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Recipe of the Week: Fish with Oregano Butter & Cauliflower

Fish with Oregano Butter

Fish with Oregano Butter & Cauliflower

Delicious, just-cooked cod or hake fillet on a bed of creamy cauliflower.

And it only takes 25 minutes to cook!

Serves 2
Time 25 mins
Per serving: Calories 688. Fat 51g of which 28g is saturated

Healthy and delicious. Try it this week.

Autumn Super Salad

 


 

 

The Fish with Oregano Butter & Cauliflower recipe is one of the weekly inspirational recipes featured in the Dairy Diary 2018.

Dairy Diary 20182018 Dairy Diary 

A unique A5, week-to-view diary that’s both practical and pretty – the perfect choice for planning your busy life.
And with sales of over 30 million Dairy Diary has been Britain’s favourite home diary since 1982.

Amazing value at just £8.50!

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Recipe of the Week | Autumn Super Salad

Autumn Super Salad

Salad is not for autumn, right?

Wrong!

This delicious Autumn Super Salad from Dairy Diary will change your mind.

Serves 2
Time 30 mins
Per serving: Calories 295. Fat 13g of which 5g is saturated

Colourful, nutritious and filling. Try it this week.

Autumn Super Salad

 


 

Dairy Diary 2018

The Autumn Super Salad recipe is one of the weekly inspirational recipes featured in the Dairy Diary 2018.

Dairy Diary 20182018 Dairy Diary 

A unique A5, week-to-view diary that’s both practical and pretty – the perfect choice for planning your busy life.
And with sales of over 30 million Dairy Diary has been Britain’s favourite home diary since 1982.

Amazing value at just £8.50!

COMING SOON

 

 

The origins of Halloween and what to do with all that pumpkin

 Haloween Pumpkin

The origins of Halloween

The origins of Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain.*

Until 2,000 years ago, the Celts lived across the lands we now know as Britain, Ireland and northern France. Essentially a farming and agricultural people, the Pre-Christian Celtic year was determined by the growing seasons and Samhain marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark cold winter. The festival symbolised the boundary between the world of the living and the world of the dead.

It was believed by the Celts that on the night of 31st October, ghosts of their dead would revisit the mortal world and large bonfires were lit in each village in order to ward off any evil spirits that may also be at large.

The night or evening of Samhain became known
as All-hallows-even then Hallow Eve, still later
Hallowe’en and then of course Halloween.

A special time of the year when many believe that the spirit world can make contact with the physical world, a night when magic is at its most potent.

Throughout Britain, Halloween has traditionally been celebrated by children’s games such as bobbing for apples in containers full of water, telling ghost stories and the carving of faces into hollowed-out vegetables such as swedes and turnips. These faces would usually be illuminated from within by a candle, the lanterns displayed on window sills to ward off any evil spirits. The current use of pumpkins is a relatively modern innovation imported from the United States.

*Halloween by Ben Johnson

Pumpkin carving fun with your children

Halloween carved pumpkinChoose your pumpkin – a large, ripe pumpkin that has smooth, even surfaces and sits comfortably without danger of rolling over is best.

Sketch your pattern on paper to suit the size and shape of your pumpkin. If you’re not artistic, use a stencil or template.

Make the lid by drawing a 125mm (5″) circle on the top. Cut out the lid with the saw/blade at an angle – leaning slightly to the outside – this will stop the lid dropping inside. Remove the lid and clean its base.

The kids can remove the inside – they love this slimy job and can easily remove all the seeds and mushy stuff. Then you can takeover scraping with a spoon or ice-cream scoop. Thin walls make carving easier, but don’t make them too thin or the pumpkin will collapse. Make the base inside flat to accommodate a candle.

Apply your pattern by copying freehand onto the clean, dry pumpkin with a marker/pen/pencil or tape your paper pattern to the pumpkin and mark the design by poking holes through the pattern.

Let’s carve – adults only if you’re using a knife! Carefully begin at the centre of your pattern and work outward – small shapes first. The kids can push out the shapes as you go. Lastly ensure the pumpkin sits stably without danger of rolling.

Light up – place a tea-light in the base. Ensure the candle is level and carefully light it. Always extinguish the candle when leaving the room.

For a carving tool, we recommend a pumpkin saw. If you’re using a knife (small and sharp) carve gently and steadily, making a few gentle strokes for each cut.

 

And what to do with all that pumpkin?

Halloween Pumkin recipes from Dairy Diary

Here are four of our favourite Halloween recipes from the Dairy Diary team:

Halloween Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

Halloween Pumpkin Gratin

Pumpkin & Ginger Risotto

Halloween Cake Pops

 

Yes, we know the Halloween Pop Cakes don’t contain pumpkin, but they are too good to miss out!

Have fun!

 

#halloween

#pumpkin

 

 

 

National Curry Week! And an AMAZING curry recipe

It’s always exciting when printed books arrive on my desk.

After a year in the planning and production, it’s great to see everything come together in a finished book.

Cook it Slowly! cookbookThis year, however, I was more eager than ever to get my hands on a copy of Cook it Slowly!, our new cookbook.

Having tested many of the recipes myself and
heard so many glowing testaments from other
testers and the photography team I couldn’t
wait to get the book for my own kitchen.

The slowly cooked meals in this fantastic cookbook are easy, fuss-free and delicious with melt-in-the-mouth textures and intense flavours. Every recipe can be cooked either on the hob or in the oven and also, where appropriate, in a slow cooker.

Each recipe has a full colour photograph, straightforward instructions, cook’s tips and nutritional information, but most importantly, it tastes incredible.

And it only costs £8.75! Order Cook it Slowly! from your milkman, through Amazon or via our website.

 

LAMBJ ALFREZI

 

And as it’s National Curry Week I thought I would share this stunning Lamb Jalfrezi with you.

Enjoy! And don’t forget to order the book – it’s a must for every kitchen.

 

Lamb Jalfrezi

 

 

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Recipe of the week: Nutty Seeded Burgers on Brioche 

This is the best veggie burger EVER!

It may be the last opportunity this year, so pop them on the barbecue and sip a glass of something lovely while enjoying the last days of summer.

 

 

Nutty Seeded Burgers on Brioche

Nutty Seeded Burgers on Brioche

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Calories 348 per portion
Fat 27g (5g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Bulgur wheat 50g (2oz)
  • Vegetable stock 300ml (½ pint)
  • Unsalted cashew nuts 50g (2oz)
  • Brazil nuts 50g (2oz)
  • Mixed seeds 50g (2oz)
  • Garlic 1 clove, peeled
  • Wholemeal bread 1 small slice, torn into pieces
  • Egg 1 Harissa paste 2 tsp
  • Sunflower oil 1-2 tbsp
  • Brioche buns, tomato slices and salad leaves to serve

Instructions

  1. Place bulgur wheat in a pan with stock and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Place all remaining ingredients except oil, brioche and salad in a food processor and whizz to blend together. Stir in bulgur wheat and season to taste. Shape into four patties, cover and chill for 1 hour.
  3. Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook burgers for 4-5 minutes on each side until golden. Serve on brioche with tomatoes and leaves.

#recipeoftheweek

#veggieburger

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Wow, I can’t believe it’s September already.

This year has been a whirlwind with new product development, new sales opportunities and not to mention a wedding and house move too! 

But now’s no time for reflection, it’s the time to look forward to next year because the 2018 Dairy Diary is here!

And what a beauty it is. I think this
is my favourite cover of all time; it’s
so fresh, calm and uplifting.

And it’s absolutely crammed full of fascinating features.

Dairy Diary 2018

The Dairy Diary 2018 comes with its usual handy pocket and memorably dates sticker sheet, a ribbon page marker and, of course, concealed wiro-binding so that it lies flat for writing and reference.

It has all the planning tools you need for next year – useful reminders, space for addresses, budgeting, holiday dates, and plenty of space to write all those important notes and appointments. It now has a weekly reminders section too.

Dairy Diary 2018 with stickers

Chelsea Buns recipeAnd best of all – the reason the Dairy Diary is loved by so many loyal readers – its delicious triple-tested recipes.

With so much variety, from Cauliflower Cheese Soup to Beef Yakitori (Asian-style kebabs) and Choc n Nut Chelsea Buns to Gin & Tonic Sorbet.

There’s such a great selection that I’ve made many of them several times over already!

To find out more about the 2018 Dairy Diary click here.

You can order online or over the phone, if you prefer. Our order phoneline is 01425 463390.

It’s just £8.50 plus £2.50 P&P, but that’s per order, not per item. AND if you spend over £20 then postage is free! So stock up now for Christmas and don’t forget to treat yourself.

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My favourite recipe

It’s a close-run thing but the recipe that I love best (in fact, crave often) is the Nutty Seeded Burgers, which are without doubt the best veggie burgers I’ve ever had.

Have a try and see what you think:

 

Nutty Seeded Burgers on Brioche

Nutty Seeded Burgers on Brioche

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Calories 348 per portion
Fat 27g (5g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Bulgur wheat 50g (2oz)
  • Vegetable stock 300ml (½ pint)
  • Unsalted cashew nuts 50g (2oz)
  • Brazil nuts 50g (2oz)
  • Mixed seeds 50g (2oz)
  • Garlic 1 clove, peeled
  • Wholemeal bread 1 small slice, torn into pieces
  • Egg 1 Harissa paste 2 tsp
  • Sunflower oil 1-2 tbsp
  • Brioche buns, tomato slices and salad leaves to serve

Instructions

  1. Place bulgur wheat in a pan with stock and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Place all remaining ingredients except oil, brioche and salad in a food processor and whizz to blend together. Stir in bulgur wheat and season to taste. Shape into four patties, cover and chill for 1 hour.
  3. Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook burgers for 4-5 minutes on each side until golden. Serve on brioche with tomatoes and leaves.

 

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#veggieburger

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