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Our Top 5 Chocolate Recipes

Top 5 Chocolate Recipes

Who invented chocolate?


Thank goodness for the Aztecs, the Spanish, the Dutch, Mr Fry and Mr Cadbury! Without them, the world may well be devoid of chocolate; quite unthinkable.

Find out more about how our favourite treat came to be here… History of Chocolate.

And as an extra special treat – well it is World Chocolate Day tomorrow – we’re sharing our favourite chocolate recipes with you.




Our Top 5 Chocolate Recipes


Our Top 5 Chocolate Recipes


No-Bake Nutty Chocolate Cheesecake

Speedy Chocolate Sponge Puddings

These mouthwatering recipes are taken from the Dairy Diary.



No-Bake Choc SquaresJust For One Or Two

Chocolate Fudgey Cake

These recipes are taken from our cookbook, Just for One of Two, which is packed full of recipes perfect for those cooking for just one, or a couple of people.




Chocolate Whisky Cake

Around Britain cookbookAnd this gorgeous Scottish cake features in Around Britain, a gorgeous book, which tours the nation introducing us to gastronomic delights from each region, all simple to make and delicious.





Keep safe and well everyone.







The BIG Sale! Plus the Breakfast Birdwatch


Take part in the RSPB Breakfast Birdwatch


With so much to think and worry about, I’ve found it particularly beneficial to really notice nature when out on our evening walks, or even just through the window.

It’s well documented that spending time in green space or bringing nature into everyday life can benefit both mental and physical wellbeing.

The RSPB has launched the Breakfast Birdwatch, which takes place between 8-9am weekdays, at a time when many of us would have been commuting to work, doing the school run, or otherwise unable to enjoy the splendour of nature, from the safety of our homes.

It is vital that nature can still be enjoyed by as many people as possible, whether keen birders, parents, children, those self-isolating or anyone else able to join in.

Click here RSPB Breakfast Birdwatch to find out more.

Check out #BreakfastBirdwatch on social media to discover what’s happening today.



Buy Favourite Garden BirdsThe Big Sale – 40% off everything!

If you need a little help identifying birds in your garden, or you just want to browse a book crammed with interesting facts and beautiful illustrations then Favourite Garden Birds is the book for you.

And right now, we have 40% off EVERYTHING so buy one for your neighbours too!



Win £50 Garden Voucher

Win a £50 Garden Voucher

And for a chance to add some extra colour to your garden why not enter our competition to win £50 garden voucher?


Good luck!




Keep safe and well.








Recipe of the Week: Spring Chicken in Broth

Spring Chicken in Broth with Minted Pea Purée

Spring Chicken in Broth with Minted Pea Puree

This delicious dish is ‘spring in a bowl’.

The show-stopping flavours will make you want to cook it again and again – it really is top-notch restaurant quality.

Enjoy this recipe for two.



Just for One or Two cookbookRecipe taken from Just for One or Two cookbook

Inspiration for easy, delicious meals – the ideal cookbook for singles, couples, students and parents. The Just For One Or Two cookbook shows you how to cook delicious meals for one or two people with little effort and minimal waste.













Succulents & Seashells Planter

create year-round garden interest

How to create year-round interest


With a few evergreen plants, succulents in this case and some pretty seashells, you can create a really attractive planter than looks great year-round.

Succulents make great choices for even the tiniest containers, from troughs and pots to even hanging baskets because they have spent millions of years adapting to environments with very shallow soil and with very low moisture and fertility.

Other than providing them with a sunny spot, all you need to grow succulents is to stop them getting too wet in winter.

Many will survive a surprising amount of cold as long as their roots are kept dry.

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Recipe of the Week: Chow Mein

Vegetable Chow Mein

Chow Mein


This recipe only takes 15 minutes to create and requires minimal prep, so you can treat yourself to a tasty ‘take-away’ at home.

The classic combination of crunchy vegetables, tender noodles and egg works perfectly.





Chow mein are Chinese stir-fried noodles with vegetables and sometimes meat or tofu; the name is a romanisation of the Taishanese chāu-mèn.

The dish is popular throughout the Chinese diaspora and appears on the menus of most Chinese restaurants abroad.

It is particularly popular in India, Nepal, the UK and the US.

Different regions cooked Chow Mein differently, the chefs in Hong Kong fried the noodles crispy, while the other regions opposite of Hong Kong steamed the noodles, all the while all Chinese chefs used a hot wok to cook the finished product.


20% off Just For One or Two cookbook

This recipe is taken from our Just for One or Two Cookbook, now on special offer.





May Bank Holiday change

May Bank Holiday

Did you know that the early May Bank Holiday has changed?


We’re sure you saw the bank holiday change sticker on your Dairy Diary, but just in case you missed it remember that the bank holiday is now on Friday 8 May (this change was announced late and after we had printed all the diaries!). 

The first Monday of May is a bank holiday in the United Kingdom. It is called May Day in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is known as the Early May Bank Holiday in Scotland.

In 2020, the early May Bank Holiday has been moved from Monday 4 May to Friday, 8 May to coincide with Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day, which marks the 75th anniversary of the formal end of World War II.

It’s not the first time that the Bank Holiday has been moved.
In 1995 it was moved from 1 May to 8 May to commemorate the 50th VE Day.

We hope you manage to enjoy your time despite the current circumstances.

Keep safe and well.


Stay home, stay safe and try these delicious recipes for 1 or 2

Recipe for 1oe 2

A selection of recipes for 1 or 2





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