Thoughts from November 2008

diane's buns of joy

This weekend's baking treat comes from Eleanor's mum, Diane. Diane also wrote us a recipe for a lemon curd and fromage frais smoothie which features on p.176 of our recipe book.

According to Eleanor, there is always a copy of the book on Diane's coffee table at home, casually left open on p.176.

Diane’s apple and cinnamon buns Makes 12 large buns


2 medium cooking apples

225g self raising wholemeal flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

175g butter

50g brown sugar

1 large beaten free range egg

What you need to do

1. Preheat oven to Gas Mark 5(375F/190C).

2. Peel, core and dice the apples then put to one side.

3. Sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl.

4. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles breadcrumbs.

5. Add the apple, sugar and beaten egg to the bowl and mix combine well with a fork (if the mixture seems a bit dry, you can add a few drops on milk)

6. Place heaped spoonfuls of the mixture onto a greased/non-stick baking tray.

7. Bake for 20-25 mins until golden.

Perfect for a sit down and cup of tea.

twittering wins


We had a little competition via our twitter feed - we challenged our twitter friends to see who could post the first photo of our hats out in the wild. Tom won, spotting them in Cardiff, and he wins a big prize, which may or may not feature some sort of wool/fruit combo.

If you'd like to tweet with us, we're here.

spotted (and striped) hats

081104 1st Big Knit photo

Here are some of the first big knit hats of the half a million to come over the next month or so. As spotted in Holborn Sainsbury's this afternoon by our Emma.

Let us know if you spot any in your local Sainsbury's if you're doing your big shop tonight.

remember, remember, the tash of November

4 days into November and it's full stubble ahead at Fruit Towers.

To tash or not to tash

Several of our boys have banished their razors, shaving foam and clean cut images for the next month in order to grow some facial furniture in support of Movember.

We asked you to send us your moustache designs for our boys to attempt to grow and have had some corkers back.

Tim R is going for the Poseidon look


Tim R

The poseidon

The Posiedon

Charlie is going to attempt the Aviator

The aviator

And hopefully someone is going to grow The Twist and Wax (a.k.a The Ginger Rat Bars)

Twist and wax

Special mention goes to Isabel who sent us the snazzy Zebra design on the back of her geography homework.

The zebra

Geography homework

If you'd like to sponsor the boys' facial hair challenge in support of testicular cancer, just click here, type in Inno Mo and select Ben Hills.

In the meantime, we'll keep you updated on all moustachioed movements, right here.