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Win tickets to The Muppets

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It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights….

We’re super excited here in Fruit Towers. The Muppets are back. The Muppets hits Irish cinemas on the 10th February 2012 and we’ve got family tickets to give away to the preview screenings. They take place in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway & Belfast on Sunday 5th February at 11am.

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. With secret, signature, celebrity cameos.

We’ve been fighting over our favourite Muppets here in Fruit Towers. Ali loves Miss Piggy, Tim’s a Fozzie Bear man, Helen chose Animal (she likes beards), Keith voted for Beaker and Brendan adores the Swedish Chef.

To win a family pass to a preview screening of The Muppets, tell us your favourite Muppet and where you’d like to see the movie (Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway or Belfast).

Congratulations to all our lucky winners who get tickets to the preview screening of The Muppets this Sunday 5th February.

Elva Mackay

Helen Farrell

Jane

Corrina Stone

Eve Altman

Miriam O'Reilly

Audrey

Evin O.

Roisin Dempsey

Evelyn Mulcahy

Eileen O Flaherty

Sarah Clancy

Trish

Anne Marie Carroll

Pauladurkin

garret chambers

paula

ashley grant

This competition is now closed.

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Healthy Tweeting

It's the end of January, your good intentions for a Healthy New Year are starting to fade. Fear not, we're here to help. Check out our Healthy Tweets tab on.fb.me/xb6qfW.

For the last week, our grassy van has been driving around Ireland packed full of delicious innocent smoothies. We've been to Dublin and Cork to help offices stay healthy.

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All you need to do is follow us on twitter @innocentIreland and tweet us what you're doing to stay healthy using the hash tag #healthytweets. Our grassy van is hooked up to a clever GPS thingy, so you can track it here on.fb.me/xb6qfW.

Not on twitter? Don't worry, tell us where you are and what your office are doing to keep healthy in the comments below and you might get a visit from our grassy van. Our van is out and about today and tomorrow.

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Yam must read this

Feedback Madagascar is one of the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that we support.The project we support promotes yam farming with training on yam cultivation techniques, the creation of demonstration plots and household plantations. Working with twelve community forest management associations, over 250 people are already producing and yams are taking off.

Famous for providing the fuel for Usain Bolt’s sprinting successes, the yam is commonly confused as a sweet potato (they are un-related), they are similar in properties.

“Anyone for yams?”

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The project is based around the Malagasy rainforest, where people are reliant on inadequate rice and cassava harvests; the cultivation of yams reduces the impact of the annual famine and dramatically ups people’s nutritional intake.

And yams are fun. To raise awareness of yams and their benefits, alongside rainforest conservation, there are now yam festivals. Associations take stands, organise competitions, cook offs, speeches and full-on carnival singing and dancing.

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As part of the project, training on culinary techniques is included to make the most of the yam.

Here are 6 of their suggested recipes:

  1. Yam Pudding
  2. Yam Crisps
  3. Yam Pizza
  4. Yam Soup
  5. Yam Salad
  6. Baked Yam

If you fancy trying your hand at Yam Pudding, here is an embellished Western version:

Ingredients:

800g grated uncooked yams

300g milk

120g golden syrup

3 eggs

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

120g brown sugar

1tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp salt

½ tsp ground nutmeg

  • Preheat oven to 160˚c
  • Grease baking dish (approx 8”x8”x2”)
  • Combine all ingredients
  • Bake until a knife comes out of mixture clean, approx 1 hour.
  • Serve warm with cream or ice cream

For more information on Feedback Madagascar, please visit our innocent foundation page: www.innocentfoundation.org/ or their own website: www.feedbackmadagascar.org

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