Monthly Archives: December 2016

New Year’s Eve: Chai Martini

Chai Martini Cocktail

Toast the New Year with this fabulous cocktail

 Happy New Year!!

New Year Chai Martini

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 239 per portion
Fat 10g (6.1g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Chai latte teabags 2
  • Granulated sugar 4 tsp or to taste
  • Single cream 100ml (3½fl oz)
  • Vanilla vodka 100ml (3½fl oz)
  • Ice cubes 16
  • Cinnamon for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Place teabags into a heatproof measuring jug and pour in 100ml (3½fl oz) boiling water. Leave to brew for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove teabags, add sugar and stir until dissolved. Pour in cream and vanilla vodka and leave to cool.
  3. Place half the ice in a cocktail shaker and pour in half the liquid. Shake well then strain into two martini glasses. Repeat with remaining liquid and ice. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve immediately.

 

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Boxing Day – now it’s time to treat yourself!

Time to treat yourself!

I’m sure, like most people, the last month has been a whirlwind of planning, shopping, wrapping, cooking, and generally trying to make Christmas perfect for everyone.

Now’s the time to slow
down and treat yourself.

Do something you makes you feel happy. That may be a long walk, a phone call with a friend, a soak in the bath with your favourite music playing, reading a book, or even filling in your Dairy Diary.

Whatever it is, enjoy yourself and maybe even indulge in some simple comfort food like this. Just make sure someone else makes it for you!

 

Pasta Supper

Pasta Supper

  • Servings: 2 adults & 3 children
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 529 per portion
Fat 31g (17g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Dried tagliatelle 250g pack
  • Butter 40g (1½oz)
  • Olive oil 1 tbsp
  • Onion 1 small, peeled and finely chopped
  • Ham 110g (4oz), cut into strips
  • Frozen peas 110g (4oz)
  • Single cream 150ml (¼ pint)
  • Cheddar cheese 110g (4oz), grated

Instructions

  1. Cook the tagliatelle according to the packet’s instructions.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the oil and cook the onion for about 4 minutes until soft.
  3. Add the ham and frozen peas and cook for a further 4 minutes.
  4. Add the drained tagliatelle, cream and half of the cheese. Toss together and serve immediately sprinkled with the remaining cheese.

Cook’s tips
Dried tagliatelle has been used here but it can be tricky for little ones to twiddle around a fork. For young diners you might like to use pasta twists or shells instead that can be scooped up with a spoon.

 


 

Dairy Diary Favourites CookbookThis recipe is taken from
Dairy Diary Favourites cookbook.

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Have a happy Boxing Day everyone.

 

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#treatyourself

#comfortfood

 

Recipe of the Week: Gingerbread Latte Trifles

gingerbread-latte-trifle

If you’re not keen on Christmas pudding then swap for Gingerbread Latte Trifle from the 2017 Dairy Diary, it’s divine.

Gingerbread Latte Trifle

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 353 per portion
Fat 40g (25g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Espresso ground coffee 2 tbsp
  • Trifle sponges 8 (approx. 200g/7oz), each cut into 3
  • Custard 500g carton
  • Double cream 300ml pot
  • Gingerbread syrup 1 tbsp
  • Dark chocolate with ginger 50g (2oz), finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Spoon coffee into a cafetière and add 250ml (9fl oz) hot, not boiling, water. Stir and leave to brew for 3 minutes. Plunge, then leave to cool.
  2. Place sponges in the base of six trifle bowls. Spoon over coffee then top with custard.
  3. Whisk cream with gingerbread syrup until softly whipped. Spoon on top of custard then sprinkle with chocolate. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or until ready to serve.

 


 

 

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10 Christmas traditions old and new

Make Christmas even more magical with 10 traditions old and new

When it comes to tradition, it’s lovely to echo previous generations but it can also be really special to create your own, new, rituals.

Here, I share my favourite traditions for a really magical Christmas.

 

Christmas traditions

1 Take an evening drive to see the festive lights in your locality. Towns and villages often adorn the streets with lights and some people really go to town with their own houses. Pretty or gaudy, it’s always great fun. If you have little children it’s especially exciting to don dressing gowns and venture out after dark.

2 Decorate with what you have. There’s no need to spend a fortune on shop-bought creations, making your own (and re-discovering funny little child-made decs from years gone by) is so special. We love to create simple paper chains and I adorn a very cheap wreath with fir cones and conkers collected in autumn, and with orange slices dried in the oven. A simple ribbon finishes the look and the result looks much more expensive that it actually is!

 

Christmas traditions

3 Help others. A gift that means a lot to someone is your time. Make a voucher for an evening of babysitting for a young family, or a home-cooked meal for an elderly neighbour. Think about what may make a difference to someone you know.

4 Only use cash to pay for Christmas. Don’t get into debt; set up a monthly standing order to go into a savings account and use only this money for food and presents.

 

Christmas traditions

5 Recycle the previous year’s Christmas cards. Make into tags by cutting out with pinking shears, punching with a hole and threading with ribbon.

6 Hang stockings on Christmas Eve and fill with inexpensive treats. Until very recently my parents still gave me stocking! But now my own children use the same threadbare reindeer sock. Opening these tiny gifts, collected throughout the year, is my favourite part of the big day.

 

Christmas traditions

7 Dress up! Put on your favourite dress, wear some glamorous jewellery and do your hair.

8 Eat what you love! Just because it’s ‘traditional’, you don’t HAVE to eat it. After all, Christmas is about enjoying yourself. If you’re not keen on Christmas pudding like us then swap for Gingerbread Latte Trifle from the 2017 Dairy Diary (see below), it’s divine.

 

Christmas traditions

9 Enjoy time together. Play board games or do crafts together, and swap stories, this family time is precious.

10 Write proper thank you notes and send them in the post. It’s so much nicer than a text.

 

 


 

gingerbread-latte-trifle

Gingerbread Latte Trifle

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 353 per portion
Fat 40g (25g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Espresso ground coffee 2 tbsp
  • Trifle sponges 8 (approx. 200g/7oz), each cut into 3
  • Custard 500g carton
  • Double cream 300ml pot
  • Gingerbread syrup 1 tbsp
  • Dark chocolate with ginger 50g (2oz), finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Spoon coffee into a cafetière and add 250ml (9fl oz) hot, not boiling, water. Stir and leave to brew for 3 minutes. Plunge, then leave to cool.
  2. Place sponges in the base of six trifle bowls. Spoon over coffee then top with custard.
  3. Whisk cream with gingerbread syrup until softly whipped. Spoon on top of custard then sprinkle with chocolate. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or until ready to serve.

 


 

Dairy Diary 2017The Dairy Diary is still available to purchase –
and makes the perfect gift!

Click here to find out more.

 

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#gingerbreadlatte

#trifle

#yummy

Competitions | Last chance to enter!

Win an M&S Giftcard worth £350

Don’t miss your last chance to win an M&S Giftcard loaded with £350!

Dairy Diary is offering you the chance to win an M&S Giftcard worth £350!

The giftcard can used at M&S stores and online too.

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Win this Christmas Cheese Set

To win this must-have cheese set you have to enter today!

Dairy Diary is giving you the chance to win this cheeseboard, platters and knives set for Christmas!

Non-Stick Cheese Knife Set
Round Slate Cheese Board
6 Mini Slate Platters

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Gifts from £7.99!

Last minute presents? You can still order for Christmas!

 

Yes, you can still delight family and friends with our selection of must-have gifts starting at just £7.99!

But hurry, the last day for ordering with Christmas delivery is Sunday 18 December.

Dairy Diary – Britain’s favourite diary for 35 years, because everyone loves it!

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The Perfect Christmas Day Menu

 

Christmas Day Mens

 

The perfect menu for Christmas Day

Nibbles
Bacon Wraps

Starter
Chicken Liver Pate

The main event
Turkey en Croute

Dessert
Frozen Christmas Pudding

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Dairy Diary Favourites Cookbook

 

Recipes is from Dairy Diary Favourites, the brilliant new cookbook which celebrates 35 delicious years of Dairy Diary recipes.

Find out more.

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#recipes

 

 

 


 

Win this Christmas Cheese Set

 

Win this must-have Cheese Set for Christmas

Dairy Diary is giving you the chance to win this cheeseboard, platters and knives set for Christmas!

Non-Stick Cheese Knife Set
Round Slate Cheese Board
6 Mini Slate Platters

Ingredients not included, serving suggestion only.

 

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