Monthly Archives: September 2012

Share your photos and win a Dairy Diary Set

Enter the Dairy Diary photo contest now!

We love to show off our lovely photography, but now it’s your turn!

Choose a recipe from your 2012 Dairy Diary or one of the new 2013 Dairy Diary recipes featured on the website and post your photograph on the Facebook Photo Contest page with a brief description.

Click here to see a small selection of Dairy Diary 2013 recipes.

The best photograph will win a fab Dairy Diary Set.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a professional photographer! We are looking for interesting shots, so use your imagination.


Celebrate British Cheese Week

Celebrate British Cheese Week

You may find it hard to believe but there are over 700 British cheeses produced in the UK!

Even us Brits often opt for European cheeses such as Feta, Mozzarella and Parmesan, but there are many delicious British alternatives.

And cheese is a cheap source of protein too. The British Cheese Board analysed the cost per gram of protein in 14 popular protein-rich foods to find that the nation’s favourite cheese, Cheddar, ranked second best for protein value after the humble peanut.

At 1.97pence per gram of protein for mild Cheddar cheese, Cheddar was more than twice as cost effective as turkey, two and a half times more economical than prawns, and more than three times cheaper than lamb steaks.

In the 2013 Dairy Diary – out now! – there are plenty of purse-friendly recipes, featuring delicious British cheese.

British cheese recipes

So celebrate British Cheese Week with these mouthwatering recipes – just a small selection from the Dairy Diary 2013:

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3 fabulous home-made skincare treatments

3 fabulous home-made skincare treatments

Beauty on a budget: homemade hand treatments that don’t cost a packet.

With household budgets under increasing strain, it’s hard to justify spending a small fortune on expensive skincare treatments.

But thankfully there is a way to pamper yourself without breaking the bank.

The latest edition of Britain’s best-selling diary series contains some homemade hand treatments that are made from everyday ingredients.

“We use our hands all day, every day, and since they are constantly exposed, and work so hard, it’s not surprising that they tend to show signs of ageing before other parts of the body. Looking after them well prevents this from happening but it’s all too easy to neglect them.

“However, just a few minutes’ attention with these homemade products, supplemented with exercise, can go some way towards giving your hands the care they need to stave off the effects of everyday life.”

Here are three quick and simple hand treatments you can make yourself.

Strawberry Hand Scrub
This is a treatment to smooth and soften your hands. Strawberries contain a natural fruit acid that aids exfoliation and boosts the freshness of your skin.
• Strawberries 8-10
• Olive Oil 2 tbsp
• Coarse Sea Salt 1 tsp
Mash all the ingredients together until they form a paste. Rub this into your hands and leave for two minutes. Rinse off well with cool water and pat your hands dry with a soft towel. Moisturise the skin well. Use the scrub once a week or whenever your hands are feeling rough or dry.

Rose Handcream
Moisture-retaining glycerine (available from chemists) keeps your hands nourished, while rose water is a gentle tonic for skin.
• Glycerin 6 tbsp
• Rose Water 150ml (1/4 pint)
• Vitamin E Oil 1 tbsp, optional
Pour all the ingredients into an empty screw-top bottle, or a tub with a secure but easily removable lid, and shake well to mix. Store in a cool place. Apply a 10 pence-sized blob as often as needed. Shake well before use.

Almond Hand Softener
Almond oil is packed with antioxidants, which means that as well as softening skin, it fights the effects of ageing. Honey is both moisturising and antiseptic, helping to rehydrate and cleanse the skin.
• Almond Oil 2 tsp
• Clear Honey 1 tsp
• Cotton Gloves
Mix together the almond oil and honey and massage on to your hands. It’s best to leave this lotion on overnight, so wear cotton gloves while you sleep (or you could use cotton socks instead). In the morning rinse off the softener with warm water and pat your hands dry.

Dairy Diary 2013The 2013 Dairy Diary is priced at £6.99
and is available from:

  • Visit
  • Call 0845 948128
  • If you have a milkman, simply put
    a note out with your empties.

Help us to choose the Dairy Diary 2014 cover

Help us to choose the Dairy Diary 2014 cover.

Help us to choose the Dairy Diary 2014 cover and you could win a Dairy Diary Set

We have a wonderful selection of cover designs for the Dairy Diary 2014 – but we can’t decide which to use.

So who better to help us than our lovely Dairy Diary fans.

Dairy Diary Set

Help us to choose the Dairy Diary 2014 cover and you could win this Dairy Diary Set.

Please visit our Dairy Diary 2014 cover poll page, vote for your favourite design and add your details for the chance to win the fabulous Dairy Diary Set.

Thanks you and good luck.

Dairy Diary 2013 now available

The Sairy Diary 2013 is now available

BRITAIN’S best selling hard-back diary is back for a 31st year – and it’s even better than its predecessors.

Described as a ‘compendium of practical information’, the 2013 Dairy Diary is packed with useful hints and tips, making it the essential book for running any busy home.

A wide selection of mouth-watering recipesSplit into seven easy-to-use sections, it’s full of sage advice on a vast array of subjects, from stain removal to homemade hand treatments, and childhood illnesses to looking after precious metals. It also contains a beginner’s guide to pilates, and helpful tips on how to create a bird friendly garden.

The 2013 diary also features a wide selection of mouth watering recipes to suit all occasions, from quick and simple soups and snacks, to classic staples such as beef casserole and fish pie, and delectable desserts like Hogmanay Tart and Irish Whiskey Cake.

Executive Editor, Nick Rowe, says:

“The Dairy Diary has become an essential companion over the years and this latest version, our 31st edition, is the most comprehensive one we have produced so far.

“It’s packed with recipes and practical hints and tips, which makes it an excellent point of reference.

“This edition contains some inspiring articles on a host of different topics, from bread making to home made hand treatments, and how to transform your garden into a haven for birds.”

The Dairy Diary is the best week-to-view diary you can buy

The Dairy Diary 2013 comes with memorable date stickers

The first Dairy Diary was produced by the Milk Marketing Board in 1982. In 2001 it was taken over by Eaglemoss Consumer Publications and has become Britain’s best-selling home diary series, selling over 20 million copies.

Dairy Diary Set

The Dairy Diary Set offers amazing value for moneyThe Dairy Diary is also available in the 2013 Dairy Diary Set, which contains:

  • Dairy Diary 2013
  • Notepad for messages and shopping lists
  • Designer pencil
  • Easy-use pen
  • Notes holder with pen and pencil storage

Perfect for managing any busy life – and a great value gift too at just £8.99!

How to order

The 2013 Dairy Diary is priced at £6.99 and the Dairy Diary Set is priced at £8.99.

  • Visit
  • Call 0845 948128
  • If you have a milkman, simply put a note out with your empties.

Facebook competition | Win a Moulinex Fresh Express

Facebook competiition | Win a Moulinex Fresh Express


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