Main course

A simple and speedy Thai recipe

This week’s recipe in the Dairy Diary is one of my absolute favourites, and is perfect for a quick weeknight meal.

I adore Thai food and was determined to master my favourite – Pad Thai.

After much experimenting with flavours and ingredients, this is the result.

It’s proved hugely popular
with friends too.

Give it a try – I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

 

Speedy Pad Thai with Prawns

Speedy Pad Thai with Prawns

Serves 2
Time 25 mins
Calories 468
Fat 15g of which 3g is saturated

Dried rice noodles 110g (4oz)
Soft brown sugar 2 tbsp
Soy sauce 1 tbsp
Tamarind paste 2 tbsp
Fish sauce 1 tbsp
Vegetable oil 2 tbsp
Garlic 2 cloves, peeled and crushed
Thai chillies 2, deseeded and finely chopped
Spring onions 2, trimmed and chopped
Egg 1, beaten
Beansprouts 110g (4oz)
Cooked prawns 200g pack
Unsalted peanuts 50g (2oz), chopped
Chopped coriander to serve (optional)

1 Soak noodles according to packet’s instructions. Mix sugar, soy sauce, tamarind paste and fish sauce together in a bowl.

2 Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan or wok and stir-fry garlic, chillies and onions for
1 minute. Move to edge of the pan and add egg, stirring until softly scrambled.

3 Stir in beansprouts and prawns and cook for 1 minute. Add drained noodles and sauces. Stir for 1 minute and then serve scattered with nuts and coriander, if using.

This recipe is from the 2018 Dairy Diary – watch out for news of the 2019 edition coming very soon!

 

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#padthai

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Recipe of the Week: Chicken & Chorizo Pie

Chicken & Chorizo Pie

Chicken & Chorizo Pie

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 751 per portion
Fat 51g (24g sat) per portion
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Chorizo 110g (4oz), chopped
  • Chicken 4 breasts, cut into chunks
  • Olive oil 1 tbsp
  • Plain flour 1 tbsp
  • Chicken stock 250ml (9fl oz)
  • Double cream 4 tbsp
  • Canned sweetcorn 198g can, drained
  • Ready-rolled puff pastry 320g pack
  • Beaten egg for brushing
  • Steamed green vegetables to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/180°fan/Gas 6. Fry chorizo and chicken chunks in olive oil for about 7 minutes, until chicken is just cooked.
  2. 2 Add flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring, then pour in stock, stirring continuously for a further minute. Stir in cream and sweetcorn, season to taste and spoon mixture into a pie dish.
  3. 3 Brush dish rim with water then cover with pastry. Trim and crimp edges and use trimmings for decorations. Brush with egg.
  4. 4 Stand pie dish on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes until pastry is puffed and golden. Cut pie into wedges and serve immediately with green vegetables, if wished.

 

#chorizo

#tripletested

#delicious

A magic ingredient!

Chorizo - the magic ingredients

As well as the obvious everyday essentials such as eggs, milk and butter, you’ll always find one ingredient lurking in my fridge – chorizo.

It’s magical! You only need a tiny amount but it’ll perk up the most boring of meals and keeps well for ages.

I often throw it into ‘fridge fried rice’ – a concoction created to use up any leftover veg, fish or meat, sprinkled with a few liberal dashes of soy sauce.

And just recently I’ve fried just a few slices, added a couple of handfuls of frozen peas and some veg stock, whizz with a stick blender and voila it makes THE most delicious pea soup.

Here I’ve shared a recipe from this year’s Dairy Diary which uses chorizo in a scrummy chicken pie – it’s just gorgeous comfort food. I’m treating myself to a generous slice after a hike in the Lakeland Fells this week – perfect!

 

 

Chicken & Chorizo Pie

Chicken & Chorizo Pie

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 751 per portion
Fat 51g (24g sat) per portion
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Chorizo 110g (4oz), chopped
  • Chicken 4 breasts, cut into chunks
  • Olive oil 1 tbsp
  • Plain flour 1 tbsp
  • Chicken stock 250ml (9fl oz)
  • Double cream 4 tbsp
  • Canned sweetcorn 198g can, drained
  • Ready-rolled puff pastry 320g pack
  • Beaten egg for brushing
  • Steamed green vegetables to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/180°fan/Gas 6. Fry chorizo and chicken chunks in olive oil for about 7 minutes, until chicken is just cooked.
  2. 2 Add flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring, then pour in stock, stirring continuously for a further minute. Stir in cream and sweetcorn, season to taste and spoon mixture into a pie dish.
  3. 3 Brush dish rim with water then cover with pastry. Trim and crimp edges and use trimmings for decorations. Brush with egg.
  4. 4 Stand pie dish on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes until pastry is puffed and golden. Cut pie into wedges and serve immediately with green vegetables, if wished.

 

#chorizo

#tripletested

#delicious

Recipe of the Week: Sardine Spaghetti with Rocket

Sardine Spaghetti with Rocket

Sardine Spaghetti with Rocket

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 499 per portion
Fat 21.8g (3g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Spaghetti 250-300g (9-110oz)
  • Anchovy fillets in oil 50g can
  • Olive oil 1 tbsp
  • Garlic 1- 2 cloves, peeled and crushed
  • Dried chilli flakes a pinch
  • Fresh white breadcrumbs 6 tbsp (about 50g/2oz)
  • Sardines in olive oil 120g can
  • Lemon 1, finely grated zest
  • Rocket 4 good handfuls (75g-110g/3-4oz)

Instructions

  1. Add spaghetti to a large pan of fast-boiling water. Cook according to pack’s instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, tip anchovies with the oil into a large frying pan, then add olive oil, garlic and chilli flakes. Stir over gentle heat for 1-2 minutes until mushy. Turn up heat, add breadcrumbs and stir briskly until golden and crunchy. Tip onto kitchen paper.
  3. Flake sardines with a fork straight into pan and add oil.
  4. Drain pasta, reserving some cooking water. Tip it into frying pan, sprinkle in lemon zest, a little pasta water and half the rocket. Use tongs to toss together. Divide between four hot bowls and sprinkle each portion with more rocket and anchovy crumbs.

Cook’s tip
Add some halved black olives and a squeeze of lemon juice, if you like.

Racipe taken from Dairy Diary 2019.

 

#bankholiday

#treat

#tripletested

#delicious

Sneak Preview and Bank Holiday treat!

Dairy Diary photography

Wow, it’s been a really busy couple of weeks but great fun!

We exhibited at the London Stationery Show and then last week we had a very productive couple of days photographing all of our lovely lovely books, which will go on sale this autumn.

Dairy Diary photography

There’s a lot to consider when shooting the images, as the lighting, positioning and propping all need to be just right – but we have a great team, with a brilliant photographer, stylist and art director who ensure everything looks just perfect.

As a VERY special treat we have a sneak preview of one of the brand new recipes from the new Dairy Diary.

Enjoy the bank holiday!

 

 

 

 

Sardine Spaghetti with Rocket

Sardine Spaghetti with Rocket

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 499 per portion
Fat 21.8g (3g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Spaghetti 250-300g (9-110oz)
  • Anchovy fillets in oil 50g can
  • Olive oil 1 tbsp
  • Garlic 1- 2 cloves, peeled and crushed
  • Dried chilli flakes a pinch
  • Fresh white breadcrumbs 6 tbsp (about 50g/2oz)
  • Sardines in olive oil 120g can
  • Lemon 1, finely grated zest
  • Rocket 4 good handfuls (75g-110g/3-4oz)

Instructions

  1. Add spaghetti to a large pan of fast-boiling water. Cook according to pack’s instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, tip anchovies with the oil into a large frying pan, then add olive oil, garlic and chilli flakes. Stir over gentle heat for 1-2 minutes until mushy. Turn up heat, add breadcrumbs and stir briskly until golden and crunchy. Tip onto kitchen paper.
  3. Flake sardines with a fork straight into pan and add oil.
  4. Drain pasta, reserving some cooking water. Tip it into frying pan, sprinkle in lemon zest, a little pasta water and half the rocket. Use tongs to toss together. Divide between four hot bowls and sprinkle each portion with more rocket and anchovy crumbs.

Cook’s tip
Add some halved black olives and a squeeze of lemon juice, if you like.

Racipe taken from Dairy Diary 2019.

 

#bankholiday

#treat

#tripletested

#delicious

Recipe of the Week: Slow Spiced Ox Stew

Slow Spiced Ox Stew

Enjoy time with friends and family by slow cooking….just a few minutes preparation, then relax while it cooks to perfection.

With melt-in-the-mouth texture and gorgeous flavours, this stew is well worth the wait!

Slow Spiced Ox Stew

  • Servings: 8
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Calories 564 per portion
Fat 38g (17g sat) per portion
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Rapeseed oil 2 tbsp
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Plain flour 2 rounded tbsp
  • Ox cheeks 4 approx. 1.9kg (4lb 4oz)
  • Onions 2, peeled and each cut into 6 wedges
  • Carrots 2 large, peeled and cut into 1cm (½in) thick slices
  • Celery 2 sticks, cut into thick slices
  • Mandarin or satsuma 1, finely grated zest
  • Thyme 4 sprigs
  • Bay leaves 2
  • Star anise 2
  • Pitted dried dates 6, halved
  • Whole plum tomatoes 400g can
  • Beef Stock Pots (or stock cubes) 2
  • Mashed potato and broccoli to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C/130°fan/Gas 2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large flameproof casserole dish. Season the flour and use to coat the ox cheeks. Brown them in the oil, two at a time, for 2 minutes each side. Remove with a slotted spoon.
  2. Add the remaining oil to the casserole along with the onions, carrots and celery. Stir well, cover and leave over a low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in any leftover flour, the mandarin zest, thyme, bay leaves, star anise and dates.
  3. Put the meat back in the casserole, add the tomatoes and Stock Pots (or crumble in the stock cubes) and pour over just enough boiling water to cover the meat. Bring to the boil on the hob then cover and cook in the oven for 4 hours until the meat is tender.
  4. Lift the ox cheeks out of the casserole and set aside, covered. Put the casserole on the hob over a medium heat for 10 minutes or until the sauce is reduced and thickened. Pull the meat into large chunks and put back into the sauce. Take out the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Season well and serve with mashed potato and broccoli, if you like.
  5. Slow cooker method Prepare as in the method then place in the slow cooker, cover and cook on high for 6 hours. Take the lid off and continue cooking for another hour to reduce the sauce.

Cook’s tips

Ask the butcher to trim the fat off the ox cheeks, or skim the fat off the top of the sauce after cooking but before you reduce it.

The dates and mandarin zest add a subtle fragrance and sweetness to the sauce.

If you prefer, after taking the meat out you can thicken the sauce with cornflour mixed with a little water; bring to the boil before returning the meat to the sauce.

 

Cook it Slowly! cookbook back in stock!

Cook it Slowly!

This recipe is taken from our Cook it Slowly! cookbook, which is packed full of the most amazing slow-cooked recipes.

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#delicious

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