Julia Bradbury Launches Smile For Dairy Campaign 21st February 2010

TV presenter Julia Bradbury launched the Smile For Dairy Campaign yesterday (21st February 2010) to get National Dairy Week celebrations under way.

A smiling Julia, dressed as a fairy showed her love of dairy products as she posed with an enormous glass of milk.

Julia Bradbury said: “Everyone knows I’m a country girl at heart and I am delighted to wave my magic wand in National Dairy Week and become the Dairy Fairy. Just about every household in Britain uses milk, cheese, yogurt and we should be proud that we produce such natural and nutritious foods. It’s something many of us perhaps take for granted.”

The 2009 consumer survey conducted by The Dairy Council shows:

– 97% of UK households consumed dairy products.

– Fresh milk and cheese were the most consumed dairy products.

– Of the 97% of respondents who consumed dairy products 86% consumed them every day.

– Over two thirds of people think that dairy products are healthy especially as part of children’s diets.

The Smile for Dairy Campaign has been launched by The Dairy Council – which promotes the nutritional benefits of dairy products.

To show your support and love of dairy products Smile for Dairy and send The Dairy Council a picture of you smiling to smile@smilefordairy.com

Visit the Smile for Dairy Website to see Julia Bradbury and many more smiles at www.smilefordairy.com

Coffee & Macadamia Nut Fudge – Edible Father’s Day Gift

I  have received another recipe from Becky at Gold Top Milk.

Gold Top Milk is a brand owned by Quality Milk Producers (a co-operative of 400 farmers who own Jersey and Guernsey cows).

Coffee & Macadamia Nut Fudge - An Edible Father's Day Gift

Coffee & Macadamia Nut Fudge - An Edible Father's Day Gift

Coffee and Macadamia Nut Fudge

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Makes: about 30 squares

Ingredients

A little oil, for greasing

300ml Gold Top Milk

350g caster sugar

100g Gold Top slightly salted butter

2 tsp strong coffee paste

75g macadamia nuts

Method

Grease an 18cm square cake tin and base line with non-stick parchment paper.

Put the Gold Top Milk, sugar and butter in a heavy-based saucepan.

Heat slowly, stirring all the time, until the sugar has dissolved and the butter melted.

Bring pan to boil and boil for 15-20 minutes, stirring all the time.

When the mixture reaches 115 degrees C on a sugar thermometer or soft-ball stage – when the mixture is dropped into cold water it forms a ball which will not hold its shape.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the coffee paste.

Leave to cool for 5 minutes before adding the macadamia nuts.

Beat the mixture with a wooden spoon for a few minutes until it starts to thicken and the gloss disappears.

Pour into the prepared tin and leave to set at room temperature.

Do not put in the fridge or a crust will form.

Once set, cut the fudge into small squares and store in a sealed container.

Decoration-  On clear cellophane draw around a large plate to create a circle.

Carefully cut the circle out.

Place the fudge pieces in the centre and gather the cellophane together.

Secure with coloured ribbon and place into the beer glass or mug.

Approximate total cost of gift = £4.25

Cost of recipe ingredients required for gift = £2.53

Cost of ingredients if bought in full = £6.57 (value of ingredients remaining after recipe = £4.96)

Decoration: = from £1.75

Traditional beer glass or mug – from £0.50 from charity shops or car boot sales

Ribbon – from £0.25 Cellophane for wrapping (£1 for 1m square available from florists)

Another great recipe from gold Top Milk. Do you have any good edible Father’s Day gift ideas. Let me know if you make the fudge.

Homemade Gold Top Milk Biscuits – Edible Father’s Day Gift

I was pleased to receive an email from Becky at Gold Top Milk asking if I would like to add their recipe for homemade, edible Father’s Day gifts on the farmingfriends website.

The recipe is from Gold Top Milk which is a brand owned by Quality Milk Producers (a co-operative of 400 farmers who own Jersey and Guernsey cows).

Gold Top Milk Biscuits - An Edible Father's Day Gift.

Gold Top Milk Biscuits - An Edible Father's Day Gift.

Gold Top Milk Biscuit Men

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Makes approx. 12

Ingredients

  • 150g plain flour, sifted
  • 100g plain wholemeal flour,sifted
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt 60g caster sugar
  • 50g Gold Top slightly salted butter, diced
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • approx 200ml Gold Top Milk

Pre heat the oven to 200C, 180 C fan, 400 F, gas Mark 6

  1. Sift the flours, ground almonds, baking powder, salt and 50g sugar into a food processor bowl.
  2. Add the diced butter and pulse the processor until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Mix together the vanilla essence and milk.
  4. Gradually add the milk until a soft dough is formed. You may not need all the milk.
  5. Turn out on a slightly floured board and lightly “knead” for 30 seconds.
  6. Roll to about 3mm thickness and cut with a floured ‘gingerbread man’ cutter.
  7. Place on a baking sheet lined with non-stick parchment.
  8. Brush the biscuits with the remaining milk and sprinkle with the remaining caster sugar.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Cool on a wire rack.
  11. Decoration can be added for faces with icing.
  12. Decoration Fold a piece of plain paper in half.
  13. Using the ‘gingerbread man’ cutter as a size guide, draw the shape of a shirt so that the top of the shirt shoulders are on the fold.
  14. Decide what neck is going on the shirt (round neck, collar, v-neck) and draw this on.
  15. Cut around the drawn shirt keeping the fold at the shoulders to create a back and front.
  16. Personalise the shirt with pens or crayons.
  17. Cut a slit down the middle of the back of shirt so it can be wrapped around the biscuit man.
  18. Secure the sides and back of the paper shirt with small pieces of tape.
  19. For a shirt with a collar, trim and fold down the neck of the shirt.
  20. Wrap the finished Milk Biscuit Men in clear cellophane tie with ribbon.

Approximate total cost of gift = £2.60

Cost of recipe ingredients required for gift = £1.35

Cost of ingredients if bought in full = £6.31(value of ingredients remaining after recipe = £4.96)

Decoration = from £1.25 Pens or crayons,Plain white paper

Ribbon – from £0.25

Cellophane for wrapping (£1 for 1m square available from florists)

Do you have any edible Father’s Day gift ideas? Let me know if you try these biscuits.