Starter / snack

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

Starter

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

Main

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

Dessert

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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Happy Leap Day!

Happy Leap Day

30 days has September,
April, June and November.
All the rest have 31,
except February alone,
which has 28 days clear,
and 29 each leap year.

Who learned that little ditty at school? Even now, I still recite it in my head when checking diary proofs (yes, honestly!)

And here we are on day 29. The day when women who rather fancy their other halves as husband material may propose. This ‘right’ to propose on 29th February each leap year goes back hundreds of years when Leap Day had no recognition in English law; the day was ‘leapt over’ and ignored, hence the term ‘leap year’.

It was decided that the day had no legal status, meaning that a break in tradition on this day was acceptable. Thankfully, nowadays, we can propose whenever we like, Leap Day or otherwise.

 


 

Baked Onion SoupIf you’re not busy proposing today, bake this absolutely delicious recipe. I know a baked soup sounds bizarre, but trust me, it’s worth it. Perfect Saturday lunch fayre.

This recipe is from our Cook it Slowly! cookbook, which is packed full of flavoursome recipes perfect for making ahead.

Baked Onion Soup

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Recipe of the Week: Chestnut Mushroom Soup with Blue Cheese Toasts

Chestnut Mushroom Soup with Blue Cheese Toasts

There are certain classic food pairings that were just made for one another; particularly in the world of cheese.

 

Cheddar and apple, brie and cranberry, blue cheese and mushroom. In this gorgeous soup, we enjoy the latter.

This recipe is taken from our Quick After-Work cookbook, which is crammed full of equally delicious recipes that can be ready in 30 minutes or less. Click here to find out more.

 

Chestnut Mushroom Soup with Blue Cheese Toasts

 

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3 Super Soups from our Superb Quick After-Work Cookbook

Quick-After-Work-Soups

September is now well underway and autumn is almost upon us.

 

The nights begin to draw in and the mornings are dewy.

Soups are the perfect fodder for this in-between month when we’re not quite casserole-ready but summer is behind us.

These three flavourful and filling soups are perfect for mid-week eating (especially with a chunk of crusty bread!)

Taken from our new cookbook; Quick After-Work, they can all be on the table in half an hour or less.

 

Smoky Tomato & Red Lentil Soup

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Chestnut Mushroom Soup with Blue Cheese Toasts

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Caribbean Prawn & Mango Soup

 


 

Quick After-Work CookbookQuick After-Work Cookbook

Gorgeous midweek meals that are easy to fit into your busy lifestyle.

The Quick After-Work Cookbook features easy, speedy recipes and big satisfying flavours that just hit the spot!

£8.99

 

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World Whisky Day

World Whisky Day

Celebrating World Whisky Day, the Dairy Diary way!


Did you know?

  • Whisky or whiskey is a distilled alcoholic drink made from fermented grain mash.
  • The smoky flavour found in some types of whisky, especially true of Scotch, is due to the peat smoke used to treat the malt.
  • Whisky is most often aged in wooden casks, often made of charred white oak.
  • With a value of £4.359 billion (2017), Scotch whisky exports accounted for over 20 per cent of all UK food and drink exports.
  • Some 34 bottles of whisky are exported from Scotland every second.

Whisky in Gaelic reads ‘uisge beathe’,
which means ‘water of life’

We will be celebrating World Whisky Day in the Dairy Diary office by baking these gorgeous Dundee Marmalade Flapjacks, and making our very own  Whisky Marmalade. Absolutely delicious!

 

Dundee Marmalade flapjacks

Dundee Marmalade Flapjacks

Whisky Marmalade

Whisky Marmalade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recipe of the Week: Watercress Soup

From our iconic Dairy Book of Home Cookery, this recipe reminds me of childhood; wading through the local stream with my grandad to collect handfuls of fresh watercress from the icy waters.

I’m not sure if there are many places that you can still find wild watercress, but your local greengrocer or supermarket should certainly stock it. And it’s a great source of vitamin A, C and iron, so tuck in.

 

Watercress Soup

This soup is simple, peppery, creamy and lovely – just add fresh crusty bread!

 

 

RECIPE

 

 

The Dairy Book of Home CookeryThis recipe is from the 50th anniversary edition of the Dairy Book of Home Cookery.

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