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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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Recipe of the Week: Double Lemon Puddings

Double Lemon Puddings

A light lemon sponge with a secret sauce, these lovely little puds are from the Dairy Diary Favourites cookbook, which is available to order online now.

 

Double Lemon Puddings

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 539 per portion
Fat 27g (15g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Lemon curd 5 tbsp
  • Lemons 2, grated zest and juice
  • Butter 110g (4oz), softened
  • Caster sugar 110g (4oz)
  • Eggs 2, lightly beaten
  • Self-raising flour 110g (4oz)
  • Icing sugar to dust

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/170°fan/Gas 5. Lightly grease four 175ml (6fl oz) ramekins.
  2. Beat together the lemon curd and half the lemon juice and spoon into the ramekins.
  3. Put half the lemon zest and the rest of the lemon juice with the butter, caster sugar, eggs and flour into a mixing bowl or food processor and mix well. Divide the mixture among the ramekins (do not fill right to the top as the mixture will rise) and bake for 20 minutes until risen and golden.
  4. Leave for a few minutes before serving, as the lemon curd will be very hot! Serve with a dusting of icing sugar and the remaining lemon zest.

Cook’s tip. Lemon puddle pudding but made with the easiest sauce ever – what could be simpler than stirring extra lemon juice into lemon curd?

 

Dairy Diary Favourites Cookbook

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How to impress with a seriously easy but delicious breakfast

As I am newly married I thought I had better up my game a bit and be a good wife! So yesterday I pulled out all the stops and made breakfast in bed – quite a feat when my better-half usually gets up before 7am!

Bleary-eyed, I fumbled through my trusty Dairy Diary, donned my apron (looking very glamorous over my M&S pjs) and rustled up these rather fabulous Danish Pastries (sshhh he’ll never know how easy they are to make!)

They really are a very easy treat
for a weekend breakfast, I can
highly recommend them!

 

 

Easy Peasy Danish Pastries

Easy Peasy Danish Pastries

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 272 per portion
Fat 16g (6.3g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Ready-rolled puff pastry 375g packet
  • Egg 1, beaten
  • Apple sauce 8 tsp
  • Marzipan 110g (4oz)
  • Apricot jam 2 tbsp, warmed
  • Toasted flaked almonds 2 tbsp

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 220°C/200°fan/Gas 7. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Unroll pastry and cut into eight squares. Brush each with egg and place 1 tsp apple sauce in centre. Roll marzipan into a sausage shape about 5cm (2in) long and cut into eight. Place each piece onto apple sauce. Fold up corners of pastry to meet in middle. Brush with egg and place on tray.
  3. Bake for 15-18 minutes until risen and golden.
  4. Brush with jam and sprinkle with almonds. Serve warm.

 

The 2018 Dairy Diary will go on sale VERY SOON! Watch this space…..

 

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Recipe of the Week: Chana Dahl with Roast Vegetables

Chana Dhal with Roast Vegetables

 

This is the most flavourful vegetarian dish I have ever tasted, it’s absolutely delicious, and the contrast in texture between the dahl and the roast veg makes it extra special.

Chana Dhal with Roast Vegetables

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 1½-2 hours
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Calories 319 per portion
Fat 9g (1g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

For the dahl

  • For the dahl
  • Yellow split peas 300g (11oz)
  • Rapeseed oil 1 tbsp
  • Red onions 2, peeled and chopped
  • Garlic 2–4 cloves, peeled and chopped
  • Root ginger 5cm (2in) piece, finely chopped
  • Red chilli 1, deseeded and chopped
  • Fresh coriander 25g (1oz), stalks and leaves chopped separately
  • Bay leaves 2
  • Garam masala 2 tbsp
  • Ground cumin 2 tsp
  • Whole plum tomatoes 400g can
  • Vegetable stock 600ml (1 pint)
  • Limes 2, juice squeezed

For the roasted vegetables

  • Rapeseed oil 3 tbsp
  • Cauliflower 450g (1lb), broken into florets
  • Large Chantenay carrots 450g (1lb), halved lengthways or quartered if thick
  • Celeriac 300g (11oz), peeled and cut into wedges
  • Garam masala 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds 2 tsp
  • Ground turmeric 1 tsp
  • Black mustard seeds 1 tsp
  • Curly kale 110g (4oz), large stalks removed and chopped
  • Naan breads 6, warmed, to serve

Instructions

  1. Soak the split peas overnight in cold water, then rinse and drain.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the onions and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, ginger, chilli, chopped coriander stalks, bay leaves and spices and cook for 1 minute. Pour in the tomatoes, the stock and the peas. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer gently for 1½–2 hours until the peas have softened.
  3. For the roasted vegetables, preheat the oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Heat the oil in a large roasting tin for 5 minutes. Coat the cauliflower, carrots and celeriac in the oil and roast for 30 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle in the spices and stir well. Add the kale and roast for a further 15–20 minutes until the kale is crisp and the carrots and cauliflower just tender.
  5. When ready to serve, add the lime juice and half the coriander leaves to the dhal. Serve with the roast vegetables and naan bread and garnish with the remaining coriander.

Cook’s tip
If you prefer, cook the dhal in the oven at 150°C/130°fan/Gas 2 for 2 hours.

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Recipe of the Week: Garlic Mushroom Tagliatelle

Garlic Mushroom Tagliatelle

For a really speedy but delicious dinner try this creamy pasta dish.

Garlic Mushroom Tagliatelle

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 20 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 706 per portion
Fat 47g (26g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Dried tagliatelle 300g (11oz)
  • Olive oil 2 tbsp
  • Red onion 1, peeled and chopped
  • Garlic 2 cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • Portabella mushrooms 250g (9oz), wiped and sliced
  • Oyster mushrooms 110g (4oz), wiped and sliced
  • Baby mushrooms 150g (5oz), wiped and halved
  • Double cream 300ml pot
  • Chopped parsley and grated cheese to serve, optional

Instructions

  1. Cook tagliatelle according to packet’s instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a frying pan and cook onion and garlic gently for 5 minutes or until just soft.
  3. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add cream and bring to the boil. Simmer for 2-5 minutes until slightly thickened. Season to taste.
  4. Drain tagliatelle and toss with mushroom and cream mixture. Divide between warm pasta bowls and scatter with chopped fresh parsley and grated cheese, if using.

 

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Recipe of the Week: Frosty Top Lemon Loaf

This light and zesty cake has a gorgeous crunchy topping.

It’s absolutely gorgeous!

 

Frosty Lemon Cake

Frosty Top Lemon Cake

  • Servings: 10 slices
  • Time: 45 mins
  • Difficulty: medium
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Calories 136 per portion
Fat 6g (2.9g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • For the cake
  • Butter 50g (2oz), at room temperature
  • Caster sugar 75g (3oz)
  • Self-raising flour 75g (3oz)
  • Ground almonds 25g (1oz)
  • Egg 1 Lemon ½, grated zest only
  • For the topping
  • Lemon ½, juice only
  • Granulated sugar 50g (2oz)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4, then strip line and grease a 450g (1lb) loaf tin with non-stick baking paper or use silicone bakeware.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all the cake ingredients until smoothly blended. Spread the mixture in the tin and bake for 35 minutes until just firm to the touch.
  3. For the topping, mix the lemon juice with the sugar and spoon it evenly over the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven. Leave in the tin to cool for at least 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Slice for serving.

Cook’s tip
Leave out the lemon zest and topping but add 50g (2oz) dried fruit to the mixture and sprinkle the top with 25g (1oz) chopped hazelnuts before baking.

 


 

Recipe taken from the fabulous Cooking For One Or Two cookbook.

 

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