Stationery: the antidote to a digital world

Dairy Diary stationery

Earlier this year we visited the London Stationery Show where we listened to a fascinating seminar

Despite the many who insist that everything must be digital, stationery sales are actually on the rise.

This continued love of stationery is because – in this digital age – we all like something that’s tangible and real. And doesn’t it evoke happy nostalgia too? Who remembers the trip to the stationers to buy your back-to-school pencil case and maybe a protractor and, if you were really lucky, a scented eraser too?

Diaries, pens, pencils and the like still create excitement that began in our school days.

Stationery today is still as covetable as ever.

And, as you can see, real diaries are still going strong. Yes, most of us carry a smartphone with a calendar but why would we want to use that? A paper diary allows you to actually ‘write’, to record thoughts as well as plans, to browse, to flick through, to be inspired.

Many of our customers have kept all their Dairy Diaries going right back to when they were first married. These books are a compendium of family life, as well as a treasure trove of delicious recipes.

 

Dairy Diary Stationery

DAIRY DIARY 2020
To order your ‘real’ diary and enjoy making and recording more memories click here.

ACCESSORIES PACK
The Dairy Diary Accessories Pack is the perfect treat for Dairy Diary fans as it makes the diary even better!
With this fantastic pack, finding a favourite recipe, notes page or even your ‘best’ pen will be a breeze. Click here.

ADDRESSES & REMINDERS BOOK
And keep note of memorable dates and addresses in style with this stunning Addresses & Reminders Book. With card and gift lists, dates to remember, a tabbed address section, and a handy pocket it gives you everything you need and more. And it even comes with a FREE matching notepad. Click here.

 

PLUS FREE POSTAGE!
Postage is completely FREE if you spend £20 or more, so why not stock up on gifts for Christmas? There are more lovely stationery items available to purchase.

 

Happy shopping!

 

 

 

 

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Recipe of the Week: Real Bakewell Tart

Bakewell Tart

Real Bakewell Tart

Formerly known as Bakewell Pudding, this tart was apparently created by a cook working at the Rutland Arms Hotel in Bakewell, Derbyshire.

The cook was making jam tarts, but used puff pastry by mistake. He added some other leftover ingredients, and the Bakewell Tart was born!

 

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You can find this recipe in our wonderful Around Britain cookbook

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A collection of fascinating and delicious recipes from every corner of Britain.

Around Britain cookbook £9.99

 

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The perfect recipe for Bonfire Night

Spicy Hot Dogs with Caramelised Onions

Here’s the perfect recipe for Bonfire Night (and UK Sausage Week!)

When you’re heading out into the cold for an evening oooing and aaahing at fireworks, waving the odd sparkler about (in the shape of your name obviously) you’re going to need something quick but comforting to eat.

Quick After-Work cookbook at the rescue! This book is crammed full of recipes that are speedy but full of flavour.

This recipe takes only half an hour to make and is perfect for a pre-Bonfire bite to eat.

Spicy Hot Dogs with Caramelised Onions

 

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Quick After-Work CookbookFor more recipes from Quick After-Work,
or to order a copy click here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Recipe of the Week: Korean Beef Short Ribs

Korean Beef Short Ribs

You may not have cooked with short ribs before, but this recipe is well worth a try.

 

When it was made at the photoshoot all the stylists working at the studio that day requested the recipe.

And for people who work with food and top food photographers every day that’s high praise indeed!

Korean Beef Short Ribs

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3 Spooktacular Halloween recipes

Halloween recipes

Carving a pumpkin for Halloween?

Then you’ll love these two recipes, which use pumpkin flesh and seeds, so nothing goes to waste.

You will find fun pumpkin carving tips below plus discover the origins of Halloween. Enjoy.

Halloween recipes Frittata and Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin, Chorizo & Sage Frittata

Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

 

These creepy brownie bars are the perfect offering for Trick or Treaters who may come calling on Thursday.

Chocolate Brownie Graveyard Bars

 

Buy 2020 Dairy DiaryAll three recipes are from the Dairy Diary.

The iconic Dairy Diary 2020 is an A5, week-to-view diary featuring weekly inspirational recipes. Practical and pretty, it’s the perfect 2020 diary for planning your busy life.

For more recipes and/or to order your copy for just £8.75 click here.

 


Pumpkin carving fun with your children

Halloween carved pumpkinChoose your pumpkin – a large, ripe pumpkin that has smooth, even surfaces and sits comfortably without danger of rolling over is best.

Sketch your pattern on paper to suit the size and shape of your pumpkin. If you’re not artistic, use a stencil or template.

Make the lid by drawing a 125mm (5″) circle on the top. Cut out the lid with the saw/blade at an angle – leaning slightly to the outside – this will stop the lid dropping inside. Remove the lid and clean its base.

For a carving tool, we recommend a pumpkin saw. If you’re using a knife (small and sharp) carve gently and steadily, making a few gentle strokes for each cut.

The kids can remove the inside – they love this slimy job and can easily remove all the seeds and mushy stuff. Then you can takeover scraping with a spoon or ice-cream scoop. Thin walls make carving easier, but don’t make them too thin or the pumpkin will collapse. Make the base inside flat to accommodate a candle.

Apply your pattern by copying freehand onto the clean, dry pumpkin with a marker/pen/pencil or tape your paper pattern to the pumpkin and mark the design by poking holes through the pattern.

Let’s carve – adults only if you’re using a knife! Carefully begin at the centre of your pattern and work outward – small shapes first. The kids can push out the shapes as you go. Lastly ensure the pumpkin sits stably without danger of rolling.

Light up – place a tea-light in the base. Ensure the candle is level and carefully light it. Always extinguish the candle when leaving the room.

 


The origins of Halloween

The origins of Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain.*

Until 2,000 years ago, the Celts lived across the lands we now know as Britain, Ireland and northern France. Essentially a farming and agricultural people, the Pre-Christian Celtic year was determined by the growing seasons and Samhain marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark cold winter. The festival symbolised the boundary between the world of the living and the world of the dead.

It was believed by the Celts that on the night of 31st October, ghosts of their dead would revisit the mortal world and large bonfires were lit in each village in order to ward off any evil spirits that may also be at large.

The night or evening of Samhain became known as All-hallows-even then Hallow Eve, still later Hallowe’en and then of course Halloween.

A special time of the year when many believe that the spirit world can make contact with the physical world, a night when magic is at its most potent.

Throughout Britain, Halloween has traditionally been celebrated by children’s games such as bobbing for apples in containers full of water, telling ghost stories and the carving of faces into hollowed-out vegetables such as swedes and turnips. These faces would usually be illuminated from within by a candle, the lanterns displayed on window sills to ward off any evil spirits. The current use of pumpkins is a relatively modern innovation imported from the United States.

*Halloween by Ben Johnson

 

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