Monthly Archives: March 2019

Put your clocks forward tonight!

From tomorrow we can look forward to lighter evenings, at last!

Daylight Saving TimeDon’t forget to put your clocks forward tonight.

Daylight Saving Time

 

And as you’re losing an hour’s sleep why not treat yourself to something delicious? Try this Prune & Pork Pie from Dairy Diary.

This is a great bake for a sleepy Sunday – warm, rich and comforting.

Enjoy!

 

 

Pork & Prune Pie

Recipe of the Week: Pork & Prune Pie

RECIPE

 

 

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Bake a Mothering Sunday Cake

I was a very lucky child – I had a magical and happy upbringing and I owe a lot to my mum.

I had her firmly in mind when I wrote this Peanut Butter & Popcorn Layer Cake recipe, which has already proved to be a big hit!

This cake looks really impressive but is very easy to make and decorate – ideal for Mother’s Day, which is on Sunday. If you like, the sponge cakes can be made the day before.

Uber-decadent and extremely delicious, this recipe has already been shared many many times on social media.

Enjoy it all you mums out there – you deserve it – it’s an incredibly challenging and important job that you do!

 

Mother's Day Cake

 

Peanut Butter & Popcorn Layer Cake

RECIPE

 

 

 

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Recipe of the Week: Watercress Soup

From our iconic Dairy Book of Home Cookery, this recipe reminds me of childhood; wading through the local stream with my grandad to collect handfuls of fresh watercress from the icy waters.

I’m not sure if there are many places that you can still find wild watercress, but your local greengrocer or supermarket should certainly stock it. And it’s a great source of vitamin A, C and iron, so tuck in.

 

Watercress Soup

This soup is simple, peppery, creamy and lovely – just add fresh crusty bread!

 

 

RECIPE

 

 

The Dairy Book of Home CookeryThis recipe is from the 50th anniversary edition of the Dairy Book of Home Cookery.

Click here for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spring has almost sprung!

Spring is here on Wednesday

Wednesday heralds the official start to spring – the vernal equinox.

The vernal equinox marks the two moments in the year when the sun is exactly above the equator and day and night are of equal length.

 

RHS Orchid Show & Plant FairFlower shows for your diary

Spring signifies new life and, in particular, when flowers really begin to bloom again.

Join in the celebrations of spring flora at one of the several shows open to the public.

Enjoy the spectacle of the colourful camelia at the Camelia Show, Chiswick House and Gardens.

There’s also the RHS Orchid Show & Plant Fair from the 8–10 April.

From the 25–28 April you can visit the Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

I’m also looking forward to the end of April when local woodlands are flooded with carpets of delicate, perfumed bluebells – a sight that always makes me feel young again.

 


 

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Shrove Tuesday and THE perfect pancake recipe

 

I wonder, over the past 50 years, how many people have eaten pancakes made using the Dairy Book of Home Cookery recipe?

How many children scampered home from school eager for tea, excited it was Pancake Day, to be greeted by a perfect pancake booked from this iconic book?.

I still remember the excitement –
the one day you were allowed
a sweet treat for tea!

Pancakes were always perfect using this failsafe recipe (and they still are!)

Why not try it tonight?

 

Pancakes

Makes 8   Preparation 5 mins   Cooking 20 mins
Per portion 94 kcals, 4g fat (1.9g saturated)
Suitable for freezing
Suitable for vegetarians

110g (4oz) plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 egg
300ml (½ pint) milk
Melted butter or vegetable oil for frying

Sift flour and salt into a bowl. Break in egg.

Gradually add half the milk, beating to form a smooth batter.

Pour in remaining milk and beat until quite smooth. 

Lightly brush base of a 20cm (8in) non-stick frying pan with melted butter or oil. Stand over a medium heat.

When frying pan and fat are hot, pour in 3 tbsp of batter, tilting pan to cover base.

Cook until pancake moves freely, turn and cook until golden.

Repeat with remaining batter.

 

Variation

 

Chilli Pancakes

Serves 4   Preparation 20 mins   Cooking 25 mins
Per portion 453 kcals, 14g fat (4.8g saturated)
Suitable for freezing
Suitable for vegetarians

1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
400g can red kidney beans, rinsed
415g can baked beans
400g can chopped tomatoes
2 tsp chilli powder
225g (8oz) frozen green beans
1 yellow pepper, deseeded and chopped
8 freshly cooked pancakes (see left)
50g (2oz) Red Leicester cheese, grated

Place onion, garlic, kidney and baked beans, tomatoes and chilli in a saucepan and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add green beans and pepper, cook for a further 5 minutes or until mixture is thick.

Divide filling between pancakes and fold into triangles.

Place in a baking dish in one layer. Sprinkle with cheese and grill until melted.

 

Crêpes Suzette

Serves 4   Preparation 5 mins   Cooking 10 mins
Per portion 378 kcals, 19g fat (8.3g saturated)
Suitable for vegetarians

8 cooked pancakes (see left)
50g (2oz) butter
25g (1oz) caster sugar
½ tsp grated lemon rind
½ tsp grated orange rind
4 tbsp Cointreau, Curaçao or Grand Marnier
2 tbsp brandy

Fold pancakes into fan shapes.

Melt butter in a frying pan. Add sugar, lemon and orange rind and liqueur.

Bring to the boil. Add pancakes.

Heat through, turning twice.

Warm brandy and pour into frying pan. Set alcohol alight and allow it to flame.

Serve pancakes as soon as flames have subsided.

 


 

Dairy Book of Home CookeryThe iconic cookbooks latest 50th-anniversary edition is still available to buy.

 

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