Win a fabulous bundle of Bay Tree preserves

Win a delicious bundle from The Bay Tree

Win a fabulous bundle of Bay Tree preserves


Take a look at our lovely competition to win a range of Bay Tree goodies.

There’s an array of artisan chutneys, pickles and preserves up for grabs.

Best of luck!




Cauliflower Biriyani with Sweet Carrot RelishI simply had to share with you my favourite recipe from our inspirational A Zest for Life cookbook

Cauliflower Biriyani

It’s crammed full of good-for-you-stuff but also tastes absolutely delicious AND is really easy to make.

Win, win, win!




A Zest For Life cookbookA Zest For Life Cookbook

Don’t forget to order your copy of A Zest for Life, it really is a must for anyone who wants to cook delicious food that’s good for you too.

Available now for just £9.99.





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.

Brand new and beautiful Dairy Diary Notecards

Dairy Diary Notecards

The joy of receiving real post


When was the last time you received a hand-written letter? I can’t even remember.

Nowadays, most correspondence is via text or social media, which can be speedy and easy for quick catch-ups and for making arrangements, but receiving a real letter brings far more joy.

A hand-written letter, or a message just to show that you care, can really lift someone’s day. This year, in particular, most people have had difficult situations to deal with and a simple piece of post is a welcome distraction.


Dairy Diary Notecards

We have produced a beautiful set of notecards – brand new for this year.

There are four different designs, each with a calm and uplifting image on the front, and cute matching stickers to stick on the back of the envelope.

These 20 notecards, envelopes and sticker sheet all come in a lovely box that also matches your Dairy Diary.



Dairy Diary Notecards


Dairy Diary Notecards

Available now for just £5.99.







Recipe of the Week: Fire Cooked Vegetables

Fire-Cooked Vegetables

Perfect for the Barbecue

Now we’re past the summer solstice, the nights will soon be drawing in and it’s a welcome end to summer to sit out and enjoy the mellow evening sunlight.

A barbecue, as well as cooking scrumptious food, is handy for some additional heat with unpredictable British temperatures!

This recipe from the 2021 Dairy Diary is perfect for cooking on the barbie, and for serving with your favourite barbecued fish, meat and/or burgers.

Fire Cooked Vegetables 




One of many gorgeous recipes – the best ever according to our photography team – in the brand-new Dairy Diary.

Available to buy online now, or from your milkman very soon.





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Celebrate Afternoon Tea Week

Celebrate Afternoon Tea Week

To celebrate Afternoon Tea Week, we’ve teamed up with Portmeirion to give away an absolutely gorgeous Sara Miller cake stand

Win a Sara Miller Portmeirion Cake StandAll good afternoon teas need a truly impressive cake stand.

This 3 Tier Cake Stand from the award-winning Sara Miller, brings the wow factor.

Ideal for layers of sandwiches, cupcakes and scones.

Each plate in the cake stand features Sara’s signature designs embellished with 22 carat gold that sparkles in the light.

Enter now…


Pimm’s Celebration Cake

And just look at how impressive this cake is!

And it tastes divine too. If there’s one bake you make this summer, make it this one!


Pimm’s Celebration Cake


This is just one of many gorgeous recipes – the best ever according to our photography team – in the brand-new 2021 Dairy Diary.

Available to buy online now, or from your milkman very soon.


Watch out for the classic Pimm’s recipe in my next blog.



Cute Decorated Ice Cream Cones

Decorated Ice-Cream Cones

WIN! A Digital Ice Cream Maker


Yet another competition prize I would LOVE to win. Just imagine, freshly made gelato whenever you fancy – it would be like being in Italy…well almost!

With this fabulous prize, you could whip up your favourite ice cream or sorbet in as little as 30 minutes.




And you could serve it in these gorgeous decorated ice cream cones – how cute are they?

Perfect for making with little ones during home-school (and those of us who have been home-schooling for months definitely need new ideas!) or the summer holidays.

Decorated Ice Cream Cones


Enjoy, and keep safe and well everyone.




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How to Get a Great Night’s Sleep

How to sleep well

When the weather is warm, sleep can elude us, when we most need it.


Build these tips into your bedtime routine and hopefully, soon you’ll be getting plenty of zzzzzzzzzzzz.

Keep safe and well everyone.



Sleep tight

Diet and exercise are often extolled as underlying a healthy lifestyle, but let’s not forget the third, equally important factor – sleep. If nodding off can seem elusive, try these few simple tips to help you slip into the land of your dreams in no time.

Everyone feels better after a good night’s sleep and, according to medical science, for most adults that means around eight hours every night, although some people can happily do with less and some need more. The test is whether you feel refreshed, alert and ready to face the day.

The odd bad night doesn’t do any harm, except perhaps to your level of grumpiness, but regular lack of sleep is not good healthwise.

So, short of draping the bedroom with lavender, orange blossom and passion flowers – all sleep promoters, so why not? – what can you do to make sure you get the right amount of shut-eye?

Good habits

How to sleep wellWind down

It may be easier said than done, but going to bed in the right frame of mind is important. It’s better not to dwell on highly emotional issues just at lights out, for example.

If you can establish a relaxing, pre-bed routine, that will help enormously. Do some gentle yoga stretches, have a warm bath, listen to soothing music, read, or listen to the radio (but don’t forget to turn it off or it may wake you up at two in the morning!)

Embrace the dark

Even a tiny chink of light can inhibit the brain’s production of melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone, so thick curtains, or even a blackout blind, will help.

No bright lights at all in the bedroom is a good rule, especially those connected with a mobile phone, computer, tablet or any other electronic device.

The blue light emitted by screens also affects melatonin production. In fact, no screen time for a couple of hours before turning in can make a big difference – and it’s probably better to do without an illuminated digital clock. In any case, whatever you do, don’t keep checking the time. That just makes things worse.

How to sleep wellRestful surroundings

The room should be quiet and cool, around 18°C (65°F) suits most people, and free of any work-related paraphernalia. The bedroom is no place for brain strain. If there’s anything on your mind that may keep you awake, write it down before you go to bed, or make a to-do list to reassure yourself you won’t forget something, and then do forget it until the morning.


If hunger pangs are likely to be a problem, it’s fine to have a light snack, yogurt with banana and honey, for example, or a bowl of cereal with milk, while the traditional milky drink at bedtime is just as comforting and sleep-inducing as it always was.

An alcoholic nightcap may also send you to sleep quickly but probably not for long!

The risk is a night of tossing and turning. In any case, it’s always better to get up and do something gentle for a while rather than put up with that.

Coffee, tea, cola or any other caffeine-containing drink are complete no-nos after the early afternoon. Choose a soothing herbal tea, such as chamomile, instead. Bear in mind, too, that a drink before bed may mean a bathroom visit during the night.


Try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even at weekends (you may need to set an alarm to achieve this).

Once you settle into a routine your body will respond, and you will sleep better.




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