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New exclusive Spring Range

Welcome to our new exclusive Spring Range 2019

We are very excited to introduce a brand new range of limited edition books and accessories, exclusively for our fabulous Dairy Diary customers!


We are giving away our new Notepad for all orders over £15! Plus, enjoy free delivery on orders over £20.


Addresses & Reminders Book


A super way to keep track of birthdays, anniversaries and addresses.
This is a gorgeous book with lots of space for addresses, plus dates to remember, and handy pages for Christmas card lists and gift records – don’t worry about buying the same present twice! A great gift. Read more…



Quick After-Word Cookbook


Fancy delicious midweek meals that can be on the table in half an hour?
These speedy recipes deliver big satisfying flavours using store cupboard basics plus a few fresh ingredients. Now you can reduce mealtime stress and create freshly prepared meals, even when you’re busy. Read more…



Dairy Diary Shopping Bag


This lovely Dairy Diary branded shopping bag can be easily packed away, ready for that impulse buy or for your grocery shop. Read more…



This little beauty is the perfect size to slip into a pocket or bag. Everyone should carry a notepad! And it’s FREE for orders over £15*! Read more…




  • Free Notepad offers ends 15 May 2019.

2017 Dairy Diary and Brand New Cookbook Big Reveal!

2017 Dairy Diary and Brand New Cookbook Big Reveal!

Plus Win a Beautiful Bouquet & Bottle of Bubbly!

I’m so excited to, at last, reveal the brand new Dairy Diary and cookbook! The books began production in April last year, so it seems such a long time before I can show them off.

Ta daa, here they are….


Dairy Diary 2017 and Dairy Diary Favourites Cookbook


Dairy Diary 2017Dairy Diary 2017

With an on-trend lilac and metallic coloured cover, this is one of the prettiest we have produced.

As always, each week showcases a fabulous easy-to-follow triple-tested recipe and has so many fascinating features that I don’t know where to begin! I guess, you’ll just have to buy it to find out more.

Click here for a sneak peek and to order.


Dairy Diary Favourites CookbookDairy Diary Favourites

Dairy Diary celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. Can you believe it?!

Though it’s become such a national institution, sometimes it feels as though it’s been published forever. To celebrate this anniversary we have created this gorgeous cookbook packed with 100 of the best-loved and most-requested recipes from the past 35 years, including at least one from every edition.

Rediscover your old favourites with stunning new photographs and be inspired by new recipes that could become an integral part of your recipe repertoire.

Click here to find out more and order your copy.



Now, I’m going to share my favourite Dairy Diary recipe.
It took me ages to choose, as there are so many that I love,
but here’s the cream of the crop (literally).


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
  • Print

Calories 437 per portion
Fat 30g (16g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians


  • 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)


  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.


And as well as sharing my favourite recipe I’m also
giving you the opportunity to win a fantastic prize!


Win a Beautiful Bouquet & Bottle of Bubbly!

Win a Beautiful Bouquet & Bottle of Bubbly!

This delightful gift set combines a stunning Quartz bouquet with a fresh & lively bottle of Pierson Whitaker Premier Cru Champagne and is worth £100!

For your chance to win click here.




Good luck everyone!


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Easy Handmade New Baby Gift

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When my best friend’s babies came along I made each of them name pictures for the nursery wall.

Because it was such a momentous event (super exciting but also signalling the end to our era of clubbing!) I wanted something special that they could keep forever.

My friend must have liked them as
she has now asked me to create
one for her brand new niece.

Because they are personalised and handmade they feel really special, but actually they are really easy to make.

Here’s how:

  1. Easy Handmade New Baby GiftBuy a frame with a mount, a selection of ribbons, a sheet of felt and an embroidery silk in the same tones.
  2. Cut a piece of card slightly larger than the aperture of the mount. Stick lengths of ribbon along the back of one side and weave with ribbons on the adjacent side. Take a look at my Easter card blog for the technique <link> https://dairydiarychat.co.uk/2016/03/09/banish-the-blue-part-2/
  3. On a piece of paper print out your chosen name in simple lettering. Cut out the letters and pin to the felt. Cut around the letters. Use the embroidery silk to do a blanket stitch around the edge of each letter.
  4. Glue the letters to the finished woven ribbon card and place in the frame.






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