Monthly Archives: September 2010

New look 2011 Dairy Diary!

The Dairy Diary has been loved by its consumers for decades and enjoys a very loyal following.

New look Dairy Diary with memorable dates stickersTherefore, we know how important it is to preserve its qualities and the reasons everyone loves it. With this is mind, we have kept the very essence of the diary but improved its layout and given it a beautiful yet practical new design for 2011.

It even comes with a sheet of reminder stickers – perfect for flagging up those important dates, so you never forget a birthday or appointment again!

Dairy Diary 2011Along with all the firm favourites there are features on making birthday cards and ideas for great-value family fun – from making playdough to creating mosaic pictures and wildlife ‘spotter’s lists’ for walks in the great outdoors.

To see all the new features and view sample pages visit www.dairydiary.co.uk

Of course, we have a tempting recipe for each week of the year too. Try Cinnamon Toast, for a comforting treat; perfect for an autumnal evening in front of the fire.

DAIRY DIARY 2011

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We have ten Dairy Dairies to give away – click here to enter the prize draw ,but if you don’t win don’t forget they are only £6.75, available at www.dairydiary.co.uk. What a bargain!!

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Cinnamon Toast

A comforting treat; perfect for an autumnal evening in front of the fire.

Cinnamon Toast from the Dairy Diary 2011Serves 3
Time 5 mins
Calories 374 per portion
Fat 15g of which
9g is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians

Light soft brown sugar 4 tbsp
Cinnamon 1 tsp
Butter 50g (2oz), softened
White bread 6 slices

1 Mix sugar with cinnamon and softened butter. Toast bread slices on both sides.

2 Spread one side of toast with butter mixture, cut in half and serve hot.

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Take the 30 Minute Challenge

Autumn begins this week and the nights will start to draw-in.

When you get home from a long day at work or a busy day out, the last thing you feel like doing is spending hours in the kitchen.

That doesn’t mean to you have to eat tasteless and expensive convenience food though – a humble baked potato or creamy omelette can be whipped up in minutes. Our brand new cookbook Good Food, Fast provides a wealth of delicious weekday meals that can be prepared and cooked in half an hour or less.

Good-Food-Fast-30-minute-recipes

Katy Hackforth

Take the 30 minute challenge!

Try our new book and see how long your chosen recipe takes.

We would love to see your results.

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These three of our consumers did…..

Katy Hackforth:

Pear-and-Banana-Granola-Crumble“The day after we had had a horrendous 9 hr delay coming home from holiday my Mum and Dad asked us to go for Sunday tea! I said I would contribute by doing a pudding. It was 10 past 5 and we said we would be there for 6 – great opportunity to test the speedy recipes! I chose the Pear and Banana Granola Crumbles which said took 25 mins and served 4 – Perfect! I had all the ingredients bar the granola (sent James to the shop whilst preparing the other ingredients). So easy to make, just chopped all the fruit and put into ramekins with orange juice – topped with granola and butter mixture and in the oven for 15 mins! So simple that I decided we could have a three course meal and that I would make a starter.

I chose Leek, Potato and Bacon soup as again I already had all the ingredients from our post holiday supermarket shop! Chopped all the ingredients (modified slightly as we only had baby new potatoes rather than 1 medium sized), sautéed together with some butter, added stock and left to simmer. (Meanwhile getting the completed pudding out of the oven)! After 15 mins, blended it all together, added some milk and that was that! Soup was enjoyed by all even William (age 1), lamb dinner cooked by my Dad was followed by the Pear and Banana Crumbles with custard! Yum!”

Claire Nadin:

Tomato-soup-with-pesto-cream“We did two – Tomato Soup with Pesto Cream and Speedy Beef Stroganoff.

Both took exactly 30 mins. Both were very easy to make and were tasty. The recipes are ideal for midweek healthy teas!”

Gudrun Waskett:

Thai Spinach & Potato Soup“Today I made the Thai Spinach & Potato Soup. It was easy to make and easily feeds 2 – 3 people. It took slightly longer than 25 min as the potatoes took a bit longer.

But after 30 min I was finished and Mark was pleased to get some proper dinner. Even so he would have preferred it with Chicken but I liked the veggie option! I will definitely make it again.

Thanks for the cookbook. It gave me some good ideas.”

Win a copy of Good Food, Fast Dairy Cookbook

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Win a copy of Good Food, Fast Dairy Cookbook

Good Food, Fast is packed with delicious, stress-free recipes that can be whipped up in just 30 minutes or less!

With 116 recipes that cleverly use store-cupboard staples as well as combinations of fresh and frozen ingredients, Good Food, Fast ensures you can create something tempting even under pressure. Great if unexpected guests have dropped in or your day has not quite gone to plan.

Click here to enter the prize draw.

Good Food, Fast Dairy Cookbook is priced at £9.99 (plus £2 P&P).

To order a copy or for further information call 0845 0948 128, speak to your local milkman, or visit www.dairydiary.co.uk

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Celebrate British Food Fortnight

The ninth British Food Fortnight takes place from 18 September to 3 October during Harvest Festival.

The event will celebrate the diverse and delicious range of food that Britain produces with promotions and tastings in shops; all-British menus in pubs and restaurants; food and cookery lessons in schools; and glorious food festivals.

There are various activities taking place all over the country. See the website www.britishfoodfortnight.co.uk for further details.

British Food FortnightThere are a few things you can think about to help support and enjoy British food:

  • When you are shopping make a special effort to seek out British food. Pause when you select your food from the supermarket aisle. Look at the label. Does it tell you where the food has come from? Does it provide a description of who produced it? And if it is imported is there a British equivalent in-season?
  • Shop in local butchers, greengrocers, farm shops and markets that source locally and will be able to tell you a little about the person who produced the food you are purchasing.
  • Seek out food seasonal foods.
  • When next in the pub, team up a local beer with a local speciality for an authentic experience that reflects the character of the area where you live.
  • Think beyond the chicken nugget when planning a family meal out. If there is not a good children’s menu ask for children-sized portions of the main menu.
  • Explore food from different regions of Britain as a fun way of experiencing our culture and heritage. Though there is still much bland, mass-produced food that belies little of the region it has come from, organisations like the National Trust and the Youth Hostel Association make a special point of serving quality regionally distinct produce from local producers.
  • Cook a British meal for friends – nothing beats the old favourites like Cottage Pie or Apple Crumble. Consider inviting friends round for a British food feast.
  • Pick your own. What is better or healthier than being able to enjoy fresh fruit selected and picked by you?
  • Grow your own. Eating food you have grown yourself is immensely satisfying. Seasonal Garden Ideas <link> has lots of easy but inspirational ideas and is half price!

There are many recipes in the 2011 Dairy Diary and Good Food, Fast cookbook that use British ingredients. We also still have some copies of the Around Britain Dairy Cookbook, which features a wealth of wonderful regional recipes. See www.dairydiary.co.uk for details.

Easy and delicious, try these Cheshire Pasties from 2011 Dairy Diary.

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Cheshire Pasties

Cheshire PastiesServes 4
Time 30 mins
Calories 428 per portion
Fat 28g of which
12.9g is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Puff pastry 300g (11oz), defrosted if frozen
Onion chutney 4 tsp
Cheshire cheese 110g (4oz), crumbled
Cox apple 1, peeled, cored and chopped
Chopped sage 1 tbsp
Egg 1, beaten
Cherry tomatoes to serve, optional

1 Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Grease a baking tray. Roll out pastry and cut out 4 x 18cm (7in) circles. Spread the centre of each with chutney.

2 Mix cheese, apple and chopped sage together and divide between pastry circles. Brush edge of each circle with water, fold in half and press to seal. Place on baking tray.

3 Prick pastry, brush with beaten egg and bake for 20-25 until golden brown and crisp. Serve with tomatoes, if using.

Recipe taken from 2011 Dairy Diary.

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Win one of ten copies of Good Food, Fast the latest Dairy Cookbook

To celebrate the launch of the latest Dairy Coobook we are giving away 10 copies of Good Food, Fast.

Win a copy of Good Food, Fast Dairy Cookbook

Win a copy of Good Food, Fast Dairy Cookbook

Good Food, Fast is packed with delicious, stress-free recipes that can be whipped up in just 30 minutes or less!

With 116 recipes that cleverly use store-cupboard staples as well as combinations of fresh and frozen ingredients, Good Food, Fast ensures you can create something tempting even under pressure. Great if unexpected guests have dropped in or your day has not quite gone to plan.

Click here to enter the prize draw.

Good Food, Fast Dairy Cookbook is priced at £9.99 (plus £2 P&P).
To order a copy or for further information call 0845 0948 128, speak to your local milkman, or visit www.dairydiary.co.uk

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