Better Homes & Gardens: July 28

This week, Country Cooking and the National Arboretum in Canberra.

Tonight on Better Homes & Gardens Joh meets baker Simmone Logue plus Graham visits The National Arboretum in Canberra.

Johanna – Simmone Logue: Country Cooking
Simmone Logue is a baker, workshop host, cookbook author and renovator. In 1990 she turned her passion for cooking into a small business that grew into a catering business and now her products are available in supermarkets Australia wide. Along with her twin sister, she bought Essington Park 30 years ago and restored it to its former glory, giving her a beautiful country retreat from her busy career. After a tour of this picturesque home and beautiful garden, Joh helps Simmone whip up a hearty winter beef pie.

Adam – Flatten Your Drawer Unit & Get A Table
Who doesn’t need a good coffee table? Not only are they practical, giving you a place for remote controls and of course, cups of coffee, but they can be stylish too. Adam’s going to build a scandi-style coffee table that’s easy, affordable and achievable for the home DIY enthusiast. With the clever design comes storage and plenty of it, in the form of slide-out drawers for keeping your lounge room neat and tidy. So, let Adam drawer your attention to a slick coffee table that could be the next centrepiece of your living room.

Fast Ed – The Only Guacamole You Need With Fig & Pecan Toasties
Guacamole is one of those foods that’s easy to make. But Ed’s got a recipe to take your guac to a whole new level. For a great guacamole you need something equally delicious to go with it, and you won’t find a better accompaniment than his Fig and Pecan toasties. These are amazing on their own, but served with the guacamole, the flavours bring out the best of each other, making it the most luxurious entertaining snack.

Fast Ed – Bulgogi Buns: Korean Style Sloppy Joes
With the rise of K-pop, a lot of kids are getting into Korean food, but if your kids don’t want to jump in at the deep end, Ed has a recipe to ease them in gently. With mincemeat and onions, it starts to look quite familiar, but it’s traditional Korean flavours that really give it its edge. Combine all that with some hamburger buns and you’ve got what our American friends call Sloppy Joes. But whatever you call it, it’s sure to please.

Graham – The National Arboretum Canberra (For National Tree Day)
Trees are obviously good for the environment, but also our mental and emotional wellbeing. So, what’s better than one tree? A forest of trees of course! Tonight, Graham visits The National Arboretum in Canberra, home to a collection of 44,000 trees, consisting of rare, endangered and significant species, each with their own beauty, purpose and personality. All those trees are planted in 94 forests and make up one of the largest living collections of trees in the world. They say the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago, but with National Tree Day around the corner, take advantage of the second-best time to plant a tree… today.

Charlie – Side Path
Side paths are just a thoroughfare for getting you from the front to the back of your house, right? Yes, they are, but that doesn’t mean they can’t also be an appealing experience. With that in mind, Charlie is going to remediate a tired old path with a thoughtful design featuring new meandering path surrounded by lush vegetation. Using existing material found around the house will help to give it a mature look straight away and more importantly, keep costs down.

Juliet – Living Library
What better way to spend a cold winter’s night than curling up with a good book in your own cozy library. That may sound extravagant, but with off the shelf products and a little bit of planning you don’t need to be a cabinet maker to create something bespoke. To create a really sophisticated look, Juliet will show you how to make the best colour choice and design ideas, use of negative space, decorative objects and their placement. So, get planning and elevate your living room to a living library.

Dr Harry – Car Howler
A road trip to the beach, park or farm would have most dogs jumping with excitement. German Shepherd cross ‘Thor’ is certainly excited to get in the car, but when the engine starts its another story! The Husky part of his DNA comes out and Thor won’t stop wailing, making the trip a real nightmare for his family. Can Dr Harry help anxious Thor curb his howling habits? Block your ears… this is going to get loud!

James – Buying 101
On average, Australians change over their car every six years. From updates in technology to new makes and models entering the market, a lot can happen in those six years. So, if you’re looking for a new, or newer car, James is going to give you the tips and tricks to help you make this big purchase something you’ll be proud of.

7pm tonight on Seven / 7TWO

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