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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?”

Yams

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

Brighten up your street visits Carlow

Directions to Carlow, check, address for the next Brigthen up your Street winner, check, keys to a grass covered van full of innocent orange juice, double check. So, that's how it went down on Saturday morning before we hit the road to Borris, in County Carlow.Ellen, from Borris, had entered our innocent Brighten up your Street competition asking us to pick her street because ''all my neighbours are so friendly and warm and I think it would bring some well deserved sun to them all". When, we arrived in Borris, we couldn't agree more.

We delivered innocent orange juice to Ellen and her neighours and met some lovely people along the way. Here's the lovely Ellen taking her Brighten up your Street delivery.

Borris, Carlow

This weekend we'll be making our very last Brighten up your Street delivery so if you fancy having your street brightened up by a free delivery of orange juice from innocent Just click here and tell us why.

Brighten up your street visits Galway

Another weekend and another lovely street brightened up with a free delivery of innocent orange juice. Over the weekend, we popped over to Galway to visit Brighten up your Street winner Aine Burns-Fitzpatrick. Aine wanted her street brightened up with a free delivery of innocent orange juice because "We have a nice little estate on the outside of town and have street parties so if we won we would all be drinking innocent at our next party". We liked the sound of an orange juice party.

Here's the lovely Aine taking her Brighten up your Street delivery.

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Brighten up your street visits Cork

Last weekend we took a trip down south in our grass vans to deliver innocent orange juice to two lucky innocent brighten up your street winners. We had a great time meeting the winners and their neighbours. Here's how it all went down...

First up, we stopped by Douglas, Cork to deliver orange juice to Marie Bott and all her neighbours. Marie wanted her street brightened up by innocent "because i have great neighbours who are always there to help each other but with all the rain recently & the dark evenings we haven't been out the front catching up with each other - this would be a great reason to get talking again." We couldn't agree more. Here she is with her lovely kids and one of our orange juice delivery ladies.

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Next stop was a trip to meet Eileen McGreevy in Carrigaline, Cork. Eileen wanted her street brightened up by innocent "Because with all the depressing weather we are having we could do with some brightening up. " We said no problems to Eileen and gave her and all her neighbours a free delivery of innocent orange juice.

Here she is with along with a few lovely neighbours.

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The Knitting and Stitching Show

Last weekend we headed along to the wonderful knitting and stitching show in the RDS Dublin for a our second year in a row. Once again, it was a 4 day knitter's paradise with yarn, knitting needles, and of course knitters, as far as the eye could see. We had our very own innocent big knit stall and we had loads of big knit little hats knitted on the spot and dropped off by some wonderful people. We'll be announcing on the grand total number of hats this Friday so stay tuned to our facebook page .

Here are some pictures from our four lovely days at the knitting and stitching show.

Hats

Hats

K&S show

K&S show

Mary