers and the addition of Driving and Life sections.
Of course today is also Valentine's day and nothing quite says true love like your husband getting up early and fighting through the snow to bring you said Sunday Papers. It's half term here at the moment and we're up visiting my parents in The Black Isle. This morning it looks more like The White Isle. Needless to say my kids were very excited. Do you wanna build a snowman? But before they could they had to have breakfast. Belgian Waffles were the order of the day whilst I drooled over a recipe for Chestnut Pancakes with Bacon and Syrup. First outing for a new Waffle Maker from Sage by Heston Blumenthal.
No surprise that I always head for the food and drink section first in any magazine. Eating with the Sunday Times includes contributions by Jamie Oliver, AAGill, Florence Knight and Damian Barr. Jamie's recipe for Southend Chowder sounds amazing, a real winter warmer for a snowy day. I'm now hoping that my next Fishbox contains cockles. If you subscribe to the online edition of the Sunday Times (currently £20 for 13 issues) you can share and save recipes from your tablet. The three brunch recipes from Florence Knight would be perfect for a lazy Sunday morning. Blood Orange & Rosemary Juice, Poached Eggs with Braised Leeks & Creme Fraiche and not forgetting the Chestnut Pancakes which initially caught my eye. The inimmitable AA Gill is still there with his pithy Table Talk reviews whilst Damian Barr tells us what we shoud be drinking this week to accompany our box set viewing. A phenomenan that has completely passed me by. I'll take the Paso-Primero Tinto Somontano 2014 but skip the Nashville. No Southend Chowder for our Sunday lunch but instead roast chicken, baked butternut squash and Yorkshire Puddings.
Great redesign of @TheSTMagazine out today including my delicious recipe for Southend chowder. https://t.co/K7hmQ5kfup— Jamie Oliver (@jamieoliver) February 14, 2016
Outwith the food content the big names to move to the redesigned Sunday Times Magazine are Jeremy Clarkson and India Knight. Both previously had columns within the paper and are joined by Simon Barnes with a new Nature column. Life your guide to modern living comprises of eight sections - love, how it feels to..., relative values, body, eating, tech, driving and a life in the day. With a mug of tea in hand I drooled over the wonderfuly quirky and colourful Ice Fishing Sheds. The Canadian equivalent of British beach huts. Joined India Knight as she celebrated gentle pleasures and the decency and joviality of Terry Wogan. It was a delight to dip into the world of Burlesque with Dita Von Teese, experience pop stardom with Taylor Swift and discover how it feels to survive a bear attack. As for the final page interview with Nigel Farage, I've saved that to light the fire with.
Disclosure : This is a paid review commissioned by The Sunday Times Magazine. All views expressed are my own.