Competition | Win a Multifunction Blender Set

Win a blender set

Dairy Diary is giving you the chance to win this Multifunction Blender Set

This Habor Multifunction Blender Set comes with an immersion blender, a chopper and a whisk to meet your different needs to bring health benefits to your family.

  • Comes with a immersion blender, a chopper and a whisk to meet your different needs to bring health benefits to your family
  • Strong enough to chop food from soft to hard, such as onions, apples, carrots or even ice cubes
  • Designed with 2 buttons and a variable speed controller to adjust between 7 speed levels for food with different firmness

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WIN A stunning Moroccan Bloom Melamine 12 Piece Dinner Set


Win a Moroccan Dinner Set

Win this 12-Piece Moroccan Bloom Melamine Dinner Set

Relax and enjoy alfresco dining without worrying about whether your bowls and plates are going to make it back home (or back from the garden!) in one piece.

Win a Morrocan Dinner SetMade from virtually unbreakable melamine which is famed for being chip-resistant, and given a liquid glass coating that makes it impervious to scratches and stains, this picnicware range looks uncannily like artisan-glazed pottery.

It offers four full place settings of dinner plate, side plate and bowl, without the risk of breakages associated with ‘real’ crockery.

This 12-Piece Moroccan Bloom Melamine Dinner Set is a gorgeous way to serve any type of fresh-air food, from picnic sandwiches to a sit-down supper on the patio.


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National Picnic Week plus a very moreish recipe (and a special treat!)

 Lake District Picnic

I’ve recently come back from a couple of astonishingly beautiful days in the Lake District.

The deluges earlier in the year, followed by day-after-day of glorious sunshine has resulted in such a verdant and lush landscape; it’s a pure joy to see.

We tackled a pretty sizeable fell walk and so I packed some much-needed sustenance in my rucksack.

And we found one of the most glorious picnic spots I’ve seen – complete with very high bench that make your feet dangle in a comical fashion like a small child.

It may be twee and a little old fashioned,
but with the right location and good
food a picnic can be simply lovely.

Lake District picnic 2

We enjoyed dry-cured bacon sandwiches on soft white rolls and a cheeky slice of Blueberry & Orange Loaf, which survived pretty well in the heat. If you fancy making it the recipe is shown below

The recipe is from our Cook it Slowly cookbook, which in my opinion is one of our best. Find out more about it here.

And as it’s National Picnic Week next week you have the perfect excuse to picnic somewhere gorgeous.

Why not share your favourite
recipe (and location)?


Win a Moroccan Dinner SetEating al fresco in style is easy with our fabulous competition prize

We’re giving you the opportunity to win a gorgeous Moroccan Bloom Melamine 12 Piece Dinner Set, which looks just like real crockery.

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Blueberry & Orange Loaf

Blueberry & Orange Loaf

  • Servings: 8
  • Print

Calories 316 per portion
Fat 10g (6g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing


  • Self-raising flour 350g (12oz)
  • Caster sugar 75g (3oz)
  • Blueberries 200g (7oz)
  • Oranges 2, finely grated zest and juice
  • Milk 4–6 tbsp
  • Eggs 3
  • Butter 75g (3oz), melted
  • Demerara sugar 1–2 tbsp


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/140°fan/Gas 3. 
Butter a 900g (2lb) loaf tin and line with baking paper.
  2. Sift the flour into a large bowl and stir in the caster sugar, blueberries and orange zest.
  3. Pour the orange juice into a measuring jug and make up to 150ml (¼ pint) with milk. Beat in the eggs and butter and then pour this into the bowl with the flour and blueberries and stir until just mixed together. Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin and sprinkle the demerara sugar over the top.
  4. Bake for 1–1¼ hours until risen and firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  5. Leave to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cook’s tips
Don’t over-mix the ingredients or the cake will be tough.
If preferred, omit the demerara sugar and drizzle over some orange glacé icing made by mixing icing sugar with orange juice.

Plant for summer colour now – and a special treat for you!

Nasturtiums Running Riot

All the wonderful weather we have experienced recently has meant we have been able to eat out in the garden almost every night – a rarity in England!

My after-dinner ‘treat’ is to look through my gardening books pondering what to plant.

Today, I’m off to a local plant fair to purchase some colourful bedding plants, and one of the definites on my list is nasturtiums – they are the easiest and prettiest little flowers and not only do they bring a riot of colour to the garden, they also brighten up your salad!

In this little project from our book Seasonal Garden Ideas, we show you how to plant herbs with nasturtiums for a mass of colour.

Enjoy the bank holiday everyone!



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Nasturtiums Running Riot

In this combination a permanent shrubby perennial – catmint – is planted with a foreground of brightly coloured annual nasturtiums. The two together make an interesting summer partnership.

Plant the catmint in autumn or mid spring and the nasturtiums in late spring. Both will flower in summer. The time it takes to plant the nasturtiums depends on the size of bed or border you have got.


What you need

Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii ‘Six Hills Giant’)
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus varieties).

Fork, spade and trowel.



1 The catmint is a permanent planting, so needs to go in first. Neither it nor the nasturtium require rich soil – but they do both like a sunny site. Dig over the planting area, removing weeds, roots and stones.

2 One catmint can reach a height and spread of 90cm (3ft) or more, so allow it plenty of room. Dig a hole large enough to take the rootball comfortably, set the plant in and firm up. Fill in with more soil and firm in again. Water well.

3 Buy the nasturtiums as bedding strips and plant them as close together as you can for best effect – no more than 15cm (6in) apart. Plant them all around the catmint to form a colourful carpet – they will reach about 30cm (12in) in height. Water in well.

Nasturtiums flower best on poor sandy soils – if the ground is too rich they will produce leaf at the expense of flowers. Incorporate some sharp sand or grit into the planting area if you think your soil is too rich or heavy.

Catmint has been given its common name for a good reason – most cats absolutely love it. This affection can take the form of a few surreptitious nibbles from time to time, through pulling or biting away whole stems to full-scale rolling around all over the plant. Keep an eye on your feline if necessary – or take pity on the poor creature and sew it a little sachet stuffed with fresh or dried catmint to play with.

Watch out for and remove any caterpillars you see on the nasturtium leaves – they can eat the leaves down to skeletons if left. Treat blackfly infestation with a systemic insecticide. Cut away any dead or damaged leaves. Water well in dry weather. Clear away the nasturtiums in autumn and dig over the ground ready for spring planting the following year. The catmint looks after itself for most of the year, but benefits from being cut back almost to ground level in spring.

Project is taken from Seasonal Garden Ideas







Win £200 to spend in your garden

Win £200 to spend in your garden

WIN a National Garden Centre Voucher worth £200!

It’s May and everything is beginning to bloom. It’s the perfect time to get out in the garden and give it some va va voom! (Apologies for the dubious poetry.)

This week, I have a SUPER
special competition for you.

For a fabulous £200 to spend on plants, tools……. whatever you choose, enter our prize draw to win National Garden Centre Vouchers. Just click below.

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WIN a Morphy Richards 48280 Fastbake Breadmaker

Win a Morphy Richards Breadmaker

Win a Morphy Richards Breadmaker

This breadmaker bakes heavenly-smelling loaves, as well as rolls, pizza dough, cake and even jam!

As it’s compact you’ll only need a small space in your kitchen for this handy machine.

And with a time-delay function, you
can wake up to the aroma of
freshly-baked bread in the morning.


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While your bread’s baking, why not try this wonderful and vibrant soup?


Roast Beetroot & Ginger Soup


Roast Beetroot & Ginger Soup

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Calories 78 per portion
Fat 3g (0.5g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing


  • Beetroot 4, approx. 680g (1½lb), scrubbed, topped and tailed and cut into thick wedges
  • Red onions 2, peeled and cut into thick wedges
  • Root ginger 25g (1oz), peeled and cut into thick slices
  • Celery 2 sticks, cut into thick chunks
  • Olive oil 2 tbsp
  • Vegetable Stock Pots (or stock cubes) 2
  • Celery salt 1–2 tsp
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Lime or lemon juice 1–2 tbsp
  • Coconut milk yogurt 125g pot
  • Torn celery leaves to garnish (optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/140°fan/Gas 3. Put the beetroot and onion wedges, ginger and celery in a roasting tin. Add the oil and mix well to coat the vegetables. Cover the tin with foil and roast for 3 hours until the vegetables have softened.
  2. Put half the roasted vegetable mixture into a blender or food processor with one of the Stock Pots (or cubes) and 500ml (18fl oz) boiling water. Purée until smooth, then tip into a large saucepan. Put the rest of the vegetables and cooking juices from the roasting tin into the blender or food processor along with the other Stock Pot and 500ml (18fl oz) boiling water and purée. Add to the first batch.
  3. Stir in the celery salt, pepper and lime or lemon juice to taste. If necessary, reheat gently and adjust the consistency and seasoning to taste. Ladle into warmed bowls then swirl coconut milk yogurt into each one and sprinkle with torn celery leaves, if wished.

Cook’s tips

There’s no need to peel the beetroot. Stir halfway through cooking if you are around but it’s not essential. For a really smooth soup, purée the mixture, then push it through a sieve.



Cook it Slowly! cookbookRecipe taken from Cook it Slowly!

Prepare quickly, cook slowly and savour every mouthful.

Slowly-cooked meals are easy, fuss-free and delicious with melt-in-the-mouth textures and intense flavours.

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