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Recipe of the Week | Gourmet Beans on Toast

Not just for lunch – this must-try version of beans on toast with tuna and cheese, will fill you up until tomorrow!

Gourmet Beans On Toast

Gourmet Beans on Toast

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 576 per portion
Fat 23g (8g sat) per portion


  • Baked beans 400g can
  • Tuna in spring water 160g can, drained and flaked
  • Mayonnaise 2 tbsp
  • Snipped chives 1 tbsp
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Rustic bread 2 large thick slices
  • Cheddar cheese 50g (2oz), grated
  • Tomato 4–6 slices


  1. Preheat the grill. Gently heat the baked beans in a small pan on the hob.
  2. Mix the tuna with the mayonnaise and chives and season to taste.
  3. Toast the bread on one side, then turn over and very lightly toast the other side.
  4. Spread the tuna mixture evenly over each slice of toast (right up to the edges).
  5. Spoon the baked beans over the tuna, sprinkle with cheese and cook under the grill until the cheese is melted and lightly browned.
  6. Add the tomato slices and cook for just 1 minute. Serve hot.



A recipes from the Dairy Diary Favourites cookbook.

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Recipe of the week: Chorizo & Cheddar Scones

Chorizo & Cheddar Scones

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 151 per portion
Fat 7.3g (4.3g sat) per portion
Suitable for frezezing


  • Self-raising flour 225g (8oz)
  • Butter 50g (2oz)
  • Cheddar cheese 50g (2oz), grated
  • Chorizo 40g (1½oz), chopped
  • Milk 150ml (¼ pint) plus extra to glaze


  1. Preheat oven to 230°C(210°fan)/450°F/Gas 8. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Sift flour into a large bowl, then rub in butter until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Stir cheese and chorizo into flour. Then add milk and mix to a soft but not sticky dough.
  4. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.
  5. Roll out to 2cm (¾in) thick and cut out rounds with a 7.5cm (3in) circular cutter. Repeat until dough is used up.
  6. Place on baking sheet and brush tops with milk. Bake for 12-15 minutes until well risen and golden. Cool slightly on a wire rack. Serve warm or cold.

Recipe taken from Dairy Diary 2016.

Help your New Year’s Eve go with a bang!

Party ideas for New Year's Eve


Help your New Year’s Eve go with a bang!

Ok, so I may not actually be following my party planning tips – yet!

With three small children and no babysitters, we usually struggle to stay awake to toast in the New Year in our pjs with a glass of lukewarm Prosecco and a few peanuts. However, in a few years’ time I will make up for it with a few fabulous parties! Excuse me if I start to sound like Pippa Middleton, but here are my plans for future New Year’s Eve gatherings, and how I celebrated pre-children.

I always think it is more
appropriate to offer a buffet
rather than a sit-down meal.

Then everyone can circulate and chat easily without having to converse with those sitting next to them. It also means that I can invite more people without worrying about chairs. I set the scene with sparkly silver decorations and lots of candles. I am old-fashioned too and absolutely LOVE party games. Charades and Pictionary or Cranium always evoke plenty of laughs, especially after a glass of champagne!

Lots and lots of delectable nibbles and delicious things to drink. I like to provide a mixture of shop-bought snacks and homemade. This enables me to enjoy the preparation without getting too stressed out. Mulled wine is a wonderful start to the evening but I also provide something non-alcoholic for the drivers and non-drinkers.

One really easy (old Dairy Diary!) drink I have made on numerous occasions is a jug of cranberry juice heated in the microwave with brown sugar, orange peel and freshly squeezed orange juice. Strained into glass mugs and served with a slice of orange. Delicious!

And for the food? A range of cheeses and crackers and grapes is easy and always popular. I offer bowls of crisps and homemade dips, as well as some succulent stuffed olives. I cook a few good quality pizzas and garlic breads and slice thinly.

And for your homemade goodies? They vary from year to year, but here are just a few of the best from Dairy Diary past and present.

Dairy Diary Festive Recipes for party food and drinks

If you’re entertaining on New Year’s Eve you will want to make the preparation as easy and hassle free as possible.

We have put together a super collection of our favourite Dairy Diary and Dairy Cookbooks festive and party recipes so that you can plan ahead to ensure that you enjoy the party too! They include…

Dairy Diary Favourite Festive Recipes has been formatted for mobile devices and PCs, so you can easily read the ingredients when shopping and follow the recipes in the kitchen or print from your computer. Take a look now http://www.dairydiary.co.uk/festive-recipes


Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind…….. Happy New Year all!




Veggie Crisps

Perfect for munching while watching a great movie

Serves 8
Time 1 hour
Calories 417 per portion
Fat 30g of which 5.4g is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians

Vegetable oil for deep frying
Sweet potatoes 3 large, peeled
Parsnips 4 large, peeled
Carrots 4 large, peeled
Soured cream 150ml (¼ pint)
Finely snipped chives 2 tbsp
Sea salt for sprinkling

1 Heat vegetable oil in a large pan or deep fat fryer.

2 Using a vegetable peeler, slice all vegetables very thinly. Pat vegetables dry on kitchen paper.

3 Fry vegetable slices, in batches, until golden. Drain on kitchen paper.

4 Mix soured cream with chives. Sprinkle crisps with sea salt and serve with soured cream dip.

A Dairy Diary recipe.

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