This year, some of our Extra Special Christmas party range has been specially selected by Leith’s School of Food and Wine. They loved our gorgeous Extra Special pies, especially the Cranberry Topped Mini Pork Pies which contain outdoor-bred pork in golden pastry, layered with cranberry and special reserve port chutney and also our Mini Steak & Ale Pies which are butter enriched short-crust pastry filled with tender pieces of steak in a rich Dorset ale gravy, topped with puff pastry. They also thought our Extra Special Olive Selection was great for pre-dinner nibbles! These contain a mix of olives sourced from the finest regions in both Italy and Greece.

The rest of our Extra Special range, came from an inspiration trip to Thailand and Vietnam. We sourced some of the most authentic recipes from the Middle east and brought them back to ASDA for you. We have got a mix of prawn, duck and chicken in our range so there’s something for everyone! Our Prawn Selection includes authentic wontons made with the very best Vietnamese black tiger king prawns, we also offer a twin pack of Pan Asian Style Chicken Skewers, charcoal-grilled over hot coals for an authentic satay flavour and a Duck Selection pack including authentic flavours like hoisin, red thai, rendang and massaman.

Posted by Steph on 12 December 2011

On Friday 18th November I supported BBC Children in Need by completing an EIGHT HOUR (yes that’s 8 Hours) Sponsored Silence from 8am until 4pm – so far I have raised £650 with donations still being made…

With 3.4 million children living in poverty in Britain, this year’s Children In Need will be focusing on families struggling to make ends meet.

Please go to to see my fundraising page and sponsor me online

This is the 3rd time I have completed a sponsored silence and every time I do this it amazes me how people change their style of communication with me – people write things down instead of speaking, they use sign language and nod and shake their heads etc even when it is me that being silent and not them… people are so interesting to watch!!

Big thank you to everybody who sponsored me!

A lot of people have asked me to practise lots for next year….he he

Posted by Dawn on 21 November 2011

We’re at it again – winning awards …just last week we won Supreme Retailer at the Nantwich International Cheese Awards.

This is even more prestigious as it’s the largest cheese show in the world with 3,700 cheese and dairy entries.

Alex and Tricia with the winner's trophy

Here’s Alex and Tricia from our cheese team after being presented with The Bemis Trophy which is awarded to the retailer gaining the most gold awards.

Read more and see the winning products
Posted by Dawn on 30 July 2011

We have been having fundraising fun back at ASDA House in the last few weeks – we had a ‘Right Royal Knees Up’ where we had a royal quiz, royal cake bake and also a raffle in aid of Everyman and also St Gemma’s Hospice which is our local charity… We raised £700 to share between these 2 great charities…

The cake bake again brought out the best in our colleagues and we had 3 absolute gems (no pun intended!) – 2 Cake Middletons and an amazing cake engagement ring

I am very excited about this Friday’s wedding and will be sat under my bunting waving my flag at the TV drinking from my Kate and Wills mug…

Royal Regards… keep blogging…

Dairy Dawn XX

Posted by Dawn on 26 April 2011

Hello… I hope that you are all well and enjoying the lovely weather and for some of you time off school or work!

This time of year is all about new beginnings and is also about eggs and chocolate eggs in the main so I wanted to show you something different to do with standard eggs. This took me back to my school days but this is about decorating standard hens eggs.

Now first you need to blow the egg so that you have a hollow shell – it’s not as hard as it sounds but does take some practice I can vouch for that…4 eggs later.

Egg CressTo blow an egg you need to make two holes one at each end of the egg using the pointed blade of small scissors and then put one hole to your mouth and you blow the contents of the egg into a bowl. Wash them inside and out before you decorate OR do what I did ad planted cress seeds in the egg once I had removed the top.
The hole needs to be big enough to spoon the compost in, sprinkle in the seeds cover with compost dampen and watch and wait. I then drew some faces on the eggs and brought them to life.

You can have all sorts of decorating fun with eggs, PVA glue and felt tips or paint.

Enjoy! I’ll be back soon to talk about the Royal Wedding and ‘Cake Middleton’…coming soon!

Keep Blogging

Dairy Dawn x

Posted by Dawn on 18 April 2011