May Bank Holiday change

May Bank Holiday

Did you know that the early May Bank Holiday has changed?

 

We’re sure you saw the bank holiday change sticker on your Dairy Diary, but just in case you missed it remember that the bank holiday is now on Friday 8 May (this change was announced late and after we had printed all the diaries!). 

The first Monday of May is a bank holiday in the United Kingdom. It is called May Day in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is known as the Early May Bank Holiday in Scotland.

In 2020, the early May Bank Holiday has been moved from Monday 4 May to Friday, 8 May to coincide with Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day, which marks the 75th anniversary of the formal end of World War II.

It’s not the first time that the Bank Holiday has been moved.
In 1995 it was moved from 1 May to 8 May to commemorate the 50th VE Day.

We hope you manage to enjoy your time despite the current circumstances.

Keep safe and well.

 

Stay home, stay safe and try these delicious recipes for 1 or 2

Recipe for 1oe 2

A selection of recipes for 1 or 2

 

 

 

 

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Shop Locally; Eat Seasonally

Asparagus

Shop Locally; Eat Seasonally

 

St George

Thursday is St George’s Day and is also the start of British asparagus season.

You can find out more about St George here.

British asparagus season may be brief but is worth celebrating. Not only do those little green shoots taste really good, they also contain vitamin K, which is essential for healthy blood clotting. It is a rich source of vitamin C to boost your immune system (particularly helpful right now) and asparagus is also a mild diuretic and is believed to help detoxify the body.

We’re all needing to shop locally right now, and many of us are shopping at farm shops. This makes eating seasonally essential.

 

Here’s our guide to what’s in season in April

 

Plus an Asparagus Recipe for One

This asparagus recipe is perfect for a quick and easy lunch. It serves one but is really easy to scale up to serve 2 or more, if your household is a little bigger.

 

Mozzarella & Asparagus Baguette

Mozzarella & Asparagus Baguette

 

 

Recipe taken from Just for One or Two cookbook.

 

 

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Two Special Recipes to Serve One

If you’re living alone, it can be tempting to stick to the same old meals, day in day out.

As it’s Easter Monday, treat yourself to something a little special.

 

Roast Poussin

Lemon & Thyme Roast Poussin with Potatoes

 

Fresh Fruit with Chocolate Dip

Fresh Fruit with Chocolate Dip

 


 

Steak with Peppercorn SauceJust for One or Two – 20% off!

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For a limited time only, if you use the code ONETWOAPRIL you can get 20 per cent off the price of this brilliant book.

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Easter Menu for Two

Easter Menu for Two

As there won’t be large family gatherings for Easter this year, I’m sharing a special menu that serves just two.

 

Happy Easter everyone, keep safe and well.

 

Griddled Lamb with Pesto

Griddled Lamb with Pesto, Celeriac Mash & Ratatouille

 

Apricot Bakewell Tarts

 


 

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Recipes taken from Just for One or Two cookbook, our wonderful book packed full of recipes that serve just one or two people.

Now with 20 per cent off, use code ONETWOAPRIL at checkout.

 

 

 

 

 

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What Can You Freeze? Plus 3 ‘Eat & Freeze” Recipes

How to freeze food

What Can You Freeze?

 

As we need to minimise the number of times that we go out to shop, cooking several meals at once (or batch cooking) is a really good idea.

You can also freeze many ingredients to extend their shelf life.

See our useful freezing guide here.

 


 

3 Fabulous ‘Eat & Freeze” Recipes

These three scrummy recipes can be frozen; each gives specific instructions on how to freeze and defrost.

 

Golden Topped Fish Pie

Golden-Topped Fish Pies

These little pots of deliciousness give a modern twist to a traditional fish pie with a creamy sweet potato topping.

 

Moroccan Mince

Moroccan Mince

If you’re looking for comfort food (and we all need some comfort at the moment), look no further. This minced beef dish is packed full of sweet spices, vegetables and pulses. It’s really versatile as you can serve it with couscous, rice or in a wrap.

 

Ginger & Prune Scones

Ginger & Prune Scones

These gorgeous scones can be served warm after just an hour defrosting.

 


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Just For One Or TwoThere is a whole ‘Eat & Freeze’ chapter in our Just for One or Two cookbook, which now has 20 per cent off!

Use code ONETWOAPRIL and you’ll get the book for just £6.60!

 

 

 

 

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Evening Garden Fragrance

The Fragrant Garden

If you plan carefully, your garden can be full of fragrance all year.

 

With the lighter evenings comes the familiar hum of lawn mowing in neighbouring gardens.  If you’re mowing or strimming remember to check any leaf piles for hedgehogs. And perhaps leave one area to become a little wildlife haven with some wildflower seeds too?

One of life’s pleasures is to relax in the garden later in the day and enjoy the fruits of your planning and work.

Some plants release their scent at this time in order to attract pollinators, mostly moths. Evening primrose, for instance, uncurls its petals at dusk to release a delightful, delicate aroma.

Old-fashioned tuberose, a favourite of Victorian gardeners, has upright stems, an intense aroma and grows well in containers, and night-scented stock, while not the tidiest of plants, can turn a balmy evening into a magical one.

Some species of narcissus have a lovely spring scent, as do grape hyacinths, while lily of the valley is perennially fabulous. If you’re thinking more of shrubs, Korean spice viburnum may be a good choice. Its pink buds open into clusters of while-flower domes that produce an intoxicating, spicy aroma. Other shrubby choices include Mexican orange blossom and Osmanthus, both evergreen with lovely white flowers.

For a gloriously scented garden year-round, find out more about what to plant in our feature The Fragrant Garden.

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