Monthly Archives: June 2015

Step-by-Step Guide to Brick Border Edging

Brick Border Edging

One of the projects that I (when I say I, I actually mean my far more practical other half) want to tackle this summer is the edge between the lawn and the borders. 

Our strimmer seems to run out of strimming
line roughly every two minutes and I end up
on my hands and knees using our blunt garden
shears to hack at the edge of the lawn.

With sunken bricks, you can just mow straight over them and the borders look tidy and stay contained. Overall, this gives a really neat finish to the garden.

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Recipe of the Week; Fruit Crumble with variations

Fruit Crumble with variations

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A favourite with all the family. Served with real custard a good crumble is a wonderful thing.

Per portion:
307 kcals
11g fat (6.6g saturated)
Suitable for freezing
Suitable for vegetarians


  • 900g (2lb) cooking apples, rhubarb, gooseberries, damsons, plums, blackberries or red or blackcurrants
  • 75–110g (3–4oz) granulated sugar, depending on sharpness of fruit
  • 175g (6oz) plain flour
  • 75g (3oz) butter
  • 50g (2oz) caster sugar


  1. Prepare fruit, slicing any large pieces. Put into a 1.25 litre (2 pint) ovenproof dish in layers with granulated sugar.
  2. Cover with foil and bake at 190°C (375°F) Mark 5 for 15 minutes.
  3. Sift flour into a bowl. Rub butter into flour until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in caster sugar.
  4. Sprinkle crumble evenly over fruit. Press down lightly, then smooth top with a knife.
  5. Reduce oven to 180°C (350°F) Mark 4 and bake for a further 45 minutes or until top is light brown.


Oaty Fruit Crumble
Follow recipe and method for Fruit Crumble. For the crumble topping mix together wholemeal flour, brown sugar and 25g (1oz) porridge oats with the butter.

Ginger Fruit Crumble
Follow recipe and method for Fruit Crumble. For the crumble topping use demerara
sugar instead of caster sugar and add 1 tsp ground ginger.

Crispy Lemon Crumble
Follow recipe and method for Fruit Crumble. Add grated rind of 1 lemon and 2 tbsp crushed cornflakes to crumble topping.




Recipe taken from The Dairy Book 0f Home Cookery | 2012 edition


#recipes #puddings


Must-do Ideas for Eating Out on a Budget and Top Three Foods for National Picnic Week

Must-do Ideas for Eating Out on a Budget

How many of us have paid a small fortune for a mediocre meal in a café or restaurant?

My tipping point came after paying £50 for an ordinary Saturday lunch in a local pub (and the girls only had garlic bread and juice!)

‘Never again’….I said…..’in future meals
out are for special occasions only’.

Rather than have to dash home to eat every time we want a day out, the plan is to eat well but spend less and here’s how……

My top 3 tips for eating out on a budget:

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Strawberry Trifle with Pimms

Strawberry Trifle with Pimms

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 376 per portion
Fat 19g (10.5g sat) per portion Suitable for vegetarians


  • Trifle sponges 4, about 110g (4oz), broken into pieces
  • Strawberries 350g (12oz), sliced
  • Caster sugar 2 tbsp
  • Pimms 4 tbsp
  • Reduced fat custard 425g can
  • Double cream 200ml (7fl oz)
  • Low fat natural yogurt 150g (5oz)
  • Orange, grated rind of half
  • Lemon, grated rind of half
  • Halved strawberries and orange rind curls to decorate


  1. Arrange trifle sponges in a single layer in the base of a 1.2 litre (2 pint) glass dish. Place strawberries on top and then sprinkle with sugar. Spoon Pimms over the sponges.
  2. Spoon custard over fruit and spread into an even layer. Whip cream until it just forms soft swirls then fold in yogurt and fruit rinds. Spoon over custard and chill until required.
  3. Decorate with strawberries and citrus rind curls.

Read Strawberry Trifle with Pimms on the Dairy Diary website

#trifletested #dessert

How to make laundry easier, simpler and faster part 5

Top tips for folding laundry and life-changing duvet cover cheat

I particularly dislike ironing and folding and so the easier and less monotonous the better.

I always have to put on a good film or TV drama to watch whilst
ironing and then put everything
away as speedily as possible.

First of all, it’s a good idea to have a thorough clear out of the linen cupboard and wardrobes and donate anything unwanted to charity. This gives much more space and makes putting away easier.

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