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come along to our cafe

We're going to be opening a little cafe in Shoreditch, East London for 7 days this October and we'd love you to come along.

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We've called it the innocent 5 for 5 cafe because from the 1st - 8th October (closed Monday 4th), we're aiming to serve 5,000 people their 5-a-day for a fiver.

Which is 25,000 portions of fruit and veg.

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For just £5, you can choose a 2 course lunch or dinner from a tasty menu which has been specially designed by our guest chef, Gizzi Erskine.

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We've got a special kids menu too and a handy takeaway hatch round the side where you can pick up a veg pot and smoothie for £5 if you've only time for lunch on-the-go.

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The 5 for 5 cafe is bookings only, so to bagsy yourself a seat or find out a bit more, just click here and we'll hopefully see you down the cafe.

cake a look at this

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If, like me, you're slowly but surely getting hooked on The Great British Bake Off (I was convinced I could smell the scones in this week's show), and it's inspiring you to get baking again, we have just the recipe for you.

This comes courtesy of the lovely Jen who is busy working on setting up her own cake company and wrote to tell us how she uses our drinks in her baking, specifically when icing the cakes. The ones you see above are lime, passion fruit and mango cupcakes, but she reassures us there are loads of combinations you can try, such as a banana sponge with pineapples, bananas and coconuts icing, or a chocolate sponge with cranberries, blueberries and cherries icing.

If you'd like to have a bash, here's Jen's recipe :

For the lime sponge :

  • 110g self raising flour
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 110g margarine
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • Rind and juice of 2 limes

Combine all ingredients with a whisk until fluffy. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 170C for 20 minutes.

For the icing :

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 100g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 150ml of your favourite smoothie (she used our mangoes and passion fruits in this recipe)

Whisk the icing sugar and butter together until fluffy. Add innocent fruit smoothie a 1/3rd at a time (don't let the icing get too runny, if it does add a bit more icing sugar) Once the sponge is at room temperature - ice your cakes & decorate.

And then voila, you can amaze your friends and family with your creativity and technically they'll be having some fruit at the same time. Cake has never been so good.

Ready, steady, bake.

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PS - if you're really into all things cake, check out the Cake Britain exhibition at the Future Gallery in London this weekend.

a recipe for a healthy cake

Hi there. I'm quite new to Fruit Towers. My name is Vanessa (but I prefer Ness) and I've been recruited to do the very important role (even if I do say so myself) of Company Nutritionist.

I trained to be a dietitian, which is a bit like a nutritionist, except you get to work in a hospital and wear a very fetching tunic. Now, as big a fan that I am of the NHS, I do happen to like wearing my own clothes to work (I don't pay all that money on fashion magazine subscriptions for nothing). So, a few years ago now, I decided to ditch the tunic and head over to the dark side of the food industry.

If you'd read the job advert for my position, you would think they were after the Mary Poppins of the nutrition world. It even included a requirement to make a healthy cake. And so I thought I would share my attempt with you.

First of all, I will own up and say that this recipe is not my own (shh) but from a wonderful book by Harry Eastwood.

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This particular cake uses butternut squash, but there are other recipes in there that use courgette and turnips.

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My strawberry plant has only mustered a measly three strawbs this year, so I took the biggest one...

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and gave it pride of place on top of the cake...

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Here is the final result...

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What do you think?

This scrumdiddlyumptious delight contains two of your 5-a-day, but only if you eat the whole thing. Which A. you couldn't manage without feeling sick and B. would defeat the object of a healthy cake, because you'd be getting all that extra sugar and fat.

I would suggest you're far better getting your two portions from one of our smoothies and enjoying your cake for what it should be...nothing to do with health whatsoever and all about the deliciousness of it, with a cup of tea.

That said, I have now realised that my boss may be questioning whether I am practically perfect to do this job after all. I best keep looking for a healthy cake recipe anyway or else me, my carpet bag and nutrition text books will be looking for a new home.

If you have any healthy cake recipes, do let me know.

yurt dining

Being as Devon is a bit of a trek for tea for most people, the good people at Riverford (purveyors of the finest organic fruit, veg and meat home delivery in the land) are taking their award winning Field Kitchen restaurant on the road this summer.

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Thanks to the Travelling Field Kitchen, you'll be able to sample a feast of local, seasonal, tasty dishes by Riverford's team right on your doorstep (via a very large yurt).

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Over the next few weeks, the Travelling Field Kitchen is going to be touring up and down the country ostopping off in London till 20th June before setting up shop on Stockley Farm in Knutsford and then heading on to Peterborough, North Yorkshire, Kent and Bristol.

Lunch is £17.50 for 2 courses whilst dinner is £22.50 for 3 courses and it's going to be very informal, relaxed al frescoish dining affair (so probably best to leave the stillettos at home).

If you fancy booking yourself a table in the tent and enjoying some fine fine food, just click here to find out more.

sustainable sunday grub

At a loose end this Sunday?

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If you're in London town, why not head down to the Arcola Theatre in Hackney for a delicious 3 course feast made entirely from food that would otherwise be thrown away.

The lovely ladies from This is Rubbish are following their successful sustainable smoothie fest at The Feeding of the 5000 in Trafalgar Square a few months ago with this evening event.

There will be food, music and talks from Tristam Stuart, author of Waste - Uncovering the Global Food Crisis, and Richard Reynolds, founder of Guerrilla Gardening London.

As the famous saying goes - One man's rubbish is another man's Sunday roast.

Or something like that.