Food Events - November 2010

Event Name:
Hotel Chocolat Giveaway (Christmas Tree)

Hosting Blog:
Tinned Tomatoes

Theme: Chocolate Giveaway (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 28 November 2010

When Iain got in touch with me and said the Hotel Chocolat Christmas catalogue was out and I could choose anything from it, I was ecstatic to say the least.

It took me a good while to make a decision. There are just so many yummy products to choose from. I looked through the catalogue again and again, changing my mind each time, but I eventually decided I couldn't live any longer without trying their milk chocolate Christmas Tree.

And now comes the exciting news. Hotel Chocolat have kindly given me another Milk Chocolate Christmas Tree to give away to one lucky reader.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
No Croutons Required

Hosting Blog:
Lisa's Kitchen

Theme: Quinoa (Vegetarian Soup or Salad)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 20th November 2010

I will be hosting the November edition of No Croutons Required. This month the challenge is to come up with a soup or salad featuring the mighty quinoa. Known to the ancient Incans as the "mother of all grains," quinoa is not really a cereal grass but is used just like a grain, with the important difference that is contains a food value that no grain can match. With an almost perfect balance of essential amino acids, quinoa is an unusually complete source of proteins in the plant kingdom, and is also a very good source of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, B vitamins and vitamin E. And as simple and almost as quick to cook as white rice, the light and fluffy texture and delicately sweet and nutty flavour of cooked quinoa makes it a tasty and healthy alternative in a variety of grain recipes.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Good Food Show Competition - Birmingham

Hosting Blog:
Kitchen Delights

Theme: Good Food Show Ticket Giveaway (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 4 November 2010


I have 5 pairs of tickets up for grabs in this amazing competition.

The BBC Good Food Show(Winter) is always an exciting day out and packed full of things to see and do.

There are Masterclasses with the MasterChef Experience, take part in the popular MasterChef Invention Test and eat at the MasterChef Restaurant.

Saturday Kitchen Live is new to the show this year, you can see celebrity chefs such as Gordon Ramsay in the Supertheatre, have a wander around the Producers' Village and shop, shop, shop!

There are lot's of activities taking place in The Wine Show, how about taking part in the Great British Beer Experience or joining an Oz Clarke Masterclass. Exhibitors from all over the world will be showcasing the very best wines and spirits they have to offer and you will be able to stock up for Christmas!

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Pay It Forward Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Cooking at Marystow

Theme: Giveaway (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 10 November 2010

Several weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a fantastic giveaway hosted by the lovely Katie from Katiecakes. The contest was named Pay it Forward and is quite a unique idea as by winning you've agreed to pay your good fortune forward, which make this quite a special giveaway. Katie sent me the most wonderful selection of Geordie themed goodies, which I was just thrilled to receive.

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning a hand picked parcel of Midlands Goodies just leave a comment on my post. Please remember, by entering this contest you're agreeing to hold a giveaway of your own to award a box of local treats to someone else

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Any One Can Cook

Hosting Blog:
Taste of Pearl City

Theme: Weekly Event to Encourage New Cooks

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: every Friday

* For beginners
* With less ingredients
* With minimum amount of time spent

Your recipe doesn't have to fall under all these categories, if it falls under any one of the categories that's enough. I'll also explain about each category separately.

Details can be found here




Event Name:
Eat Well Live Well

Hosting Blog:
Taste of Pearl City

Theme: Health

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 30 November 2010

The main aim of this new regular event is to cook good food and have a healthy life style. The first series is regarding heart friendly recipes. Share your heart friendly food in the event and enter the giveway of $50 for US and Canada, £35 for UK and 40 euros for a Germany winner.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Think Food Cookbook Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Lisa's Kitchen

Theme: Cookbook Giveaway

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 6 November 2010

I am excited to announce that one of my recipes was recently published in a new cookbook entitled Think Food, published by Posit Science. My Goat Cheese Toasts with Arugula, complete with Extra-virgin olive oil, is sure to nourish and please your tummy.

This lovely book features recipes from 50 bloggers. Each recipe is accompanied by a professional photo, along with information about the cook who contributed their creation. I am especially delighted to offer my readers an opportunity to receive a copy of this book, at my expense. I will ship anywhere in the world. All you need to do is leave a comment, and I will do a random draw to determine the winner.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Inaugural Food Culture Index Recipe Contest

Hosting Blog:
Food Culture Index

Theme: Sweet Soup

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 15 December 2010

Calling all Bookworm Foodies!
can you make up a sweet soup Thomas Bernhard would remember?

In his memoir Gathering Evidence, the Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard talks about a "sweet soup" that he loved as a child (a post on Bernhard's description of this soup can be found here). Berhnard says that the soup, which he sometimes ate for breakfast at a boarding school for troubled boys, was simply "a mixture of milk, flour, and cocoa served in soup plates, and I adored it."

Details can be found here.





Event Name:
Breakfast Club #4

Hosting Blog:
Fuss Free Flavours

Theme: Bread

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 5pm (UK time) on the 28th November

Breakfast Club: Because breakfast should be more interesting than tea & toast or coffee & cereal.

This month it’s my turn to host Breakfast Club.

Breakfast Club is a food blogging event hosted by me and Sarah from fingers and toes. We love breakfast and want everyone to enjoy better and more interesting breakfasts.Each month one of us will choose a theme and then post the round up on the last Sunday of the month.Last month Sarah hosted and the theme was British. Sarah is about to post the round up.

And this months theme is… Bread!

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Presto Pasta Nights

Hosting Blog:
Week one : Once Upon A Feast (5 November roundup)
Week two : Fuss Free Flavours (12 November roundup)
Week three: Debbi Does Dinner (19 November roundup)
Week four : Oh Taste n See (26 November roundup)

Theme: Pasta

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: every Thursday for inclusion on the Friday roundup

Every week food bloggers around the world photograph and write about their latest pasta creation… if it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner; served hot or cold; spicy or sweet; from appetizers to mains to desserts, you’ll find it in the roundup published every Friday with links and photos to all the posts.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
My Legume Love Affair

Hosting Blog:
Lisa's Kitchen

Theme: Legumes

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 30 November

I am most flattered that Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook has given me the opportunity to host her most popular event featuring legumes. As this is a vegetarian blog, I do ask that your bean entries do not contain meat, nor fowl, nor fish.

Please do ensure that legumes are the main feature of your dish. A tablespoon or so will not qualify for the roundup. Fresh or dried beans, lentils, pulses, and/or the sometimes edible pods that contain these seeds, and derivative products like tofu or besan, along with tamarind, fenugreek, carob, peanuts are all acceptable. I look forward to your submissions.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Sugar High Fridays

Hosting Blog:
Souffle Days

Theme: Desserts with a Hidden Surprise

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 22 November 2010

This is my first time ever hosting a baking challenge and I’m so nervous, anxious and excited. This month, I am hosting Sugar High Fridays, which was started in 2004 by Jennifer, the Domestic Goddess.

I’ve gone back and forth on a lot of themes — you know the age-old rounds of thinking and second-guessing — before finally settling on one that I’m pretty confident in. The theme for this month’s Sugar High Fridays will be “Desserts with a Hidden Surprise.” For this event, you can make any dessert provided it includes a center that is different from the exterior; an example of such would be those yummy chocolate cookies with the peanut butter center ☺

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Gutsy Cooks Club

Hosting Blog:
SweetBites

Theme: Cooking Recipes from The Illustrated Kitchen Bible by Victoria Blashford-Snell Cookbook

Our first Gutsy Challenge is cooking our way thru The Illustrated Kitchen Bible by Victoria Blashford-Snell Cookbook -With over 1000+ recipes from all over the world, we will be pretty busy. You will need to purchase the book in order to participate.

This will be a weekly event. Each week you will have a choice of cooking the selected recipe menu for that week and then post it on your blog Sunday night. You can post later than Sunday, but not before.

The Gutsy cook of the month will choose the menu options; usually it will be a entree dish, with a side and maybe an appetizer or dessert option. You can cook all 3 to make a complete meal, or you can choose to cook 2 of the choices or even one, up to you - no stressful cooking in the Gutsy Kitchen! We want you to have fun!


TKB: Menu 6
When: Sunday, 7 Nov 2010 (Post your dish on this date)
Description: Spanish Vegetable Tortilla, p 136 Cod in Tomato Sauce, p 263

TKB: Menu 7
When: Sunday, 14 Nov 2010 (Post your dish on this date)
Description: Tabbouleh, p 125 Lamb Tangine with Couscous, p 340

TKB: Menu 8
When: Sunday, 21 Nov 2010 (Post your dish on this date)
Description: Red Pepper Salad, p 131 Chicken Wrapped in Pancetta and Sage, p 306

TKB: Menu 9
When: Sunday, 28 Nov 2010 (Post your dish on this date)
Description: Minestrone, p 112 Roast Beef Tenderloin with Red Currant Jus, p 335

Details can be found here




Event Name:
Weekend Herb Blogging

Hosting Blog:
Week one :CindyStar (WHB#258 - November 1st to November 7th)
Week Two : The Well-Seasoned Cook (WHB#259 - November 8th to November 14th)
Week three : ***Weekend Herb Blogging celebrates 5 years!***Cook (almost) Anything (WHB#260 - November 15th to November 21st)
Week four : Food Lover's Diary (WHB#261 - November 22nd to November 29th)

Theme: Herbs, Fruit, Flowers, Plants or Vegetables


Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: every Friday

Each week food bloggers around the world post recipes about cooking with herbs and unusal vegetables or interesting ways to use vegetables, and on the weekend, we publish a Recap with links to all the posts.

Details can be found here.





Event Name:
Versatile Vegetarian Kitchen Bake-Off

Hosting Blog:
Versiatle Vegetarian Kitchen

Theme: Baking

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: every Thurdsday before 5pm

Bake anything vegetarian (eggs are allowed). You can do part of cooking in microwave or stove top. But, the finished product should come out and be ready to serve from the oven. It can be a casserole, cookie, scone, cake, quick bread, muffin, yeast bread, cake, tart, pie, quiche or anything that is baked.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Food For Thought

Hosting Blog:
Food For Thought

Theme: Food from books

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 6 November 2010 & 20 November 2010

# Read a book of your choosing
# Look for a food vignette while reading, and I mean that quite literally!
# Play in the kitchen
# Take pics!
# Share your post on Food For Thought, every other saturday, just click and look for mr linky
# Do as many posts as you have books!

Details can be found here.




Event Name:
The Daring Bakers
The Daring Cooks

Hosting Blog:
The Daring Kitchen

Theme: Check website on reveal date.

Daring Bakers Reveal Date: 27th November 2010
Daring Cooks Reveal Date: 14th November 2010

The Daring Kitchen is the home of The Daring Bakers and The Daring Cooks. The premise of both groups is to create one recipe each month, given to us by a monthly host. We all create the same exact recipe and then post about it on our personal blogs on a designated date.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
We Should Cocoa

Hosting Blog:
Chocolate Teapot

Theme: Caramel

Event Start Date: Now
Event Deadline: 25th November

The challenge for this month is .... CARAMEL. I figured in the run up to Christmas we may as well push that calorie laden boat right out! If you have never made caramel from scratch before why not use this months challenge as a chance to give it a bash? But be assured that if the thought of making your own caramel is enough to send you in to a complete melt down (as opposed to the sugar - see what I did there!!!) then it is perfectly fine to buy it ready made ... but why not stretch yourself? It is a 'challenge' after all ... no pressure though lol.

Details can be found here




Event Name:
Cupcake Cookbook Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Roses R Red

Theme: Cookbook Giveaway (worldwide)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 14 November 2010


Today I was birthday shopping for Mikey when I just happened across this lovely book and I thought it would be perfect to giveaway to one of my lovely readers. Because I mean who doesn't like to cook cupcakes!?

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Food Palette Red Event

Hosting Blog:
Torview

Theme: The colour RED

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 4 December 2010

End product or ingredients used can be red (i.e. apples, pomegranate, beetroot, radish veg or non-veg etc) no dishes with pork or alcohol

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Hotel Chocolate Giveaway (liquid chocolate)

Hosting Blog:
Fuss Free Flavours

Theme: Chocolate Giveaway (UK or EU only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 28th November 2010

I was recently sent a large box of samples from Hotel Chocolat, which was very exciting and I have been busy cooking with their cooking chocolate, and writing recipes using thier products. I am a converted fan to their Liquid Chocolate which is delicious not only in its intended use as a hot chocolate, but is also a great ingredient which I have used in my double chocolate madelines and my chocolate banana muffins. I am delighted to have 3 jars of liquid chocolate to giveaway, which the lovely people at Hotel Chocolate will ship anywhere in the UK or EU to the three lucky winners.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Does My Blog Look Good in This

Hosting Blog:
My Diverse Kitchen

Theme: Food Photography Event

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 21 November 2010

It is my pleasure to host “Does My Blog Look Good in This?" this month. Considered by some as the “grandest food porn event on the web”, DMBLGiT was started in 2005 by Andrew of SpitoonExtra.

It is a monthly food (and drink) photography event open to all bloggers who have posted a food photograph on their blogs. Photographs are submitted from blog posts of the previous months and these are judged, scored and the winners are selected in each of three categories (edibility, aesthetics, and originality). There will also be three overall winners.

Read more: here

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Penn State Christmas Box Competition

Hosting Blog:
Jam and Clotted Cream

Theme: Pretzel Giveaway (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 18 November 2010

Penn State have released a limited edition range including Cheddar Cheese Pretzels and Sea Salt and Black Pepper Pretzels just in time for Christmas drinks parties.

They have kindly offered one of their Pretzel Christmas Boxes, which aren't available in the shops, to a Jam and Clotted Cream reader.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
The Great Christmas Cupcake Decorating Competition

Hosting Website:
Tesco Real Food

Theme: Cupcake Decorating (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 29 November 2010

At Tesco Real Food we've always been big fans of cupcakes (what's not to love?!) So we've decided to run a competition to find the best cupcake decorator in the nation.

There will be 2 winners and they will be judged on the attractiveness of their cupcake. The lucky 2 winners can bring a friend and enjoy an afternoon of baking with a celebrity chef on Friday 10th December 2010 in London. 10 runner ups will receive a cupcake kit.

The last day for entries is Monday 29th November. To take part all you need to do is take a picture of your own Christmas cupcake creation then upload it below. You might also want to write a few words about your sugary sensation.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
In The Bag

Hosting Blog:
Real Epicurean

Theme: Game

Event Start Date: Now
Event Deadline: 30 November 2010

This month’s bag contains:

Game!

This month is a special whereby the main ingredient must be any type of game meat; namely, meat from any wild hunted animal. That includes hare, rabbit, pheasants, etc – the choices are endless.

You can add any ingredients you feel like in order to come up with a dish; the aim is to highlight seasonal wild meat (game) whilst having fun.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
SOS Kitchen Challenge

Hosting Blog:
Diet, Dessert & Dogs

Theme: Sweet Potato (Kumara)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 30 November 2010

Whatever you call them, we want you to cook up some of your favorite dishes with these vibrant root veggies and submit them to the challenge this month!

And once again, there will be prizes!

Both Kim and I are giving something away this month: once all the entries are submitted and the linky is closed (at midnight CST on November 30th), we’ll pick two names at random. One reader will win a custom handcrafted jar cozy from Kim (perfect for those of us who like to tote our own drinks with us when we’re out and about!); and the other will receive a package (pdf file) with both my ebooks, Anti-Candida Feast and Desserts without Compromise. (And. . . you may just find a sweet-potato based recipe or two within their pages!)

To enter the challenge, simply cook up a new recipe–either sweet OR savory (or both)–using sweet potatoes, following the usual SOS guidelines for ingredients and submission requirements.


Details can be found here





Event Name:
Win a Chocolate Book for Christmas

Hosting Blog:
Chocolate Log Blog

Theme: Chocolate Cookbook

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 3 December 2010

I have a copy of Crave: a passion for chocolate by Maureen McKeon that I bought myself on a whim after having seen it in a bookshop. It's a lovely book, but for some reason I've never got around to using it. So rather than it sitting idly by on my bookshelf, I thought it would make a nice Christmas present for someone - so I am running a little giveaway / competition, with this as the prize.

I have five questions for you. The answers shouldn't be too difficult to find if you can spare a few moments to search through my blog.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Morphy Richards Flavour Savour Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Fuss Free Flavours

Theme: Slow Cooker Giveaway (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 7 December 2010

I was recently sent a Morphy Richards Flavour Savour slow cooker for review. As well as the traditional slow cook, it also browns. Slow cooking, although fantastic, is not quite as simple as chucking everything in the pot and letting it simmer; you really do need to brown the meat and saute the vegetables first. This means using an additional pan, frying off the meat, then transferring to the slow cooker to cook. The Flavour Savour does both jobs remarkably well.

I am delighted to have a 4.5lt Flavour Savour worth £79.99 to give away for one lucky reader, and a discount of 35% on both models for everyone!

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Tate & Lyle Baking Competition

Hosting Website:
A Taste of Christmas

Theme: Baking Competition (UK only)

Show off your best Christmas Cakes and Festive Bakes!

We are offering the chance to win some fantastic baking goodies courtesy of Holly Cupcakes, a stylish apron from Posh Pinnies, plus VIP tickets to Taste of Christmas 2010.

Happy Baking!

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 30 November 2010

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Qi Tea Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Comfort Bites

Theme: Tea Giveaway

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 3 December 2010

Qi Teas will give away to one lucky winner a month's supply of their tea, including the award-winning teas. This will include five boxes of tea, each containing 25 tea bags. In addition, you will recieve a silk fan, parasol and mug! Beautiful! Enter now for your chance to win!

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Yule-Bake Bake Off

Hosting Blog:
Voucher Codes UK

Theme: Baking Competition

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 13 December 2010

This one is all about having fun, getting creative and coming up with something tasty that says 'Christmas' to you! It could be anything from an artesian bread, layer cake, cupcake, scone, macaron, whoopie pie, cookie, pie......the list really is endless the only constraint is that it has to be a bakes good!

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Tate's Bake Shop Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
A Southern Grace

Theme: Cookbook and Cookies Giveaway (USA only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 6 December 2010

So. Who'd like to win their very own cookies? One fortunate (United States) reader will win a Tate's Bake Shop cookbook and a six-box cookie sampler pack. Huzzah!

Details can be found here




Event Name:
Win A Day Cookery Course with Seasoned Courses

Hosting Blog:
Jam and Clotted Cream

Theme: Cookery Course Competition (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 10 December 2010

Seasoned Courses, based in Staffordshire (but with venues throughout the Midlands) was set up by Clare Tetley to supply a niche in the cookery school market. Clare has kindly given the readers of Jam and Clotted Cream the chance to win a Gift Voucher entitling the recipient to attend a Cookery Day Course of their choice.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
The Snow Day Bake-Off

Hosting Blog:
A Slice of Cherry Pie

Theme: Winter Baking Event

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 12 December 2010

I love snow and I’ve been wistfully following the flurries around the UK on the news, Twitter, blogs and Facebook, wondering if it will head my way. I have a section in my new cookbook listing things to do on snow days and I’m looking forward to doing them when I get my own snow day. Until then, I thought it would be fun if we have a little food blogging event and you can send me pictures of the snow where you are so I get to see it, along with the lovely bakes you make. What do you think; sound like fun?

Details can be found here





Check back for lots more competitions, giveaways and challenges. I always have more to add as the month progresses.