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Win a copy of Around Britain cookbook

Win Around Britain cookbook

Win a copy of Around Britain cookbook

 

We are giving away a copy of Around Britain, one of our most popular cookbooks.

In this updated edition we explore our glorious gastronomic heritage with a collection of fascinating and delicious recipes from every region of Britain.

For a small nation, the topography of Britain is immensely varied. This fertile land yields the ingredients that have influenced our gastronomic heritage.

From the orchards of the South East to the lochs of Scotland, each region harvests its own food and creates its own dishes.

  • 130 mouthwatering recipes
  • Clear and easy to follow
  • Triple tested for success
  • Regional guides
  • Colour image for each recipe
  • Cook’s information

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Birds to look out for in your garden part 1

The Grey Heron

Did you notice that birdsong seemed louder than usual last lockdown?

I’m not sure why. I’m currently sat in my kitchen during the quiet hour before the children rise and it’s just beginning to get light. The birdsong I can hear is beautiful, so uplifting.

Nature has that affect, listening to or watching birds in your garden seems to have a calming influence.

And despite it being winter, there are still plenty to see. In fact, the absence of foliage means it’s even easier to watch them.

So what birds should you look out for in your garden right now? Watch for robins, starlings, long-tailed tits, wagtails, jackdaws or the lesser well-known, blackcap or even a heron.

Herons look quite comical compared to other birds, and we refer to them as ‘Rupert Annual Birds’, as they look like some of the strange characters from one of my favourite childhood books (who remembers the Rupert Annual?!)

Here’s the introduction from a fascinating article on the Grey Heron. Click the button to read the full text.

Where to look for ehe Grey Heron

The Grey Heron – Birds to look out for in your garden part 1

The grey heron adopts the same frozen stance and look of rapt concentration whether it is hunting in a peaceful backwater or on a lake in the centre of London.

The stately grey heron is a big wading bird which frequents freshwater and saltwater sites all over Britain. In the countryside, herons are timid but in towns and cities they are amazingly unperturbed by all the hustle and bustle.

More often than not, the ghostly grey heron is seen standing perfectly still, feeding in the water or on the banks of rivers, reedy lakes or rushy ponds, muddy estuaries, marshes and dykes.

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FAVOURITE GARDEN BIRDS

For more fascinating facts, info and folklore on our feathered friends, treat yourself to a copy of Favourite Garden Birds

Packed with colour photographs and enchanting drawings from wildlife experts, Favourite Garden Birds will help you to identify the birds that visit your garden each season. Available now for just £8.99

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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.

Your Top 5 Recipes of 2020

Your Top 5 Recipes of 2020

Here are your
Top 5 Recipes of 2020

 

We get thousands of visitors to our website, and in particular the recipe collections, but an astonishing 66,000 people viewed the Boiled Fruit Cake recipe! It just goes to show how good it is.

66,000 people viewed the
Boiled Fruit Cake recipe!

This particular recipe features with plenty more favourites in our Dairy Diary Favourites cookbook; a compendium of the most-requested recipes of all time.

Here is that very fruit cake recipe, as well as the others that appeared in the top 5 recipes of 2020.

I have to say, you all have very good taste and I wish I could come round for tea as these are all absolutely delish!

What would your top 5 recipes of 2020 be?

Please let us know in the comments below.

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Boiled Fruit Cake

“I’ve been making this cake since the early eighties from my ‘Dairy Diary’. I’m thrilled I’ve found it again, it’s a totally gorgeous cake! Love it ! ”
Bernadette

Recipe taken from the Dairy Diary Favourites cookbook.

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Speedy Chocolate Sponge Puddings

Delectable chocolate sponge puddings smothered with a rich dark chocolate sauce.

Totally irresistible.

A Dairy Diary recipe.

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Pineapple, Coconut & Fruit Loaf

One of our favourite recipes too!

It’s super-simple yet packed with flavour and texture. You must try it!

A Dairy Diary recipe.

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Yogurt Cake

It’s yummy, but I think its appeal is down to its simplicity. It’s incredibly quick to make.

Give it a try, you won’t believe how speedy it is.

A Dairy Diary recipe.

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Gooseberry & Ginger Jam

I think this Gooseberry & Ginger Jam is my favourite jam of all time.

Yum!

A Dairy Diary recipe.

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Dairy Diary Favourites CookbookDairy Diary Favourites

Enjoy Boiled Fruit Cake plus 99 more of the best recipes from 35 years of the Dairy Diary, including at least one from each edition.

From speedy weekday meals to tested crowd-pleasers, there is something for everyone in this beautiful cookbook.

In stock £8.25

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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.

Make the Perfect Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Brownies

Comfort food is a must in the current times

I, for one, have vowed to no more ‘New-Year-new-me’ declarations, which usually involves depriving myself of the things I love (which roughly translates to no chocolate).

Chocolate Brownies are one of
my absolute favourite treats.

This recipe from Fantastic Food For Less is foolproof; whenever I bake them the result is gorgeous, rich, gooey brownies. Perfectly served with classic vanilla ice cream.

They are relatively low in calories per portion too, so win-win!


Don’t miss your FREE Dairy Diary shopping bag

And for a very limited time only, with every Fantastic Food for Less you get a gorgeous Dairy Diary shopping bag worth £6.99 – completely free!

Free Shopping Bag

For more feel-good food take a look at our recipe collection 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.

Read more in the DAIRY DIARY BLOG

Mince Pie Linzer Torte

Mince Pie Linzer Torte

Based on the iconic Austrian flan; whose namesake is the pretty baroque city of Linz, this Christmassy dessert uses mincemeat rather than the traditional jam and is topped with an attractive pastry lattice.

Serve warm, with whipped cream – delicious.

 

Mince Pie Linzer Torte

Apple & Pear Quinoa Porridge

 

 

 

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.

Make your own bag for odd-shaped gifts!

Make your own bag for odd shaped gifts!

We show you how to wrap those odd-shaped items with a little gift wrap folding magic

Simply follow the instructions using the link below:

Make your own bag for odd-shaped gifts!

 

You can also download the instructions as an Infographic:
Download Infographic 7MB
Download Infographic 1MB

 

 

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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