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Our Favourite Seasonal Food: Asparagus

Asparagus

British asparagus season has now begun, and we can delight in these delicate, flavourful green shoots for the next month or so.

Super-versatile, asparagus can be boiled or steamed, griddled or barbecued or roasted in the oven. They work well in risotto, pasta, omelettes, the list goes on….. or simply dipped in soft-boiled egg. Mmmmm.

Each spear of asparagus is harvested by hand
when it reaches just the right height.

Look out for locally grown bunches in your farm shop or farmer’s market.

This is my favourite asparagus recipe as it’s really simple and easy to prepare too – perfect for a speedy dinner.

Hot Roast Asparagus & Potato Salad

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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.

Discover a new ingredient: Gochujang Chilli Paste

Discover a new ingredient: Gochujang Chilli Paste

It’s always a pleasure trying out new ingredients, but when you discover one as delicious and versatile as this, it’s sure to be a regular in the fridge

What is Gochujang Chilli Paste?

It’s a gloopy blend of hot red pepper, fermented soybeans, garlic, vinegar and rice. The flavour is quite complex; it’s spicy but also sweet and savoury – it’s difficult to explain.

Gochujang Chilli Paste

It’s popular in Korean cookery and there’s even a Gochujang Festival held annually in Gochujang Village in Sunchang County, South Korea.

Sunchang’s warm climate is perfect for growing an abundance of Korean hot peppers; the main ingredient of the condiment.

How to use it?

The paste is very concentrated, so a little goes a long way! I made a stew for three with it and used only 1 tablespoon. I mixed beef stock, soy sauce and some mirin with the Guchujang paste and poured this over browned braising steak, potatoes and squash and cooked it on low in the slow cooker. It added a new umami depth to the usual stew flavour.

Straight out of the jar, it’s quite a thick paste, but it can be made into a sauce by mixing with oil, mirin (rice wine vinegar) and soy sauce, or even maple syrup, which is really lovely. I have drizzled this over poached salmon and Jasmine rice, and served with stir-fried veg.

It can also be added to coconut milk with katsu paste to make a katsu curry sauce, perfect for serving with panko-coated chicken breasts or sweet potato and rice.

Guchujang paste is most often used to make a dressing for a Korean bimimbap; mix 3 teaspoons with 1 tablespoon each of soy sauce, sesame oil and maple syrup.

Gochujang Chilli Paste

Bimimbap is essentially a bowl filled with an unmixed selection of rice and vegetables, possibly meat or fish, and topped with a fried egg.

Avocado on toast is my favourite breakfast and, in my opinion, difficult to better, but I have tried mashing ½ teaspoon Gochujang paste into ½ large avocado and serving on lightly toasted seeded bread – it was delicious!

Keep Guchujang paste in the fridge once the jar has been opened and have fun experimenting.

I would love to hear how you have used this paste.

 

 

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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.

3 Scrumptious Pancake Recipes

3 Scrumptious Pancake Recipes

The first Dairy Book of Home Cookery was published over 50 years ago, and people have been feeding their families from it ever since.

This cookery ‘bible’ has all those essentials in it that we turn to time-after-time.

The pancake recipe must have been used hundreds of thousands, if not millions of times.

I like to think about the fun had by so many families when cooking this recipe – the glee from the children allowed pancakes mid-week, the giggles shared when attempting to toss a pancake, the debates about which toppings are best.

Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday, so get whisking and treat yourself to a chuckle trying to flip your pancakes.

 

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Here’s that classic pancake recipe for you to enjoy, and three more scrumptious pancake recipes that are a little more adventurous than lemon and sugar.

Mushroom Pancakes

Chicken, Broccoli & Cheese Pancake Bake

Crépes with Brandy Marmalade Sauce

 

 

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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.

5 Restaurant-Style Recipes for Valentine’s Day at Home

5 Restaurant-Style Recipes for Two

No, I can’t believe its Valentine’s Day tomorrow either…

However, if anything, this past year has brought my partner and me closer than ever, and I am grateful for the endless cups of tea and the support he showed when things were difficult.

To express my appreciation, I am going to prepare a lovely restaurant-style meal for two, using delicious recipes from the cookbook Just For One Or Two.

Neither of us are starter-people, so for the main: Griddled Lamb with Fresh Pesto, served with soft and creamy celeriac mash, and wholesome ratatouille. Then for dessert: Lemon Posset topped with fresh juicy berries, one of his absolute favourites!

For more inspiration on how you can treat your loved one – which is not limited to Valentine’s Day! – take a look at our recipe collection, Restaurant-Style Meals for 2.

Win a copy of Just For One or Two

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Emma Snow

Emma Snow

I am the Brand Executive for Dairy Diary. A passionate foodie (with a very sweet-tooth). Who likes to blog about all things DIY & scrumptious recipes.

Burns Night Haggis Samosas

Haggis Samosas

It’s Burns Night this evening, which gives us (Scottish or not) the excuse to enjoy haggis

 

I have the confess that I didn’t actually try haggis until last year. What a revelation! I can’t believe I have been missing out all these years.

In this Dairy Diary recipe, the haggis is mixed with carrot and rice and encased in filo pastry to make these delicious samosas.

A twist on a classic – but a delicious one.

“Some hae meat and canna eat,
 And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit.”

 

Haggis SamosasBurns Night
Haggis Samosas

A Dairy Diary recipe.

 

 

Burns Night celebrates the life and poetry of the Scottish poet Robert Burns.

 

 

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.

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Feel-Good Food

Braised Beef with Stilton Scones

If ever there was a time we needed feel-good food, it’s now

Food plays such an important role in nourishing and comforting us, and the art of cooking can be cathartic too.

This wintry dish of slow-cooked beef topped with cheesy scones is an absolute treat.

Braised Beef with Stilton SconesRecipe of the Week:
Braised Beef with Stilton Scones


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The recipes in it are really good and all are inexpensive to produce. Winner!

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For more feel-good food take a look at our recipe collection 5 Feel-Good Recipes

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.

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