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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.

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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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Dairy Diary 2018 review

Have you bought your dairy diary yet?

It’s perfect for inspiration and planning throughout next year, and also for gifts too.

Here are a few reasons why the Dairy Diary is Britain’s best-loved home diary…

 

 

The cover is so fresh, calm and uplifting. Of course, it’s crammed full of recipes, cook’s tips and fascinating features.

The Dairy Diary 2018 comes with a handy pocket, memorable dates sticker sheet, ribbon page marker and concealed wiro-binding that ensures it lies flat for writing and reading.

It has lots planning tools, useful reminders, contact details, budgeting, holiday dates and plenty of space to write your day-to-day notes and appointments. New for 2018 is a weekly reminders section.

But the reason the Dairy Diary is loved by so many loyal readers is the inclusion of a delicious recipe for each week of the year. Easy to prepare, mouthwatering dishes that have been triple-tested for great results. Your friends and family will love them

There is a great variety, from Cauliflower Cheese Soup to Beef Yakitori (Asian-style kebabs) and Choc n Nut Chelsea Buns to Gin & Tonic Sorbet.

In fact, there is such a great selection that we have made many of them several times over already!

 


 

Dairy Diary 2018Dairy Diary 2018

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

Now available for just £8.50!

P&P is £2.50, but that’s per order, not per item. Spend over £20 then postage is free!

Perfect for Christmas gifts and a perfect treat for yourself.

Buy

 


 

 

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We need your help to choose the next Dairy Diary cover

Help us to choose the next Dairy Diary cover

We need your help to choose the next Dairy Diary cover

We are busy in the Dairy Diary office finalising the design for the 2019 edition. We have almost finished, but we need your help to choose the best cover!

Please take a close look at the eight designs and tell us what you think.

The survey will only take
a couple of minutes.

One lucky respondent will receive a free Dairy Diary 2018!

Thanks so much for your assistance.

Emily

TAKE SURVEY

How Dairy Diary recipes are created

Dairy Diary recipes
Dairy Diary recipes

Every recipe in the Dairy Diary and our cookbooks is triple-tested, and from the original idea to the finished recipe, it’s quite a lengthy process.

First, our recipe writers produce a list of recipe ideas from which we choose our favourites. From this list we need to ensure that there will be a good balance of savoury/sweet, veg/fish/meat and a good range of different ingredients – it’s quite a jigsaw puzzle!

The writer then tests and writes the recipe. Then the recipe is given to our editor to edit to Dairy Diary style and to fit the space in the book.

After that, it’s passed to a team of amateur testers, who check that the recipe is easy to understand, shop for and to cook, and of course, it tastes delicious!

Finally, the recipes are given to our food stylist, props stylist and photographer, who test, cook and shoot each dish and make them look utterly fabulous.

 

A special new recipe

I’ve recently had a recipe request for an old recipe that I haven’t been able to find in our archive of books. The idea sounded so delicious that I’ve decided to create it for the next diary. Here it is. We all loved it – I hope you do too!

 

Coconut, Pineapple & Fruit Loaf

 

Coconut, Pineapple & Fruit Loaf

  • Servings: One large loaf
  • Difficulty: easy
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Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Self-raising flour 150g (5oz)
  • Desiccated coconut 75g (3oz)
  • Caster sugar 75g (3oz)
  • Butter 110g (4oz), softened
  • Eggs 2
  • Pineapple chunks in juice 227g/230g can
  • Luxury dried mixed fruit 75g (3oz)
  • Granulated sugar 25g (1oz)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/170°fan/Gas 5. Grease and line a 900g (2lb) loaf tin.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix together flour, 50g (2oz) coconut, caster sugar, butter and eggs.
  3. Fold in pineapple chunks (reserve juice) and dried fruit. Spoon into prepared tin and smooth the top. Sprinkle with remaining coconut.
  4. Bake for 40-45 minutes until a skewer comes out clean (cover with foil if the top is browning too quickly). Mix reserved 5 tablespoons pineapple juice with granulated sugar and spoon over the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven.
  5. Leave to cool in tin for 10 minutes before cooling on a wire rack.

Coconut, Pineapple & Fruit Loaf

For more recipes, check out the Dairy Diary 2018 and Cook it Slowly! cookbook.

 

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