A Mothers Ramblings: The day I met famous people and ate Nestle!

Sunday, 7 March 2010

The day I met famous people and ate Nestle!

Before we start this post, let me just explain that this is a Sponsored post, but that the views expressed are my own!

"I am going to be kidnapped and nobody will know what has happened to me!" I said
"Who would want to kidnap you?" asked my Nan
"Are you saying that nobody would want to kidnap me?" I asked
"Well maybe someone would... but I think it highly improbable" said my Nan
"Cheers Nan! Way to make a girl feel loved" I sulked back

You see I had been invited to an event in an area of London I didn't know too well (but looked up on Google Street View) to talk to some celebs about the Nestle Cereal Partners campaign about getting families to eat more wholegrain.

A few days later Laura from Are we nearly there yet Mummy? sent me a Message on Twitter asking if I was going to the Nestle Event. I replied back that I was and also that we were going to be kidnapped. I kind of got excited that I was going to be kidnapped with Laura... I can't help but feel that she didn't feel the same for me. I think I came on too strong.

As we pulled up to where we were having the event I bumped into the beautiful Nataliya from Suburban Mummy UK with her very lovely children and we walked in together. Unfortunately she also ran off from me saying that it was so she could take Eliza and Jeremiah to the toilet. I guess I came on too strong again there too.

Luckily for me Laura was just finishing making muffins with Lesley Waters and so she and I chatted for a few minutes before Greg Searle (you know the good looking rower Go Team GB!) was introduced to us. I am ashamed to say that I didn't recognise him as being a Rower as I was far too interested in just looking at him... but that's enough of that as Daddy is reading the blog and maybe Greg Google's himself every so often and I don't think he wants to read about what I was thinking.

Anyway I got chatting to Nutritionist Juliette Kellow about bits and pieces next and asked her lots of questions about wholegrain diets, getting five a day, eating cheaply by eating seasonally, protein, oily fish and all the other questions that I had about my families diet and she told me a lot about the benefits of eating a wholegrain cereal for breakfast or as part of a meal and pointed out that the Nestle Green Tops on the cereal boxes is a handy visual reminder for knowing that the Nestle cereals are wholegrain.

I then managed to talk to Sally of Who's the Mummy fame (who had Flea with her) and Susanna of A Modern Mother fame and briefly to Nixdminx and they were all very lovely and I suddenly wondered why the heck I was there compared to these five fantastic other Bloggers, but I couldn't bring myself to ask just in case they realised they had made a mistake and threw me out of the very lovely kitchen!

Leslie Waters was next to chat to me, which we did for ages. We talked about making wheat free goodies for Daddy and Top Enders current dream of being a chef when she is older (well its now changed back to being a Fashion Designer) and again I got some great tips! I was a bit gushy with Leslie (but she took it all in her stride) and I told her that my Nan loved her (and so did I) and in return she recorded a video message to my Nan which my Nan was chuffed about!

I then got some time with one of the greatest women on earth the wonderful Annabel Karmel. I have loved her books for so long (I have five!) and Top Ender, Baby Boy and I love to make several dishes from them and I even told her about the Salmon Fishballs that we love to make! I did try to persuade my taxi driver that he wanted to take me home in her car but he said that one day I would be rich enough to buy my own. I liked that taxi driver.

I had a brief chat with Zoe Ball (who is really tall and really pretty and super skinny) and thought that I might change my ideal look from Audrey Hepburn to Zoe Ball... I mean I have met her husband and everything so you know we are like the same person already!

Anyway when I got home the very lovely Muffins that Leslie Waters had made were eaten by Baby Boy.


And here is how to make them!


100g Fruitful Shredded Wheat (80g Shredded Wheat biscuits, 20g Fruitful fruit mix)
140g self-raising flour
2tsp baking powder
3tbsp light muscovado sugar
75ml semi-skimmed milk
1 medium egg
3tbsp sunflower oil
2 bananas, mashed
100g blueberries


1. Preheat the oven to 200oC/fan 180oC/400oF/gas mark 6.
2. Lightly oil 9 cups of a muffin tin or line with muffin paper cases.
3. Crumble the Fruitful Shredded Wheat biscuits with your hands.
4. Sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Stir in 55g of the crumbled Shredded Wheat biscuits, 20g of the Fruitful fruit mix and the sugar.
5. Whisk together the milk, egg and oil.
6. Mash the bananas and fold into the dry ingredients with the milk mixture.
7. Gently mix in 75g of the blueberries. Do not over mix.
8. Divide the mixture between the muffin cups/cases, not quite filling them. Top with the remaining blueberries and scatter over the remaining 25g of crumbled Fruitful Shredded Wheat biscuits.
9. Bake for 20 minutes until golden, risen and firm. Leave for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

• You can replace the blueberries with other berries such as blackberries, raspberries and loganberries.