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Always Triple-Tested!

Taste testing our new recipes

One thing of which we are very proud is that all our superb recipes are triple-tested, by ‘ordinary’ people

 

When we say ordinary we mean people like Emily and me, who are not professionally trained in the kitchen.

First, they are tested by our wonderful recipe writers who have created them from scratch, using simple, seasonal ingredients that are widely available.

Next, Dairy Diary staff test a few recipes each, as well as our family and friends – we are ruthless when it comes to critiquing, as we want to publish only the very best.

Finally, our experienced food stylist prepares, tweaks, then beautifully arranges each recipe, before our photographer, Steve, taste tests (of course, we don’t have to twist his arm too much!)

We are currently putting together our next cookbook, but we are keeping the theme a secret for now.

However, here are a few teaser photographs of recipes that I have tested recently.

And they all scored 10/10!

 

Triple-testing new recipes

Emma Snow

I am the Brand Executive for Dairy Diary. A passionate foodie (with a very sweet-tooth). Who likes to blog about all things DIY & scrumptious recipes.

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Sneak peek behind the scenes at Dairy Diary HQ

Dairy Diary new Hq

A sneak peek…

In March we were due to move into a new office, but instead, we dumped our boxes of books and dashed home to work from our spare bedrooms.

Dairy Diary new office

We’ve been busy over the last month, planning, unpacking and putting together flatpack shelving and now, at last, we have finally been able to move into our lovely new office space.

Dairy Diary new office

It’s very apt for Dairy Diary – a converted cow barn in the Cheshire countryside. There’s an abundance of flower baskets and a central courtyard where we hope to be able to enjoy the odd alfresco lunch (though we may need to wait until next year for that now!)

As the office is painted white, we had a blank canvas for our colour scheme.

Colour palette inspiration
How to choose a colour palette

We put lots of thought into the scheme and the layout though, before making any decisions.

Take a look at our feature on choosing a colour palette to find out more.

It’s a very tranquil and inspiring space, where I’m sure lots of wonderful new products will come to fruition.

Watch this space!

 

 

Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

Introducing the Brand-new ‘A Zest For Life’ Cookbook

by Emma Snow Emma Snow

 
 
A Zest For Life Cookbook

A Zest for Life has got to be my favourite cookbook to date. Ever!

 

What I love the most is the variety of recipes, made with simple, fresh and easy-to-find ingredients. Furthermore, A Zest For Life is split into several chapters, providing inspiration, whatever you are in the mood for. Be that something special for the weekend to share with loved ones, bountiful breakfasts to set you up for the day or a filling packed lunch to take to work.

However, don’t just take my word for it… Below are some of the responses we received from food-loving bloggers, which really blew us away!

 


 

“Zest For Life gives real food for thought when you are stuck for dinner ideas and we are looking forwards to working our way through the book!” @jemmaloi

A Zest For Life recipe

 

“Chorizo & Courgette Muffins ❤️ We had them for brunch and they went down a treat! The little one scoffed hers which always makes me happy! 😊” @lovefromnatalie

 

A Zest For Life Cookbook recipes

‘If you like the smell of rose this one’s for you as the kitchen smelt deliciously fragrant during baking. The cake should be light and delicately sticky, with the rose water lending to Persian flavours 🍰🍰🍰🍰.

This is just one of many simple and fresh recipes in the book and I highly recommend it for someone who likes fuss-free cooking!’ @pottspantry

 

Make sure you nab this wonderful cookbook before stock runs out. It is proving very popular already!

It would also make the perfect gift for a foodie, like myself.

 

 
 
 
 
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Emma Snow

I am the Brand Executive for Dairy Diary. A passionate foodie (with a very sweet-tooth). Who likes to blog about all things DIY & scrumptious recipes.
 
 

 

Meet our brand new blogger!

Emma Snow

Meet our brand new blogger!

 

I’m delighted to introduce you to our new blogger – Emma Snow.

Emma has worked for Dairy Diary for just over two years and shares our passion for fabulous food.

As well as helping customers with queries (amongst many other things), Emma does a fantastic job curating our social media posts – take a look on Facebook and Instagram, they’re crammed full of stunning photos and info that I’m sure you’ll love; they’re well worth a like/follow.

Emma lives in Cheshire with her boyfriend Jake and two very adorable cats.

 


 

Massaman Thai Chicken with Nutty Green Beans

Plus Recipe of the Week:
Massaman Thai Chicken with Nutty Green Beans

And this week’s recipe of the week is Emma’s favourite recipe from our brand new cookbook; A Zest for Life.

It tastes AMAZING.

You can see glimpses of Emma in the cookbook too as she helped as a photography assistant.

For more information on a Zest for Life click here.

 

RECIPE

 

 

 

Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

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Events this weekend: Summer Solstice & Father’s Day

Stonehenge Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

Stonehenge, usually a place of pilgrimage, will stand solitary and silent today, despite it being the summer solstice.

It’s the most popular place for Pagans to celebrate the longest day because it famously aligns to the solstices.

The rising sun only reaches the middle of the stones one day of the year when it shines on the central altar.

Watch the summer solstice at Stonehenge

The summer solstice (read more here) takes place as one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt toward the sun and the sun reaches its highest position in the sky, ensuring the longest period of daylight in the year.

You can watch last year’s sunrise at Stonehenge here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqUemGLomFI

It’s rather beautiful.

Whilst I don’t mind bare feet and a few flowers in my hair, personally on the summer solstice, I prefer a G&T in the garden!

 


 

Father’s Day

Like many others, we’ll also be celebrating Father’s Day (read more here)tomorrow in the garden.

I’ve had the usual conundrum about what to buy for my husband from the children and for my own dad. Luckily, I found chocolate and some very lovely hand-made soap in our local farm shop – rather apt, I thought.

Keep safe and well everyone, and happy Father’s Day to all you amazing dads out there. You’re doing a great job under very difficult circumstances.

 

 

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The Big (Virtual) Lunch and some good news

The big lunch

The Big (Virtual) Lunch

 

At such a difficult time, where people are struggling in so many ways, it’s heartwarming to hear of so many positive stories in local communities.

There are countless acts of community kindness in our own little village every day, but these are most memorable for me: The tiny village bakery now delivers food parcels to the elderly and vulnerable.

We found a leaflet featuring local walks on our doorstep one evening, and one local even dresses-up as Walley (from Where’s Walley?) on his daily walk so that people can spot where he is!

Now more than ever, we need to make
time for each other and say thanks.

The Big Lunch is the UK’s thanksgiving weekend for neighbours and communities; a time where people come together (virtually, of course) to celebrate community connections and get to know one another a little better.

So, let’s get the nation talking with a bite to eat and have some fun with The Big Virtual Lunch this coming weekend.

 

For details on how to hold a virtual lunch for your community take a look at the Eden Project Communities webpage

https://www.edenprojectcommunities.com/your-big-virtual-lunch-pack

 

And to eat?

I would opt for something simple and delicious. You don’t want to be slaving for hours in the kitchen. Give these two recipes a try, they are quick to prepare but sooo good.

 

Sea Bass and Chocolate Fruit

 

Pan-Fried Sea Bass & Scallops with Hollandaise Sauce

Fresh Fruit with Chocolate Dip

 

Both these recipes are from our super-popular cookbook, Just for One or Two.

 

Oh, and the good news? 40% off!

Yes, for a limited time only we now have 40% off everything on our website!!!

Stock up with goodies for yourself and maybe even treat someone in your community too?

 

Keep safe and well.

 

 

 

 

 

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