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Sneak Preview and Bank Holiday treat!

Dairy Diary photography

Wow, it’s been a really busy couple of weeks but great fun!

We exhibited at the London Stationery Show and then last week we had a very productive couple of days photographing all of our lovely lovely books, which will go on sale this autumn.

Dairy Diary photography

There’s a lot to consider when shooting the images, as the lighting, positioning and propping all need to be just right – but we have a great team, with a brilliant photographer, stylist and art director who ensure everything looks just perfect.

As a VERY special treat we have a sneak preview of one of the brand new recipes from the new Dairy Diary.

Enjoy the bank holiday!





Sardine Spaghetti with Rocket

Sardine Spaghetti with Rocket

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Calories 499 per portion
Fat 21.8g (3g sat) per portion


  • Spaghetti 250-300g (9-110oz)
  • Anchovy fillets in oil 50g can
  • Olive oil 1 tbsp
  • Garlic 1- 2 cloves, peeled and crushed
  • Dried chilli flakes a pinch
  • Fresh white breadcrumbs 6 tbsp (about 50g/2oz)
  • Sardines in olive oil 120g can
  • Lemon 1, finely grated zest
  • Rocket 4 good handfuls (75g-110g/3-4oz)


  1. Add spaghetti to a large pan of fast-boiling water. Cook according to pack’s instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, tip anchovies with the oil into a large frying pan, then add olive oil, garlic and chilli flakes. Stir over gentle heat for 1-2 minutes until mushy. Turn up heat, add breadcrumbs and stir briskly until golden and crunchy. Tip onto kitchen paper.
  3. Flake sardines with a fork straight into pan and add oil.
  4. Drain pasta, reserving some cooking water. Tip it into frying pan, sprinkle in lemon zest, a little pasta water and half the rocket. Use tongs to toss together. Divide between four hot bowls and sprinkle each portion with more rocket and anchovy crumbs.

Cook’s tip
Add some halved black olives and a squeeze of lemon juice, if you like.

Racipe taken from Dairy Diary 2019.






Secrets of Food Photography

irish soda bread recipe


Secrets of Food Photography

I love a train journey. As soon as I step on board and settle into my seat it evokes nostalgic feelings from childhood, even now.

I am lucky enough to be able to experience train travel on a fairly regular basis with work and last week I enjoyed a trip down to London for the first 2015 Dairy Diary photo shoot. As the Pendolino whizzes its way through the countryside, it’s a great opportunity to escape from the distractions in the office and have some quality thinking time, to plan new projects and marketing strategies.

Photo shoots are some of my favourite work days. It’s lovely to get the chance to spend a day in such a creative environment.

I also get to sample some rather delectable food,
which last week included pancakes for breakfast,
a very tasty steak pie for lunch and a cheeky little
champagne cocktail.

Many believe that food photography is faked but at our shoots, every recipe is made exactly as per its instructions. We just happen to have a very clever food stylist, Sara, who makes everything look so appetising. The only minor cheat was the addition of a tiny amount of sugar to the champagne cocktails to make them fizz for longer.

By far the most fun (and challenging) shot was a gorgeous chocolate torte topped with sparklers. It looked fantastic but took a few attempts to get it right without looking like a bonfire!

The props room is like an Aladdin’s Cave and gives me the chance to look through all the props selected by our stylist for the book. I think she has particularly excelled herself this year with some beautiful cloths, crockery and glassware.

Irish Soda bread recipeIrish Soda Bread with Rosemary

It will be a while before you get to see these fabulous images but I can share this recipe with you. I had this for the first time at last year’s photo shoot and it tastes just divine. We (actually not me but my former-baker fiancé) usually bake bread in the breadmaker but after sampling this we have made bread ‘properly’ a number of times. Irish Soda Bread with Rosemary is delicious with soup and so easy to make.

Happy baking everyone!


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