Visit the new Dairy Diary website and blog


Future blogs will be posted on the new Dairy Diary website

New Dairy Diary website and blogWe are thrilled to be able to introduce the new Dairy Diary website.

From now on all new blog posts, recipes, tips, competitions and new products are available in one place,

Visit now and don’t forget to bookmark the website.


You won’t lose your favourite recipes!

Don’t worry, your favourites recipes
will still be available here on Dairy Diary Chat for a few years yet! 

Please take a look at the new recipes and tips we are adding to our new website each week.

See you there!


Visit new Dairy Diary website


Handy Holiday Checklist


Many lucky people will soon be jetting off to somewhere sunny.

Here’s our super-popular holiday checklist to help you remember all those essentials.





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
  • Print

Calories 499 per portion
Fat 21.8g (3g sat) per portion


  • 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)


  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.






Don’t forget to put your clocks forward tonight!

British Summer Time

Don’t forget to put your clocks forward tonight!

British Summer Time (BST) means the clocks go forward by one hour at 1am on Sunday morning.


But why?

Here are some fun facts from Radio Four…

1. We change our clocks to make better use of daylight

2. Daylight saving was first proposed by Benjamin Franklin

3. Germany was the first country to adopt daylight saving

4. During WWII we put the clocks forward by two hours

5. For three years from 1968 we got rid of BST completely

6. BST always begins on the last Sunday in March

7. Only three European countries keep their clocks constant all year

8. Around 70 countries worldwide adopt daylight saving

9. Two American states opt out of Daylight Saving Time

10. One monarch had his own time zone!


For the full details visit Ten Timely Facts About The Changing Clocks.

5 ways to attract birds to your garden

Garden Bird Feeders

We’re currently trying – and failing – to attract birds to our garden.

One of my children is an avid wildlife fan and was very excited to receive a bird feeder for Christmas.

However, being in a new-build with a garden devoid of plants, we’ve only managed to attract a couple of robins and not much else. Time to consult our trusty Favourite Garden Birds book.

This lovely book is packed full of charming photographs and
illustrations, avian quotes from literature, and fascinating facts
about the birds that could visit your garden.

Its chapter on helping birds should be just what we need to attract feathered friends to our plot.



And here’s the advice it imparts:


1 Provide water

Birds need fresh water more than ever in winter. They must keep their feathers clean if they are to stay warm because dirty feathers do not provide good insulation. If you do not have a pond, provide a bird-bath or wide shallow dish for them to wash in and drink from. Prevent ice from forming by floating a ball on the top, or use hot water to melt the ice each morning.


2 Put out food

Some birds are seed-eaters, others insect-eaters and some eat both. Put out a variety of foodstuffs to suit a range of species: bird seed, suet, bacon rind and other cooked meat, live mealworms, grated cheese, apples, pears and bananas.


Greenfinch eating peanuts3 In the right place

Some birds prefer to eat from a bird-table, others like pecking at crumbs on the ground, while others like hanging feeders. Make sure that the birds can feed away from prevailing winds and from predators. The best site is out in the open but near to a bush or tree so that they can hide, if needs be. Make sure you clean where they feed on a regular basis.


4 Plant for wild winter fare

There are several plants and trees that will give birds food from autumn to spring; just be sure to leave seed-heads on and any windfalls lying beneath the trees. Include some of these in your planting scheme: apple, beech, cotoneaster, hawthorn, holly, ivy, nigella, pear and viburnum.


5 Give them a place to nest

If you do not have suitable trees and shrubs in your garden consider a nest box. Fix it facing north so that it won’t become too hot in the summer. You could also put out nesting material, such as wool to give busy parents a head start. Clean thoroughly at the end of each nesting season.



Favourite Garden BirdsFor MUCH more information on birds, you can purchase Favourite Garden Birds from our online shop for just £7.99.

Click here for more information.




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