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5 useful things to do during lockdown

5 useful things to do during lockdown

While the weather is changeable (at best!), and we’re still at home, make the most of the time by getting some really useful tasks done during lockdown; you’ll feel a great sense of satisfaction afterwards.

Here are 5 useful things to do during lockdown

Thins to do during lockdown

  1. If you’re anything like me, you have a purse bursting with loyalty cards. Download an app, such as the Stocard app onto your phone, scan them all in and you don’t have to carry them all around with you.
  2. If your address book is crammed with cards and scraps of paper, give it a refresh; write everything in on the correct page. Or have a complete revamp and purchase a new one. Our popular Addresses & Reminders Book comes with a tabbed address section and also reminders for birthdays and gift/Christmas card lists.
  3. Plan your garden. Spring is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to wander round your garden making plans for the year. Be inspired by our features on The Fragrant Garden, Planting Bulbs or Gardening for Colour.
  4. Organise your bookshelves. Order books by theme, in alphabetic order, or (my favourite as it looks so lovely) by colour. Give yourself plenty of time as you’re bound to begin browsing while completing this task.
  5. Batch cook. Make bigger quantities of soups, stews, curries, bakes, scones etc and freeze them for use in the coming weeks. There’s plenty of inspiration on the recipe section of our website. This recipe from our fabulous Around Britain cookbook makes 12 cheese scones; a couple to enjoy now and 10 for the freezer.
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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.

Our Top 5 Chocolate Recipes

Top 5 Chocolate Recipes

Who invented chocolate?


Thank goodness for the Aztecs, the Spanish, the Dutch, Mr Fry and Mr Cadbury! Without them, the world may well be devoid of chocolate; quite unthinkable.

Find out more about how our favourite treat came to be here… History of Chocolate.

And as an extra special treat – well it is World Chocolate Day tomorrow – we’re sharing our favourite chocolate recipes with you.




Our Top 5 Chocolate Recipes


Our Top 5 Chocolate Recipes


No-Bake Nutty Chocolate Cheesecake

Speedy Chocolate Sponge Puddings

These mouthwatering recipes are taken from the Dairy Diary.



No-Bake Choc SquaresJust For One Or Two

Chocolate Fudgey Cake

These recipes are taken from our cookbook, Just for One of Two, which is packed full of recipes perfect for those cooking for just one, or a couple of people.




Chocolate Whisky Cake

Around Britain cookbookAnd this gorgeous Scottish cake features in Around Britain, a gorgeous book, which tours the nation introducing us to gastronomic delights from each region, all simple to make and delicious.





Keep safe and well everyone.







International Chocolate Cake Day!

Chocolate Layer Cake

How to make the perfect Chocolate Cake

We really don’t need an excuse to enjoy a slice of decadent chocolate cake, but tomorrow we actually have one – it’s International Chocolate Cake Day.

This CHOCOLATE  LAYER CAKE recipe is failsafe, delicious and I absolutely love it.

It also introduces our fabulous new cookery series; ‘How to make the perfect…’, where we share with you our favourite, foolproof recipes for everything from Yorkshire Pudding to Paella.




Dairy Book of Home Cookery

This is taken from our 50th anniversary edition of the Dairy Book of Home Cookery.

It’s now back in stock after selling out – twice! (Please accept our apologies if you have had a bit of a wait for it.)







Recipe of the Week: Cherry, Pineapple & Banana Cake

Cherry, Pineapple & Banana Cake

Cherry, Pineapple & Banana Cake

  • Servings: 10 slices
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 305 per portion
Fat 10g (6.1g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing


  • Self-raising flour 225g (8oz)
  • Butter 110g (4oz), diced
  • Caster sugar 150g (5oz)
  • Eggs 2
  • Ripe bananas 450g (1lb), weighed in their skins
  • Glacé cherries 150g (5oz)
  • Pineapple chunks 227g can, drained and chopped
  • Few sugar lumps roughly crushed to decorate (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas 3. Grease an 18cm (7in) deep round cake tin and line the base with a circle of greaseproof or non-stick baking paper.
  2. Put the flour and butter into a bowl and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and then beat in the eggs one at a time.
  3. Peel the bananas and mash on a plate with a fork then beat into the cake mixture. Halve 8 of the cherries and reserve for decoration, then cut the rest into quarters and add these to the cake mixture with the drained pineapple pieces. Gently stir the cake until just mixed then spoon into the prepared tin.
  4. Spread the top level and decorate with a ring of the reserved cherry halves and a few crushed sugar lumps, if using. Bake the cake for 1–1¼ hours or until the top is golden and slightly cracked and a skewer comes out cleanly when inserted into the centre.
  5. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then loosen the edges with a knife and turn out on to a wire rack. Leave to cool before peeling off the lining paper. Store in an airtight tin for up to 1 week.

Cook’s tips

If you have some sugar lumps at the back of the cupboard, then break up a few with a rolling pin and use to decorate the cake. If not, simply leave them out. Any leftover cherries can be used to top fairy cakes.


Fantastic Food For Less cookbookFantastic Food For Less

This recipe is taken from Fantastic Food for Less – one of my favourite cookbooks of all time!


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