Monthly Archives: August 2021

Sneak-Peek at the 2022 cookbook


Here is a bank holiday weekend treat for you, a sneak-peek at the BRAND-NEW cookbook!


Lots of you have been enquiring about the 2022 products already so we thought to share a snippet of what the new book has to offer.

We won’t tell you what it is called just yet, you will have to
wait a little bit longer but we promise it will be worth it…

This concept is rated one of the highest of all time in our research and we think the new recipes have really done it justice! A fantastic collection of savoury and sweet, meals, bakes, snacks and more awaits in this highly anticipated cookbook – of course with stunning photography!

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this fabulous teaser recipe that was my favourite at the photography shoot. It really is as scrumptious as it looks!

This comforting dish is from the ‘Take one: Make Three’ chapter, we can’t wait to tell you more about our newest creation – any guesses as to the theme?


Try the recipe…

Chicken with Creamy Chilli Pepper Sauce






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.

Quirky British Foods

Boodle's Orange Fool

A few years ago, I visited an American BBQ themed restaurant in Liverpool whilst enjoying a cultured weekend away with my partner.

I chose what many might think is an odd combination – a doughnut beef burger; yes, it is just as it sounds a beef burger in a glazed ring doughnut.

The combination of sweet and savoury for me was absolutely delicious!

It got me thinking about what quirky British foods our country had to offer, so I flicked through the trusty Around Britain cookbook for inspiration!

Of course, the book is filled with mouth-watering recipes from across the British Isles, but a few caught my eye due to their quirky names! From Cumberland Rum Nicky to Wardens in Comfort.

One particularly fresh and zesty sounding dessert, perfect for this warm weather is the Boodle’s Orange Fool. Named after the Boodle’s Club in St James’s Street, London.

Boodle’s is a Private Members’ Club, founded in 1762 by the Earl of Shelburne, moved to its present premises at 28 St. James’s Street in 1782. The Club was named after its Head Waiter, Edward Boodle.

We’d love to know what dish your local region is famous for? Let us know in the comments below!

Try Boodle’s Orange Fool

Don’t miss the Regional Food Guide from Around Britain.

Regional Food Guides

We need your help!

Behind the scenes, at Dairy Diary HQ we are busy working on the books for next year

It can get rather confusing – especially working on the 2023 Dairy Diary – I never know what year it is!

We’ve been poring over covers for next year’s cookbook for weeks now and we can’t decide which one to choose.

That’s where you come in… we need your help!

We would be so grateful if you could take just a few minutes to fill in the short survey below.


One lucky reader will receive this year’s cookbook, More Taste & Less Waste, hot off the press (it’s not even on sale just yet, so you’ll be getting one of the very first copies!)

Thanks SO much.

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.

School Holiday Idea: 25 Days of Adventure

25 Days of Adventure


After the initial excitement, for parents (and grandparents) the school holidays can stretch on interminably; many weeks wondering how to keep everyone occupied.

This year, in the Davenport house we have given our hols a theme: 25 Days of Adventure!

This doesn’t cover every day – some days will be spent at home doing very little (except for mum, working feverishly of course) but it’s an achievable number when we can enjoy a bit of ‘adventure’ each day even if it’s only for an hour or so.

We have brainstormed as a family, done some research, and come up with our list of adventures.

My adventures were a bit more realistic (and affordable!) than some of the children’s and definitely more interesting than my teenager’s ‘ironic’ suggestions (eye roll). Obviously, our list is unique to us, our locality and our interests, but I have generalised the list with some ideas for everyone to have their own adventures. Have fun!

Find your nearest lido.
This will be easier for those in the South as you have more to choose from, but some do exist up North too. Our local is Nantwich Brine Pool – the only inland brine pool in the UK – but there are also northern lidos in Yorkshire and the Peak District.

Antique ‘treasure’ hunt.
Give everyone a small budget – £2 or £3 each is plenty. Peruse your local charity shops to find your own pre-loved ‘treasure’. It’s nice to explain to the children how the charity helps others as you exit each shop. Take your Dairy Diary shopping bag with you (free with every order for this month only!)

Explore a castle.
Visit sites such as the National Trust or English Heritage, Cadw or Historic Scotland to choose where to go. Also, if you’re a member, you’ll go free.

Plan a local circular walk
Look at Ordnance Survey or online maps together and plan a local circular walk – stopping for a snack halfway.

Explore a local museum.
Living history – peruse your local museum; indoor or out. Discuss what you see/hear; fuel their fervour for discovering the past. We plan to re-visit Blist Hill Victorian town, which my children found so fascinating they want to go back. I think the old-fashioned sweet shop adds to its appeal!

Visit a beautiful garden
Wander around a beautiful garden and marvel at its colour and tranquillity. I got a 2 for 1 entries card with Gardener’s World magazine which I think you can still order online. Visit  for information. My teenage son is opting to stay home for this one (another eye roll!)

Explore the brown tourist signs
Spot a brown sign? There’s one for a ‘Venetian marina’ that we have passed countless times, yet we have no idea what it’s like, so it’s on our list to finally discover. Take note of tourist signs near you and follow.

Walk the river and canal paths
Stroll the paths of your nearest river or canal and see what passes you by. There are boats (with amusing names) to spot, wildlife to observe and the relaxing sounds of the water. Of course, a delightful beer garden along the way doesn’t go amiss either. Visit for information.

Challenge yourselves in an escape room.
This is a great idea for teenagers, who are often difficult to entertain. There are loads dotted around the country, and often money off vouchers on Groupon and other voucher sites.

Try something more adventurous.
Maybe a high-ropes challenge, zipwire or perhaps a theme park. Take a look at cereal packets, your mobile phone site, or loyalty points websites, such as Tesco and Nectar. Many offer deals and discounts on theme parks and other attractions.

Create a ‘kindness project’ or two.
Take a walk around your locality for inspiration – who and how could you help? It may be offering to replant the village flower boxes, mow the lawn for an elderly neighbour, make a cake for someone who needs a cheerful gesture, or help the local wildlife . Visit for information. Obviously, for younger children, simpler gestures are easier. My younger ones are baking for the neighbour and painting (and hiding) pebbles for others in the village to find. More on this is another blog…

Watch the sunset.
Bake something delicious together (my three have their firm favourites from the Dairy Book of Home Cookery) and take your goodies with a flask of hot chocolate to a lovely vantage point from where you can watch the sun go down. This may mean a later bedtime than usual, but it may also mean a lie-in the next day!



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.


Regional Guides: Introduction to Scotland

As today is Scotland’s August bank holiday, we thought we’d share the regional guide and introduction to Scotland from the much-loved cookbook Around Britain.

Regional Guides

Read more about this beautiful region of the British Isles in Around Britian, and discover the gorgeous local dishes that the Scots are famous for. Including this delicious recipe!

Teviotdale Pie

Teviotdale is a valley in the Scottish Borders, whose principal town is Hawick. This border country has a turbulent history and saw numerous clashes between Scots and English. This tasty pie from the region is a great recipe for making a little meat go a long way.

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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