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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

Mini Carrot Cakes

Mini Carrot Cakes recipe


Mini Carrot Cakes

Makes 12 cakes Time required 45 mins plus cooling. Per portion: 466 Kcal, 22g fat (6.5g saturated)

Bananas 2
Carrots 175g (6oz), peeled and finely grated
Self-raising flour 275g (10oz)
Baking powder 1 tsp
Ground mixed spice 1 tsp
Soft light brown sugar 175g (6oz)
Eggs 3, beaten
Sunflower oil 175ml (6fl oz)

for the topping
Butter 50g (2oz), softened
Icing sugar 300g (11oz), sifted
Full fat soft cheese 125g (4½oz)
Ready-made chocolate carrot decorations 1 packet with 12 carrots


1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 and thoroughly oil a 12-hole non-stick muffin tin.

2 Mash the bananas in a large bowl, then stir in the carrots followed by the remaining ingredients. Beat well with a wooden spoon.

3 Pour the mixture into the muffin tins, filling each hole to the top. Bake for 20–30 minutes until golden and well risen, then remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

4 For the icing, using a wooden spoon beat together the butter and sugar until the consistency of coarse breadcrumbs. Then beat in the soft cheese and continue beating until the icing is soft and fluffy. Generously swirl the icing on top of each cake and decorate with a ready-made carrot.


Recipe taken from Clever One Pot.

Recipes for Mother’s Day

Recipes for Mother’s Day

Recipes for Mother’s Day

I have been a mum for just over five years now but I still get butterflies and that little flush of pride as Mother’s Day approaches.

Sorry to sound clichéd and slightly slushy here but there’s nothing more special than being a parent and when you have to wait a long time for little ones to come along as I did Mothering Sunday never loses its shine.

Of course, I have my own fantastic
Mummy who needs to be spoilt on
Sunday too, so this week will be a
flurry of craft and cooking.

With my card-making obsession, there’ll be a home-made card and some naughty-but-nice goodies too (as well as a rather beautiful Cath Kidston bag to take on her next holiday.)

Here’s what I have chosen to cook for our special Mum’s afternoon tea party:

Both these recipes come from Take a Box of Eggs. Of course my mum and I have one of these but there are many that don’t and would love one!

Take a Box of Eggs is our latest award-winning cookbook, which features 100 delicious easy and accessible dishes for all the family. Why not treat your mum or yourself?

This month postage is free! So you can pick one up for just £7.49.

Competition | Win a copy of Good Food, Fast

Win one of 10 copies of the Good Food, Fast cookbook.

Win one of 10 copies of Good Food, Fast

My favourite soup of all time is Tomato Soup with Pesto Cream taken from Good Food, Fast.

This soup is so rich and creamy you will never want to have canned soup again!

Good Food Fast features 116 recipes split into seven sections

  • Speedy Soups
  • Side Orders
  • Quick Fixes
  • Desserts
  • Everyday Eating
  • Take the Biscuit
  • Frozen Assets

Fancy a treat? We have 10 books to give away, click here to enter the competition.

If you are not lucky enough to win this time, they are still available to buy online for a bargain £7.00 (plus P&P).

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Nutty Pesto Tomatoes

Big juicy tomatoes with a crunchy pesto-infused filling.

Nutty Pesto TomamatoesPreparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 20 minutes
Calories per portion 407 Kcal
Fat per portion 26g
of which saturated 6.5g
Serves 4
Suitable for vegetarians

Beef tomatoes 4
Ciabatta rolls 2
Green pesto sauce 180g jar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil 3 tbsp
Pine nuts 2 tbsp

Halve the tomatoes horizontally then carefully scoop the flesh into a large bowl. Place the tomato shells in a roasting tin.

2 Tear the ciabatta into pieces. Put into a food processor and whizz to coarse crumbs. Add the crumbs and pesto to the tomato flesh and mix thoroughly, seasoning to taste.

3 Spoon the tomato mixture into the shells, then drizzle with a little olive oil and a sprinkling of pine nuts.

4 Bake in the oven for 15–20 minutes, until the tomatoes are softened and the topping is golden. Serve immediately.

Cook’s tip
This simple recipe is only as good as the tomatoes, so buy those that are still on the vine for the best flavour.

Recipe taken from Just One Pot.

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