Monthly Archives: April 2013

Competition | Win a spending spree at Heathcote & Ivory

Competition | Win a £50 spending spree at Heathcote & Ivory

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Competition | Win a £50 Spending Spree at the Heathcote & Ivory beauty products website

Dairy Diary is giving you the chance to win a £50 spending spree at heathcote-ivory.com

Whether it’s soothing skin cleansing and moisturising products or luxurious home fragrance accessories, Heathcote & Ivory has the answer with fine fragrances, quality ingredients and beautiful gift packaging making perfect presents or ideal treats.

How to enter

Simply complete the form by 6 May and you will be entered into the prize draw.

Good luck.

Say no to 0870

Say no to 0870

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Say no to 0870

The next pocket diary is now finished and has gone off to print (thank goodness!) This is never one of my favourite jobs, as there are no images or fun features but lots of facts and figures to check and edit correctly.

However, it has to be done properly and my challenge this year was to see how it could be improved.

It is sold in the Set with the Dairy Diary, which is usually kept in the home. The pocket diary is usually kept in a handbag so I wanted to ensure that any information it provides would be useful outside of the home.

Therefore, any contact numbers
should be relevant to mobile phones.
This is where my challenge got a bit
more difficult.

The majority of businesses (including us, though this is something we will change) provide 08 contact numbers. These are usually charged at a local rate from a landline, which is great. HOWEVER they cost a lot more from a mobile and are not usually included in any free minute packages.

I found a website saynoto0870.com which is extremely helpful. Using this I have managed to track down the majority of numbers and give their 01 alternative. These 01… numbers can also be useful if your home phone contract does not allow 08 numbers within any free minute packages too, though I think most are changing their policies to allow these now.

0300
One number that is did discover is a 0300 number, this has been set up by Ofcom to try and regulate the industry. Calls to 03 numbers must be included in any inclusive minute packages offered by all landline and mobile providers. Let’s hope that there are more of these in the future.

Celebrate St George’s Day

Celebrate St George's Day with this marvellous bread pudding recipe.

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Celebrate St George’s Day with this

clever Bread Pudding Recipe

When I commission a home economist to write recipes for the Dairy Diary they first supply me with a recipe ideas list. And oh what a treat!

This is one of my favourite elements of my job – choosing a final recipe selection from this list.

It’s never a good idea to read
through it before lunch though,
as it makes me ravenous.

I plan the recipes according to the season and to reflect any special events. That is why St George’s Day Bread Pudding caught my eye. I thought it would be perfect for this week in 2014.

However, I also felt a little baffled by its title. How was a bread pud related to St George’s Day? Obviously bread pudding is a very traditional recipe and it does originate here but that was the only link to St George I could discern. That is until I saw the pic (above).

How clever is that? It looks like lots of little St George’s Cross flags. And you won’t believe just how divine it tastes too. It’s actually ended up more like a bread and butter pudding, but who cares about that…..just enjoy it. I have and I will be enjoying it again this week to celebrate St George’s Day.

St George’s Day Bread Pudding

Competition | Win a £50 Spending Spree

Competition Win a £50 Spending Sp[ree

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Competition | Win a £50 Spending Spree at the Heathcote & Ivory beauty products website.

Dairy Diary is giving you the chance to win a £50 spending spree at heathcote-ivory.com

Whether it’s soothing skin cleansing and moisturising products or luxurious home fragrance accessories, Heathcote & Ivory has the answer with fine fragrances, quality ingredients and beautiful gift packaging making perfect presents or ideal treats.

Simply complete the form and you will be entered into the prize draw. Good luck.

Enter now at http://a.pgtb.me/djrK4n

How to Create a Healthy Eating Plan

How to create a healthy eating plan

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Creating my Healthy Eating Plan

I have a couple of significant and glamorous birthday parties looming and they have given me the kick up the trousers I need to sort out my diet.

Yes, I eat prettily healthily – I don’t drink sugary drinks (except from the odd glass of wine of course!), I don’t live on ready meals, I try to avoid too much pastry and I rarely eat takeaways.

BUT my downfall is my sweet
tooth, particularly chocolate.

I tend to snack on sugary things a little too often, which is not a great idea given that I have a higher than average chance of developing late-onset diabetes. So, these few pounds that I want to lose for the parties have made me reflect on what I eat and how I eat and I am determined to change my habits forever and hopefully avoid health problems later in life.

My main problem is that many of the foods I currently eat give me a quick blood sugar high followed by a sharp drop. I should be eating foods that keep me fuller for longer and release their energy slowly.

So, this is my plan of action.

  • On my plate always have ¼ carbs, ¼ lean meat or fish and ½ veg or salad.
  • Limit my bread consumption, eating a little wholemeal in the week and treating myself to some gorgeous homemade white toast and butter on a Sunday morning only.
  • Eat a mid-morning and mid afternoon snack. Either a piece of fruit or a small handful of almonds.
  • Eat wholewheat pasta (and as above, less of it) and basmati rice or brown rice.
  • Eat fat free Greek yogurt after dinner (with blueberries or a tiny drizzle of honey) instead of my usual snack-size bag of Maltesters.
  • On a Friday night, let my hair down and ignore all of the above! Well, you only live once

 

 

 

Beef Burgers with Mixed Grain SaladWhat are your top tips
for staying fit and healthy?

Try out this Beef Burgers with
Mixed Grain Salad recipe from
the 2014 Dairy Diary.

It ticks all of the boxes, and is
quick and tasty too!

 

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