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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.

the walls are alive

With some very fine tomatoes.

In just 10 days time, we're opening the doors to our 5 for 5 cafe and we're pulling together the final touches.

Along with some of the finest vegetarian fare for miles around, our cafe is going to feature a number of very special walls. Move over brickwork, breezeblocks and MDF - walls of fruit and veg are the way forward.

Our friend Rob at Rocket Gardens has been busy in his wood shed knocking together some frames for our living walls.

Here they are being loaded onto Rob's very snazzy blue tractor.

Snazzy tractor

And here they are full of tomato plants, all ready for the journey up to London and their debut at The Tramshed.

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There's still a giant wall of Little Gems to come.

Lettuce pray it arrives on time.

To book your spot at the cafe and to see the walls with your very own eyes, just click here.

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.

a shed, some veg and lots of busy bees

It's not all spreadsheets and calculators in the merry land of innocent finance.

Last week, the whole Finance team spent a day at Kew Riverside Primary School helping the children to build an allotment on the school field so that they can grow their own veg and maybe some bee friendly flowers. Next thing you know they'll be putting the veg in pots (that rings a bell).

This feels like hard work

But it wasn't all gardening. We also did a spot of shed building too with Rob and Lynne (crowned master shed builders).

We thought the shed would be handy for storing all the gardening tools but the children thought it was more useful for a sneaky game of 'How many people can you fit in a shed at one time without it falling over?'. If anyone is interested the record so far is 10.

The cheeky shed

And with the help of lots of little hands (sorry about the paint on their school uniforms) we transformed a plain old boring white wall...

Told you that it was a boring white wall

... into a beautiful mural that the children designed.

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That's Roberta in the red T shirt. She's in the Finance team and not a pupil in case anyone was unsure.

We figure friendly finance folk couldn't have done any of this without the amazing help of Gareth Miller from the Open Living Company and Paul Munckenbeck from M&S Power Hire. They both donated their time, expertise and lots of materials to our little project at no cost.

They kept us on track on the day and rallied their suppliers to help as well.

Big thanks also go to John at Brewers for the paint, everyone at Alsfords for the timber and Nick from Motive8 for putting us in touch with Gareth.

Here's Gareth and Paul looking tired but happy after a hard day's work. They aren't used to grafting.

Gareth and Paul

Paul even let Lou B (aka The Stig) have a go on his digger.

Lou in the digger

Thanks to Debbie and everyone at Kew Riverside Primary School. Maybe you could all drop in to see us at Fruit Towers one day?

The grassy van was a big hit

We'll send a grassy van round to pick you up.

vegetable vision

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Those of you who have ever tried our tasty new veg pots might have noticed the veg art photos decorating the inside of the label. We've got a bit of an ongoing competition with those photos, if you add your best vegetable based photos to this flickr group we'll then print our favourites inside our veg pots. Meaning you get your creative excellence in front of thousands of people. The only guidelines being that your photo should show beautiful vegetables, and also have a slight sense of humour.

Here's a few examples of some veg art we like, just to get you inspired. We've got a veg pot packaging refresh coming up so if you get something in quick you could see your work in the shops quite soon.

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And in other creative photo news our Emma Hines won the weekly Times travel photo competition last week for a very colourful picture she took while out trekking in Vietnam. Well done Em.