The Best Bonfire Night Recipe: Hog Roast Buns

Remember Remember the 5th of November…

Bonfire night is coming up this Friday!  

Whether you are planning on heading out to an organised display, having sparklers in your garden, or even avoiding the fireworks altogether if it is not your thing, this is a perfect time to enjoy some delicious autumnal food to keep you warm inside.  

This year we are having the delicious Hog Roast Buns from the 2022 Dairy Diary for dinner, then wrapping up warm in lots of layers to head out to a local event. 

But why is the 5th of November celebrated?

Find out more about the history behind the bonfire display. 

Please remember to stay safe if you decide to venture out or be the master of your own pyrotechnics show!  


Easy Halloween Bake: Ghostly Sweet Treats

Surprise trick or treaters – or just friends who visit, they don’t have to be dressed up! – with these delightful cupcakes

They’re so easy to make, little ones can get involved in the baking too.

You can buy edible eyes from some supermarkets, from Hobbycraft or online.

Take a look at the recipe…

Ghostly Sweet Treats

For more Halloween bakes take a look here.


Enjoy your extra hour in bed folks.

Emily Davenport

I post regular blogs featuring food, family and fun. Ideas for days out, crafty makes, health and home, plus giveaways and, of course, delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

5 Easy and Delicious Pumpkin Recipes


Sometimes called the Jack-o’-Lantern, the carved-out pumpkin has a long history with Halloween and is considered an American import

However, the tradition of carving faces into vegetables, often turnips, has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, a celebration that marked the end of summer and the beginning of the new year on November 1.

Picking your pumpkin!

Pumpkin picking has become increasingly popular over the past few years with many PYO farms now offering a pumpkin patch.

This can be a fun family day out with many places offering additional activities such as children’s crafts, maize mazes, seasonal trails and delicious autumnal food and drink.

Carving ideas and tips

Once you have picked your perfect pumpkin consider how to carve it!

  • Try using an ice cream scoop to remove the pulp and some of the inner wall.
  • Draw your design on paper or use a pre-drawn stencil. Tape to the front of your pumpkin and use a fork or pencil to poke holes along the lines and use as a guide when you carve.
  • Use a rubber mallet or a hammer covered with a cloth and a cookie cutter to stamp out shapes such as stars, hearts or circles.
  • Drill lots of small holes all over the pumpkin.
  • Cut out windows and a door and create a Sweetie Shop; fill with sweets for trick or treaters.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon on the inside of the lid for a pumpkin pie aroma.
  • No-carve pumpkins – painted pumpkins can look fantastic and are great for younger children.

What to do with the left-over pumpkin

1000’s tonnes of pumpkin gets thrown away each year but Dairy Diary has lots of ideas of what to do with the scooped out pumpkin flesh and don’t forget the seeds; they can be cooked and enjoyed too!


Follow the links to our five favourite pumpkin recipes!

Streusel Muffins

Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin, Chorizo & Sage Frittata

Butternut Squash Velouté

Pumpkin & Ginger Risotto

And don’t forget the wildlife

When you have finished with your carved pumpkin it can be filled with seed and hung up as a bird feeder or chopped up into chunks as a treat for local wildlife.

Really Cute Conker Crafts

Whilst the children (and my husband!) adore collecting conkers, we end up with an annual stash that no one knows what to do with.

This year, we going to get creative and make conker creatures.

Glue gun
Small twigs
White and black fine marker pens (Marabu Creative Colours)
Pink paper

Conker Bear
Drawn on eyes and feet
Glued on ears

Sleepy Conker Mouse
Curled up mouse asleep
Drawn on eyes
Glued on pink paper tail and ear

Conker Hedgehog
Upside down hedgehog
Drawn on spines and eyes

Conker Spider (great for Halloween decorations)
Twig legs with drawn-on eyes

Conker Bat
Paper wings and ears with drawn-on eyes.

Take a look at the new beautiful Notecards

Last year’s sold out!

We were so overwhelmed with joy at how quickly you snapped up the Notecard Set last year that we had to bring it back!

We are proud to present the beautiful new Notecard Set which contains:

  • 20 stunning notecards
  • four uplifting nature-inspired designs
  • envelopes and pretty co-ordinated stickers to seal your notes
  • pretty presentation box,  featuring the Dairy Diary 2022 cover image, with magnetic closure and ribbon

Your recipient will be delighted to open their card if you choose to buy them for yourself.

And maybe treat a friend to a whole set – it makes a lovely gift.

Discover what else is new for 2022 and browse through our amazing deals page!

Emily Davenport

I post regular blogs featuring food, family and fun. Ideas for days out, crafty makes, health and home, plus giveaways and, of course, delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible

Cooking for Vegan Guests

Two delicious vegan recipes

A couple of years ago, when we were exhibiting at the London Stationery Show, we met a colleague at an Islington vegan restaurant, I think it was called The Gate.

I love veggie food, but my former boss Nick – an avid fish and cheese-lover – was especially sceptical about the flavour of what he was going to eat. Apart from the dessert, which was quite strange, his scepticism was misplaced, and the main course, Miso Aubergine, was AMAZING.

Memorable meals out often inspire recipe writing
and that’s the story behind the recipe below.

I could never become vegan – I love cheese and milk chocolate too much – as well as working on Dairy Diary of course! But vegan meals can be delicious as part of a varied diet.

We often get requests for vegan alternatives from people who are cooking for vegan guests and have no idea where to start. Try the Miso Aubergine below, or the Vegan Sausage Roll recipe; vegan visitors (or you) won’t be disappointed.

Both recipes are featured in the 2022 Dairy Diary and the Dairy Diary Set – available to buy now!

Miso & Sesame Aubergine

Vegan Sausage Rolls

Emily Davenport

I post regular blogs featuring food, family and fun. Ideas for days out, crafty makes, health and home, plus giveaways and, of course, delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

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