Food Events - January 2011

Event Name:
No Croutons Required - Rice

Hosting Blog:
Lisa's Kitchen

Theme: - Rice (vegetarian soup or salad)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 20 January 2011

The challenge for January is to come up with a soup or salad featuring the mighty staple rice. Think brown rice, basmati, white rice, wild rice, arborio or whatever strikes your fancy. I look forward to your inspired creations.

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:
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:
Flavours of Goa

Hosting Blog:
Oh Taste N See

Theme: food from Goa

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 January 2011

‘Flavours of Goa’ is an invitation to you to explore this interesting cuisine and make a culinary travel to the State. It is an event series started by Nayna of Simply Sensational Food, that features one cuisine of India every couple of months. Our tour stop at Goa will be from 1st December 2010- 31st January 2011.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Food Palette Series - White

Hosting Blog:
Torview

Theme: White ingredient

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 5 January 2011
Food palette series this month will be White with a giveaway of $55 from CSN stores. End product or ingredients used can be white (i.e. yogurt, milk, coconut, bananas, turnips etc).

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 January 2011
Daring Cooks Reveal Date: 14th January 2011

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:
Forever Nigella

Hosting Blog:
Maison Cupcake

Theme: Seasonal Sensations (Nigella Lawson recipes)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 16 January 2011

Each month there will be a theme and you can blog about any of Nigella’s recipes which fit in this theme. This month you can cook or bake anything Christmassy, anything celebratory for New Year, do party canapes or even wintery comfort food for snow days.

If you are thinking Christmassy, you can look for inspiration in the Christmas chapters in How to Eat, How to be a Domestic Goddess, Feast and of course – Nigella Christmas. Nigella Bites also has a great chapter, “Party Time”.

You are seriously spoilt for choice for this first month.


Details can be found here






Event Name:
We Should Cocoa

Hosting Blog:
Chocolate Teapot

Theme: leftovers

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 25 January 2011

It has actually been a pretty tough call trying to finalise this month's challenge, there are so many things to consider; What is in season? Will people want to make anything too calorie laden? Is there any point setting a low fat challenge? In the end it came down to a clear out of my store cupboard and hopefully a challenge that everyone can get something out of. If you are anything like me, you over bought on certain store cupboard items in the lead up to the feasting period, so this month's challenge is .... surplus stock or leftover's. Do what you will with the challenge, its pretty much an open one, just make sure you use chocolate and state what your surplus stock was.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
My Legume Love Affair

Hosting Blog:
Briciole

Theme: Legumes

Event Start Date: Now
Event Deadline: 31 January 2011

In our event, we allow you to post any recipe with any kind of legume or its derivatives as a main ingredient. For example, you can make a recipe with fresh Chickpeas, dried chickpeas, ground chickpeas or any form of chickpea. Remember one thing, that a spoonful or soupcon of a legume is not quite enough to qualify. It has to be the star ingredient or at least very obvious and dominant in the recipe .

Details can be found here


Event Name:
Weekend Herb Blogging

Hosting Blog:
Week one :Cook Almost Everything (WHB#265 - January 3rd to January 9th)
Week two: Cindystar (WHB#266 - January 10th to January 16th)
Week three: Honest Vanilla (WHB#267 - January 17th to January 23rd)
Week four: Paulchen's Foodblog (WHB#268 - January 24th to January 30th)

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:
Presto Pasta Nights

Hosting Blog:
Week one : Once Upon A Feast (PPN #195 January 7)
Week two : Chez Cayenne (PPN #196 January 14)
Week three: GirliChef (PPN #197 January 21)
Week four: Tastes of Home (PPN #197 January 28)

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:
Food For Thought

Hosting Blog:
Food For Thought

Theme: Food from books

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 1 January 2011 & 15 January 2011 & 29 January 2011

# 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:
Breakfast Club

Hosting Blog:
Maison Cupcake

Theme: Yoghurt

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 28 January 2011

Breakfast Club is a monthly challenge celebrating exciting things for breakfast hosted by Helen at Fuss Free Flavours and Sarah at Fingers and Toes. The other Sarah is taking some time out whilst studying so I’m stepping into the breach.

January’s theme is YOGURT. We want to see lots of wonderful uses for yogurt at the breakfast table, whether you are making your own or doing something adventurous with a shop bought pot. Incorporate your favourite flavour of yogurt into something yummy and tell us all about it.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Comfort Food Event

Hosting Blog:The Dazzling Kitchen

Theme: Winter

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 28 January 2011

I am excited to announce the very first event on my blog! I hope this will be an event for every one to enjoy and share their beautiful entrees. I decided to make the event theme on
“COMFORT FOOD”. We all have cravings for a type of food that truly brings comfort to our taste
buds and satisfies the heart. I often crave comfort food for many different reasons. It could be a stressful day, a gloomy winter day, after coming home from work/school on chilly day(being from Canada I don’t need to explain how cold!) or sometimes when I am feeling the blues. Sometimes, there are rainy days when I just want something delicious and warm to relish on and cozy under a blanket. Whatever the reason is! Comfort food is wished upon in all of our lives, don't you agree?


Details can be found here





Event Name:
Wholewheat Wholesome Cooking Event

Hosting Blog:
Lite Bite

Theme: Wholewheat for Breakfast

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 January 2011

I wanted to make WWC a theme based event, wherein each time the Wholegrain chosen will be generalized into a specific meal. Such as, wholewheat for breakfast, wholewheat for lunch, Cornmeal for breakfast, Cornmeal in lunch and so on. Which in turn might help easy browsing and categorizing the recipes.

Hope you all would like the event and love to share the table.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Healing Foods

Hosting Blog:
Seasoned and Dressed

Theme: Eggplant

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 January 2011

Now about the event. In Siri's words (literally), You are, what you eat'.. Food that we take everyday has the power to protect & heal us and they are our first line of defense to fight off our illness. Surprising as it may sound, following a simple diet & skin regime - just by making sure you have 'certain foods' in your daily diet-in-take can make a lot of difference and they become key contributors for a very healthy well-being.

The theme for this month is Eggplant. Eggplant has lot of healing properties.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Sugar High Fridays

Hosting Blog:
Z's Cup Of Tea

Theme: Grain-Free Desserts

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 28 January 2011

This month’s theme is grain-free: baking without grains. As sweet is the nature of SHF, you can make any dessert you like as long as it is grain-free, whether this be a flourless dessert such as flourless chocolate cake or a dessert made with almond flour (or other nut flour).

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Best Thing I Ever Ate

Hosting Blog:
More Than Burnt Toast

Theme: Best thing you ate in 2010


Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 15 February 2011

I would like to invite you to share the "Best Thing You Ever Ate" recently with the rest of the blogging world. Is there a dish that you've created or recreated in 2010 that knocked your socks off; or perhaps your mom or dad make the best "something" in the whole world; perhaps you had a dish at a local restaurant that you can't live without and would like to create in your own kitchen?????

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Food Palette Green

Hosting Blog:
Torview

Theme: Green

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 15 February 2011

It is always exciting, fun and healthy to grow your own food. I feel it does make one closer to the wonders God made. Please join, this months Food palette Green

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Cookbook Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Fuss Free Flavours

Theme: How I Cook by Skye Gyngell

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 03 February 2011

With mid February and Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I am searching for ideas for delicious fuss free dishes to cook for a romantic dinner at home. I remembered that the copy of the wonderful How I Cook by Skye Gyngell, which I was given last year is full of suitable recipes. Skye has also just been awarded her first (and well deserved) Michelin star for her restaurant at the Petersham Nurseries.

I am delighted that Quadrille have given me two copies of How I Cook, which they will mail internationally to the lucky winners. Hurrah that my overseas readers can take part.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Novel Food #2

Hosting Blog:
Champaign Taste
and
Briciole

Theme: Literary Inspired Food

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 13 February 2011

If you like to read and you like to cook, this event is perfectly tailored for you. Lisa and Simona are looking forward to learning about a published literary work (a novel, novella, short story, memoir, bio, poem) that provided you with culinary inspiration.

This is a fun event: you read, you cook, you write, and at the end you also get a nice reading list, which can be easily turned into a plan for enriching your library.

Details can be found here and here.






Event Name:
Valentine's Interflora Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Fuss Free Flavours

Theme: Flowers & Hamper Giveaway (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 6 February 2011

I discovered before Christmas, Interflora the UK flower delivery people also do hampers and gifts. With next day delivery for much of the UK, they are a good solution for a last minute gift. With Valentine’s day fast approaching there is a large selection of flowers and Valentine’s gifts available.

I am delighted to have a choice of prizes for my lucky winner, one to give and share with a loved one, or one to keep all for yourself!


Details can be found here






Event Name:
Food Doctor Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Fuss Free Flavours

Theme: Book Giveaway (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 20 February 2011

A diet is a way of life surely? Not a temporary quick fix before an important occasion, or after a holiday.

Enter the Food Doctor, Ian Marber, who has written this excellent diet book, giving anyone the tools and knowledge to allow them to eat well, without the need for dieting, and importantly allowing them to break the vicious yo-yoing from weight gain to dieting cycle.


Details can be found here






Event Name:
Tortilla Soup Challenge

Hosting Blog:
Girlichef

Theme: Tortilla Soup

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 May 2011

It's official. Tortilla Soup is OFFICIALLY my favorite soup. Top o' the list. Numero uno. The best. Can't get enough.

Here's the really good part...I NEED YOUR HELP!!! I know lots of you who already love (or at least tolerate) Tortilla soup and still others who want to try it...NOW is the time! Actually...anytime over the next year, but the sooner the better. I am going to be trying new recipes from all sorts of sources...whatever I can get my Tortilla Soup-lovin' hands on! I want to hear your favorites, as well...I also want to hear about your not-so-favorites.

Details can be found here






to be continued ........

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