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Cherry Bakewell Cakes for National Cherry Day

Cherry Bakewell Cakes

The UK cherry season is in full swing and it’s the perfect time to feast on these delicious little fruits

There are over 1000 different sweet and tart cherries varieties on offer; however, only 20% or so are used in food production.

Did you know the average cherry tree can produce 7,000 juicy fruits? Meaning there is plenty to create lots of gorgeous dishes and bakes – including the Cherry Bakewell Cakes from the 2020 Dairy Diary.

Here is the recipe for you to enjoy!

Cherry Bakewell Cakes

Emma Snow

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.

Win a Luxury One Night Stay with Dinner and Fizz for Two!

WIN a Luxury One Night Stay

Win a fabulous staycation with dinner and fizz for two worth £220, courtesy of RedLetterDays.co.uk

Enjoy a glass of fizz on arrival, dine on a delicious three-course meal, and breakfast in the morning before you depart.

With 23 stunning luxurious locations to choose from, prepare to be spoilt!

You could find yourself in a tranquil bliss at an exclusive spa retreat, or experience vibrant nightlife, culture and shopping in a UK city (don’t forget your Dairy Diary Shopping Bag!)

Perhaps a rural, character-filled break in the great British countryside… whatever your taste, there is sure to be an experience for you.

Which style of getaway would you choose? A spa break, exploring a new city or something else?

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Good luck!

Emma Snow

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.

Top tips for a perfect picnic for National Picnic Week & a gorgeous Picnic Hamper Giveaway!

The perfect picnic

Summertime is the perfect excuse to dig out your old picnic blanket, or perhaps win yourself a new hamper (more on this below) and head out to your local park or your back garden with friends

We have put together some excellent tips for you to pack a proper perfect picnic basket – now that is a mouthful!

  • Freeze bottled water to work as icepacks. Once melted, you have a chilled drink! Make sure to steer clear of using glass bottles as they can shatter in the freezer.
  • Keep dressings separate to avoid any soggy salads. We like to use a clean jam jar for this.
  • Make sure to pack a bag or two to carry home your rubbish, preserving scenic picnic spots the way they should be!
  • Napkins and hand wipes are a must, as well as sun cream to protect you from the glorious sunshine (even on an overcast day the sun’s rays can catch you out).
  • Pack foods that are easy to eat with your hands, the less messy the better, trust us on this one!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Dairy Diary blog without some gorgeous recipes. So here are some of our favourite picnic-suitable snacks.

Hot Bakewell Blondies

An irresistible bake taken from the Quick After-Work Cookbook.

Vietnamese Banh Mi

A quick and tasty Banh Mi recipe from A Zest For Life Cookbook.

Feta, Olive & Tomato Muffins

Pretty and delicious, these muffins are from A Zest For Life Cookbook 

Broccoli & Stilton Quiches

Scrumptious quiches taken from a Just For One or Two cookbook.


Win a picnic hamper

We also have a fabulous competition lined up for you this June

LittleGreyDog.co.uk has kindly provided us with the opportunity to give away a STUNNING wicker picnic hamper for four.

Head over to our competitions page to enter and you’ll be picnicking al-fresco in no time!

ENTER NOW!


Emma Snow

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.

Exciting things to see in the sky plus delicious strawberry recipes!

5 Strawberry Recipes for Summer

A partial solar eclipse will be visible from the UK on Thursday morning

The moon will pass in front of the sun partially blocking it — depending on the observer’s location it may cover the sun’s disc by as much as 30%.

To watch the eclipse safely you will need a pair of eclipse glasses. Alternatively, you can watch it live online via the Greenwich Royal Observatory.

Also, in the next couple of weeks, we will see a gorgeous Strawberry Moon (weather permitting of course)! It is aptly named due to the start of the strawberry picking season.

Read more about this moon, and why it occurs on the When Is? section of the website, along with a few other events this June.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for clear skies!


Regardless of the weather, we can still enjoy some scrumptious strawberry-themed recipes to use up all your hand-picked ripe & plump fruit.

5 Strawberry Recipes for Summer

Strawberry & Balsamic Sorbet

Feta & Strawberry Salad

Quick Fresh Strawberry Conserve

Courting Cake

Strawberry Rose Petal & Pistachio Pavlova

Emma Snow
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.

25th Anniversary National BBQ Week!

National BBQ Week

The UK’s longest-running awareness week has been extended to a fortnight for its special 25th anniversary

This follows last year’s Covid lockdown prompted stay-at-home Easter, where a record 11 million BBQs were held according to nationalbbqweek.info. And that figure is set to increase in 2021!

We have put together a collection of super BBQ tips and a few fab recipes that are great for alfresco eating to help you make the most of the sunshine (when it appears!) and host a spectacular barbi.

Clean up

Clean your barbecue after each use – this will save any nasty surprises the next time you come to the grill.

Handy tools

Keep all your barbecue tools handy to avoid traipsing back and forth to the kitchen too many times. Place everything on a side table next to the barbecue. This means you won’t have to leave the grill unattended, and you can spend more time with your guests. Always make sure tools are thoroughly cleaned and dried before putting them away.

Meat temperature

To avoid burning and drying your food, remove meat and poultry from the fridge an hour before cooking to bring it back to an ambient temperature. This will result in a more succulent cooked result. Be sure to keep the meat covered and out of direct sunlight.

Use long-handled tools

Protect your hands from the heat – always use long-handled tools, such as tongs, for handling the food.

Marinating

Add flavour to your meat and keep it tender by marinating for at least 20 minutes. Some meats are better left overnight, while fish only needs 20-30 minutes – the acid in the marinade will ‘cook’ it if left overnight.

Cook in foil

Save the stress of foods falling apart as you cook them – wrap them in foil. Those foods that easily stick or burn, such as fish, can be wrapped up in foil. Brush the foil with oil before adding the fish, add salt, pepper, a squeeze of lemon and a splash of white wine. Fold the corners together to seal the foil and keep the juices in.

BBQ Sauce

Honeyed Halloumi with Golden Couscous

Cherry Yogurt Ice

Emma Snow

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.

Ice cream – it’s easier than you think!

How to make ice cream

Prior to my time at Dairy Diary (a very long time ago!) I thought of ice cream making as some sort of magical alchemy; something unattainable in an ordinary kitchen.

But actually, it’s not that tricky at all, in fact, it’s pretty simple, rewarding, and also delicious!

Let me show you just how simple it really is…

And if you fancy having a go at this recipe – believe me it’s worth a try as it tastes soooo good – here’s the recipe.

Lime & Ginger Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce

Or you can find it on page 99 of your Dairy Diary.

Lime & Ginger Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce
Emma Snow

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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