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Autumn Traditions

Hedgehog in Autumn

We all enjoy Christmas traditions, but I suspect that many of us have our own autumn traditions too.


Seasonal changes and events are an integral part of our countryside and also the British psyche.

As a child apple-bobbing was a ubiquitous game at each of every one of my birthday parties. I’m not sure if any of us enjoyed it that much but, well, it was tradition!

Bobbing Apples Cake

Nowadays, I am far more tempted by the Apple-Bobbing Cake from the 2020 Dairy Diary.

The autumn season usually begins with the packing away of summer clothes and the polishing of boots. The flame-coloured foliage and walks in the crisp autumn sunshine is, in my opinion, ones of life’s greatest joys.

And I relish the time when we have candles lit in an evening. It creates cosiness like nothing else.

 

When the clocks change, we rush to my parents’ house in the hope of seeing one of their prickly nocturnal visitors.

They often have a procession of hedgehogs eager to stock up on mealworms before their winter sleep.

Unlike the hedgehog, our slow cooker comes out of hibernation and resides on the kitchen worktop in October. Sundays see the aroma of many offerings from said gadget.

One of our new favourites is the ox cheeks recipe from the next Dairy Diary. It’s so flavourful and just melts-in-the-mouth. You can cook it in the oven too.

 

Slow Spiced Ox Stew

Slow-Braised Ox Cheeks

 


 

Dairy Diary 2020And, of course, autumn just wouldn’t be the same without the Dairy Diary.

It’s the traditional time to order so why not do so now?

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Great British Pea Week

Great British Pea Week

Did you know there is a whole week dedicated to peas?

Great British Pea Week

Can you imagine sausage and mash without peas or a spring evening without pea and mint soup, or a goat’s cheese salad without a scattering of freshly podded peas? Peas are the champions of the vegetable world!

Pea shoots are relative new-comers to our salad bowls. Pea shoots have delectable leaves and tendrils and, unsurprisingly, taste like peas. These lovely little shoots make a delicious salad and work equally served with freshly steamed or pan-fried fish.

And they are very easy to grow.

So easy that my eight-year-old grew (and ate) on her windowsill, a miniature garden full in just a couple of weeks.

They grow very well on the kitchen sill next to your other herbs; simply purchase a packet of pea shoot seeds, soak in water, add to a tray of compost and just watch them grow!

Try this mouthwatering salad from the Dairy Diary.

 

Japanese Chicken & Avocado Salad

Japanese Chicken & Avocado Salad

 

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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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National Vegetarian Week and new ingredients

Nasi Goreng

National Vegetarian Week

 

Look who’s supporting this year’s National Vegetarian Week: Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, Ella Mills and many more… enjoy veggie food this National Vegetarian Week.

 

New ingredients

New and exciting veggie food products are launched regularly, but it’s not possible or affordable to try them all.

But one ingredient that I’m definitely going to try is jackfruit.

You will see it on supermarket shelves and also in restaurants. It comes in cans, has a savoury flavour and the texture of pulled pork.

I am reducing the amount of meat that we eat as a family, so it’s definitely going to be on my shopping list soon. If we like jackfruit it may be in future Dairy Diary recipes!

Tamarind paste is another ingredient that is new to me. It’s made from the fruit of the tamarind tree and has a sweet/sour taste. Although unfamiliar in the UK, it is a key ingredient in Worcestershire sauce, which has been around for almost 200 years!

Tamarind paste is used in this Nasi Goreng recipe, from the Quick After-Work Cookbook, and is stir-fried with garlic, ginger and chilli just before the rice is added.

This mouthwatering vegetarian recipe takes just 15 minutes to make and is an excellent weekday meal when you’re short of time.

Please share with us any new ingredients that you have used recently – who knows, they could appear in the next Dairy Diary!

 

Nasi Goreng

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Easy meals for fussy children – and they will love them!

Before I became a mum I didn’t realise just how fussy children are!

Despite introducing my children to a wide range of foods, I seem to have raised fussy eaters.

The new Quick After-Work Cookbook has an excellent selection of teatime recipes written specifically with little fussy eaters in mind. Of course, all children are different, but there should be something that appeals to all.

The Children’s Teas chapter features:

  • Fish Finger Tacos
  • Turkey Pittas
  • Tortilla Pan Sandwich
  • Sloppy Joes
  • Mini Muffin Pizzas
  • Veggie Nuggets
  • Pork & Apple Burgers
  • Bacon on Pea Green Fritters
  • Hidden Veg Quorn Bolognese

And all can be on the table within 30 minutes.

 


 

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

This recipe is a firm favourite in our family – with adults and children alike – taken from Quick After-Work cookbook.

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Quick After-Work CookbookTo find out more about this fabulous cookbook click here.

 

 

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