Daily Archives: 3 October 2011

It’s great to be back!

Jasmine, Isaac and Maisy

Hello everyone, I am back in the Dairy Diary office once more after nine months off having babies.

I am now a very proud mummy to twins Jasmine and Maisy, as well as the ever-cheeky three year-old Isaac.

I have had a magical few months, but it’s great to be back and be blogging again. Thanks so much to Karen and Marion for holding the reins in my absence.

I have come back at a very exciting time of year with our fantastic new range of products selling like hot cakes! I am thrilled to hear so many compliments about our revamp of the classic Dairy Book of Home Cookery, as well as consumers loving the 2012 Dairy Diary and Dairy Diary Set.

In the current economic climate, saving money is always a hot topic, and as a mum of three, I am only too aware of how crucial this is.

Make an original corsageMy evenings are dedicated to this very pastime; making cards and gifts for birthdays and Christmas. For this, my trusty Dairy Diary is invaluable, not only does the 2012 edition have recipes perfect to make and wrap for others. It also shows you how to make a beautiful corsage.

Win a vintage corsage making kit
The kind people at Buttonbag have given us a vintage corsage making kit. Like us on Facebook before 13th October and be in with a chance to win it!

Sweet Spicy NutsIf you too need to be thrifty, or just like to make gifts for others, why not make these scrummy Sweet Spicy Nuts? Wrap them in cellophane and tie with a ribbon and a pretty tag. Recipe taken from 2012 Dairy Diary.



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Sweet Spicy Nuts

Sweet Spicy Nuts | A Dairy Diary 2012 recipe

Wrap in cellophane and tie with a ribbon to make a tasty gift.

Makes 450g (1lb)
Time 15 mins
Calories 168 per 25g (1oz)
Fat 15g of which 1.6g is saturated

Blanched almonds 110g (4oz)
Cashew nuts 110g (4oz)
Unsalted peanuts 110g (4oz)
Pecans 110g (4oz)
Ground cinnamon 1 tsp
Ground cumin ½ tsp
Ground coriander ½ tsp
Olive oil 2 tbsp
Soft brown sugar 2 tbsp

1 Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6.

2 Place nuts in a bowl and sprinkle in spices and olive oil. Mix together thoroughly with your hands.

3 Spread evenly onto a baking tray and bake in oven for 5–10 minutes, turning halfway through, until aromatic and golden. Add sugar, mix well and return to oven for a few minutes until sugar has melted.

4 When cool, transfer to a serving bowl and serve with drinks. Tip You can store these nuts in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe taken from 2012 Dairy Diary.

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