Marvellous (and Easy!) Mothering Sunday Menu

Mother's Day Menu

Every year I have the romantic vision of a Mother’s Day walk in the spring sunshine


This would be followed by a civilised lunch or afternoon tea enjoying ‘mum’ time with my own mum and my children.

The reality is always monsoon-like weather that almost blows us off a hill/into the sea/over a cliff followed by a long queue for a table in a restaurant whilst looking like drowned rats and the children cry/argue/moan because they’re freezing cold and bored.

Obviously, this year things have to be a lot different and I will have to make-do with a phone call to my mum.

With my children, we plan to cook at home together. I’ve chosen an easy and accessible menu that they can follow and that we can enjoy together stress-free. All recipes come from the Around Britain cookbook (look out for the special offer code on this!)




Mothering Sunday Menu


Parsnip & Apple Soup


This creamy soup originates from East Anglia, where root crops thrive in the fertile soil. The sweet and velvety texture of parsnip combines wonderfully with a hint of tart cooking apple.

Parsnip & Apple Soup 


Teviotdale Pie


Teviotdale is a valley in the Scottish borders, whose principal town is Hawick. This border country has a turbulent history, and saw numerous clashes between Scots and English. This tasty pie from the region is a great recipe for making a little meat go a long way.

Teviotdale Pie


Knickerbocker Glory


This ice cream extravaganza originated in New York and was named after its original Dutch settlers, the ‘Knickerbockers’. However, its popularity here in Britain is due to an Italian named Pacitto, who opened an ice cream parlour in Redcar where he introduced the Knickerbocker Glory to the British.

Knickerbocker Glory



Around Britain CookbookAll recipes come from the Around Britain cookbook (look out for the special offer code on this!)













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British Pie Week

Cumberland Rum Nicky

Recipe of the Week: Cumberland Rum Nicky


This may not sound like a recipe to celebrate British Pie Week, but it is and oh what a delicious specimen of pie it is!

This delicious dessert, packed full of dried fruit, ginger and rum is a classic dish from Cumberland in the Northwest of England.

The ports of Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport were at the centre of the UK run trade in the 18th century, importing rum, molasses and sugar from the Caribbean. The Cumbrians combined these imported ingredients to create this scrumptious pudding.

Cumberland Rum Nicky



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It’s Shrove Tuesday tomorrow

Lemon & White Chocolate Pancake Pops

Pancakes, as we would recognise them today, date back to Roman times

But a type of pancake is actually thought to originate in Stone Age times, more than 30 thousand years’ ago!

Shrove Tuesday (tomorrow), sometimes referred to as Pancake (or Jif Lemon!) Day, is the traditional feast day that precedes Ash Wednesday. It was, and still is to some, customary to fast from Ash Wednesday (the start of Lent) and so it was essential to use up ingredients, such as flour, eggs and milk, which also have religious symbolism.

Pancakes provide the perfect recipe for such ingredients and have been eaten on this day for centuries.

Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, and so it moves date annually.

Us Brits have many unusual traditions and pancakes races are amongst them. The Olney Pancake Race is the most famous of these.  In years gone by, the ‘pancake’ or shriving bell’ would have been rung to summon people to church on Shrove Tuesday. Legend has it that one cook in Olney was in such a rush to get to her place of worship that she ran to church still clutching her frying pan. Today, competitors dress up in a skirt, headscarf and apron and dash to the finish line complete with frying pan and pancake.

If you fancy a rather more leisurely Shrove Tuesday, why not try making this recipe from the 2020 Dairy Diary? It’s a lot easier!


Lemon & White Chocolate Pancake Pops




I wonder, over the past 50 years, how many people have eaten pancakes made using the Dairy Book of Home Cookery recipe?

How many children scampered home from school eager for tea, excited it was Pancake Day, to be greeted by a perfect pancake cooked from this iconic book?

Failsafe Pancake recipe

This is the perfect pancake recipe with variations for Chilli Pancakes and Crêpes Suzette.






Recipe of the Week: Rhubarb Crumble Cake

Rhubarb Crumble Cake

Rhubarb Crumble Cake

Bright pink forced rhubarb brings welcome colour and flavour to our bowls this month.

Predominantly grown in Yorkshire, and now with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status, these rose-hued shoots are grown in the dark in large, warm and humid sheds.

You can even visit the Wakefield Rhubarb Festival this weekend to celebrate it in all its magenta glory.

Whilst I am partial to rhubarb in gin, this recipe is also absolutely delicious. Share with others as one of your Random Acts of Kindness  this week.

Try it soon!

Rhubarb Crumble Cake





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A perfect Burns Night pudding

Whisky Mac Coffee Jelly Shots

Whisky Mac Coffee Jelly Shots

Burns Night celebrates the life and poetry of the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Rabbie Burns, as he is affectionately known, penned more than 550 poems and songs before his death in 1796.

At a Burns Supper, Haggis is usually served (piped in with bagpipes should you own them!) with ‘neeps and tatties’ or swede and potatoes, mashed together with plenty of butter.

This Dairy Diary dessert, using Scottish whisky, is a perfect Burns Supper pud.




Following the meal; recitals of Rabbie’s poems and then a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne finishes off the evening.

Enjoy your Burns’ Night folks and Lang may yer lum reek.



Robert Burns20 fun facts about Robert Burns

The legacy of Robert Burns is incredibly impressive reaching far and wide across the globe and into the consciousness of some of the world’s most well-known people.

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School dinners – did you love them or loathe them?

Coconut Sponge Pudding

National School Meals Week

This week has been National School Meals week; an occasion that celebrates the quality of today’s school meals (my children love them and insist that most of my meals are inferior; roll of eyes) and also gives us the opportunity to reminisce.

I remember not being permitted to choose a salad as they were ‘saved for the teachers’ and forced to eat chips instead – unthinkable now.

I have very fond memories of the puddings, however, and this recipe is a homage to my favourite.

Recipe of the Week: Coconut Sponge Pudding



This and many more delicious recipes can be found in the 2020 Dairy Diary, available now.


I would love to hear your memories of school meals.

Did you love them or loathe them? Please leave your comments below.









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