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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

RECIPE

 

 

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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.

GO TO RECIPE

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

 

 

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Recipe of the Week | Halloumi Salad with Orange, Pomegranate & Hazelnut

Halloumi Salad with Orange, Pomegranate & Hazelnut

Vibrant, delicious & ready in 10 minutes!

This Halloumi Salad with Orange, Pomegranate & Hazelnut is very quick and easy, yet is full of flavour. 

Quick After-Work CookbookThe recipe is taken from the new Quick After-Work cookbook which features mouthwatering midweek meals that are simple to fit into your busy lifestyle.

Each of the exciting recipes can be on the table in 30 minutes or less!

Just what you need… quick and easy recipes with big satisfying flavours that just hit the spot!

Halloumi Salad with Orange, Pomegranate & Hazelnut

 

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New Quick After-Work Cookbook

Quick After-Work Cookbook

I’m delighted to introduce you to our brilliant new cookbook; Quick After-Work.

Honestly, since we have had first samples printed, everyone who has worked on it has been clamouring for a copy.

Not only are they speedy – each can all be on the table in half an hour or less – but the recipes are REALLY delicious.

We got so many high scores for taste from our testers – and every single recipe is tested three times; first by the writer, then an ordinary cook and then by the food stylist at the photo shoot (who also tweaks ingredients if there are issues raised by our home cooks).

 

Here’s a taster of what to expect from the book:

Quick After-Work recipes


Mexican Chicken Burger

Salted Caramel Fondue & Grilled Pineapple

 

Every recipe has straightforward instructions, cook’s tips and a colour photograph. And the book is wiro-bound so that it lies flat on your kitchen worktop.

At £8.99 it’s a complete bargain.

For more information click here.

 

 

 

 

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Sardine Spaghetti with Rocket | Recipe of the Week

Our food photographer’s favourite recipe

This uber-easy and very speedy recipe from the Dairy Diary was our food photographer’s favourite, so much so that he copied it to cook at home.

Steve shoots for leading brands and many celebrity chefs (including Michel Roux jnr) so he knows a thing or two about food and we were very pleased to receive his endorsement!

 

RECIPE

 

Sardine Spaghetti with Rocket

 

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