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Liven up your lunchbox this week

Many (many) years’ ago, I endured a two week long school exchange trip to the Limousin region of France.

As a 13-year-old staying with an extremely eccentric family in an even more eccentric cobweb-strewn house (half of which appeared to be a long-abandoned cabaret café), I found the whole experience challenging to say the least. Never before, or since, have I experienced such a longing for home.

It was such a vivid experience, however, that much of it has stayed with me, including the flavours of the local cuisine.

This trip was undoubtedly
the catalyst for my life-long
love of food.

The whole family were superb cooks, and I tasted the most delicious pastas, pâtés and crêpes. One particularly memorable couscous dish was served at the local village fête. I’d never even heard of couscous, let alone tasted it, but I loved the combination of flavours and textures.

I’ve done my best to recreate this recipe almost 30 years’ later in the 2017 Dairy Diary. It’s really easy to make, and can be made in advance and chilled, so it’s ideal for a portable lunch, and much more interesting than the ubiquitous cheese sandwich.

 

French-style Couscous with Prawns

 

French-Style Couscous with Prawns

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 15 mins plus cooling
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 310 per portion
Fat 2.2g (0.4g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Couscous 110g (4oz)
  • Sundried tomato paste 1 tbsp
  • Chicken stock 200ml (7fl oz), boiling
  • Cooked king prawns 150g pack
  • Tomatoes 2, diced
  • Cucumber 7cm (3in) piece, diced
  • Frozen peas 75g (3oz), cooked
  • Chopped mint 2-3 tbsp

Instructions

  1. Place couscous in a large bowl. Stir sundried tomato paste into stock and then pour onto couscous. Stir, cover, then leave for 5 minutes.
  2. Fluff up couscous with a fork then leave to cool.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients, season to taste and serve immediately.

Recipe taken from Dairy Diary 2017.

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Father’s Day Makes and Bakes

Father's Day Gifts

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Father’s Day Makes and Bakes

When you become a mum you realise that Father’s Day becomes even more fun and yet requires a LOT more planning.

My dad has had a very challenging year this year and so I want to spoil him with something really special. Despite being in the latter part of his sixties, my Harley-riding dad is a bit ‘rock’ and so I have commissioned this gorgeous leather bracelet from Etsy with ‘Coolest Grandad’ and the names of his grandchildren.

Etsy is a fantastic place to find unusual gifts at affordable prices and often features up-and-coming artists and craftspeople. I’ve also ordered a really cool Vespa photographic print for my scooter-loving better half from the twinettes.

For a Father’s day card with impact
you can’t beat a create-your-own-card
website such as Snapfish.

I have created three lovely cards with pictures of the children for my Dad and my little people’s daddy.

I’ve also begun (a little late) a lino print for Dad of a hare, his favourite animal, which I am desperately hoping is finished by Sunday. Lino-printing is a much neglected hobby as it is so difficult to find time with a busy full-time job and three children. I do, however, find it so therapeutic and it gives me such very valuable ‘me’ time. All of this little lot have not cost the earth, but because everything is so personal to each dad I think it will make them feel special (that’s the idea anyway!)

 

Steak Ciabatta & Lemon Tart recipes

I’m also planning a delicious family lunch for the three generations.

I think these two recipes from our next cookbook, Clever One Pot, should be a big hit! Steak Ciabatta with Caramelised Onions and Lemon Tart.

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