Monthly Archives: September 2020

6 Handy Kitchen Tips plus New Recipe Collection

Kitchen gadgets

Great kitchen gadgets make cooking a lot easier

 

For the lowdown on really useful kitchen essentials see our guide here: Essential kitchen gadgets

Staying with the kitchen theme, here I share with you six tips that I find really useful


If there’s something that you use a lot and then find it is in the dishwasher mid-cycle, buy two! I’ve invested just a few pounds on an extra pair of scissors and another bread knife.


When slicing/chopping salad ingredients, use a small knife, it makes chopping finely much easier.


Keep your knives sharp!


Use ready-made cake tin liners – it may be a little lazy but saves so much time.


Store leftovers in Pyrex-type dishes that are suitable for the freezer and for the oven, so you don’t need to wash extra containers.


For fresh meat/fish, stack in the fridge by use-by date so that you use it in the necessary order. And freeze anything with short dates, if you don’t think that you’ll cook it within the coming couple of days (just check on the label that it’s not been previously frozen).


Oh and of course, no kitchen would be complete without a copy of our new cookbook; A Zest for Life!

Take a look at this gorgeous recipe collection, which showcases delicious autumnal recipes from the book.

Yum!

Healthy Autumnal Food Recipes

Healthy Autumnal Comfort Food

Roast Autumn Fruit Compote 
Spiced Sweet Potato Soup 
Cauliflower Biriyani 
Frying Pan Clafoutis 

A Zest For Life cookbook compote recipeZest For Life will make eating well effortless, with easy to prepare and absolutely delicious recipes

79 easy to follow triple-tested recipes.

  • Bountiful Breakfasts
  • Packed Lunches
  • Afternoon Snacks
  • Weekday Meals
  • Weekend Specials

Now available for just £9.99

Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.
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Recipe of the Week: Apple & Pear Quinoa Porridge

Apple & Pear Quinoa Porridge with Blueberries

A Zest for Life cookbook is packed full of energising recipes, made with ingredients that taste great and also help you to feel great.

 

And this recipe is no exception. I have to confess that I was sceptical about quinoa porridge, but when I tasted it at the photo shoot I was completely converted.

It’s filling and delicious – providing the perfect start to the day.

 

Apple & Pear Quinoa Porridge

Apple & Pear Quinoa Porridge

 

A Zest For Life Cookbook

 

This recipe is taken from A Zest For Life cookbook.

A Zest For Life will make eating well effortless, with easy to prepare and absolutely delicious recipes

79 easy to follow triple-tested recipes.

  • Bountiful Breakfasts
  • Packed Lunches
  • Afternoon Snacks
  • Weekday Meals
  • Weekend Specials

Click here to read more about A Zest For Life.

 

 

 
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Always Triple-Tested!

Taste testing our new recipes

One thing of which we are very proud is that all our superb recipes are triple-tested, by ‘ordinary’ people

 

When we say ordinary we mean people like Emily and me, who are not professionally trained in the kitchen.

First, they are tested by our wonderful recipe writers who have created them from scratch, using simple, seasonal ingredients that are widely available.

Next, Dairy Diary staff test a few recipes each, as well as our family and friends – we are ruthless when it comes to critiquing, as we want to publish only the very best.

Finally, our experienced food stylist prepares, tweaks, then beautifully arranges each recipe, before our photographer, Steve, taste tests (of course, we don’t have to twist his arm too much!)

We are currently putting together our next cookbook, but we are keeping the theme a secret for now.

However, here are a few teaser photographs of recipes that I have tested recently.

And they all scored 10/10!

 

Triple-testing new recipes

Emma Snow

I am the Brand Executive for Dairy Diary. A passionate foodie (with a very sweet-tooth). Who likes to blog about all things DIY & scrumptious recipes.

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Recipe of the Week: Frying Pan Clafoutis

Frying Pan Clafoutis

Clafoutis is a baked French dessert

 

It is a speciality of the Limousin region. The name is said to come from the Occitan dialect word claufir, meaning to cover or fill.

Fruit, traditionally cherries, is arranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick batter and cooked until only just set.

Our recipe – from A Zest for Life – uses autumnal fruit instead of cherries and adds a cheeky dash of Calvados. There are more delicious autumnal recipes in this month’s recipe collection.

Frying Pan Clafoutis

RECIPE

 


 

A Zest For Life cookbookTaken from our A Zest for Life Cookbook

A Zest For Life will make eating well effortless, with easy to prepare and absolutely delicious recipes.

Available now for £9.99.

READ MORE

 

 

 

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Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

 

Sneak peek behind the scenes at Dairy Diary HQ

Dairy Diary new Hq

A sneak peek…

In March we were due to move into a new office, but instead, we dumped our boxes of books and dashed home to work from our spare bedrooms.

Dairy Diary new office

We’ve been busy over the last month, planning, unpacking and putting together flatpack shelving and now, at last, we have finally been able to move into our lovely new office space.

Dairy Diary new office

It’s very apt for Dairy Diary – a converted cow barn in the Cheshire countryside. There’s an abundance of flower baskets and a central courtyard where we hope to be able to enjoy the odd alfresco lunch (though we may need to wait until next year for that now!)

As the office is painted white, we had a blank canvas for our colour scheme.

Colour palette inspiration
How to choose a colour palette

We put lots of thought into the scheme and the layout though, before making any decisions.

Take a look at our feature on choosing a colour palette to find out more.

It’s a very tranquil and inspiring space, where I’m sure lots of wonderful new products will come to fruition.

Watch this space!

 

 

Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

Win a fabulous bundle of Bay Tree preserves

Win a delicious bundle from The Bay Tree
 

Win a fabulous bundle of Bay Tree preserves

 

Take a look at our lovely competition to win a range of Bay Tree goodies.

There’s an array of artisan chutneys, pickles and preserves up for grabs.

Best of luck!

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Cauliflower Biriyani with Sweet Carrot RelishI simply had to share with you my favourite recipe from our inspirational A Zest for Life cookbook

Cauliflower Biriyani

It’s crammed full of good-for-you-stuff but also tastes absolutely delicious AND is really easy to make.

Win, win, win!

RECIPE

 


 

A Zest For Life cookbookA Zest For Life Cookbook

Don’t forget to order your copy of A Zest for Life, it really is a must for anyone who wants to cook delicious food that’s good for you too.

Available now for just £9.99.

 

 

 

 

Emily Davenport

Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

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