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Best Bonfire Night Recipes

Our three favourite Bonfire Night recipes

 

Butternut Squash Velouté

Butternut Squash Velouté

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 362 per portion
Fat 31g (19g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Butter 50g (2oz)
  • Onions 2, peeled and sliced
  • Garlic 2 cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • Butternut squash 700g (1lb 9oz), peeled and cubed
  • Vegetable stock 600ml (1 pint)
  • Double cream 150ml pot
  • Freshly grated nutmeg to serve (optional)
  • Toasted sourdough bread to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a large pan and add onions and garlic. Cover with a lid and leave to sweat over a low heat for 10 minutes or until softened.
  2. Add squash and stock and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until squash has softened.
  3. Pour in half the cream, season to taste and puree with a stick blender. Serve with a swirl of cream, sprinkled with nutmeg and with sourdough toast, if you like.

 

Gingerbread

Extra Special Gooey Gingerbread

  • Servings: 18 bars
  • Difficulty: medium
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Calories 157 per portion
Fat 6g (3.5g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Butter 110g (4oz)
  • Granulated sugar 75g (3oz)
  • Golden syrup 225g (8oz)
  • Marmalade 2 tbsp
  • Self-raising flour 225g (8oz)
  • Ground ginger 2 tsp
  • Bicarbonate of soda ½ tsp
  • Milk 150ml (¼ pint)
  • Eggs 2

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Butter a small roasting tin measuring about 18 x 28 x 4cm (7 x 11 x 1½in) and base line with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Put the butter, sugar, syrup and marmalade into a saucepan and heat, stirring, until the butter has melted and the sugar dissolved. Take the pan off the heat and leave to cool slightly.
  3. Mix the flour, ginger and bicarbonate of soda together in a bowl, then stir into the cooled butter and sugar mixture.
  4. Beat the milk and eggs together, then stir into the ginger mixture. Pour into the prepared tin, level the surface and cook for about 25 minutes until the cake is well risen and golden. The cake is ready when the top springs back when pressed with your fingertips.
  5. Leave the cake to cool in the tin, then take it out of the tin, peel off the paper and cut it into bars.

Cook’s tips
To store, wrap in foil and then keep in an airtight tub or tin.
It’s also delicious as a pudding with a splash of hot custard.

 

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 282 per portion
Fat 17g (7.6g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Milk chocolate 40g (1½oz), broken up
  • Smooth peanut butter 2 tbsp
  • Milk 350ml (12fl oz)
  • Whipped cream 2 tbsp, optional
  • Mini marshmallows and grated chocolate to serve, optional

Instructions

  1. Place chocolate, peanut butter and milk in a pan. Heat gently, whisking, until chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth.
  2. Pour into 2 mugs and top with whipped cream and marshmallows and/or grated chocolate, if using.

 

Recipes taken from the Dairy Diary.

 

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Recipe of the week: Pigs in Blankets, perfect for Bonfire Night!

Pigs in Blankets

 

Wrap these gorgeous little morsels in napkins and enjoy whilst huddled around the bonfire.

Stay safe folks.

Pigs in Blankets

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 328 per portion
Fat 22g (9.7g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Medium-sliced white bread 6 slices
  • Butter 50g (2oz)
  • Tomato ketchup 4 tsp
  • Mild Dijon mustard 1 tsp
  • Cumberland sausages 6, skins removed

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°fan/Gas 6. Cut the crusts off each slice of bread, then gently roll out each slice, using a rolling pin, to make it thinner.
  2. In a small saucepan, gently heat the butter and tomato ketchup together until melted, then stir in the mustard.
  3. Brush some of the butter mixture over one side of each slice of bread, then place a sausage diagonally across each one. Bring the opposite corners up and over the sausages to meet in the centre, and secure with wooden cocktail sticks.
  4. Place on a baking tray, brush with the remaining butter mixture and bake for 30–40 minutes until the sausages are cooked. Check halfway through cooking and if the bread is browning too much cover with strips of foil.

Cook’s tips. The points of the bread tend to brown more quickly in the oven than the rest of the bread, so check on the progress once or twice during cooking and cover with strips of foil if needed to stop them browning too much.

 

 


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The Busy Mum’s Guide to Managing Time In 5 simple steps

The Busy Mum’s Guide
to Managing Time in 5 simple steps

It’s the Christmas countdown and the busiest time of year for many of us, both at home and at work. There’s a cavalcade of projects, presents, productions and parties – all of which need careful planning.

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a fairy godmother who will help with the endless
tasks but I can offer a few effective tried-and-tested
tips for managing time.

Dairy Diary 2016 planning1 Plan a weekly schedule including every family member’s appointments and responsibilities and write it in the Dairy Diary. Encourage children to look in the diary to see what needs doing rather than having to nag them. You could write their commitments in a different colour so that they’re easy to spot.

2 Before you shop, plan meals for the week and write them in your diary. Then you can shop for just what you need (don’t forget to check your cupboards and first use what you have).

3 Use stickers to remind you of important dates, such as birthdays and doctors appointments. Make a note to buy cards and gifts and post them the previous week.

Memorable dates stickers & Dairy Diary 20164 When you think of Christmas gift ideas write them on the notes pages of your diary so that you don’t forget them and end up ‘panic buying’ in December.

5 Keep letters from school and other reminders in your diary pocket so that you know where to find everything.

 

 


 

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And here’s a gorgeous busy mum’s (or dad’s) recipe – perfect for Bonfire Night. The whole family will love it!

 

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 282 per portion
Fat 17g (7.6g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Milk chocolate 40g (1½oz), broken up
  • Smooth peanut butter 2 tbsp
  • Milk 350ml (12fl oz)
  • Whipped cream 2 tbsp, optional
  • Mini marshmallows and grated chocolate to serve, optional

Instructions

  1. Place chocolate, peanut butter and milk in a pan. Heat gently, whisking, until chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth.
  2. Pour into 2 mugs and top with whipped cream and marshmallows and/or grated chocolate, if using.

A Dairy Diary recipe.


 

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Five fantastic Bonfire recipes for all the family

Five fantastic Bonfire recipes for all the family

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Five fantastic Bonfire recipes for all the family

November the 5th will soon be upon us, and although it’s exciting to see the spectacle of organised displays, they can be very busy, noisy, muddy and cold!

Our solution is to stay at home, cook delicious but portable food and enjoy a few fireworks in the garden whilst watching other slightly (much) more impressive ones in the distance.

This means that it’s easy to nip inside for a warm (and the loo) and we can time it to suit the children who still have early bedtimes.

Here’s our menu for this year.  Of course, it’s the 2015 Dairy Diary  and our gorgeous Fantastic Food for Less cookbook  that have provided these delicious Bonfire recipes.

 

For the little ones

 

Pigs in Blankets recipe

Pigs in Blankets 

Time 30 mins.
Per portion: 313 Kcal, 23g fat (10.5g saturated).
Makes 8

Medium-sliced white bread 8 slices
Butter 110g (4oz)
Tomato ketchup 3 tbsp
Mustard 1 rounded tbsp
Chopped parsley 4 tbsp
Good-quality pork sausages 8, skins removed

1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Remove the crusts from the bread, then use a rolling pin to roll out each slice.

2 In a saucepan, heat the butter and ketchup together until melted, then stir in the mustard and parsley.

3 Brush some of the butter mixture over each slice of bread, then place a sausage diagonally across each one. Bring the opposite corners up and over and secure with cocktail sticks. Place on a baking tray, brush with butter and bake for 20–25 minutes until the sausages are cooked.

 

Chocolate brownies

Chocolate Brownies 

Time 55 minutes.
Per portion: 122 Kcal, 4g fat (1.6g saturated)
Makes 16
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Prunes in fruit juice 410g can
Eggs 2
Caster sugar 110g (4oz)
Cocoa powder 50g (2oz)
Plain flour 50g (2oz)
Baking powder 1 tsp
Cook’s dark chocolate 75g (3oz)

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Line an 18cm (7in) shallow square tin with greaseproof or non-stick baking paper. Snip the paper at the corners, press it into the tin and secure the corners with paper clips.

2 Drain the prunes, remove the stones and put the fruit into a liquidiser or food processor. Blend to a purée.

3 In a bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar until they are pale and frothy and the whisk leaves a trail of mixture when lifted above the bowl.

4 Fold in the prune purée, then sift in the cocoa, flour and baking powder and carefully fold in.

5 Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and tilt to level the mixture. Cook for 30-35 minutes until the cake is well risen and a skewer comes out cleanly when inserted into the centre. Leave the cake to cool in the tin.

6 Meanwhile, break the chocolate into pieces and place in a heatproof bowl. Stand the bowl over a barely simmering saucepan of water, ensuring the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Melt the chocolate, then spoon it over the cake and spread in a thin layer. Leave to set.

7 Lift the cake out of the tin, peel off the paper and cut into 16 squares.

 

For the grown ups

 

Parsnip Apple Soup

Spiced Dhal Soup 

Time 1¼ hrs plus soaking.
Per portion: 178 Kcal, 5g fat (0.6g saturated).
Serves 8
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Yellow split peas 225g (8oz), soaked overnight in cold water, or red lentils
Sunflower oil 2 tbsp
Onions 2, peeled and finely chopped
Parsnips 5, about 350g (12oz), peeled and chopped
Garlic 4 cloves, peeled and crushed
Ground cumin 1½ tsp
Ground coriander 1½ tsp
Turmeric 2 tsp
Vegetable stock 1.7 litres (3 pints)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Drain the soaked peas and set aside.

2 Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat and fry the onions and parsnips for about 5 minutes until softened and lightly browned.

3 Add the garlic and spices and fry for 1minute, stirring. Add the stock and split peas or lentils and season well with salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes until the peas or lentils are very soft.

4 Purée half the soup in a liquidiser or food processor, then stir it back into the remaining soup and reheat before serving in warmed bowls.

 

Bonfire suasages

Bonfire Hot Dogs 

Time 40 mins
Per portion: 412 Kcal, 19g fat (7.4g saturated)
Serves 6

Good quality pork sausages 6
Clear honey 2 tbsp
Tabasco sauce 1 tsp or to taste
Butter 25g (1oz)
Olive oil 1-2 tbsp
Onions 3 large, peeled and sliced
Caster sugar 1 tsp
Hot dog or crusty rolls 6, split

1 Preheat oven to 200°C/Gas 6.  Place sausages in a roasting tin. Mix together honey and Tabasco sauce and pour over sausages, turning to coat thoroughly. Bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through, turning and basting a couple of times during cooking.

2 In a large heavy-based pan, melt butter and oil over a medium heat until foaming. Add onions and mix well. Cover and cook gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add sugar, increase the heat and cook for a further 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently, until golden.

3 Pop a sausage into each roll and top with caramelized onions.

 

Luxury Eccles Cakes

Luxury Eccles Cakes

Time 40 minutes.
Per portion: 223 Kcal, 13g fat (5.7g saturated)
Makes 12
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Luxury mixed dried fruits 175g (6oz)
Dark muscovado sugar 50g (2oz)
Ground mixed spice 1 tsp
Grated nutmeg ½ tsp
Lemon 1, finely grated zest only
Butter 40g (1½oz), melted
Ready-rolled puff pastry 375g packet
Egg 1, beaten
Caster sugar for sifting

1 Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas 7 and grease two baking sheets. In a large bowl, mix together the dried fruits, sugar, spices, lemon zest and the butter.

2 Lay the pastry on a lightly floured surface and using a 9cm (3½in) plain round cutter, stamp as many rounds as you can from the pastry and set aside.

3 Re-fold the pastry trimmings, in layers, and then re-roll and stamp out more rounds until you have 12 of them.

4 Dividing evenly, place a rounded teaspoonful of the fruit mixture in the centre of each pastry circle. Brush the edges with cold water, then bring the sides of the pastry up and over the filling and pinch firmly together to seal. Turn over and gently flatten with your hand.

5 Place the Eccles cakes on the greased baking trays and brush lightly with beaten egg, then lightly score the tops, diagonally, three times. Bake for 12–15 minutes until the cakes are well risen, golden brown and crisp to the touch.

6 Sift the Eccles cakes with caster sugar while they are still hot. Eat warm, or leave until cold.

 

Enjoy and stay safe everyone.

Be warm and toasty on Bonfire Night!

Bonfire Night recipes

 

It’s a glorious morning this morning, with the sun and frost making everything sparkle.

It will be a cold Bonfire Night tonight and so we had better wrap up warm!

Of course, eating something hot
and scrumptious is essential too.

On Saturday night we headed to our local Bonfire evening with much enthusiasm. The fireworks were terrific, but the catering left much to desire and I’m afraid to say that my five-year-old and I resorted to sharing a tub of pic n’ mix sweets and a hot chocolate as everything else looked so unappetising!

Tonight will be different though as we will be watching those unfailingly comical home-lit fireworks and consuming our own grub. This is my selection of goodies for tonight – all from the Dairy Diary of course! I can’t wait!

Have fun everyone and stay safe.

Broccoli & Apple Soup

Fruit n’ Nut Fapjacks

Hot Mocha Choc

Did you enjoy Bonfire night?

Fireworks

So, did you all enjoy Bonfire night; oooing and aaaaahing at the spectacle adorning our skies?

I must admit, when it comes to fireworks, I have never grown up. I simply love them.

At home we enjoyed a very tame campfire with tiny fizzing ‘fireworks’ for my tiny children, then there was the local display for the older ones. From this display, we purchased some ‘toffee’ apples.

I was both horrified and amused to see a label on the back stating ‘Warning, this product may agitate or cause disruptive behaviour’!

Luckily we had hidden them from my four-year old who would have been climbing the walls for weeks.

It’s a tough call, how do we tread the fine line between depriving our little ones of fun and seriously considering their health?

Given my job, I think I lean a little too much towards the latter and was mortified to find my other half giving our twins baby biscotti for breakfast! Having talked to many parents and grandparents, feeding children is a constant source of consternation.

A food writer friend once admitted that she found it the most difficult part of parenting. Those of us who have a genuine interest in eating good food have real trouble accepting that our children don’t always want to eat it too! Until I became a mum, I never contemplated that I would give my son tomato ketchup with everything, just to get him to eat!

So how DO we get them to eat well?

Dependent on the child, I think we can to a point, and then we have to accept their limitations. Give them the healthiest foods that we know they like, even if this is very repetitive. It may seem like a cliché, but arrange food on a plate like a train or face – it really does work. AND involve them in food preparation and cooking; this works with children of any age and they do seem far more inclining to eat what they have created.

So, let’s try to relax a bit, feed our little ones as well as we possibly can, get them involved in the kitchen but don’t worry so much (note to self!)

 

Corned Beef FlanCorned Beef Flan

Corned beef is often a hit with children as it
doesn’t have the chewy texture of other meat.
Omit the onion and herbs and this is a winner!
Recipe taken from 2012 Dairy Diary.

 

 

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