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Get organised in 2017: 8 great ways to use your diary

Great ways to use your 2017 diary

8 great ways to use your 2017 diary

Dairy Diary 20171 Write all your ‘need-to-know’ information in the Useful Numbers section.
I find it really embarrassing that I can’t remember my car registration plate, but a quick peek in my diary reveals all!



Memorable dates stickers2 Use your dates reminder stickers to note everyone’s birthdays.
You’ll never miss that important date again.




Dairy Diary 20173 Jot non-local contacts’ details in the Family & Friends section of your diary.
Have you ever got to the post office to post a card or parcel only to realise that you don’t have the address details to hand?



Dairy Diary 2017 recipes4 Be more inventive at mealtimes.
We all get stuck in a rut, cooking the same meals week-in-week-out. Vow to cook the Dairy Diary recipe every week and discover a whole host of new favourites.

Dairy Diary 20175 For other meals, jot ideas on the relevant space in your diary.
You can easily see what you’re planning to cook and write your shopping list accordingly.

6 This may seem obvious but write everything down, yes everything!
If it’s on paper it’s out of your head and gives you a better sense of wellbeing.

Diary Diary 2017 notes7 Keep all your jottings in one place.
Instead of scribbled lists on various different pieces of paper, write all your thoughts and ideas on the Notes pages at the back of your diary and you’ll always know where to find them.



notes-pocket8 This one may seem a little strange, but I’ll reveal it anyway!
Over the years I’ve discovered, with much trial and error, which colours suit me best (and the colour you wear can make a huge difference to how well you look), so I have a handy colour chart made from paint swatch cards hidden in the pocket of my diary for quick reference. Et voila, no more bad choices when clothes shopping!


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The secrets to year-round colour in your garden

Dairy Diary 2017 gardening feature

The secrets to year-round colour in your garden


Now the weather has got colder and those summer bedding plants have died down it’s time to do a little creative planting to give your home that va va voom.

There may not be an abundance of bedding plants to choose from at this time of year but you can still add kerb appeal with pots and baskets and a few well-chosen specimens.

2017 A5 diaries

2017 diary, A5 week-to-view with recipesFor a display that will see you through until spring choose a few small heathers in deep red or rust colours, some cyclamen and also a few silvery-coloured plants, such as Senecio Maritima ‘Silver Dust’ (Silver Ragwort).


Underplant with tulip bulbs and these will appear in spring. If the cyclamen fade early you can replace with Christmas roses. I’ve also chosen a gorgeous Skimmia Japonica to place in a pot by the front door.


The 2017 Dairy Diary has a fantastic feature on gardening for year-round colour, with tips on colour schemes and what to plant when for a gorgeous year-round floral display. It even gives a list of glamorous gardens to visit.

2017 A5 diary

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The Diary of the Future!

Dairy Diary 2017 - the diary of the future

Adults in the UK spend an average of 2 hours, 26 minutes each day on a mobile device.

Whether it’s browsing the internet, planning the weekly shop, or accessing a calendar, we are becoming increasingly reliant on mobile technology.

But is this obsession with all things digital really necessary? Technology is a wonderful thing (hence why we’re using it right now) but does it need to replace everything?

Imagine a diary which is on all the time, never needs charging,
can be scrolled through in seconds, and enables you to add and
delete entries faster than you can say ‘Where’s the diary app?’

Take a look at this brand new device here.

You guessed it. It’s a real life paper diary.

One with delicious recipes, fab features, a handy pocket and even date stickers. 

Yes, of course, it’s the Dairy Diary!

The 2017 Dairy Diary allows you to do all of the above and much more, making it as relevant today as the first edition was in the pre-digital age 35 years ago.

From delicious and easy to follow recipes to inspirational ideas for activity holidays and handy hints and tips on topics as diverse as gardening and home budgeting, the Dairy Diary is a vital source of information which the whole family can access in an instant.

For more information, or to order your copy (what are you waiting for?) visit our website or ask your milkman – you can even order in a non-digital way if you wish!


Fancy a taster? This mild chicken curry is a winner with all the family.


Easy Chicken Curry

Easy Chicken Curry

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 417 per portion
Fat 17g (?8.5g sat) per portion
Suitable for freezing


  • Butter 25g (1oz)
  • Onion 1, peeled and chopped
  • Dessert apple 1, peeled, cored and chopped
  • Butternut squash 150g (5oz), peeled and diced
  • Curry paste 1 tbsp
  • Plain flour 1 tbsp
  • Ground ginger ½ tsp
  • Ground cinnamon ½ tsp
  • Milk 225ml (8fl oz)
  • Mango chutney 1 tbsp
  • Cooked chicken 175-225g (6-8oz), cut into chunks
  • Cooked basmati rice, naan bread and flaked almonds to serve, optional


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan and add onion, apple, squash and curry paste. Cover and cook on a low heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Add flour, ginger and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute, stirring.
  3. Pour milk into pan, then add mango chutney and cooked chicken. Bring to the boil, stirring, then reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
  4. Serve curry on a bed of rice sprinkled with almonds and with naan bread, if using.





Why keeping a diary makes you happier

Diary writing makes you happier

Keeping a diary makes you happier

I have looong been an advocate of writing things down in order to clear my head and de-stress but keeping a diary, apparently, goes even further than that.

I recently stumbled across an article in the Guardian that reveals just how therapeutic diaries can be. Ian Sample of the Guardian writes:

Brain scans on volunteers showed that putting feelings down on paper reduces activity in a part of the brain called the amygdala, which is responsible for controlling the intensity of our emotions.

Psychologists who discovered the “Bridget Jones effect” said it worked whether people elaborated on their feelings in a diary, penned lines of poetry, or even jotted down song lyrics to express their negative emotions.

Matthew Lieberman, a psychologist at the University of California in Los Angeles, said the effect differs from catharsis, which usually involves coming to terms with an emotional problem by seeing it in a different light.

When people wrote about their feelings, medical scans showed that their brain activity matched that seen in volunteers who were consciously trying to control their emotions.

“Writing seems to help the brain regulate emotion unintentionally. Whether it’s writing things down in a diary, writing bad poetry, or making up song lyrics that should never be played on the radio, it seems to help people emotionally,”
Dr Lieberman said.

Who knew that the Dairy Diary could be so beneficial?! Keep up with your diary writing folks.


Oh and, of course, as well as therapy Dairy Diary also gives you AMAZING recipes like this. Enjoy!




Chicken & Avocado Fajitas

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 598 per portion
Fat 19g (5.7g sat) per portion


  • Sunflower oil 1 tbsp
  • Paprika 1 tsp
  • Cumin ½ tsp
  • Ground coriander ½ tsp
  • Chilli powder ½ tsp
  • Lime 1, zest and juice
  • Mini chicken breast fillets 350g pack, cut into chunks
  • Tortilla wraps 6
  • Cos lettuce ½, shredded
  • Avocado 1 large, peeled, stoned and sliced
  • Chopped coriander 3 tbsp, optional
  • Soured cream 4-6 tbsp, optional


  1. In a bowl mix together oil, spices, lime zest and juice and use to coat chicken. Heat a non-stick frying pan and fry chicken over a medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, until cooked.
  2. Warm wraps according to packet’s instructions. Divide lettuce and avocado between them, top with chicken, coriander and soured cream, if using, roll up and serve.

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Recipe of the Week: Spicy Sausage & Tomato Pasta

Spicy Sausage & Tomato Pasta

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 832 per portion
Fat 20g (11g sat) per portion
Suitable for freezing


  • Olive oil 1 tbsp
  • Pork sausages 4-6, cut into chunks
  • Onion 1 small, peeled and finely chopped
  • Garlic 1 clove, peeled and finely chopped
  • Dried chilli flakes ¼-½ tsp
  • Chopped tomatoes 400g can
  • Red kidney beans 215g can, rinsed and drained
  • Dried fusilli 150g (5oz)
  • Grated Parmesan and basil leaves to serve, optional


  1. Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook sausage for 10 minutes until golden brown, stirring. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic and dried chilli flakes and cook for a further minute.
  2. Pour in tomatoes and beans. Bring up to boil, reduce the heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes or until mixture has thickened and sausages are cooked, stirring often.
  3. Meanwhile, cook fusilli in a large saucepan of lightly salted boiling water according to packet’s instructions. When pasta is al dente, drain well.
  4. Tip pasta into frying pan with sausage. Stir well to coat and season. Spoon onto plates and sprinkle with Parmesan and basil leaves, if using.

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The Perfect Christmas Gift for Parents & Grandparents

The Perfect Christmas Gift
for Parents & Grandparents


The perfect Christmas gifts for parents & grandparents

They may be friends, or family or neighbours, but people over a certain age can be very tricky to buy for (my own parents present a challenge each and every Christmas!)

Invest a little time in creating
something special and the
thought will be truly appreciated..

Why not bake two recipes from the Dairy Diary and present them (in beautiful wrapping of course) with the 2015 Dairy Diary? The edible gifts will be an instant delicious treat and then the Dairy Diary will provide a daily source of information and inspiration throughout the following year.

Win win win!


Mincemeat Bakewell Squares

Mincemeat Bakewell Squares 

These are just gorgeous! With a crisp pastry base, juicy mincemeat and almondy Bakewell topping, this festive treat is perfect to accompany a mid-morning cuppa.

Time 1½ hrs plus cooling
Makes 32 squares
Calories 241
Fat 15g of which 6.3g is saturated
Suitable for freezing

Readymade sweet shortcrust (dessert) pastry 500g packet
Mincemeat 300-350g (11-12oz)
Butter 250g (9oz), softened
Caster sugar 250g (9oz)
Eggs 5 medium, beaten
Self-raising flour 125g (4½oz)
Ground almonds 125g (4½oz)
Almond extract 1 tsp
Sifted icing sugar for dusting

1 Preheat oven to 180°C/Gas 4. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

2 Roll out pastry on a floured surface to a rectangle a little smaller than the baking tray, then lift into the tray and push pastry into sides, corners and edges to cover the base.

3 Bake pastry for 8-10 minutes until golden. Spoon mincemeat onto pastry while it’s still warm and spread thinly, until it just covers pastry base.

4 Using an electric mixer beat together butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Beat in eggs a little at a time, adding a tablespoon of flour to prevent it curdling. Fold in almonds, flour and almond extract. Spoon over mincemeat and spread evenly.

5 Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden and firm. Leave to cool. Remove from tray and peel away paper then cut into 32 squares. Dust lightly with icing sugar.


Luxury Coffee Truffles

Rich Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes 

Truly decadent and luxurious, chocolate lovers will delights in these little treats. (Remind the gift recipients to store these in the fridge when they receive them.)

Time 1 hr
Makes 16
Calories 373
Fat 24g of which 13.6g is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians

Cocoa powder 60g (2½oz)
Guinness 200ml (7fl oz)
Butter 250g (9oz), softened
Caster sugar 300g (11oz)
Eggs 2 large, beaten
Self-raising flour 225g (8oz), sifted
Baking powder 1 tsp
Buttermilk 75ml (2½fl oz)
Double cream 150ml (¼ pint)
Cook’s dark chocolate 150g (5oz), finely chopped
Green sugar and grated white chocolate to decorate, optional

1 Preheat oven to 180°C/Gas 4. Line 16 muffin tin holes with paper muffin cases.

2 Sift cocoa into a pan, add Guinness and bring up to boil, stirring. Cool for 10 minutes.

3 Using an electric mixer, cream 225g (8oz) butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in eggs, beating well after each addition. Fold in flour, baking powder, buttermilk and cocoa. Mix until blended. Divide mixture between cases, then bake for 25-30 minutes until firm. Leave to cool in tins for a few minutes, then cool completely on a wire rack.

4 Heat cream until almost boiling, then pour onto chocolate and remaining butter. Mix well. Spread onto each muffin and decorate if wished.


Dairy Diary 2015Recipes taken from 2015 Dairy Diary

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