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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.

Enjoy!

 


 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Enjoy Classic Wimbledon and Classic Recipes

Wimbledon

Wimbledon should have begun this week but has been cancelled (for obvious reasons)

 

Instead, the All England Lawn Tennis Club, which stages the championship, has launched ‘Wimbledon Recreated’, a campaign to celebrate the 2020 fortnight in the absence of this year’s championships.

Beginning today, the centrepiece of this campaign; ‘The Greatest Championships’ will provide a round-by-round re-telling of some of the best Wimbledon matches in history, brought to life in a digital experience hosted on wimbledon.com

And in the tradition of ‘strawberries and cream’ why not go one better and make these decadent and delicious dishes?

 

Strawberry  Puffs

Strawberry Puffs

 

Strawberry Trifle with Pimms

Strawberry Trifle with Pimms

 

Don’t miss the 40% sale!

Don’t forget that our amazing 40% off everything ends tomorrow, so stock up while you can!!

 

Enjoy and keep safe and well everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Fabulous Dips

Roast Beetroot & Feta Dip

I have a friend we name ‘queen of dips’ because she has always whizzed up something delicious for us to nibble on whilst chatting or waiting for dinner to cook.

She’s inspired me often to make these easy bowls of deliciousness.

Dips are an incredibly simple and tasty dish to serve as part of a tapas-style meal or as a starter before the main course.

Served with vegetable crudité and/or breadsticks/chips, dips are perfect for a summer’s evening in the garden.

I’ve broken the rules slightly here, the first recipe (the only one that we have a photo for, sorry!) is from our brand new cookbook due to be launched in August. I’m supposed to keep it secret until then, but this recipe is so good I wanted to share it now!

 


  

Roast Beetroot & Feta Dip

Serves 4–6
Preparation 15 minutes plus cooling
Cooking 1 hour
Calories 101 | Fibre 2.9g | Salt 0.4g | Sugar 0g Fat 5.7g of which 3.6g is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians    

  • Raw beetroot 1 bunch (approx. 500g/1lb 2oz) 
  • Cooked or drained canned cannellini beans 75g (3oz)
  • Dried chilli flakes or cumin seeds ¼ tsp 
  • Feta cheese 65g (2½oz), chopped
  • Soured cream 4–6 tbsp
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Mixed seeds 2 tsp (optional)
  • Breadsticks, carrot batons or Oaty Crisps (p44) to serve
  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°fan/Gas 7. 
  2. Roast the beetroot for about 1 hour or until tender. Leave to cool a little then top and tail, and peel away the skins.
  3. Place the beetroot in a food processor with the beans, chilli flakes or cumin seeds, and 50g (2oz) of the Feta cheese. Whizz to blend together then whizz in enough soured cream to make a smooth dip. Season to taste.

Tips
Wear rubber gloves when peeling the beetroot to avoid staining your hands. Chilli flakes give a slight ‘kick’ to the dip, the cumin is more fragrant; choose your preference.

Recipe Taken from A Zest For Life Cookbook.

 


 

Hot Artichoke & Chive Dip

Serves 6
Suitable for vegetarians

  • Artichoke hearts 390g can, drained
  • Parmesan cheese 75g (3oz), grated
  • Light mayonnaise 125ml (4fl oz)
  • Soured cream 125ml (4 fl oz)
  • Snipped chives to garnish, optional
  1. Place all ingredients except chives into a food processor and whizz until smooth. Season to taste.
  2. Spoon mixture into a saucepan and heat gently until hot but not boiling.
  3. Pour into a serving bowl, sprinkle with chives if you like, and serve immediately.

 


 

Houmous

Serves 8
Preparation 10 mins
Per portion 100 kcals, 6g fat (1.1g saturated)
Suitable for vegetarians

  • 410g can chickpeas, drained
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • Pinch of salt
  • 150g (5oz) natural yogurt
  • 3 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Chopped coriander to garnish
  1. Place chickpeas, lemon juice and garlic in a food processor and whizz to a coarse paste.
  2. Stir in cumin, ground coriander, salt, yogurt and peanut butter.
  3. Chill until ready to serve. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with coriander. 

Recipe Taken from The Dairy Book of Home Cookery.

 


 

Avocado Dip 

Serves 6
Preparation 15 mins
Per portion 78 kcals, 5g fat (0.6g saturated)
Suitable for vegetarians

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and stoned
  • 225g (8oz) quark or low fat soft cheese
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 10 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime or lemon juice
  1. Mash avocado flesh with quark or cheese.
  2. Season to taste and stir in garlic, pepper sauce and citrus juice.
  3. Cover and refrigerate or serve immediately.

Recipe Taken from The Dairy Book of Home Cookery.

 


 

Blue Cheese & Poppy Dip

Serves 4–6
Preparation 10 mins
Per portion 231 kcals, 20g fat (10.3g saturated)
Suitable for vegetarians

  • 150g (5oz) Blue Stilton cheese, crumbled
  • 175g (6oz) cottage cheese
  • 150ml (1/4 pint) soured cream
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  1. Mix all ingredients together. Spoon into a serving dish. Garnish with extra poppy seeds.

Recipe Taken from The Dairy Book of Home Cookery.

 


 

 

Keep safe and well everyone.

 

 

 

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Celebrate World Gin Day

Gin cocktails

Celebrate World Gin Day with a Rhubarb & Custard Cocktail and a Gin & Tonic Sorbet

 

As many like me at the moment, after juggling home-school and work each day, my evenings often begin with a long sigh and a large glass of something white or red. Today, though I have a real excuse for a tipple – it’s World Gin Day!

Gin has seen a huge surge in popularity over recent years, which has unleashed the potential for micro-makers and larger-scale producers to really up their game. There is a myriad of different gins to choose from; we’re spoilt for choice.

The story of gin is a far cry from gin culture today –
A Brief Chequered History of Gin.

I look back with much nostalgia on my trip to Edinburgh Gin, where I learnt about its history and production methods, back in the days when we could enjoy a weekend escape sampling different gins.

To celebrate World Gin Day, I’m sharing with you my two favourite Dairy Diary gin recipes. Both SO easy but really tasty. Chin chin!

 

Rhubarb & Custard Cocktail & Gin & Tonic Sorbet

Rhubarb & Custard Cocktail

Gin & Tonic Sorbet

 

Keep safe and well everyone.

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The Big (Virtual) Lunch and some good news

The big lunch

The Big (Virtual) Lunch

 

At such a difficult time, where people are struggling in so many ways, it’s heartwarming to hear of so many positive stories in local communities.

There are countless acts of community kindness in our own little village every day, but these are most memorable for me: The tiny village bakery now delivers food parcels to the elderly and vulnerable.

We found a leaflet featuring local walks on our doorstep one evening, and one local even dresses-up as Walley (from Where’s Walley?) on his daily walk so that people can spot where he is!

Now more than ever, we need to make
time for each other and say thanks.

The Big Lunch is the UK’s thanksgiving weekend for neighbours and communities; a time where people come together (virtually, of course) to celebrate community connections and get to know one another a little better.

So, let’s get the nation talking with a bite to eat and have some fun with The Big Virtual Lunch this coming weekend.

 

For details on how to hold a virtual lunch for your community take a look at the Eden Project Communities webpage

https://www.edenprojectcommunities.com/your-big-virtual-lunch-pack

 

And to eat?

I would opt for something simple and delicious. You don’t want to be slaving for hours in the kitchen. Give these two recipes a try, they are quick to prepare but sooo good.

 

Sea Bass and Chocolate Fruit

 

Pan-Fried Sea Bass & Scallops with Hollandaise Sauce

Fresh Fruit with Chocolate Dip

 

Both these recipes are from our super-popular cookbook, Just for One or Two.

 

Oh, and the good news? 40% off!

Yes, for a limited time only we now have 40% off everything on our website!!!

Stock up with goodies for yourself and maybe even treat someone in your community too?

 

Keep safe and well.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

RECIPE

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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