School dinners – did you love them or loathe them?

Coconut Sponge Pudding

National School Meals Week


This week has been National School Meals week; an occasion that celebrates the quality of today’s school meals (my children love them and insist that most of my meals are inferior; roll of eyes) and also gives us the opportunity to reminisce.

I remember not being permitted to choose a salad as they were ‘saved for the teachers’ and forced to eat chips instead – unthinkable now.

I have very fond memories of the puddings, however, and this recipe is a homage to my favourite.

Recipe of the Week: Coconut Sponge Pudding

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This and many more delicious recipes can be found in the 2020 Dairy Diary, available now.

 

I would love to hear your memories of school meals.

Did you love them or loathe them? Please leave your comments below.

 

 

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Stationery: the antidote to a digital world

Dairy Diary stationery

Earlier this year we visited the London Stationery Show where we listened to a fascinating seminar

Despite the many who insist that everything must be digital, stationery sales are actually on the rise.

This continued love of stationery is because – in this digital age – we all like something that’s tangible and real. And doesn’t it evoke happy nostalgia too? Who remembers the trip to the stationers to buy your back-to-school pencil case and maybe a protractor and, if you were really lucky, a scented eraser too?

Diaries, pens, pencils and the like still create excitement that began in our school days.

Stationery today is still as covetable as ever.

And, as you can see, real diaries are still going strong. Yes, most of us carry a smartphone with a calendar but why would we want to use that? A paper diary allows you to actually ‘write’, to record thoughts as well as plans, to browse, to flick through, to be inspired.

Many of our customers have kept all their Dairy Diaries going right back to when they were first married. These books are a compendium of family life, as well as a treasure trove of delicious recipes.

 

Dairy Diary Stationery

DAIRY DIARY 2020
To order your ‘real’ diary and enjoy making and recording more memories click here.

ACCESSORIES PACK
The Dairy Diary Accessories Pack is the perfect treat for Dairy Diary fans as it makes the diary even better!
With this fantastic pack, finding a favourite recipe, notes page or even your ‘best’ pen will be a breeze. Click here.

ADDRESSES & REMINDERS BOOK
And keep note of memorable dates and addresses in style with this stunning Addresses & Reminders Book. With card and gift lists, dates to remember, a tabbed address section, and a handy pocket it gives you everything you need and more. And it even comes with a FREE matching notepad. Click here.

 

PLUS FREE POSTAGE!
Postage is completely FREE if you spend £20 or more, so why not stock up on gifts for Christmas? There are more lovely stationery items available to purchase.

 

Happy shopping!

 

 

 

 

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Recipe of the Week: Real Bakewell Tart

Bakewell Tart

Real Bakewell Tart

Formerly known as Bakewell Pudding, this tart was apparently created by a cook working at the Rutland Arms Hotel in Bakewell, Derbyshire.

The cook was making jam tarts, but used puff pastry by mistake. He added some other leftover ingredients, and the Bakewell Tart was born!

 

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You can find this recipe in our wonderful Around Britain cookbook

Back by popular demand.

A collection of fascinating and delicious recipes from every corner of Britain.

Around Britain cookbook £9.99

 

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The perfect recipe for Bonfire Night

Spicy Hot Dogs with Caramelised Onions

Here’s the perfect recipe for Bonfire Night (and UK Sausage Week!)

When you’re heading out into the cold for an evening oooing and aaahing at fireworks, waving the odd sparkler about (in the shape of your name obviously) you’re going to need something quick but comforting to eat.

Quick After-Work cookbook at the rescue! This book is crammed full of recipes that are speedy but full of flavour.

This recipe takes only half an hour to make and is perfect for a pre-Bonfire bite to eat.

Spicy Hot Dogs with Caramelised Onions

 

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Quick After-Work CookbookFor more recipes from Quick After-Work,
or to order a copy click here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Recipe of the Week: Korean Beef Short Ribs

Korean Beef Short Ribs

You may not have cooked with short ribs before, but this recipe is well worth a try.

 

When it was made at the photoshoot all the stylists working at the studio that day requested the recipe.

And for people who work with food and top food photographers every day that’s high praise indeed!

Korean Beef Short Ribs

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