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About Emily Davenport, Managing Editor

Mummy to Isaac and twins Jasmine and Maisy, and Managing Editor of the Dairy Diary, Dairy Cookbooks and Recipe Diaries. Printmaker too, when I find the time! Cheery, busy and a little tiny bit cheeky.

Mothering Sunday Bake

Almond & Raspberry Celebration Cake

Tomorrow is Mothering Sunday and whilst we still cannot see loved ones, there is now light at the end of the tunnel

 

Brighter days will comeWhether it’s for a mum, a gran, an aunt, a neighbour or a friend, now’s a great time to bake for someone who needs a little cheer.

Leave a slice or two in a pretty box on a doorstep to brighten someone’s day and celebrate the fact that there are better times ahead.

 

Almond & Raspberry Celebration Cake

recipe

 

We have a collection of 5 Brilliant Spring Bakes online – lots of scrumptious goodies to bake and share (or just eat!)

Hang on in there folks!

Hugs from us at Dairy Diary.

 


 

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.

Discover a new ingredient: Gochujang Chilli Paste

Discover a new ingredient: Gochujang Chilli Paste

It’s always a pleasure trying out new ingredients, but when you discover one as delicious and versatile as this, it’s sure to be a regular in the fridge

What is Gochujang Chilli Paste?

It’s a gloopy blend of hot red pepper, fermented soybeans, garlic, vinegar and rice. The flavour is quite complex; it’s spicy but also sweet and savoury – it’s difficult to explain.

Gochujang Chilli Paste

It’s popular in Korean cookery and there’s even a Gochujang Festival held annually in Gochujang Village in Sunchang County, South Korea.

Sunchang’s warm climate is perfect for growing an abundance of Korean hot peppers; the main ingredient of the condiment.

How to use it?

The paste is very concentrated, so a little goes a long way! I made a stew for three with it and used only 1 tablespoon. I mixed beef stock, soy sauce and some mirin with the Guchujang paste and poured this over browned braising steak, potatoes and squash and cooked it on low in the slow cooker. It added a new umami depth to the usual stew flavour.

Straight out of the jar, it’s quite a thick paste, but it can be made into a sauce by mixing with oil, mirin (rice wine vinegar) and soy sauce, or even maple syrup, which is really lovely. I have drizzled this over poached salmon and Jasmine rice, and served with stir-fried veg.

It can also be added to coconut milk with katsu paste to make a katsu curry sauce, perfect for serving with panko-coated chicken breasts or sweet potato and rice.

Guchujang paste is most often used to make a dressing for a Korean bimimbap; mix 3 teaspoons with 1 tablespoon each of soy sauce, sesame oil and maple syrup.

Gochujang Chilli Paste

Bimimbap is essentially a bowl filled with an unmixed selection of rice and vegetables, possibly meat or fish, and topped with a fried egg.

Avocado on toast is my favourite breakfast and, in my opinion, difficult to better, but I have tried mashing ½ teaspoon Gochujang paste into ½ large avocado and serving on lightly toasted seeded bread – it was delicious!

Keep Guchujang paste in the fridge once the jar has been opened and have fun experimenting.

I would love to hear how you have used this paste.

 

 

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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.

An iconic recipe for St David’s Day

Bara Brith

Happy St David’s Day!

I hope the sun is shining and early daffodils are beginning to flourish where you are; these gorgeous golden flowers really help to lift the spirits.

Why is the daffodil worn to commemorate St David’s Day?

In comparison with the ancient Welsh associations of the leek, the daffodil has only recently assumed a position of national importance. An increasingly popular flower during the 19th century, especially among women, its status was elevated by the Welsh-born prime minister David Lloyd George, who wore it on St David’s Day in 1911.

St Davids, where St David is said to have founded a monastery, is well worth a visit (when permitted of course; we can plan and dream). This lovely miniature city – the smallest city in Britain – with a particularly spectacular cathedral, it’s just a stone’s throw from the spectacular beaches of Pembrokeshire. I have very fond memories of wandering its lanes surrounding the ecclesiastic buildings, enjoying the sunshine whilst getting a very tiny little one off to sleep in his pram.

That same holiday, we stayed in a quaint cottage, and the owners kindly welcomed us with a home-baked Bara Brith. This deliciously moist fruit bread or ‘speckled bread’ as is the definition, is perfect spread with real butter and served with a cup of tea.

Here is the Bara Brith recipe from Around Britain. This lovely cookbook takes us on a culinary tour around England, Wales and Scotland, introducing us to traditional regional delights.

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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.

3 Gorgeous Bread Recipes for Real Bread Week

20 – 28 February 2021 is #RealBreadWeek!

 

Celebrated by baking your own loaves at home, whilst encouraging the whole family to get involved.

Real Bread Week was first established in 2009, to celebrate real bread, and the people who bake it. Although it is a little different this year, with many not able to access local bakeries.

For those of us that are tasked with home-schooling, this creates a great opportunity – to teach children how to bake the most delicious home-made bread (and occupy them for at least an hour or two!)

One of my favourite memories in particular is proving dough amongst towels in the boiler cupboard with my Dad, I expect it was not as glamourous as you’d envisage this process to be in a bakery.

With these three easy and scrumptious recipes, and the scent of freshly baked bread wafting through your home, you won’t want to purchase a mass-produced loaf again!

 

Homemade Bread

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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.

5 useful things to do during lockdown

5 useful things to do during lockdown

While the weather is changeable (at best!), and we’re still at home, make the most of the time by getting some really useful tasks done during lockdown; you’ll feel a great sense of satisfaction afterwards.

Here are 5 useful things to do during lockdown

Thins to do during lockdown

  1. If you’re anything like me, you have a purse bursting with loyalty cards. Download an app, such as the Stocard app onto your phone, scan them all in and you don’t have to carry them all around with you.
  2. If your address book is crammed with cards and scraps of paper, give it a refresh; write everything in on the correct page. Or have a complete revamp and purchase a new one. Our popular Addresses & Reminders Book comes with a tabbed address section and also reminders for birthdays and gift/Christmas card lists.
  3. Plan your garden. Spring is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to wander round your garden making plans for the year. Be inspired by our features on The Fragrant Garden, Planting Bulbs or Gardening for Colour.
  4. Organise your bookshelves. Order books by theme, in alphabetic order, or (my favourite as it looks so lovely) by colour. Give yourself plenty of time as you’re bound to begin browsing while completing this task.
  5. Batch cook. Make bigger quantities of soups, stews, curries, bakes, scones etc and freeze them for use in the coming weeks. There’s plenty of inspiration on the recipe section of our website. This recipe from our fabulous Around Britain cookbook makes 12 cheese scones; a couple to enjoy now and 10 for the freezer.
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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.

3 Scrumptious Pancake Recipes

3 Scrumptious Pancake Recipes

The first Dairy Book of Home Cookery was published over 50 years ago, and people have been feeding their families from it ever since.

This cookery ‘bible’ has all those essentials in it that we turn to time-after-time.

The pancake recipe must have been used hundreds of thousands, if not millions of times.

I like to think about the fun had by so many families when cooking this recipe – the glee from the children allowed pancakes mid-week, the giggles shared when attempting to toss a pancake, the debates about which toppings are best.

Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday, so get whisking and treat yourself to a chuckle trying to flip your pancakes.

 

The Dairy Book of Home CookeryWin a copy of The Dairy Book of Home Cookery

Share your pancake stories and/or pics on our Facebook or Instagram pages and you could win the latest edition of the Dairy Book of Home Cookery.

We would love to hear from you!

 

Here’s that classic pancake recipe for you to enjoy, and three more scrumptious pancake recipes that are a little more adventurous than lemon and sugar.

Mushroom Pancakes

Chicken, Broccoli & Cheese Pancake Bake

Crépes with Brandy Marmalade Sauce

 

 

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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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