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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

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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

our man at glastonbury

A few innocent staff made it down to the world's biggest mudpile last weekend.

Muddy

Most of them are still stuck there, but we have one eyewitness account, from The Man Who Made It Back:

“The mud didn’t get me down. I escaped it via the power of music. Special highlights included the secret Radiohead show in the rain, Caribou’s energetic display (which reminded me of some dentists in a disco), and most psychedelic of all, Tame Impala, who wore no shoes and took me back to 1969, even though I wasn’t alive then. Time travel – that’s a real skill, let me tell you.”

Tameimpala

Were you there? Have you made it back? Will there always be a part of you in a muddy trench, somewhere in between the Pyramid Stage and that falafel rave van?

Did you experience some musical magic that knocks the damp socks off our MWMIB*?

Tell us your favourite moments right here and the best one wins a case of welly free smoothies.

*man who made it back

reusing our packaging

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Tales of weird and wonderful ways to make use of our packaging once the contents have been enjoyed never fail to make us smile.

Apparently our veg pots make great homes for chilli plants and orchids

Matthew Walton chilli plants

Our fruit tube packaging can be turned into a mirror discovery box for exploring in the garden

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Juice carafes come in rather handy for impromptu games of skittles (add water to make things a bit trickier), and the caps are the perfect spot for growing just enough cress to spruce up an egg sarnie.

Cress

It also turns out that our kids' smoothie boxes are just the thing for carrying sick ducklings to the vets

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And as if that wasn't enough, they make pretty nifty conveyor belts for transporting snacks from one end to the other too.

Thanks to Matt, Laura, Dominic, Emily, Ian, Mrs Barry, Minnie's mum and Craig for the photos and suggestions.

If anyone thinks they can top these, we'd love to hear from you.

magnets and football tricks

If you're anything like us, you can't help but be soft when it comes to kids.

Especially when this turns up in your inbox.

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Meet Scott - an avid collector of magnets, and a rather trendy one at that.

When his Mum's preparing his tea, Scott enjoys a game of football in the back garden. On this particular ocassion he'd been trying to perfect his toe bounce around the world, so when his Mum called him in for dinner, Scott was feeling a little tired to say the least.

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So a very big thank you to Scott for making our day with his photos and impressive array of magnets.

hungry? try our new book

At the beginning of last year, we asked all the people who read our weekly newsletter
if they thought it would be a good idea if we wrote a recipe book to feed families with
good stuff (having written not one but two smoothie recipe books already).

Hundreds of mums and dads got in touch to say they thought it'd be a very good idea.

So here it is...

Hungry

A guide to healthy, tasty, no fuss food that the whole family can enjoy
(and that don't take ages to make)

It's filled with over 100 delicious, simple, healthy recipes (from 2 minute
breakfasts to proper Sunday lunches) and over 85% of the recipes in the book
contain at least 1 of your 5-a-day.

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There are loads of tips and ideas for getting everyone involved in making,
cooking and eating. We've even picked out the bits kids can do in a rather
fetching grey
to make it even easier.

Daddydan

And there's as loads of other stuff for kids to do, make and help out
with to get them involved and excited about food.

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Or just keep them entertained while you're waiting for bread to bake or
just need something to do on a rainy Thursday.

In other words, a book that makes it easy to get good stuff into your family.
Without having to spend hours labouring over the stove, making different
meals for everyone or faffing about with miniature sushi.

So to celebrate the launch of this very fine book, we're giving away 20 copies
away to the 20 people who tell us their best hungry stories with a happy ending
by Tuesday 14th June.

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Or if you can't wait that long, you can buy yourself a copy right here or
in WHSmith, Waterstones and other good bookshops across the land
(as demonstrated above).

Either way, we hope you like it and enjoy many a memorable meal and
muffin from it.

Thanks to everyone who entered our competition. Amber, Flo, Madeleine, AJ, Fiona, Annie, Hannah P, Louise, Ami, Florence, Grace, Hannah, Anne Marie, Alice, Anya, Andy, Nicky G, Sarah _nb, Anna and Tom – make a space on your bookshelf. Copies winging their way to you very, very soon.