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Fabulous Father’s Day Menu

Fantastic Father's Day Menu


Fabulous Father’s Day Menu

Like many mums and daughters across the land, I am planning to cook something special on Sunday.

I am sure we will be enticed out on some ‘geeky’ trip to see a motorbike event or something space or fossil-related but we will come home to feast on these treats.




Chorizo & Kale Soup

Serves 3
Time 40 mins.
Per portion: 202 Kcal, 14g fat (6.9g saturated)

Butter 25g (1oz)
Onion 1, peeled and chopped
Chorizo sausage 75g (3oz), sliced
Potato 1 large, peeled and cubed
Garlic 1clove, peeled and crushed
Ham or vegetable stock 600ml (1 pint)
Kale 50g (2oz), finely shredded
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook for about 4 minutes until softened. Then add the chorizo, potato and garlic and cook for a further 1-2 minutes.

2 Pour the stock into the pan and bring to the boil. Then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until the potato is tender. Use a potato masher to mash some of the potato and thicken the soup.

3 Add the kale and then simmer, uncovered for 2-3 minutes, until the kale has wilted and is tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.


Roast Belly of Pork


Roast Belly of Pork

Time required 2 hrs.
Per portion: 531 Kcal, 30g fat (10.7g saturated)
Serves 4

Boneless pork belly joint about 680g (1½lb), skin left on and scored
Olive oil 2 tbsp
Five spice stir-fry paste 1 tsp
Hoisin sauce 2 tbsp
Baps or tortillas 4
Spring onions 4–6, trimmed and finely sliced
Cucumber ½, finely shredded

1 Preheat the oven to 230°C/450°F/Gas 8. Check the weight of the pork and calculate the cooking time: allow 45 minutes per 500g (1lb 2oz), plus 40 minutes. Lay the pork in a roasting tin, skin-side up. Mix together the oil and five spice stir-fry paste and smear on both sides of the meat. Turn it back so the joint is skin side-up and roast for 10 minutes. Then reduce the oven temperature to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5 and roast for half of the remaining cooking time.

2 Remove the pork from the oven and spread the hoisin sauce on both sides of the meat. Baste with the cooking juices and return to the oven for the remainder of the cooking time, basting with the sauce every 20 minutes.

3 Remove from the oven and leave to rest on a board for 10 minutes. Then remove the fat from the pork, slice the meat thinly and use it to fill baps or warmed tortillas. Top with the spring onions and cucumber.


Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart

Serves 8
Time required 1½ hrs.
Per portion: 473 Kcal, 29g fat (11.7g saturated)
Suitable for vegetarians

Ready-made sweet dessert pastry 375g packet
Eggs 5 large
Caster sugar 200g (7oz)
Lemons 3, grated rind only
Fresh lemon juice 150ml (¼ pint)
Double cream 150ml (¼ pint)
Icing sugar for dusting, optional
Raspberries to decorate, optional

1 Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5 and pop a baking sheet in the oven to heat up.

2 Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to a few centimetres larger than the base and sides of a 23cm (9in) diameter fluted loose-bottomed flan tin. Line the tin with the pastry, pressing it into the corners of the flutes. Don’t trim the rim of the pastry. Prick the base and chill for 10 minutes.

3 Line the pastry case with foil or baking parchment and fill with baking beans. Then put the flan tin on the hot baking sheet and bake blind for 10 minutes. Remove the flan from the oven, take out the beans and paper and, using a rolling pin or sharp knife, roll over the top of the tin to remove any extra pastry. Bake for a further 10 minutes or until the pastry is crisp. Remove from the oven. Reduce the oven temperature to 140°C/275°F/Gas 1.

4 To make the filling, whisk the eggs with the sugar and lemon zest in a large jug. Whisk in the lemon juice followed by the cream.

5 Pop the cooked pastry case back on the baking sheet and pour the filling into the case. Bake for 30–40 minutes until the mixture is just set. There should still be a slight wobble in the centre. Remove the tart from the oven and leave it to cool, then remove from the tin and set on a plate. Serve cold dusted with icing sugar and a few raspberries for decoration, if using.


Clever One Pot cookbook

All recipes are from the fantastic
Clever One Pot cookbook,
which is still available
to buy for just £7.99.

Buy Clever One Pot







Wellies – the best thing you can ever buy for your child

Wellies - the best thing you can ever buy for your child


The best thing you can ever buy for your child

Plus a freebie and a chance to win a cookbook! 


What’s the best thing you ever bought for your child?

Wellies-2My finest purchase has to be wellies – they have undoubtedly created more fun than anything else we have ever bought.

On rainy days they are
perfect for jumping in
muddy puddles.

On icy outings they are ubiquitous for crunching through new-fallen snow and on sunnier occasions they are essential for wading into streams looking for wildlife or sploshing into the sea to jump the waves!

In this digital age (yes I am aware of the irony of typing this on a blog!) it’s vitally important that we get family time outdoors.

And in Britain the majority of us are blessed with fantastic green spaces on our doorstep, whether it is a village green, town park, sandy beach or ancient woodland.

I love the fact that we are a country of such varied and stunning topography packed into such a small space.


Win Clever One Pot cookbook

I recently asked Dairy Diary Facebook followers to share their favourite places and promised to add them to our Pinterest board, which you can see here http://www.pinterest.com/dairydiary/the-beautiful-british-isles

Your favourite British landscapes

Can you help me add even more? Where in Great Britain do you love most? I promise to add all to our Pinterest board and we will give away a copy of Clever One Pot cookbook to our favourite suggestion.


Free Spotter List

Spotter's ListAnd here’s a little project to help you and your little (or not so little) loved ones enjoy and engage with the great outdoors as well as helping with their numerical skills.

It’s something that kept me
occupied on many long
walks as a child and a game
that my children love too.

You provide your child with a list of things to spot (free Spotter’s List to download below) and reward them with a few pence. You’ll have to hoard loose change in advance, though your child should only get their reward for spotting each item once, not multiple times or it may get expensive!

Download our free Spotter’s List here.


Have fun in the great outdoors everyone!


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How to save money and still have lots of fun! | Stress-free cooking for friends part one

Stress-free cooking for friends


How to save money and still have lots of fun!

One of my ‘unofficial’ New Year’s resolutions is to entertain at home once a month. I’m afraid I am one of those irritating people who always tries to look on the bright side and find a solution to someone’s problem; so one evening when my other half and I were having a moan about our lack of social life (due to lack of babysitters and lack of money) I struck upon to idea of eating out, in, once every month.

At the start of each month we are going to sit down and plan out Night Out In. We will pick a couple of friends’ names out of a hat and plan a cosy informal meal – which isn’t going to stress us or cost lots of cash.

So for the price of a few scented tealights
– my current obsession –   some great-value
fresh ingredients and a bottle of wine we
will have a fantastic night in the company
of good friends, without the worry of
finding a babysitter.

Here is my first stress-free menu.

Everything is affordable and easy to make in advance, so it does not intrude on our social time.

Stress-free cooking for friends - recipes part one

Stress-free cooking for friends part one

Starter: Chorizo & Kale Soup

Main: Roasted Cod Loin wrapped in Pancetta

Dessert: Ginger & Marmalade Steamed Pudding


Clever One Pot cookbook


All of these recipes are taken from
Clever One Pot cookbook, which is
still available to buy online for
just £7.99.

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Anyone got some spare matchsticks?

Dairy Diary stand at the Womans Weekly Live show


Anyone got some spare matchsticks?

Ok, so last week began with not one but two electric shocks courtesy of our delightful cooker ‘kindly’ left in our house by its previous owner.

We had a new kitchen planned for October (so we could all move into my parents’ house while they were away) but this rather alarming development means that the old cooker has been condemned and we need our kitchen now!

This resulted in me trying to entertain three children yesterday while rain lashed at the windows and we tried to keep out of the way of my other half battling with a myriad of cowboy jobs and get our new floor and kitchen fitted.

This is all on my one day off after Woman’s Weekly Live!

I have to admit, I am struggling 
a little this morning and could
use some matchsticks to prop
open my eyes!

The show was fantastic though, we met lots and lots of lovely people and everyone adored the new books. They couldn’t wait to get home and start cooking from Clever One Pot and were amazed by how much is contained in the 2014 Dairy Diary.

Being a little soft and used to sitting in a comfy chair at a comfy desk those three days on my feet have completely wiped me out. This week will definitely be all about comfort food and catching up on sleep, which does tie in rather nicely with this inclement weather suddenly forced upon us.

Sausage & Cider CasseroleFirst on my comfort food list is
Sausage & Cider Casserole
from next year’s Dairy Diary.

I just hope that I have shopped
appropriately. Late night internet
shopping may just result in bags
of junk foods being delivered!


Visit us at Woman’s Weekly Live 2013

Woman's Weekly Live


Fancy a drink on us?

Are you free Thursday, Friday or Saturday this week? Then come along to see us at Woman’s Weekly Live in Event City (next to the Trafford Centre in Manchester).

We will have a stand to show off all our brand new books, and we will be offering some VERY special show offers.

Woman’s Weekly Live is the must-go-to event of 2013.

Woman's Weekly LiveThere really is a huge amount on offer – you can choose to get creative at one of the craft and knitting workshops, relax and enjoy the fashion area, learn how to write and publish your own fiction, get some great gardening ideas, see the latest health and beauty tips, plus so much more.

We’ve been very busy during the past couple of weeks organising designs, ordering supplies including our show special Dairy Diary polo shirts! You won’t be able to miss us in our bespoke purple attire. We have never had a uniform before!

We will even be offering
refreshing chilled lemonade
to quench your thirst after
all that shopping and creating.

Refreshing lemonade

We hope to see you there!
If you can’t make it, then
perhaps you can have a go
at making your own lemonade.

Refreshing Lemonade

This recipe comes from
the 2014 Dairy Diary
on sale now!!

Summary : Woman’s Weekly Live 2013. Visit the Dairy Diary stand for some very special offers on the Dairy Diary 2014, Clever One Pot cookbook and Dairy Book of Home Cookery. Plus help yourself to a refreshing lemonade.

Sneak Peek! Behind the Scenes at a Dairy Cookbook Photo Shoot

Behind the scenes at a Dairy Cookbook photoshoot

Sneak Peek! Behind the Scenes at a Dairy Cookbook Photo Shoot

Last week we began photography for the NEXT cookbook. Yes, we have only just launched the current book, Clever One Pot, but time doesn’t stand still in Dairydiaryland and we have the press on with the next products.

Although long days, I love going to photo shoots. I am a sucker for beautiful props and love to see the creativity going on all around me. We had a very successful couple of days (with a bonus delicious meal one evening) and have made a fantastic start on the images. Two days done, seven more to go!

I always get positive comments (and those that don’t are rewritten) from my recipe testers – a band of friends and family who happily cook all our recipes to ensure they work – but this year almost every single recipe has been given 9 or 10 out of 10 for taste! High praise indeed. In fact, my other half tested a Spiced Cottage Pie a couple of weeks’ ago that I still dream about now – we will never make the ordinary version again. It was visionary but so incredibly easy! I’m afraid, blogetts, you have another year to wait for this book, but believe me, it will be worth the wait.

Clever One Pot cookbook recipesIn the meantime, why
not treat yourself to
this year’s fantastic book,
Clever One Pot?

It’s beautiful, practical and
contains over one hundred
recipes for fabulous fuss-free food.

Try this seasonal salad from
Clever One Pot Salad Panzanella

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