Monthly Archives: January 2022

January Comfort Food

January is often a cold, dark month and one way to make us feel better is to turn to comfort food

That warm, satisfying feeling of eating something delicious. Comfort food is sometimes associated with treats such as chocolate or other foods that are high in fat or sugar and while that is sometimes the case, comfort food doesn’t have to be unhealthy.

Comfort food can evoke memories and feelings of nostalgia – tastes and smells of our favourite childhood dishes can be quite powerful.

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Don’t miss this simply yet delicious Broccoli & Apple Soup

Let’s celebrate Burns Night!

Burns Night is celebrated annually on 25 January to commemorate the life of the Scottish poet Robert Burns whose hundreds of writings include the world-famous Auld Lang Syne

The first Burns Night is said to have occurred back in July 1801 when Burns’ friends gathered together to mark the fifth anniversary of his death. They ate haggis and performed his work. The night was a great success and his friends decided to keep up the traditional yearly, to celebrate his birth. From this, the Burns Night we celebrate today was born.

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Celebrate with Haggis with Scallops, Apple and Whiskey Sauce

Welsh Valentine’s Day

St Dwynwen’s Day, otherwise known as Welsh Valentine’s Day, falls on 25 January each year

I knew that the Welsh have their own term for a special type of hug – a “Cwtch” – (incidentally, this is a term that was used within the UK Parliament for the first time on 5 January 2022). I didn’t realise until recently that there is also a Welsh Valentine’s Day.

Who was St Dwynwen?

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Plus don’t miss this delightful recipe for Anglesey Cakes!

Most popular recipes of 2021

But what else did everyone love in 2021? I’m not too surprised by the results; we all obviously love comfort food and drink!

Here are the top 5 most viewed recipes.


The two hot drinks are absolutely gorgeous, perfect to warm you up on a wintry day. The Café Noisette recipe was inspired by a drink served for breakfast in a tiny hotel in Paris, and making it always reminds me of my ‘big’ birthday trip to the French capital.

The quiches are from Just for 1 or 2 cookbook and are perfect for batch-cooking and freezing. The pie, which originates from Teviotdale in the Scottish borders, is from our Around Britain cookbook. Both books are so popular we have had to reprint them several times.

And who doesn’t love a sponge pud? These chocolatey desserts are ready in just 20 minutes, so they’re perfect for an impromptu treat.

Click the link below to see if your favourite is on the list.

Emily Davenport

Head of Dairy Diary; I’m passionate about producing high quality products that our customers will cherish. I’m also a mum of three and I enjoy cooking, walking, gardening and art with my family, as well as lino printing (if I find time!)

FREE notecards and the joy of receiving post

I’m easily old enough to have lived half my life before mobile phones and internet access

Those days when post and the telephone were the only way we communicated with distant loved ones. I can still vividly remember the excitement of seeing an envelope in my pigeonhole at university. Whilst having great fun, a letter from home during those first few months in halls would help keep home-sickness at bay.

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Plus don’t miss the FREE Notecards offer!


Emily Davenport

Head of Dairy Diary; I’m passionate about producing high quality products that our customers will cherish. I’m also a mum of three and I enjoy cooking, walking, gardening and art with my family, as well as lino printing (if I find time!)

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