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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.

join our wall of peace

When we first started blogging back in 2006 we mentioned Peace One Day in a very early post. We've always been very big fans of Peace One Day and their founder Jeremy Gilley's simple but inspiring vision of "if you build a house you start with one brick, if we want to build peace why not start with one day?".

So this year along with the return of one of our most popular recipes peaches & raspberries we're helping to spread the world of Peace One Day by making a limited edition Peace One Day smoothie. Look out for them in the shops and wear the free badge that comes with every little bottle with pride.

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And you can help to spread the word of Peace One Day too by simply joining our innocent wall of peace website in a couple of clicks here and then telling all your friends.

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Here's to Jeremy and his small team and their ongoing mission of peace.


as happy as a pig...drinking smoothie...

We love eggs.

We love Ian at Treflach Farm. He makes eggs (not him, obviously, the chickens).

Ian with chicken

Not only does Ian look after chickens, he looks after pigs too. This makes Ian a very busy man.

Not only does Ian look after chickens and pigs, he also finds the time to teach young'uns about how to look after our environment and how to play nice with animals.

Imagine how busy Ian is.

So being the nice folk we are, we decided to help Ian feed his pigs.

Yummy

Was this enough?

Scarey doggy
Apparently not.

To avoid overfeeding smoothies to Ian's pigs (apparently they're just like us and don't like too much of the same thing) and to try and make the doggie relax a little bit, we needed a new way to help.

Luckily for us, Ian and the amazing team at Treflach Farm have already got a few ideas of their own so we decided it best for us to piggy back (sorry) one of theirs instead .

We love the idea of educating others about the birds, the bees, the flowers and the trees. After all, they're making the world a little bit of a better place for all of us.

Guard doggie

Behind the scariest dog in the world lies a classroom that Ian and the folk at Treflach could use to run classroom sessions in but it needed a little revamp to get it ship shape.

Now, DIY isn't exactly our forte at innocent but we are pretty handy at fundraising. So with a raffle to win tickets to stay, that's right, stay at Treflach (fancy it?) and a BBQ, we managed to raise a pot of cash to help get the classroom on its way.

How was the BBQ?

Delicious. Treflach's finest of course.

How's the classroom?

Shiney floor classroom

Beautiful.

With the classroom ready and waiting for its first pupils in September, we thought it best to let Ian and the gang get back to what they're good at (which is pretty much everything they do) while we get back to what we're good at, making smoothies for everyone - animals included.

So far for piggies we're working on a mud and orange peel recipe.

The monkey range is looking like nuts and bananas, papaya and bananas or simply bananas and bananas.

If you've got any better ideas, post them below and the best one will win a case of our smoothies and a special mystery prize.

(Please note we don't advise you feeding your pets or any other animals smoothies. This is for mild amusement purposes only. We don't get out much).


meet the keeper


To celebrate Buy One, Get One Bee, back in July we ran a competition for one lucky winner and a friend to come along to the National Trust's Hanbury Hall to meet Tim the beekeeper and ask him all sorts of questions.

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The winner was Julian and he'll be going along in a couple of weeks time to meet Tim, see the bees and have a spot of afternoon tea (we'll keep you posted about it right here).

In the meantime though, we thought it'd be polite to introduce Tim properly.

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So here's a few interesting things about the man himself:

  • Tim's day job is as a computer software consultant so he looks after the bees in his spare time.
  • He's been beekeeping for about 10 years now, after having told a friend he wanted to see inside a hive (and then ending up looking after the entire colony).
  • His kids like to help him collect the swarms. That's his son on the right below (resplendent in mini bee keeper attire).
Father and son

Tim has very kindly answered every question that came in as part of the competition because he's a good man like that.

Here are just a few of his answers to some of the questions we had through:

Aren't you worried the bees will sting you? (Teresa Hill)

Whenever I get stung, it's because I did something that I shouldn't have so I'm more annoyed with myself for not noticing it. For example, going to move part of the beehive and not realising I have a bee caught in the fold of my glove. If I frightened the bee by trapping it in my glove then I deserve to be stung. Still hurts though.

Does the smoke used to help pacify the bees have any effect on humans? (Elaine Miller)

Yes. It's makes my eyes water for a start. I burn rotten wood but other beekeepers burn cardboard, old sacking or special old tobacco. The smoke causes the bees to think their hive is going to burn down so they may need to leave in a hurry. Seeing as they don't have any luggage, they fill their mouths with honey and nectar. Then they get a bit sleepy (like we all do after a big meal) and can't be bothered to move. Which means I can get to the honey more easily.

Is it true that honey is made by bees regurgitating nectar? (Bronwyn Cannon)

Well seeing as they haven't got any baskets to carry in, yes it is.

For the rest of Tim's answers, check out the comments below.

P.S. If you still haven't tried our lemon, honey and ginger recipe, then you haven't got long left before our next special guest recipe hits the shelves.

So bee quick and get down the shops quick smart.

(pun shamelessly stolen from Ben W)

tales from the amazon

News fresh in from the Amazon

Our Sam is currently out in Brazil, cruising along on a big canoe and making sire we get the best acai berries for our pomegranates, blueberries and acai berries recipe.

She didn’t manage to take our special camera along (humidity issues) but she did manage to send us a brief update and some pictures of her trip so far.

Hi Guys

I so wish that we had taken the web cam - we have to find a way of setting this up for future fruit trips.

The Amazon, where we source our acai berries an incredible place. The light, sounds of the jungle and just the sheer size and scale of the river is unbelievable. (Forgive me if you've been there before…)

Yesterday, we walked into the jungle for about 20 minutes to find fruit of the right maturity.

‘That’s hardly very far’, I hear you cry, but trust me, in this humidity, it felt like a marathon.

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One of the acai farmers I met was Fernando and his son, Isaias. They both rise at 5am each day, locate the fruit and then pick berries for 3 to 4 hours for as many days of the week as they wish or need to.

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Then they retire to their hammocks once the day’s picking is done. Life is so simple and peaceful here.

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Fernando and his family rely on the river for everything and their diet is super healthy - shrimps, acai and pretty much every other tropical fruit you can think of...

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Looking forward to sharing more when I get back

Lots of love for now,

Sam

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More on Sam's trip when she gets back from the jungle.