Monthly Archives: March 2009

Hunt ‘Em Down

– Easter Egg Hunts in London 2009

 

When it comes to basic biology (you know, the birds and the bees) I’ll pass. Until my mummy or daddy plucks up the courage to explain it all to me, that is. But I reckon we’ve all got some time until I ask that dreaded question …

 

Who came first: the chicken or the egg?

 

84379483In truth, as long as it’s chocolate and foil-wrapped, it’s immaterial to me.

 

And if it’s dished out after a little challenge, then all the better. After all, it’s survival of the fittest.

 

So I’m up for this hunting idea. And may the best chicken win!

 

Click here to see Mini-et-Moi’s listing of Easter egg hunts in London on Easter Weekend.

 

What Moi says:

The birds and the bees – how eggs-cruciating! *Groan*

 

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Hunting High and Low

– Easter Egg Hunts in London 2009

 

Choose from grandiose gardens, parks or palaces, a museum or the zoo as the backdrop to your family Easter Egg Hunt this year. Click here to see our listing of Egg Hunts this Easter 2009.

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The Big Screen

– In the Night Garden on the Silver Screen

 

MetM9I’m a big shot. And my heroes are too. That’s why it’s always frustrated me that they’re confined to the small screen (Shhh! Don’t tell Daddy. He loves his new flat screen and is all Mr Big about it).

 

So it’s big news that my favourite characters have been supersized, and I’ve hit the big time!

 

‘What’s the big idea?’ I hear you ask. *Sigh* Imagine it – Iggle Piggle, Makka Pakka and Upsy Daisy, all larger than life, and on the big screen.

 

metm_in-the-night-garden-dvdAnd with a plot that’s as familiar and reassuring as a bed-time story, there’s no pressure on your Mummy to screen you from potentially scary scenes.  You’ll both enjoy watching an episode from the fun-filled adventures of the latest In the Night Garden DVD, Look at That!

 

And with running commentary from your peers and fellow movie-goers, and occasional dancing in the aisles (it’s all welcomed), you too can play a big part in this big screen moment.

 

What Moi says:

Get a bit of perspective – it’s time you saw the big picture.

 

Until 2 April, you too can see the big picture at Picturehouse cinemas across London. And with tickets from £3 per child with adults going free, this is hardly a big ticket item. Plus! All children receive a free gift on entry. The screenings will be shown on selected dates at 11:00am and 11:55am – see the website for more details. 

 

Plus! Your Child’s First Cinema Experience. One lucky subscriber will win tickets to take a friend and 2 tots to see In the Night Garden at the Gate Cinema in Notting Hill.  To enter, simply hit reply to this e-mail and include the word IGGLE in the subject.  Click here for further details.

 

All the stars were out on the red carpet at the In the Night Garden Premier, and Mini-et-Moi was there too. Click here to see all the pictures.

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In the Night Garden – The Premier

– The paparazzi were out in full force at the premier of In the Night Garden

 

Place: The Gate Picturehouse Cinema, Notting Hill

 

Date: Friday 20 March 2009

 

Who: Upsy Daisy, Iggle Piggle et al.

Iggle Piggle, Jenny Frost and a star-struck tot

Iggle Piggle, Jenny Frost and a star-struck tot

 

 

 

The after-party - we didn't want the fun to end

The after-party - we didn't want the fun to end

I'm the only Upsy here ... well maybe not

I'm the only Upsy here ... well maybe not

 

 

 

Click! Click! Candid shot of Iggle Piggle

Click! Click! Candid shot of Iggle Piggle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iggle Piggle dancing

Iggle Piggle dancing

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Cerrie Burnell, Iggle Piggle, Alex Winters from CBeebies

Upsy and Terry Wogan made a hot couple

Upsy and Terry Wogan made a hot couple

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Alex Winters with Iggle Piggle & Upsy Daisy

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Win In the Night Garden cinema tickets

Your Child’s First Cinema Experience

Don’t miss a unique opportunity from the top children’s show, In the Night Garden to treasure the first time your little one goes to the cinema. Share a magical and memorable occasion at ‘your child’s first cinema experience’ until 2 April 2009 at selected Picturehouse cinemas across London.

An episode of fun-filled adventures from the latest In the Night Garden DVD – Look at That! – will be broadcast on the big screen and tickets are available for just £3.00 whilst adults go free.  Plus every child will receive a FREE gift upon entry!  The fortnight of screenings will be shown on selected dates at 11:00am and 11:55am, perfectly timed to fit in with every parent’s busy schedule. 

To celebrate, we are giving one lucky winner four tickets to see In the Night Garden at The Gate Picturehouse, Notting Hill during the screening period (ends 2 April 2009), and two copies of the new DVD Look at That! (SSP £13), out 23 March 2009.

Explore www.inthenightgarden.co.uk for further information.

To enter, subscribers should send an e-mail with the word BIG in the subject to mail [at] mini-et-moi.com. The winner will be chosen at 9am on Wednesday morning and announced in Wednesday’s mail.

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Inspiration, not Aspiration

– Unique and Ethical Gifts for Mother’s Day

 

MetM5You’re excited to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday – while you’re looking forward to receiving that handmade card and breakfast in bed (see our recipes here), you’re also secretly hoping for a gorgeous gift. Something in another league – truly aspirational. (Go on, admit it.) In all the excitement of being a mum, don’t forget your own mum. What are YOU going to give her? Smelly soap? A toiletry bag? Will it be (another) mad dash for a bunch of flowers and some choccies. *Yawn.*

 

Forget the predictable (and the aspirational). It’s time to get unusually inspirational.

 

Inspire your mum by giving her a gift that can make a real difference to the lives of mothers and children in the developing world (or closer to home). Choose a life-saving, life-changing gift from GoodGift, like teaching a Somali mother to read (as easy as A-B-C at £35) or giving an AIDS orphan in South Africa a cuddly companion, hand-made by a local women’s sewing co-op (a stitch at £12). There are plenty of other gifts to choose from.  All are available on the GoodGifts website where you can send an e-card (they won’t tell your mum that you’ve left it all so late …)

 

What Mini says:

I don’t yet know how to spell philanthropist, but that’s my ASPIRATION! 

 

Learn more at GoodGifts.org.

 

 

Wishing all our readers a Happy Mother’s Day!

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Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed

Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed

– Sizzling Scrambled Eggs

 

This Mother’s Day we hope you are recognised as a SuperMummy and enjoy special times with your family. We also hope that you are brought breakfast in bed. Remember, to make this happen is as easy as –

 

1.       Selecting your dream dish (choose from Cinnamon Toast, Pancakes or Scrambled Eggs);

2.       Printing off the recipe and leaving it in a not-to-be-missed spot. You can also drop lots of hints, if you think that subtlety is over-rated.

3.       Insisting on a lie-in well past your usual up-an-at-‘em morning routine.

 

Go on, just lie there …

 

 

Chef’s Note:

To make perfect scrambled eggs, you need to cook the eggs very slowly. The best way to achieve this is to cook them in a bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. This method takes longer, but the result is worth the effort. (It’s probably also advisable that you don’t attempt this with the baby in the kitchen.)

 

You will need:

6 eggs

1 tablespoon cream

Salt and freshly ground pepper

10g (1/4 oz) butter

 

To Make:

Gently whisk the eggs with the cream and a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper in a small heatproof mixing bowl.

Place the bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Cook, turning the mixture occasionally with a large metal spoon, until the egg thickens. As the eggs thickens and begins to scramble, add the butter. Season to taste with more salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve on hot, buttered toast.

 

Chopped chives are delicious folded into the mixture just before serving. Dress up scrambled eggs with some smoked salmon and a glass of bubbly on the side.

 

(Serves 2)

 

This recipe is from David Herbert’s Complete Perfect Recipes. Over 250 Recipes that Work Every Time (ISBN 978-1920989804).

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