‘Five a Day Hill’ is where Gertie Garlic, Sally Strawberry, Mandy Melon, Pedro Pear and Monty Mushroom live!  They are a healthy gang hence the name!  I wrote this set of stories during a series of workshops presented on the Sunday Challenge programmes. The aim was to motivate children to create and illustrate their own stories. The workshops can be found on the Jumble Fun channel.  

                                  The Jumble Fun Channel
                   Click below to hear their stories narrated

             Five a Day Hill story playlist of narrated stories on YouTube

Now for the recipe! 

Five a Day Soup is also a very healthy soup containing guess what!  Yes. Five vegetables. 

It’s also what I call a ‘stock cupboard’ Soup. You should be able to make it from  things in your cupboard but, if you wish, you can substitute fresh veg for the tinned and make your own chicken stock. It’s very quick too. From start to finish about 30 minutes. 


One large tin of tiny peas 

One large onion and one clove of garlic 

A large tin of carrots or 3/4 fresh ones.

About three quarters of a pint (3 coffee mugs) of stock or a chicken stock cube

One tin/jar of chick peas but if you don’t like these substute a tin of cannelloni beans. 


Chop any fresh ingredients and drain the tinned ones.

Put everything into a pan. Bring to the boil and simmer gently with a lid on for about fifteen minutes. 


Pour into blender and blend till smooth adding about two mugs  of milk or sufficient to give it a creamy soup consistency,

Taste and season. 

Serve sprinkled with parmeasan or a dollop of Creme Fraiche 

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