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Dairy Diary Cover Research – Can you help?

Dairy Diary cover research

It is that time of year again, where we ask our wonderful fans for their help in choosing the next Dairy Diary cover

This time, we have narrowed down the choices to four gorgeous designs; taking into account future trends and previous customer comments, whilst making sure the images convey uplifting feelings!

Each member of the Dairy Diary team went away to research designs they thought fit the brief perfectly – consisting of these keywords, ‘light, bright, nature, uplifting, colourful’. Deciding on our top six favourites was incredibly hard as there was lots of beautiful imagery. The most common choices are now being put forward to you in order to see which will become the next cover design!

As a team, we are so pleased with the remaining four 2023 diary cover contenders, which are just lovely, it seems impossible to pick just one favourite!

Hopefully, you love them as much as we enjoyed finding them.

Win a beautiful bouquet

Of course, to express our appreciation for your help, we will send a beautiful bouquet to one lucky participant (so make sure you leave your email address). The survey should only take a few minutes, so please take a close look at the designs and answer the simple questions that follow.

Thank you again and happy voting.

Take the Survey

Emma Snow
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.

5 Feel-Good Activities to Lift your Mood

Wellness and woodland

Following months of lockdown, home-schooling and solitary working, I have recently introduced Wellness Wednesday to Dairy Diary

 

We spend half an hour or so, each week doing an activity to lift the spirits and regain some of our joie de vivre.

 

Here are some activities that we have tried, which you may also find helpful.

 


 

1 Take a sketchpad and draw a box. Decorate the box with anything you like – felt tips, paint, pencils, collage, in any pattern you like. Then close your eyes and imagine filling this box with everything that makes you feel anxious or stressed. Close the lid and visualise someone that you trust pushing this heavy box out of sight.

 


 

2 Take a slow wander through your local woodland or parkland and really focus on the sounds you can hear; listen to birdsong or the sound of water (if there is any). Then notice how many different colours you can see, in particular how many shades of greens there are.

 


 

3 Take a piece of paper and write I’m grateful for……. at the top. Play some relaxing music (there are lots of playlists on Spotify or Alexa) and write everything and anything you can think of.

 


 

4 Go outside and breathe slowly and deeply. Sit somewhere comfortable and watch the clouds. See what images you can see in the shapes they have formed.

 


 

5 Bake. And while you do so really notice the process: the textures of the mixture, the smell of the ingredients and, of course, the flavour of the finished product. As it’s Easter tomorrow you could bake these cute Mini Simnel Cakes.

 


 

Emily Davenport
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.

Why DO the clocks change?

Why do the clocks go forward in the UK

It’s time to ‘spring forward’, as the popular saying goes…

 

Despite the awful weather we have had in the UK recently, now is the time things begin to pick up.

Beautiful flowers start to emerge from the soil, wonderful bird song is back and the evenings gradually get lighter – is it too early to clean up the BBQ?

As we enter British Summer Time (BST) the clocks will go forward one hour, which is great for morning people, not-so-great for people like myself that enjoys a lengthier sleep! However, I am very much looking forward to all the lovely things summer brings with it.

 

Why do the clocks change?

It’s always useful to remember the phrase ‘spring forward, fall back’ when it comes to the clocks change, but why do we change the time twice a year?

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The clocks go forward 1 hour at 1am on the last Sunday in March.

 

 


 

Emily Davenport
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.

An Adorable Easter Crochet Make

Easter Crochet Make

Easter is just around the corner, and if you love to crochet, we have an adorable Easter Crochet make for you to try!

Even if the art of crochet is completely new to you, it is so fun and rewarding once you have completed a fabulous set of bunny ears (more on that later) or even seeing a huge blanket-project starting to take shape.

With crochet, you can be as creative as you like, experimenting with different coloured yarns and for the more experienced ‘crocheter’, exploring beautiful patterns – let your visions become reality!

At the beginning of lockdown, I’m sure we all planned lots of things we wanted to get done, such as organise that incredibly messy cupboard, clean all your silver, or even gardening to make the most of your garden? However, sometimes we just want to sit in a quiet room, with a cup of tea and get crafting!

Crochet dlesarns & Neel

If you are a complete beginner, (like me) head to Top Crochet Patterns to learn how to crochet and watch their fantastic video lessons covering crochet tips, tricks and techniques.

Easter Crochet patternFor those among you who are well practised, or even just a bit beyond a beginner, give this easy Easter-themed crochet project a go.

They are perfect for making the annual Easter egg hunt magical and memorable for the children (or you can just pop them on and enjoy wearing them for a while!)

You can download the FREE pattern here.

 


Emma Snow
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.

Make the perfect boiled egg

How to make the perfect boiled egg

3 Ways to Boil an Egg

But which makes the perfect egg?

 

We often buy local farm eggs, which come in all sorts of random sizes, and it can be difficult to cook the perfect boiled egg.

I had heard Heston’s method mentioned on radio 4 recently, and so I decided to give it a try.

Heston Blumenthal suggests you just cover the eggs with cold water, bring to the boil, then take off the heat and leave with the lid on for 6 minutes.

It does work and I think it’s more reliable than other methods as I have now tried it several times and not once had gloopy white (eugh). The yolks are always soft too, but I do find the whites ever so slightly rubbery compared to more conventional methods.

 


 

The Dairy Book of Home CookeryThe Dairy Book of Home Cookery, which has a whole chapter on eggs, gives two methods for boiled egg:

 

Method One

  1. Place eggs in a saucepan of enough boiling water to cover them completely.
  2. Bring back to the boil and simmer gently for 5½ -7 minutes, depending on how set you like your eggs.

 

Method Two

  1. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Time from when the water comes to the boil.

 

I grew up on the 3-minute egg method, but my husband favours method one (cooked for 7 minutes). It does mean that you don’t have to watch for the boil and dash over to the timer (useful when you’re frantically packing school lunchboxes) but often the yolk is a little too set for my liking.

My final choice would be method one I think – but I leave the water to boil rather than simmer – for 6½ minutes. It’s not completely fool-proof as egg size does make a difference, but most of the time it does result in the perfect soft-boiled egg.

 

Has anyone ever tried a boiled egg gadget?

I’ve seen them in Lakeland but never tried them.

 

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Emily Davenport

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.

Discover a new ingredient: Gochujang Chilli Paste

Discover a new ingredient: Gochujang Chilli Paste

It’s always a pleasure trying out new ingredients, but when you discover one as delicious and versatile as this, it’s sure to be a regular in the fridge

What is Gochujang Chilli Paste?

It’s a gloopy blend of hot red pepper, fermented soybeans, garlic, vinegar and rice. The flavour is quite complex; it’s spicy but also sweet and savoury – it’s difficult to explain.

Gochujang Chilli Paste

It’s popular in Korean cookery and there’s even a Gochujang Festival held annually in Gochujang Village in Sunchang County, South Korea.

Sunchang’s warm climate is perfect for growing an abundance of Korean hot peppers; the main ingredient of the condiment.

How to use it?

The paste is very concentrated, so a little goes a long way! I made a stew for three with it and used only 1 tablespoon. I mixed beef stock, soy sauce and some mirin with the Guchujang paste and poured this over browned braising steak, potatoes and squash and cooked it on low in the slow cooker. It added a new umami depth to the usual stew flavour.

Straight out of the jar, it’s quite a thick paste, but it can be made into a sauce by mixing with oil, mirin (rice wine vinegar) and soy sauce, or even maple syrup, which is really lovely. I have drizzled this over poached salmon and Jasmine rice, and served with stir-fried veg.

It can also be added to coconut milk with katsu paste to make a katsu curry sauce, perfect for serving with panko-coated chicken breasts or sweet potato and rice.

Guchujang paste is most often used to make a dressing for a Korean bimimbap; mix 3 teaspoons with 1 tablespoon each of soy sauce, sesame oil and maple syrup.

Gochujang Chilli Paste

Bimimbap is essentially a bowl filled with an unmixed selection of rice and vegetables, possibly meat or fish, and topped with a fried egg.

Avocado on toast is my favourite breakfast and, in my opinion, difficult to better, but I have tried mashing ½ teaspoon Gochujang paste into ½ large avocado and serving on lightly toasted seeded bread – it was delicious!

Keep Guchujang paste in the fridge once the jar has been opened and have fun experimenting.

I would love to hear how you have used this paste.

 

 

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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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