Baking

Afternoon Tea Week

Afternoon Tea Week

3 Favourite Bakes


Pretty china, freshly brewed tea and a few delectable bakes. Afternoon tea is a joy to behold.

It’s at its very best in glamorous surroundings (we had a fabulous tea in a Victorian theatre for our wedding) but can be held anywhere.

Choose a cosy corner, put a tablecloth on the table, get out your favourite crockery and treat friends or family to some delicious bakes along with a hot cuppa.

 

Cheddar Muffins

Lemon Swirl Biscuits

Teatime Traybake

 

These scrumptious recipes are from the 2019 Dairy Diary. We launch 2020 very very soon.

Watch this space!!

 

 

 

 

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Top 20 Could-Do List for the Summer Holidays

Top 20 Could-Do List for the Summer Holidays

For those grandparents, parents, friends and relatives who all pitch in to help with childcare during the endless summer holidays, it can be a real challenge coming up with activities that don’t cost a fortune.

Together with my little helpers, we have come up with 20 ideas for fun and purse-friendly things to do.

I’d love to hear your suggestions too!

  1. On a sunny day and using an old oilcloth tablecloth or plastic sheet, create a garden ‘slide’ with water and washing up liquid.
  2. Find out what exhibitions are on at your local museums/art galleries/National Trust and choose your favourite. We’re going to the portrait exhibition at Attingham Park and the Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition at Liverpool museum.
  3. Create your own artwork or sculpture inspired by your visit. Be as creative as possible with colour and materials.
  4. Travel by train somewhere new (if you get a Friends & Family railcard, this reduces the cost).
  5. Create an obstacle course in the garden.
  6. Climb a hill and take a photograph at the top.
  7. Create a mosaic collage of the picture taken above using different coloured papers and/or cuttings from magazines.
  8. Have a board games tournament. One of our new favourites is Genius Squares – it’s kept my children (and me!) amused for ages and you can’t beat the old favourite Cranium.
  9. Play tennis or badminton at your local park/leisure centre.
  10. Ride bikes along quiet local roads or paths and reward yourselves with an ice cream from a shop on route.Top 20 Could-Do List for the Summer Holidays
  11. Make Chocolate Apples: add a lolly stick to small apples and coat in melted chocolate.
  12. Take a picnic to the seaside. Paddle amongst the waves, play ball, balance stones, create sand sculpture and look for life in rockpools.
  13. Paint faces with a festival vibe.
  14. Take part in the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library.
  15. Put on their favourite tunes and get household chores done together.
  16. Draw ‘alien animals’: each person has a piece of paper. Start by drawing hair/hat then fold over to hide it and pass on, then draw a head etc. Laugh at what curious creatures you create when you unfold each piece of paper.
  17. Create a pot or hanging basket and encourage them to water it and deadhead the flowers over the summer.
  18. Contact your local leisure centre to find out about their planned summer events. They often hold sports activity days and fun swims during the holidays.
  19. Snuggle under a blanket together and watch your favourite family film.
  20. Make Rocky Road Cookies (recipe below).

Gorgeous handmade foodie gifts for Christmas: Rocky Road Cookies

Rocky Road Cookies

GO TO RECIPE

This recipe is taken from my favourite of our cookbooks; Fantastic Food for Less.

It’s packed with loads of really delicious meals, which cost little to make.

To find out more click here.

Have a wonderful time creating lasting memories!

 

 

 

 

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Hot Bakewell Blondies

Bakewell Blondies

Recipe of the Week: Hot Bakewell Blondies

With white chocolate, almonds, cherries and raspberry jam, these blondies are a little different to the norm and they only take 30 minutes to make.

Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and mmmmmmmmm they are delicious.

Hot Bakewell Blondies

RECIPE

 

Quick After-Work CookbookThis recipe is one of 80 in our fabulous new cookbook Quick After-Work.

At only £8.99, it’s a bargain and its speedy recipes mean that you can cook real, delicious food, any and every day of the week.

To find out more click here.

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m celebrating 20 years at Dairy Diary!

Today it is 20 years since I joined the Dairy Diary!

Emily discussing recipes with food stylist Sarah.

And what a fabulous two decades it has been. I’m so lucky to work on such excellent products and in such a great team.

As it’s a very small team, I’ve experienced almost every task possible, from making the drinks, to sourcing props for photography, to deciding on cover designs, to recipe testing and even go-karting with milkmen!

Right: discussing ingredients at a photography shoot with food stylist Sarah Lewis.

 

My special giveaway

Addresses & Reminders Book

As a thank you for your loyal custom and time, I would like to offer 20 lucky readers a free copy of the pretty Addresses & Reminders Book.

For a chance to win, simply email us at enquiries@dairydiary.co.uk with the subject line: Free Addresses & Reminders Book.

The first 20 emails received will qualify for the free offer. So be quick!

 

Sharing my two favourite recipes of all time

How do I choose my favourite recipes? This was VERY difficult…

As you know, I’ve tasted many hundreds of delicious recipes over the 20 years, but I decided on these two recipes that I make most frequently at home.

Lemon Chicken
Delicious baked lemon chicken, topped with crisp pancetta and served with crispy potato wedges.

Gooey Gingerbread
This Gooey Gingerbread is much better than anything shop-bought and will be devoured with gusto!

 

 

 

 

 

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World Whisky Day

World Whisky Day

Celebrating World Whisky Day, the Dairy Diary way!


Did you know?

  • Whisky or whiskey is a distilled alcoholic drink made from fermented grain mash.
  • The smoky flavour found in some types of whisky, especially true of Scotch, is due to the peat smoke used to treat the malt.
  • Whisky is most often aged in wooden casks, often made of charred white oak.
  • With a value of £4.359 billion (2017), Scotch whisky exports accounted for over 20 per cent of all UK food and drink exports.
  • Some 34 bottles of whisky are exported from Scotland every second.

Whisky in Gaelic reads ‘uisge beathe’,
which means ‘water of life’

We will be celebrating World Whisky Day in the Dairy Diary office by baking these gorgeous Dundee Marmalade Flapjacks, and making our very own  Whisky Marmalade. Absolutely delicious!

 

Dundee Marmalade flapjacks

Dundee Marmalade Flapjacks

Whisky Marmalade

Whisky Marmalade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try the recipes and send us a photo!

 

 

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