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Recipe of the Week: Apricots in Buttermilk Custard

Apricots in Buttermilk Custard

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 347 per portion
Fat 1g (1g sat) per portion


  • Butter for greasing
  • Apricots 5, halved and pitted
  • Caster sugar 2 tsp, plus 2 tbsp
  • Cornflour 2 tsp
  • Buttermilk 284ml pot
  • Vanilla extract about ½ tsp
  • Toasted flaked almonds 1 tbsp (optional)
  • Icing sugar for dusting (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Lightly butter two 300ml (½ pint) gratin dishes. Lay the apricot halves in the base of each dish, cut-side up. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of the sugar and then bake for 15–20 minutes until softened.
  2. Whisk the cornflour into the buttermilk with the remaining sugar and the vanilla extract. Pour the mixture into the dishes around the fruit.
  3. Put the dishes into a roasting tin and pour enough boiling water into the tin to come halfway up the sides of the dishes.
  4. Reduce the heat to 160°C/325°F/Gas 3 and bake for 20–25 minutes until the custard is just set but still has a slight wobble. Sprinkle with almonds and icing sugar, if you like, and serve warm or chilled.


Just For One Or Two cookbookThis recipe is taken from our fabulous new cookbook Just For One Or Two.

Cooking for one or two? You will find lots of inspiration with recipes for all occasions and a super selection of main courses, desserts and bakes you’ll cook again and again.

If you want to eat delicious food this is for you!






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Eat Out, In

Eat Out, In with Just For One Or Two cookbook

Create restaurant-quality food at home with little effort

Stuck for a babysitter again? Create a fabulous date night at home where you can ‘eat out, in’. For a more rewarding and less costly night ‘out’ make restaurant-quality food at home with a just few choice ingredients and little effort.

With inspirational recipes, handy QR code shopping lists and easy-to-follow instructions cooking great food for two needn’t be arduous. In fact, quite the opposite, it can be a real pleasure.

You can rustle up Pan-Fried Sea Bass & Scallops in just 15 minutes, or for meat-lovers cook colourful Lamb with Pesto & Ratatouille or flavourful Stir-Fried Pork.

To finish bake creamy Apricots in Buttermilk Custard or imagine you’re dining in a Parisian café with Crêpes and Brandy Marmalade Sauce

These recipes have been specifically
written for two so there’s no need to
worry about wasted ingredients and
conundrums, such as how to halve an egg!

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Happy Days in Dairy Diary Land

A sneak preview of the 2014 Dairy Diary

Happy Days in Dairy Diary Land

It’s my favourite time of the year in the office. The phones are quiet and I can plug my headphones in, listen to my favourite music and be inspired.

I’ve been busy planning the 2015 Dairy Diary: writing briefs for the team, researching pretty pictures, choosing recipes, creating the flatplan for the book and generally enjoying my job!

All our recipes are triple-tested and
so I get to sample lots of them.

I am particularly looking forward to testing Bruschetta with Gorgonzola & Figs and Tomato & Artichoke Tart. Yum.

Woohoo, first samples of the 2014 Dairy Diary have just arrived.

It looks fab! I am so so pleased. I can’t wait to share some pics and recipes with you all (sneaky peak coming up). I am sure you will love it too.

This week is cookbook development week. I am literally at square one and so I need lots of thinking time to consider how it will look and how it will develop. Luckily I have a train journey to London on Wednesday for a press lunch at Nobo (woooo, posh eh?) thanks to Alaska Seafood, and so I will have lots of time to ponder the cookbook.

So, a fun month in the Dairy Diary office!

Suasage and Cider CasseroleAs a special treat, I’ll share one
of my favourite recipes from the
2014 diary with you.

Sausage & Cider Casserole.
Enjoy, it’s delicious.

How to Create a Healthy Eating Plan

How to create a healthy eating plan


Creating my Healthy Eating Plan

I have a couple of significant and glamorous birthday parties looming and they have given me the kick up the trousers I need to sort out my diet.

Yes, I eat prettily healthily – I don’t drink sugary drinks (except from the odd glass of wine of course!), I don’t live on ready meals, I try to avoid too much pastry and I rarely eat takeaways.

BUT my downfall is my sweet
tooth, particularly chocolate.

I tend to snack on sugary things a little too often, which is not a great idea given that I have a higher than average chance of developing late-onset diabetes. So, these few pounds that I want to lose for the parties have made me reflect on what I eat and how I eat and I am determined to change my habits forever and hopefully avoid health problems later in life.

My main problem is that many of the foods I currently eat give me a quick blood sugar high followed by a sharp drop. I should be eating foods that keep me fuller for longer and release their energy slowly.

So, this is my plan of action.

  • On my plate always have ¼ carbs, ¼ lean meat or fish and ½ veg or salad.
  • Limit my bread consumption, eating a little wholemeal in the week and treating myself to some gorgeous homemade white toast and butter on a Sunday morning only.
  • Eat a mid-morning and mid afternoon snack. Either a piece of fruit or a small handful of almonds.
  • Eat wholewheat pasta (and as above, less of it) and basmati rice or brown rice.
  • Eat fat free Greek yogurt after dinner (with blueberries or a tiny drizzle of honey) instead of my usual snack-size bag of Maltesters.
  • On a Friday night, let my hair down and ignore all of the above! Well, you only live once




Beef Burgers with Mixed Grain SaladWhat are your top tips
for staying fit and healthy?

Try out this Beef Burgers with
Mixed Grain Salad recipe from
the 2014 Dairy Diary.

It ticks all of the boxes, and is
quick and tasty too!


Triple-Tested Recipes | Summer Herb & Smoked Salmon Pasta

Summer Herb & Smoked Salmon Pasta recipe


Triple-Tested Recipes

It’s been a frantic fortnight here in the DD office. The print deadline for our cookbook is looming and we are busy finalising its design, editing, doing nutritional analysis and reading tester comment sheets.

We have had a superb band of testers this year who have cooked every single recipe and given it marks out of 10 as well as checking everything is correct and the ingredients are easy to find.

There’s nothing worse than going to the trouble (and expense) of cooking a recipe only to find that it doesn’t work or that the results are disappointing. This is why I insist that everything is triple-tested – once by the writer, then by an amateur tester and finally by the stylist at the photo shoot.

Result? Tasty recipes that
work and happy customers!

(Drum roll)

Here’s the VERY first sneak preview of one of our cookbook recipes.

And this one got 10/10 from its tester, Kirstin! Enjoy folks……you’ll have to wait for the book for the rest.

Summer Herb & Smoked Salmon Pasta

Summer Herb & Smoked Salmon Pasta recipeServes 2
Time 15 mins

Fusilli pasta twists 200g (7oz)
Olive oil 1 tbsp
Spring onions 4, trimmed and sliced
Smoked salmon 120g packet, cut into strips
Lemon juice of 1
Chopped coriander 2 tbsp
Chopped parsley 1 tbsp
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Rocket leaves about 15g (½oz), to garnish

Cook the pasta in a large pan of salted boiling water according to packet’s instructions, which usually takes 10–12 minutes. Drain the pasta and set it aside.

Heat the olive oil in the pan over a medium heat. Add the spring onions and salmon and stir-fry the mixture for about 1 minute until the smoked salmon turns pink.

Add the remaining ingredients (except the rocket), including the drained pasta and salt and pepper to taste, and mix well.

Serve on warm plates, garnished with a spiral of rocket leaves.

Recipe taken from Clever One Pot… coming soon!


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Simply complete the form by 31 March and you will be entered into the prize draw. Good luck.

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The Home Budgeting Saga


Much thought and planning and LOTS of hard work goes in to each and every Dairy Diary.

As it’s our hero product, we are passionate about its success and strive to improve it each and every year.

HOWEVER, from time to time we make decisions that are not as popular as we had hoped and with the 2013 edition we did just that. Not quite knowing how well-used it was, the decision was made to remove the Home Budgeting section.

We have received lots of comments from customers who miss it and so it has, worry not, been put back in for 2014. I have also sent out blank Home Budgeting pages to anyone who utilises them to pop inside the pocket. So please accept our apologies to anyone who is disappointed.

We are sure you will be happier than ever with the 2014 edition.

Not only does the 2014 edition
Home Budgeting pages
back in place but lots of new
features and a 
GORGEOUS new design.

I am quite thrilled with it! Next year’s diary is now complete, but it there is anything you would like to see in the following edition please do let us know.



Creamy Leek & Potato Soup And as a very special treat, we have a preview recipe from the 2014 edition to enjoy.

How gorgeous is the brand new photography? We hope you love it as much as we do!

Creamy Leek & Potato Soup.

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