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How to save money and still have lots of fun! | Stress-free cooking for friends part one

Stress-free cooking for friends


How to save money and still have lots of fun!

One of my ‘unofficial’ New Year’s resolutions is to entertain at home once a month. I’m afraid I am one of those irritating people who always tries to look on the bright side and find a solution to someone’s problem; so one evening when my other half and I were having a moan about our lack of social life (due to lack of babysitters and lack of money) I struck upon to idea of eating out, in, once every month.

At the start of each month we are going to sit down and plan out Night Out In. We will pick a couple of friends’ names out of a hat and plan a cosy informal meal – which isn’t going to stress us or cost lots of cash.

So for the price of a few scented tealights
– my current obsession –   some great-value
fresh ingredients and a bottle of wine we
will have a fantastic night in the company
of good friends, without the worry of
finding a babysitter.

Here is my first stress-free menu.

Everything is affordable and easy to make in advance, so it does not intrude on our social time.

Stress-free cooking for friends - recipes part one

Stress-free cooking for friends part one

Starter: Chorizo & Kale Soup

Main: Roasted Cod Loin wrapped in Pancetta

Dessert: Ginger & Marmalade Steamed Pudding


Clever One Pot cookbook


All of these recipes are taken from
Clever One Pot cookbook, which is
still available to buy online for
just £7.99.

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Competition | Win a £300 Boots Giftcard

Win a £300 Boots Giftcard


Win a Boots Giftcard worth £300


How would you spend £300 in Boots?

Clever One Pot cookbookTo celebrate the launch of the Clever One Pot cookbook we are giving you the chance to win a Boots Giftcard worth £300 and treat yourself from the ultimate choice of fragrances, cosmetics or electricals.

Simply answer the question.
“Clever One Pot Quick & Easy recipes are on the table in how many minutes?”

Hint: the answer can be found on the Clever One Pot cookbook page.



Win a £300 Boots GiftcardEnter now for your chance to win a £300 Boots Giftcard delivered in time for Christmas.



Perfect gifts for loved ones





Competition | Win a Luxury Christmas Hamper or £50

Competition | Win a Luxury Chritsmas Hamper

Competition | Win a Luxury Christmas Hamper


Win a Luxury Christmas Hamper

or £50 towards your Christmas shopping

To celebrate the launch of the Dairy Diary Set 2014 we are giving you the chance to win a Luxury Silent Night Christmas Hamper or a £50 supermarket voucher towards your Christmas shopping.

The Silent Night Christmas Gift Hamper
is a sublime selection of winter treats,
including three award-winning edibles
and a fine, warming wine.

This Christmas gift hamper features a dozen delicacies from top-tier food producers. Several have won gold awards for their quality, and the rest are sure winners-in-waiting. Each and every product has passed Regency Hampers’ rigorous taste tests – so you can be sure that the hamper’s lucky recipient will enjoy a feast fit for a king.

To top it all off, your can wash down the winter banquet with a beautiful shiraz wine from Penfolds Private Release.

Dairy Diary SetTo enter simply answer the question,
The Dairy Diary Set comes with pages
markers in how many colours?

The answer can be found on the
Dairy Diary Set website.

Win a Christmas Hamper or £50

Good luck!





And a freebie just for you!

It’s Christmas already!

Well, not quite but we have got a gift for you. For all our lovely online followers we have a free ebook for you.

This user-friendly little book contains a selection of our favourite recipe from the 2014 Dairy Diary and from Clever one Pot.

Free Recipe Sampler eBook

Download and enjoy!


The eBook has been formatted for easy reading on your PC, tablet or mobile.
Of course, if you prefer a paper copy you can easily print it.


The Dairy Diary 2014 and Clever One Pot cookbook are available now at http://www.dairydiary.co.uk





Competition | Win a £50 Next Gift Card

Competition | Win a £50 Next Gift Card


Competition | Win a £50 Next Gift Card

Start the new season in style.

Clever One Pot cookbookTo celebrate the launch of the Clever One Pot cookbook we are giving you the opportunity to update your wardrobe with a Next Gift Card worth £50.

Cook delicious yet fuss-free meals with this inspirational new cookbook. It features an exciting blend of easy traditional and modern British recipes to suit all tastes for everyday cooking.

To enter simply answer the question, “How many times are the Clever One Pot recipes tested?”

Hint: you can find the answer on the Clever One Pot website.

Enter here.



Clever One Pot cookbook launched

Clever One Pot cookbook

Clever One Pot cookbook – on sale now!

Believe it or not, each of our books takes about a year from initial idea to finished product.

So when I get the final printed book in my hand I get very excited! It’s a fantastic accomplishment and this year, I think we have excelled ourselves. This new cookbook – launched today (woohoo) – Clever One Pot looks fabulous.

As the title suggests, this collection of mouthwatering ‘one pot’ recipes has been devised to save time and provide real, home-cooked food throughout the week. Something that many of us struggle to do as we all now juggle so much.

Clever One Pot cookbook

From tasty soups and snacks, to scrumptious stews, exotic curries and heavenly desserts, it brings together some of the best flavours from around the world.

As with all Dairy Cookbooks, all recipes are triple-tested so you KNOW they will work and Clever One Pot provides simple to follow instructions, easy to source ingredients and full nutritional information.

QR codes for ingredients shopping listAND to make life even easier, each recipe has an accompanying QR code, which when scanned with a smartphone provides a handy shopping list of ingredients. If only I could figure out my new smartphone I would be able to utilise it!

If that wasn’t enough, we have also (quite cleverly I think) split each chapter into two – Quick and Easy (on the table in 30 minutes) and Take it Easy (get on with something else while it cooks). So the recipes fit around your lifestyle.

With Clever One Pot everyone can create tasty
meals in a short space of time with little washing
up (or pans cluttering your dishwasher).

So what are you waiting for? It’s on sale now! ORDER HERE

Here’s a little taster and my particular favourites. I’m sure you’ll love them too.

Recipes from Clever One Pot cookbook

Grilled Goat’s Cheese Salad  |   Apricot & Almond Bake  |  Chinese lemon Chicken

Cinnamon & Raisin Flapjacks

Cinnamon & Raisin Flapjacks


Cinnamon & Raisin Flapjacks

Makes 16 squares
Time required 40 mins.
Per portion: 200 Kcal, 9g fat (5.1g saturated)
Suitable for vegetarians

butter 150g (5oz)
soft light brown sugar 110g (4oz)
golden syrup 110g (4oz)
ground cinnamon ¼-½ tsp
porridge oats 275g (10oz)
raisins 110g (4oz)

Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas 3 and grease and line a 20cm (8in) square tin.

Put the butter, sugar, syrup and cinnamon into a large heavy-based saucepan and melt over a medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and mix in the oats and raisins.

Tip the mixture into the prepared tin and spread evenly. Lightly press the mixture down with the back of the spoon to level the surface, then bake for 25–30 minutes until the flapjacks are turning golden brown around the edges.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes. Carefully mark the mixture into 16 squares with a knife. Leave until cold before removing from the tin and cutting fully into squares or bars. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe taken from Clever One Pot cookbook.

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