Slinky Day – A tribute to the Slinky

Slinky Day Saturday 30th August – Homage to the Slinky

To celebrate Slinky Day we thought we’d offer you a tribute to the world’s most popular spring in all its tangle-y, stair-descending glory!

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The weirdest piece of Slinky history we can give you, (which is always a good place to start), is that founder Richard James, who invented the Slinky by chance in the 1940s, suffered from a sort of ‘mid-life crisis’ in the ‘60s and joined a Bolivian cult.

Richard Slinky
Around 1960 James abandoned his wife Betty, six children, and his business in order to take up with his new religious friends/cult members. Funny/depressing as this is, it turned out to be arguably the best thing that could have happened to the Slinky Empire.
Betty James (my new feminist heroine!) took over her husband’s company, rescued it from debts run up thanks to Richard’s donations to his new spiritual chums, and made Slinky the phenomenon it became. It was Betty who created the famous Slinky jingle and advertising campaign which turned it in to a huge success.
Who knew the history of the Slinky was actually a story of girl power?!


Everyone who ever owned a Slinky remembers pushing them down the stairs as kids, and the sad, furious frustration that came with getting one tangled up. Seriously, did ANYONE ever manage to get one untangled?!
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As we’ve all ‘matured’, and pop culture has evolved, today in 2014 we can enjoy hilarious videos of pets playing with Slinkys, or cats pretending to be Slinkys coming down the stairs! Ah, a Slinky really is the gift that keeps on giving!

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In the name of unbiased research, I should mention that Richard James’ cult have also been described as just being “exceptionally enthusiastic” about religion, and so leave you to form your own opinions about the inventor’s spiritual adventures!

Here are a few videos to keep you springy-ly entertained: - cat pretending to BE a slinky! - dog vs slinky – Ace Ventura and a slinky – THE BEST!!

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Find Me A Gift Bake Off: Ned’s Bakes No.1


This week’s treat is Ned’s crazily creamy cheesy Carrot Cake!

You’ll need:

7oz carrots, peeled and coarsley grated
6oz dark soft brown sugar
2 large eggs
5 fl oz sunflower oil
7oz wholemeal self-raising flour
3 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Zest of 1 orange
4oz sultanas
2oz desicated coconut
2oz pecan nuts

Zest of 1 orange
4oz sultanas
2oz desicated coconut
2oz pecan nuts

For the Syrup glaze:

Juice of 1 small orange
1 tbsp lemon juice
3oz dark brown soft sugar

For the icing:

8oz cream cheese (Mascarpone)
4oz unsalted butter
4oz icing sugar

To finish:

2oz pecan nuts

You will need two 8 inch x 1 ½ inches deep tins, lined with baking parchment.

Pre-heat the oven to 200C, then turn down to 170C when you have toasted the pecan nuts.

1. Place the pecan nuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 8 minutes. Now chop one half roughly for the cake and the other more finely for the topping later.
2. Whisk the sugar, eggs and oil together until all sugar has dissolved. Then sift the flour, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda into the bowl, tipping in the bits of bran left in the sieve. Then stir all this gently, followed by the remaining ingredients.
3. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared tins and bake for 30 minutes on the centre shelf of the oven. They should be nicely risen, feel firm and springy to the touch when lightly pressed in the centre and show signs of springing away from the edge of the tins. If not, give them another 2-3 minutes and test again.
4. To make the syrup glaze, whisk together the fruit juices and sugar in a small saucepan, over a low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Then when the cakes come out of the oven stab them all over with a skewer and quickly spoon the syrup evenly over the hot cakes.
5. Leave the cakes on the side to cool and allow for the syrup to be absorbed.
6. Meanwhile make the topping by whisking all the ingredients together in a bowl until light and fluffy.
7. When the cakes are cold remove them from their tins. Spread one third of the topping over one of the cakes and place the other on top, then cover the top and sides with the remaining pecan nuts over the top just before serving.

There you have it, the easy yet super scrummy Carrot Cake recipe recommended, tried and tested by FMAG’s very own Ned. So now you can well and truly join in with the Bake Off frenzy, send us any photos of your carrot cake attempts!

That’s not all – here is our top pick baking product of the week:

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Enjoy! Until next time – happy baking!!

Shake N Make Product Highlight

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This bank holiday weekend we along with @JustMustard are giving you a chance to win one of these Shake n Make Ice Cream makers. Head over to our Facebook page Find Me A Gift or our twitter page @Findmeagift to see how to enter! The competition ends 7pm Monday 25/08 1 winner will be selected at random from both Facebook and Twitter, the 2 winners will then have 30 days to claim their prize.

The Shake n Ice Cream Maker is just what you need to end this summer with titillated taste  buds and a tad bit of brain freeze!!

Why should you have one? Well, this handheld ice cream maker is simple to use and super quick, it can make you a single portion of ice cream in just 4 minutes! All you have to do is pop some salt and ice into the tub, replace the aluminium alloy inner cone and add your ingredients. Once the lid is on, just shake for a few minutes and it’s ready to enjoy. The Shake n Make Ice Cream Maker is great for children or adults and recipe ideas are included within the instructions. It allows you to produce your favourite ice cream flavours in any adventurous or crazy combinations you desire! Chopped up pieces of your favourite chocolate bar? Your top berry? Caramel, fudge or for the adults a splash of your favourite cocktail ingredients? Got you thinking on what your crazy combination and flavour would be? Well you better go and enter then! ice cream joined


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