Final day: Win a signed copy of The Three Hungry Boys

It’s the last day of the Three Hungry Boys competition, so here they are with the final challenge:

Well yesterday’s competition produced entries that ranged from the sublime, Henry Mcilroy’s foraged fruit crumble, to a downright peculiar conversation about pickling pheasants. Not sure we’ll be trying all of them but thank you all for the suggestions.

The gastro-king that has cooked their way to success and ownership of a signed copy of our book is @wanttobakefree who captured our approach to cooking perfectly. Throw everything into a bowl, stir and bake, perfect for people like us who have an oven in their van.

On our next trip which will hopefully be somewhere nice and warm (hint, hint, Hugh) we will be needing a new mixtape to while away the hours of traveling. On our last two trips we picked up CDs and albums from people we met along the way but this time we want to make a compilation before we leave. To do that we need suggestions from you. We want Three Hungry Boys’ themed songs that we can add to the list. The song has to be linked to us either by title or artist, off the top of our heads we’ve got De la Soul’s 3 Is The Magic Number and Duran Duran’s Wild Boys but we are sure you can come up with lots more.

Send your song choices to us on Twitter (@3hungryboys) or Facebook ( and we’ll be picking the most creative as a recipient of the last signed copy of the 3HB book.

You have until 9pm to get your entries in and we will be announcing the winners tomorrow morning. I’m just going to go and dust off the ghetto blaster in anticipation of the mixtape marathon!



I have just finished putting together the mixtape for our next trip. We are going to be blasting out the Beastie Boy’s Triple Trouble as suggested by @Elmo_84 as we cruise the coastal roads, getting down to Wild Honey by the Beach Boys courtesy of @AmyRylett and sheepishly humming along to the guilty pleasure that is 3 little boys by Rolf Harris shame on you @mumoffunkids!
However the winner of our final signed book is @rosiemathilda whose suggestions could have created a compilation album for this and the next adventure!
Well that is it, a week  of book giveaways. We hope that we have made the Christmas shopping experience easier for some of you. I’d certainly much rather come up with a budget recipe or random adventure trip than traipse round the shops at Christmas. Thank you all for taking part.
And remember if you did’t win you can still get a copy of our book in time for Christmas, there is something in there for everyone ranging from instructions on how to skin a rabbit to a picture of Trevor jumping into a river in his birthday suit.”


Day Three: Win a signed copy of The Three Hungry Boys

Day Three of the competition and the boys are getting into their stride. Here they are with today’s challenge:

We think Fearnley-Whittingstall should be looking over his shoulder! Your suggestions of our next holiday destination were much better than his efforts although we’re not too sure about Darryl’s suggestion of dumping us on a desert island with absolutely no supplies whatsoever!

However, our worthy winner was @Janepacamac1 <>  She could well be replacing Hugh as our adventure travel agent as her suggestion of a tour of the remotest islands in the Northern Hemisphere would certainly push us to our limits. A signed copy of our book is on the way to you as we speak.

Today’s competition is all about our favourite subject, FOOD! We’re getting to be pretty good at making a meal out of the most meagre rations but we are always open to new ideas, especially after some of the disasters we had on our latest trip. Send us your favourite dish on a shoestring and we’ll pick out the one in exchange for a signed book <> .

Whether it’s your own take on beans on toast or a foraged banquet, as long as it’s cheap it’s in with a shot of winning. Send your budget gastro-delights to us on Twitter (@3hungryboys) or Facebook ( <>) and we’ll be picking our favourites as winners. You have until 9pm to get your entries in and we will be announcing the winners tomorrow morning.
Our bellies are already starting to rumble!

Day Two of the 3 Hungry Boys competition

Looks like there are a lot of people out there that haven’t bought all their Christmas presents yet judging by the level of frenzied activity!

But @Cotswold_Missy <>  who retweeted us on Twitter can breathe a sigh of relief because she now has a signed copy of the 3 Hungry Boys book for under her tree!

For the rest of you, don’t despair because each day this week there is another chance to win one of their books.

And that brings us neatly to today’s challenge. Over to them:

We’ve left their travel arrangements to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall for our last trips and each time he has plumbed new depths in terms of a lack of preparation and research. Our first trip, no money, tiny little van, no sun, midges, not exactly the summer adventure we were expecting. Our second trip, again no money, a 3.5 ton electric van that didn’t like hills, no sun loungers or cocktails in fake pineapples and definitely no 5 star hotels.

He’s walking on thin ice at the moment and we are thinking of sacking him in favour of a new trip planner. If you were left in charge of our travel arrangements where would you send us and what would you have us do? Send us your ideas on Twitter (@3hungryboys) including the hashtag #3HB or Facebook ( <> ) and we’ll be picking our favourite suggestion as a winner. You have until 9pm to get your entries in and we will be announcing the winners tomorrow morning. Who knows if your suggestions are good enough you might well find yourself organizing our next trip!


Day One: The Three Hungry Boys Competition

Here are The Three Hungry Boys with their competition to win a signed copy of their new book:

Done all your Christmas shopping? Course you haven’t! Well fear not dear friends because the 3 Hungry Boys are here to save your bacon. All this week we are giving away signed copies of the truly excellent 3 Hungry Boys book, a perfect Christmas gift!

Seeing as we are pretty fond of challenges we are going to be setting a different competition each day for a chance to get your mitts on one of these beauties. Today we are going to ease you in gently with a simple challenge.

We have posted a competition link from our Twitter account (@3hungryboys) that looks like this.

Win one of these the perfect Christmas present by @3hungryboys by retweeting this tweet

All you need to do is retweet this link and we will pick one person randomly as the winner and owner of a brand-spanking-new signed book.

Don’t have a Twitter account? Not to worry we are going to do the same thing with Facebook. We’ll be posting this competition on our page ( <> ) and all you need to do is share it. We’ll pick a person at random that has shared it and that’ll be one less present to worry about for the lucky winner.

We’ll be closing entries and picking a winner at 9pm to give a good chance to get involved and announcing the winners tomorrow morning. If you don’t win not to worry because there will be more chances all week.

Good luck to you all

Part 3: Thom’s Rabbit Ragu

Rabbit Ragu

Rabbit is one of the leanest, healthiest and most sustainable meats available in the UK. When you slow cook it until it falls off the bone in a healthy tomato based sauce (containing the excellent antioxidant Lycopene ) you have got yourself an all-round, cheap easy and amazingly healthy supper.


Ingredients (feeds 4/5 people)

1kg rabbit meat, on the bone
200g of streaky bacon, pancetta or minced pork
A few good glugs of olive oil or a couple of good knobs of butter
3 x 400g tins chopped tomato’s
1 x 200g tube of tomato puree
1-2 glasses of red wine, something full-bodied like rioja or cabinet sauvignon
2 medium onions
4 cloves garlic
Half a grated nutmeg
A good handful of fresh basil
1 tsp of dried basil or mixed herbs
3 bay leaves
Salt and pepper (about 20g of salt will be right. It may seem a lot but there is nothing that brings out the flavour in tomato’s like salt)

The Method

The great thing about this recipe is that you only need to use 1 large stewing pot from start to finish, just make sure it will be big enough to fit everything in!

Melt the butter or oil in the bottom of your large pan and add the chopped onion and garlic to soften until golden brown, this will really give depth of flavour.

Next add the bacon/pork on top and brown, drawing out the fat in the pork. Rabbit has virtually no natural fat in it and the pork will add a little plus another great meaty dimension of flavour. Lastly add the rabbit joints for a few minutes before, quite simply, chucking all the other ingredients in apart from the fresh basil, popping the lid on and putting in the oven at 170-180 degrees for a minimum of 2 hours, stirring every 45 minutes to an hour. Young rabbits will be ready from one and a half to two hours, more mature rabbits may take up to 3 hours before the meat EASILY falls of the bone and is lovely and tender.

5 minutes before serving add plenty of chopped, fresh basil and 1-2 tbsp of crème fraiche or single cream if you fancy giving the sauce a slightly thicker, shiny glaze.

The Three Hungry Boys make the news

Great efforts have been underway at Short Books HQ in preparation for the publication of The Three Hungry Boys book – published on November 27th. This weekend saw the boys appear in The Times as the new TV chefs – where food and supplies don’t cost the earth. They are all about foraging, free food and working for your supper. Discovered by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, Tim, Thom and Trevor are a brilliant threesome and seem set for success.  Their new series for Channel 4 will start any day now and their (excellent!) cookbook is out this week.

Here’s what The Times thought of them in this weekend’s paper: