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National Vegetarian Week and new ingredients

Nasi Goreng

National Vegetarian Week

 

Look who’s supporting this year’s National Vegetarian Week: Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, Ella Mills and many more… enjoy veggie food this National Vegetarian Week.

 

New ingredients

New and exciting veggie food products are launched regularly, but it’s not possible or affordable to try them all.

But one ingredient that I’m definitely going to try is jackfruit.

You will see it on supermarket shelves and also in restaurants. It comes in cans, has a savoury flavour and the texture of pulled pork.

I am reducing the amount of meat that we eat as a family, so it’s definitely going to be on my shopping list soon. If we like jackfruit it may be in future Dairy Diary recipes!

Tamarind paste is another ingredient that is new to me. It’s made from the fruit of the tamarind tree and has a sweet/sour taste. Although unfamiliar in the UK, it is a key ingredient in Worcestershire sauce, which has been around for almost 200 years!

Tamarind paste is used in this Nasi Goreng recipe, from the Quick After-Work Cookbook, and is stir-fried with garlic, ginger and chilli just before the rice is added.

This mouthwatering vegetarian recipe takes just 15 minutes to make and is an excellent weekday meal when you’re short of time.

Please share with us any new ingredients that you have used recently – who knows, they could appear in the next Dairy Diary!

 

Nasi Goreng

RECIPE

 

 

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Recipe of the Week: Coffee Sponge with Ginger Cream

 

A gorgeous but simple Mothering Sunday bake.

 

Coffee Sponge with Ginger Cream

Coffee Sponge with Ginger Cream

  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 491 per portion
Fat 37g (23g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Instant coffee 2 tsp
  • Unsalted butter 175g (6oz), softened
  • Caster sugar 175g (6oz)
  • Eggs 3, beaten
  • Self-raising flour 175g (6oz), sifted
  • Double cream 400ml (14fl oz)
  • Icing sugar 1 tbsp
  • Stem ginger in syrup 2 pieces, finely sliced
  • Blueberries and/or edible flowers to decorate (optional)

Instructions

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Grease and base-line two 18cm (7in) sandwich tins. Mix coffee with 1 tablespoon boiling water.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and caster sugar until fluffy.
  3. Beat in coffee and eggs, a little at a time. Fold in flour and then pour into tins.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until sponge springs back when lightly touched. Cool in tins for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Whip cream with icing sugar and1 tablespoon of syrup from ginger. Use half to sandwich cakes together. Spread remaining cream on top and decorate with ginger, blueberries and/or edible flowers. Chill until ready to serve.

 

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Mothering Sunday bake

An easy but decadent bake for Mothering Sunday

Every shop that you wander into will have made sure you know it’s Mothering Sunday this weekend, as there’s no end of signage everywhere badgering you to spend.

Mother’s Day can be met with mixed emotions as many cannot be with their own mum, for many different reasons.

Mums should be celebrated though. Parenting is one of the hardest, most challenging ‘jobs’ in the world and those who do it well deserve a big thank you.

This cake is really easy to
make but looks really pretty.

Bake it for a mum you know who deserves a treat. (You could also leave your Dairy Diary open at this page as a big hint to your children/other half!)

I’ll be making two this year – one for my own long-suffering mum, and one for my sister-in-law Jo, who’s a brilliant mum and who also recently lost her own mum.

 

Coffee Sponge with Ginger Cream

Coffee Sponge with Ginger Cream

  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 491 per portion
Fat 37g (23g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Instant coffee 2 tsp
  • Unsalted butter 175g (6oz), softened
  • Caster sugar 175g (6oz)
  • Eggs 3, beaten
  • Self-raising flour 175g (6oz), sifted
  • Double cream 400ml (14fl oz)
  • Icing sugar 1 tbsp
  • Stem ginger in syrup 2 pieces, finely sliced
  • Blueberries and/or edible flowers to decorate (optional)

Instructions

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Grease and base-line two 18cm (7in) sandwich tins. Mix coffee with 1 tablespoon boiling water.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and caster sugar until fluffy.
  3. Beat in coffee and eggs, a little at a time. Fold in flour and then pour into tins.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until sponge springs back when lightly touched. Cool in tins for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Whip cream with icing sugar and1 tablespoon of syrup from ginger. Use half to sandwich cakes together. Spread remaining cream on top and decorate with ginger, blueberries and/or edible flowers. Chill until ready to serve.

 

A Dairy Diary recipe.

 

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Recipe of the Week: Gingerbread Latte Trifles

gingerbread-latte-trifle

If you’re not keen on Christmas pudding then swap for Gingerbread Latte Trifle from the 2017 Dairy Diary, it’s divine.

Gingerbread Latte Trifle

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 353 per portion
Fat 40g (25g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Espresso ground coffee 2 tbsp
  • Trifle sponges 8 (approx. 200g/7oz), each cut into 3
  • Custard 500g carton
  • Double cream 300ml pot
  • Gingerbread syrup 1 tbsp
  • Dark chocolate with ginger 50g (2oz), finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Spoon coffee into a cafetière and add 250ml (9fl oz) hot, not boiling, water. Stir and leave to brew for 3 minutes. Plunge, then leave to cool.
  2. Place sponges in the base of six trifle bowls. Spoon over coffee then top with custard.
  3. Whisk cream with gingerbread syrup until softly whipped. Spoon on top of custard then sprinkle with chocolate. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or until ready to serve.

 


 

 

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10 Christmas traditions old and new

Make Christmas even more magical with 10 traditions old and new

When it comes to tradition, it’s lovely to echo previous generations but it can also be really special to create your own, new, rituals.

Here, I share my favourite traditions for a really magical Christmas.

 

Christmas traditions

1 Take an evening drive to see the festive lights in your locality. Towns and villages often adorn the streets with lights and some people really go to town with their own houses. Pretty or gaudy, it’s always great fun. If you have little children it’s especially exciting to don dressing gowns and venture out after dark.

2 Decorate with what you have. There’s no need to spend a fortune on shop-bought creations, making your own (and re-discovering funny little child-made decs from years gone by) is so special. We love to create simple paper chains and I adorn a very cheap wreath with fir cones and conkers collected in autumn, and with orange slices dried in the oven. A simple ribbon finishes the look and the result looks much more expensive that it actually is!

 

Christmas traditions

3 Help others. A gift that means a lot to someone is your time. Make a voucher for an evening of babysitting for a young family, or a home-cooked meal for an elderly neighbour. Think about what may make a difference to someone you know.

4 Only use cash to pay for Christmas. Don’t get into debt; set up a monthly standing order to go into a savings account and use only this money for food and presents.

 

Christmas traditions

5 Recycle the previous year’s Christmas cards. Make into tags by cutting out with pinking shears, punching with a hole and threading with ribbon.

6 Hang stockings on Christmas Eve and fill with inexpensive treats. Until very recently my parents still gave me stocking! But now my own children use the same threadbare reindeer sock. Opening these tiny gifts, collected throughout the year, is my favourite part of the big day.

 

Christmas traditions

7 Dress up! Put on your favourite dress, wear some glamorous jewellery and do your hair.

8 Eat what you love! Just because it’s ‘traditional’, you don’t HAVE to eat it. After all, Christmas is about enjoying yourself. If you’re not keen on Christmas pudding like us then swap for Gingerbread Latte Trifle from the 2017 Dairy Diary (see below), it’s divine.

 

Christmas traditions

9 Enjoy time together. Play board games or do crafts together, and swap stories, this family time is precious.

10 Write proper thank you notes and send them in the post. It’s so much nicer than a text.

 

 


 

gingerbread-latte-trifle

Gingerbread Latte Trifle

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 353 per portion
Fat 40g (25g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Espresso ground coffee 2 tbsp
  • Trifle sponges 8 (approx. 200g/7oz), each cut into 3
  • Custard 500g carton
  • Double cream 300ml pot
  • Gingerbread syrup 1 tbsp
  • Dark chocolate with ginger 50g (2oz), finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Spoon coffee into a cafetière and add 250ml (9fl oz) hot, not boiling, water. Stir and leave to brew for 3 minutes. Plunge, then leave to cool.
  2. Place sponges in the base of six trifle bowls. Spoon over coffee then top with custard.
  3. Whisk cream with gingerbread syrup until softly whipped. Spoon on top of custard then sprinkle with chocolate. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or until ready to serve.

 


 

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Recipe of the Week: Pear & Ginger Trifle

Pear & Ginger Trifle

A delicious twist on a classic trifle, this combination of ginger cake and pear with custard and cream from the brand new Dairy Diary Favourites cookbook is wonderful.

Pear & Ginger Trifle

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 437 per portion
Fat 30g (16g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Pears 450g (1lb), peeled, cored and sliced
  • Cider 150ml (¼ pint)
  • Soft brown sugar 50g (2oz)
  • Jamaica ginger cake ½ loaf, sliced
  • Custard 450ml (¾ pint), cooled
  • Double cream 250ml (9fl oz), whipped
  • Orange and lime 1 of each, grated zest to decorate (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put the pears in a pan with the cider and sugar. Simmer for about 10 minutes until the pears are soft, then leave to cool.
  2. Arrange the ginger cake in a glass serving dish and pour the pears and cider over the top. Top with cooled custard and leave to set.
  3. Spoon whipped cream around the edge of the custard and sprinkle with orange and lime zest, if using. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

Cook’s tip
For a Jamaican rum trifle, arrange the ginger cake in the base of the dish, drizzle with 4 tbsp dark rum, then top with 4 slices fresh pineapple, diced. Pour over the custard and top with cream and zest as above.


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