Spring has almost sprung!

Spring is here on Wednesday

Wednesday heralds the official start to spring – the vernal equinox.

The vernal equinox marks the two moments in the year when the sun is exactly above the equator and day and night are of equal length.

 

RHS Orchid Show & Plant FairFlower shows for your diary

Spring signifies new life and, in particular, when flowers really begin to bloom again.

Join in the celebrations of spring flora at one of the several shows open to the public.

Enjoy the spectacle of the colourful camelia at the Camelia Show, Chiswick House and Gardens.

There’s also the RHS Orchid Show & Plant Fair from the 8–10 April.

From the 25–28 April you can visit the Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

I’m also looking forward to the end of April when local woodlands are flooded with carpets of delicate, perfumed bluebells – a sight that always makes me feel young again.

 


 

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Shrove Tuesday and THE perfect pancake recipe

 

I wonder, over the past 50 years, how many people have eaten pancakes made using the Dairy Book of Home Cookery recipe?

How many children scampered home from school eager for tea, excited it was Pancake Day, to be greeted by a perfect pancake booked from this iconic book?.

I still remember the excitement –
the one day you were allowed
a sweet treat for tea!

Pancakes were always perfect using this failsafe recipe (and they still are!)

Why not try it tonight?

 

Pancakes

Makes 8   Preparation 5 mins   Cooking 20 mins
Per portion 94 kcals, 4g fat (1.9g saturated)
Suitable for freezing
Suitable for vegetarians

110g (4oz) plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 egg
300ml (½ pint) milk
Melted butter or vegetable oil for frying

Sift flour and salt into a bowl. Break in egg.

Gradually add half the milk, beating to form a smooth batter.

Pour in remaining milk and beat until quite smooth. 

Lightly brush base of a 20cm (8in) non-stick frying pan with melted butter or oil. Stand over a medium heat.

When frying pan and fat are hot, pour in 3 tbsp of batter, tilting pan to cover base.

Cook until pancake moves freely, turn and cook until golden.

Repeat with remaining batter.

 

Variation

 

Chilli Pancakes

Serves 4   Preparation 20 mins   Cooking 25 mins
Per portion 453 kcals, 14g fat (4.8g saturated)
Suitable for freezing
Suitable for vegetarians

1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
400g can red kidney beans, rinsed
415g can baked beans
400g can chopped tomatoes
2 tsp chilli powder
225g (8oz) frozen green beans
1 yellow pepper, deseeded and chopped
8 freshly cooked pancakes (see left)
50g (2oz) Red Leicester cheese, grated

Place onion, garlic, kidney and baked beans, tomatoes and chilli in a saucepan and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add green beans and pepper, cook for a further 5 minutes or until mixture is thick.

Divide filling between pancakes and fold into triangles.

Place in a baking dish in one layer. Sprinkle with cheese and grill until melted.

 

Crêpes Suzette

Serves 4   Preparation 5 mins   Cooking 10 mins
Per portion 378 kcals, 19g fat (8.3g saturated)
Suitable for vegetarians

8 cooked pancakes (see left)
50g (2oz) butter
25g (1oz) caster sugar
½ tsp grated lemon rind
½ tsp grated orange rind
4 tbsp Cointreau, Curaçao or Grand Marnier
2 tbsp brandy

Fold pancakes into fan shapes.

Melt butter in a frying pan. Add sugar, lemon and orange rind and liqueur.

Bring to the boil. Add pancakes.

Heat through, turning twice.

Warm brandy and pour into frying pan. Set alcohol alight and allow it to flame.

Serve pancakes as soon as flames have subsided.

 


 

Dairy Book of Home CookeryThe iconic cookbooks latest 50th-anniversary edition is still available to buy.

 

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Celebrate National Toast Day

Ditch the beans on toast just today

To celebrate National Toast Day try this Creamy Cherry Tomato & Mushroom Toasts recipe – it’s one of life’s simple pleasures!

Tasty bread, toasted and spread
with real butter is wonderful.

So swerve the ubiquitous beans one lunchtime and try a creamy tomato and mushroom topping instead.

Scrumptious!

Creamy Cherry Tomato and Mushroom Toasts

Creamy Cherry Tomato & Mushroom Toasts

RECIPE

 

Goat's Cheese, Honey and Walnut ToastYou may also be interested in…

Goat’s Cheese, Honey & Walnut Toastie

A delicious Dairy Diary recipe using sourdough bread, goat’s cheese, walnuts and honey.

RECIPE

 

 

 

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The top 3 cakes from 50 years of dairy cookbooks!

The top 3 cakes from 50 years of dairy cookbooks!

I couldn’t even count how many cake recipes we have produced since the 1960s when the first dairy cookbook was published.

Fans love them though, as they know that they have been triple-tested (at least!) and will always work.

We get many requests for copies of long-lost recipes, precious to people’s family history.

And these three cakes are some of the most requested by our customers:

 

Boiled Fruit Cake

Boiled Fruit Cake

 

Banana and Pecan Cake

Banana & Pecan Cake

 

Black Forest Gåteau

Black Forest Gateau

 

 


 

The Dairy Book of Home Cookery 50th anniversary editionThe Black Forest Gateau is taken from the 50th anniversary edition of the Dairy Book of Home Cookery.

Back in stock after twice selling out!

Click here for more information.

 

 

 

 

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