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Dairy Diary Cover Research – Can you help?

Dairy Diary cover research

It is that time of year again, where we ask our wonderful fans for their help in choosing the next Dairy Diary cover

This time, we have narrowed down the choices to four gorgeous designs; taking into account future trends and previous customer comments, whilst making sure the images convey uplifting feelings!

Each member of the Dairy Diary team went away to research designs they thought fit the brief perfectly – consisting of these keywords, ‘light, bright, nature, uplifting, colourful’. Deciding on our top six favourites was incredibly hard as there was lots of beautiful imagery. The most common choices are now being put forward to you in order to see which will become the next cover design!

As a team, we are so pleased with the remaining four 2023 diary cover contenders, which are just lovely, it seems impossible to pick just one favourite!

Hopefully, you love them as much as we enjoyed finding them.

Win a beautiful bouquet

Of course, to express our appreciation for your help, we will send a beautiful bouquet to one lucky participant (so make sure you leave your email address). The survey should only take a few minutes, so please take a close look at the designs and answer the simple questions that follow.

Thank you again and happy voting.

Take the Survey

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.

The Perfect Easter Bake!

Easter Lemon & White Chocolate Slices from the Dairy Diary

Easter Lemon & White Chocolate Slices

ANY excuse to get me in the kitchen baking, and as you can imagine I have been waiting for Easter to come around this year so that I can make the perfect Easter bake – Easter Lemon & White Chocolate Slices from the 2021 Dairy Diary – delicious.

I first fell in love with this recipe when we were on location at the photography shoot – lemon curd, white chocolate, shortbread and coconut all in a cheesecake… what’s not to like?!

I think I almost ate the whole lot as Emily
isn’t a huge fan of cheesecake… madness!

It’s not often we show the ‘behind the scenes’ of what we do at Dairy Diary, to be honest we often forget to take a quick snap of what’s going on due to how busy we are year-round (we’re not complaining, thank you for keeping us busy!)

Here is a photograph, mid-shoot at the wonderful Steve Lee’s studio in London, we were so disappointed not to be able to visit last year, though our waistlines certainly weren’t too sad about it.

Hopefully, we can visit again soon and make the most of all the delicious food cooked for us very soon for the 2023 diary photography!


Win Stunning MollyMac Table Linens

Our friends at MollyMac know a thing or two about setting a pretty spring table on which to show off your Easter bakes.

And they have kindly offered three stunning table linens for our competition.

Enter the competition here now.

Win MollyMac Table Linen

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.

An Adorable Easter Crochet Make

Easter Crochet Make

Easter is just around the corner, and if you love to crochet, we have an adorable Easter Crochet make for you to try!

Even if the art of crochet is completely new to you, it is so fun and rewarding once you have completed a fabulous set of bunny ears (more on that later) or even seeing a huge blanket-project starting to take shape.

With crochet, you can be as creative as you like, experimenting with different coloured yarns and for the more experienced ‘crocheter’, exploring beautiful patterns – let your visions become reality!

At the beginning of lockdown, I’m sure we all planned lots of things we wanted to get done, such as organise that incredibly messy cupboard, clean all your silver, or even gardening to make the most of your garden? However, sometimes we just want to sit in a quiet room, with a cup of tea and get crafting!

Crochet dlesarns & Neel

If you are a complete beginner, (like me) head to Top Crochet Patterns to learn how to crochet and watch their fantastic video lessons covering crochet tips, tricks and techniques.

Easter Crochet patternFor those among you who are well practised, or even just a bit beyond a beginner, give this easy Easter-themed crochet project a go.

They are perfect for making the annual Easter egg hunt magical and memorable for the children (or you can just pop them on and enjoy wearing them for a while!)

You can download the FREE pattern here.

 


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.

British Pie Week: Chicken & Chorizo Pie

Chicken & Chorizo Pie

For goodness bakes – it’s British Pie Week!

 

Is there anything more comforting than a homemade pie? Just picture beautifully golden pastry encasing scrumptious rich, sweet or savoury fillings… apologies if stomachs are now rumbling! Ours certainly are.

British Pie Week was actually established by Jus-Roll in 2007 as a marketing campaign to celebrate all things encased in pastry. The concept really took off and now many bakers, butchers, restaurants and shops nationwide take part in the annual event which occurs in the first full week of March.

A brief history lesson – although pie-like dishes have been around since the ancient Egyptians, the first British ‘pyes’ were created as a solution to make nutritious food last as long as possible on lengthy sea voyages.

However, the hard pastry crust was rarely eaten and served its purpose well of keeping the meat fillings fresh. Thankfully, as a nation we have evolved the 12th-century recipe into the incredibly versatile and appetising dish it is today.

Us Brits LOVE pie, did you know around 75% of the British population eat a pie at least once a month?

That’s a lot of steak and ale… which could get a little repetitive.

Instead, you could celebrate this national tradition by baking our delicious Chicken & Chorizo Pie.

recipe

 

Let us know if you try this delectable recipe, of course it is triple-tested so it is guaranteed to work and taste absolutely delicious.

Enjoy!

 

 

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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.

5 Restaurant-Style Recipes for Valentine’s Day at Home

5 Restaurant-Style Recipes for Two

No, I can’t believe its Valentine’s Day tomorrow either…

However, if anything, this past year has brought my partner and me closer than ever, and I am grateful for the endless cups of tea and the support he showed when things were difficult.

To express my appreciation, I am going to prepare a lovely restaurant-style meal for two, using delicious recipes from the cookbook Just For One Or Two.

Neither of us are starter-people, so for the main: Griddled Lamb with Fresh Pesto, served with soft and creamy celeriac mash, and wholesome ratatouille. Then for dessert: Lemon Posset topped with fresh juicy berries, one of his absolute favourites!

For more inspiration on how you can treat your loved one – which is not limited to Valentine’s Day! – take a look at our recipe collection, Restaurant-Style Meals for 2.

Win a copy of Just For One or Two

Of course, Valentine’s Day could not be celebrated properly without showing the love we have for our customers, so we are giving away a copy of the popular Just For One Or Two, which is full of perfect recipes for a restaurant-style dinner, at home.

Enter below by telling us how many recipes are found within the book. You can find the answer on Just For One Or Two’s page here.

Win a Just For One or Two cookbook.

ENTER

Triple your chances of winning by heading to our Facebook and Instagram pages, where you can enter there too! Good luck.

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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.

Gorgeous Valentine’s gift causes a stir on social media!

Brownie Hearts

An almost too-pretty-to-eat recipe has caused quite a stir on social media!

 

The Brownie Hearts from the 2021 Dairy Diary have been appearing all over Instagram and Facebook, whipped-up by passionate foodies.

Now, I don’t think I can imagine anything more thoughtful than a handmade gift, whether that be a Valentine’s card from your not-so-secret-admirer, or delicious treats to enjoy.

The attention to detail and time that has been taken to craft or bake something, with me in mind is so special in my opinion.

GO TO RECIPE

Win a bundle of fabulous cookbooks

As it is Valentine’s Day soon, we would love to see you treat your loved-one to a batch of these brownies. Post a picture to your social media account, and don’t forget to tag us!

Our favourite will win a bundle of fabulous cookbooks stashed inside a pretty Dairy Diary shopping bag.

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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