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canal cruisin'

This is John

John

John drives the Angel Boat

Inside

Inside, you can make bacon sandwiches in the kitchen

Inside2

And then get some kip afterwards in one of the 12 bunks.

John took the Creative team for an overnight boating trip down the canal the other week

He picked us up from outside Fruit Towers

Tunnel

Showed us how to do the locks

Howtodoit

Gatey

Gave extra special help to those who needed it

How not to

Let us stop off at Camley Street Nature Park for a spot of big top brainstorming and lunch

Bigtop

He even let us have a go at steering until Delia took us through a tunnel and steered us into the wall

Pirate

Post tunnel gormless glaze

Boaty

After unlocking, relocking, doing lots of work and waving at tourists along the way, we then got to kip over in bunks and eat leftover chips for breakfast.

It was ace.

Ace

You can hire John and The Angel Boat for a day, an evening or an overnight trip and as it’s a charity, all the money goes to taking kids and local community groups on boating holidays.

If you fancy booking a trip yourself or finding out more, have a look right here.

a proper feastival

Feastival

The excellent Anna Jones (who created the recipes for our new family recipe book, Hungry?) came along with me to Jamie Oliver’s Feastival on Clapham Common last weekend to talk about the book, make some recipes with kids and dust off the old Blendavenda smoothie bike.

Jamie

Here we are before the carnage ensued

Hungry

Fruit prepped, ingredients laid out and head mikes donned, we got kids making the old bread and squashed tomato salad and fruit mess recipes from the book and then followed it with a bun fight to see who got to pedal the smoothie bike first

Kids

Though the fighting was mainly amongst all the mums and dads trying to have a go.

Thanks to everyone who came along, squashed, pedalled and ate the results.

Hopefully we'll be going along to more things like this over the summer and we'll be sure to give you plenty of warning the next time we do

cook-a-long

Not sure what cook for dinner to tonight?

Need something to whet your appetite?

Why not feast your eyes on these short but informative videos of the excellent Anna Jones (who helped us come up with the recipes for our new book, Hungry?) and some short but exceptionally talented commis chefs making some of the recipes out the book?

Veggie burgers for mains

Accompanied by a tasty chop chop salad

And finished off with a fruit mess.

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Which is exactly what is sounds like.

Happy watching, cooking and most importantly, eating.

good looking cooking from a rather good book

Our shiny new family recipe book has been out for 2 weeks now and everyone at Fruit Towers has been cooking up a storm.

Spaddy made Stu a birthday cake using the One Cake Wonder recipe. Janel excelled herself with classic lemon chicken bake, with red French beans and apple and potato rosti. And Annika made enough veggie burgers for dinner and lunch.

Niels and Jess whipped up the sticky sausage and sweet potato mash one night

Nielsmash

And then followed it with failsafe spag bol the next

Spagbol

Amy went one step further by tackling the issue of healthy eating in a meeting

Amy

Not content with simply making the banana and chocolate cookies for her team meeting

Cookie

She also made the super speedy macaroon recipe

Maccy
This recipe was very kindly donated to us for the book by Lucy and Claire who write an excellent blog called Crumbs (which is also packed with great recipes and ideas for feeding your family).

Hungry?

There's still time to enter our competition to win a copy of Hungry? Just click here and who knows, it might be your dinner on here in the not to distant future.

snacking made tasty (and healthy)

Given the excellent forecast, if you’re planning a BBQ or some sort of al fresco dining this weekend, we thought you might like a little taster of our brand new family recipe book.

These homemade tortilla chips and salsa dip take minutes to make and seconds to devour.

Chips

Think of them as the perfect appetiser. Or as mini crispy boats, ready to transport a cargo of rich tomato salsa to hungry mouths everywhere.

All aboard the good ship, er, Chip.

Homemade tortilla chips and salsa

What you need

For the chips

8 flour tortillas, wraps or pitta breads

Olive oil

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

For the salsa dip

4 ripe tomatoes

2 spring onions

A small bunch of coriander

1/2 a red chilli, deseeded

The juice of 1/2 a lime

Extra virgin olive oil

How to make it

1. Preheat your oven to 180C/350F/GM4.

2. Cut each tortilla into 8 triangles and place them on a couple of baking trays.

3. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with smoked paprika and toss the chips to make sure they're all coated. Add a pinch of salt if you like.

4. Bake for 10 minutes, until crispy and remove from the oven.

5. Next, make your salsa. Roughly chop the tomatoes, spring onions, coriander and chilli on a big board. Then, using a large knife, sweep and chop them all together until well diced. Then place in a bowl.

6. Squeeze over the lime juice, drizzle with olive oil, season and mix together. Taste to see if the flavours are balanced, and add a bit more lime, oil or salt if you think it's needed. Or if you're really short on time, bung the whole lot into a food processor and pulse till chunky.

7. Check the seasoning, serve with the tortilla chips and be the toast of your garden/canape party*.

*remembering to tell all your friends that it was a Hungry recipe and that they can buy the book here.