Food Events - March 2011

Event Name:
Baking Magazine and Bakeware Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Tinned Tomatoes

Theme: Giveaway (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 27 March 2011

There is a new magazine in town. It's name is Baked & Delicious and the recipes inside certainly are.

If you would like to try some of the recipes from Baked & Delicious, then why not enter my giveaway. I have 1 set of Baked & Delicious, issues 2 to 5 to give away, along with the free silicone bakeware that come with them, which is a spatula, pastry brush, loaf pan, quiche pan and two pretty heart shaped moulds.


Details can be found here






Event Name:
No Croutons Required

Hosting Blog:
Lisa's Kitchen

Theme: whole aduki beans or mung beans

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 20 March 2011

I will be hosting the next edition of No Croutons Required. The challenge this month is to come up with a soup or salad featuring whole aduki beans or mung beans. Split mung beans are also acceptable. Spice it up and send your submissions by the 20th of this month. I will change things up a bit this time around and you may enter any vegetarian dish, be it a casserole or baked good containing these most wholesome legumes.


Details can be found here





Event Name:
Breakfast Club

Hosting Blog:
Taste Space

Theme: whole grains

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 27 March 2011

The theme this month will be WHOLE GRAINS.

It is important to incorporate whole grains into your diet, and there is no better place to start than bright and early in the day with your breakfast. Whole grains have higher nutritional value since the cereal germ, endosperm, and bran are still intact, which are removed when using refined flours. Eating whole grains has been linked to reduce diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, bowel health, colon cancer and obesity.

Whether you choose to use oats (instant, rolled or steel cut), quinoa, amaranth, millet, buckwheat, rye, barley, brown rice, kamut, teff, or spelt, wheat (wheat berries/bulgur), the options are wide open for breakfast treats!

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Slow Cooking

Hosting Blog:
Tinned Tomatoes

Theme: slow cooking in a slow cooker, pot or casserole

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 20 March 2011

I have a new slow cooker, but I am absolutely clueless as to what to cook in it.

I would like you to come up with a recipe for me to try in my slow cooker. It can be absolutely anything, as long as it is suitable for vegetarians. Sweet or savoury. You don't need to own a slow cooker to come up with a recipe either. You could create your recipe in a casserole dish in the oven or a pot on the cooker top.

I will be choosing two winners. The UK winner will receive their own Flavour Savour (slow cooker), courtesy of Morphy Richards and so my other readers do not feel left out, I am offering a copy of Market Vegetarian by Ross Dobson to my international winner.


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:
The Daring Bakers
The Daring Cooks

Hosting Blog:
The Daring Kitchen

Theme: Check website on reveal date.

Daring Bakers Reveal Date: 27th March 2011
Daring Cooks Reveal Date: 14th March 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:
Weekend Herb Blogging

Hosting Blog:
Week one :Health Nut (WHB#273 - February 28th to March 6th)
Week two: Healthy Green Kitchen (WHB#274 - March 7th to March 13th)
Week three: Mele Cotte (WHB#275 - March 14th to March 20th)
Week four: Cindystar (WHB#276 - March 21st to March 27th)
Week five: The Well-Seasoned Cook (WHB#277 - March 28th to April 3rd )

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 #203 March 4 - We're 4 Years Old this week!)
Week two : Maison Cupcake (PPN #204 March 11)
Week three: Debbie Does Dinner (PPN #205 March 18)
Week four: Chez Cayenne (PPN #206 March 25)

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:
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






Event Name:
Can You Go Gluten Free For One Week?

Host:
Coeliac UK

Theme: Gluten Free Diet for One Week

Event Start Date: 16 May 2011
Event Deadline: 22 May 2011

Coeliac UK, the national charity for people with coeliac disease, is asking the public to take part in the Gluten-free Challenge for one week from 16-22nd May 2011. The Challenge aims to raise awareness of the daily frustrations encountered by the 1 in 100 people in the UK who have coeliac disease.

The Charity is encouraging the nation to take up the Gluten-free Challenge and to shop, cook or eat out completely gluten-free. People can sign up and pledge their support at www.coeliac.org.uk/glutenfreepledge. Everyone who signs up will receive gluten-free recipes and information about the gluten-free diet.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye and is found in bread, pasta, pizza, cakes and beer etc. However, it is also often used in a wide range of products including mayonnaise, soy sauce, sauces, sausages and many processed goods.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Invite a Blogger to your Table

Hosting Blog:
More Than Burnt Toast

Theme: Try a recipe with a blogger friend

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: ongoing

Your assignment, if you choose to accept it, is to "Invite a Blogger to Your Table"! This is a fun event and an outlet for us each to challenge ourselves and create stronger bonds within the blogging community. Nothing is more intimate, or more effective at creating friendships than cooking and sharing meals together, even it is virtually. But hey, if you live in the same area as another blogger what's to stop you from gathering in your own kitchen for this challenge.

Choose a dish to prepare and invite 1(one) blogger to create that dish with you. You can source your recipe from a cookbook, magazine, blog or any other source. Your dish can be sweet or savoury; easy or complicated.

Decide upon a date that you can both mutually post your recipe within a 4 week time frame.

Details can be found here





Hosting Blog:
Sweetbites

Theme: The Illustrated Kitchen Bible by Victoria Blashford-Snell

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 December 2013

A weekly cook-a-long for those that want to be Gutsy! in the kitchen cooking from The Illustrated Kitchen Bible by Victoria Blashford-Snell.

Every week a menu is posted and Gutsy cooks choose to cook 1, 2 or all dishes posted in the menu. Then you blog about your experience every Sunday night. Come and cook along with this fun group - be Gutsy!

Details can be found here




Event Name:
Food Palette Series - Brown

Hosting Blog:
Torview

Theme: brown coloured food

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 March 2011


This event is open to all. Just make a dish with a brown theme. Vegetarian or non-vegetarian, but no food with alcohol or pork.

The end product or ingredients used can be brown (i.e. nuts, yam, coconut, kiwi, chocolate etc).

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Tackling Bittman Recipe Hop

Hosting Blog:
Couscous & Consciousness

Theme: Recipes of Mark Bittman

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 3 March 2011

The Tackling Bittman Recipe Hop, is a monthly blog hop, for foodies who love to tackle and cook the recipes of Mark Bittman.

So drag your copy of How to Cook Everything down off the shelves, and get cooking. You may of course use any other Mark Bittman book that you can lay your hands on, or even the How to Cook Everything iPhone Application (which I highly recommend). Other places to source Mark Bittman recipes are here on the How to Cook Everything website and here on the Mark Bittman website. Post your dish, and then join in by linking your post to the current month's "hop" on my blog (or at any one of the other hosts - your link will automatically show up on all four host sites), following the instructions below. You could of course link up one of your previous posts - it may be an old post to you, but it could well be new to our audience.


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: 12 March 2011 & 26 March 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:
My Legume Love Affair

Hosting Blog:
Ammalu's Kitchen

Theme: Legumes (vegetarian dishes only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 March 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:
Create & Carve

Hosting Blog:
Fuss Free Flavours

Theme: Carving fruit and Veg

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 March 2011

The Create & Carve food blogging event was set up by Nayna of Simply Food last year.

I met Nayna last autumn when we went to give her prize of a hamper from Clearspring for winning the inagural Breakfast Club (which is my food blogging event), and I was intrigued to learn that she was doing a fruit and vegetable carving course. A few months later Create and Carve was born and I readily agreed to host one month. I have had several attempts at carving since then, as I wanted to create something to send to the event, but everything I have attempted has been an abject disaster. Obviously as host this month I really do have to give it my best shot and I promise to photograph and post something no matter how bad it is!


Details can be found here





Event Name:
We Should Cocoa

Hosting Blog:
Chocolate Teapot

Theme: Limes and chocolate

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 25 March 2011

I have given it some thought, though its just not been as contemplated over as much as normal. With a number of very scrummy like fruits in season this month I could have plumped for Rhubarb, Tangerine or maybe even Mango ... but I haven't. This month I've selfishly decided on Lime ... bet you were hoping for the Rhubarb huh? I am totally addicted to lime at the moment, the flavour is so fresh and zesty and tangy that I didn't dither when I realised this was in season now too.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Hotel Chocolat Eggstaordinary Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Farmersgirl Kitchen

Theme: Hotel Chocolat Giveaway (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 20 March 2011

This time last year, I entered a blog giveaway at Jam & Clotted Cream and won a delicious Easter Egg from Hotel Chocolat. I was thrilled to win the chocolate egg, you can read about it HERE, but am even more excited this year because I have been given this Hotel Chocolat Easter Eggspose Egg to review and YOU can enter my giveaway to win this gorgeous Easter Eggspose egg from Hotel Chocolat - result!

Details can be found here





Event Name:
British Seasonal Food – Mark Hix

Hosting Blog:
Fuss Free Flavours

Theme: Cookbook Giveaway (international)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 20 March 2011

Mark Hix – previously of the celeb’s favourite The Ivy; now with his eponymous Oyster and Chop House in Farringdon and Oyster & Fish House in Lyme Regis, Dorset and most recently Hix Soho, is a champion of British food and his “British Seasonal Food” has just been published in paperback.

I am delighted that Quadrille have given me three copies of the paperback edition of British Seasonal Food, which they will mail internationally to the lucky winners. Hurrah that my overseas readers can take part.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
6th Annual Cavit Gourmet Pizza Classic Competition

Hosting Website:
Cavit Wines

Theme: Pizza Competition (US only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 30th April 2011

PIZZA RECIPE CONTEST: Home pizza chefs, enter your best original gourmet pizza recipe with your favorite Cavit Collection wine pairing to win. Finalists will be selected and flown with a guest to New York City to compete for the Grand Prize, a trip for two to Italy and the title of “America’s Best Gourmet Pizza Chef."

Details can be found here





Event Name:
A Neb at Nut Roast II

Hosting Blog:
Green Gourmet Giraffe

Theme: Nut Roasts

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 5 May 2011

Calling all nut roast aficionados! Encouraging all nut roast novices! I love nut roasts and want to share my enthusiasm for them. Make a nut roast, where a nut roast is a vegetarian savoury baked loaf that contains nuts - not a bread or a cake - and send it to me.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
WWC - Wholegrain Wholesome Cooking

Hosting Blog:
Priya's Easy and Tasty Recipes

Theme: Barley For Breakfast

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 March 2011

The theme this month on WWC will be Barley for Breakfasts. Cook and post recipes which can make a filling and healthy breakfast dish with Barley.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Cabbage Recipe Competition

Hosting Blog:
Love The Garden

Theme: Cabbage recipe

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 11 March 2011

Every few months we’ll be setting you a new challenge with a different vegetable. For February & March it’s the often overlooked cabbage. Usually just boiled to within an inch of its life, the cabbage is actually an extremely versatile vegetable full of vitamin C, iron and other important nutrients. It also has a unique taste that works well with everything from light summer salads through to hearty winter stews. So at LoveTheGarden.com we thought it was about time that this common garden vegetable got the recognition it deserves!

If you’re a blogger, post your recipe up on your blog and let us know.


Details can be found here






Event Name:
Broccoli Necklace Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Lisa's Kitchen

Theme: Foodie Necklace Giveaway (open worldwide)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 26 March 2011

I am delighted to offer another giveaway to my readers. This time, a random draw will be held for this charming broccoli necklace made by Fingerfood Jewelry located in Australia. All of their pieces are handmade, without molds, so the winner will be receiving a unique adornment that will be sure to impress your friends and family

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Win a Coffee Morning Set

Hosting Blog:
Fuss Free Flavours

Theme: Coffee Giveaway (UK Only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 28 March 2011

I was recently asked to the launch party for Kenco Millicano, the first wholebean instant coffee. It tastes just like proper ground coffee. I was pretty amazed at how good it was.

For one reader’s lucky Mother I have a Kenco Millicano coffee morning set (RRP £85) consisting of Kenco Millicano, 6 Lisa Stickley mugs and a copy of Home Bake by Eric Lanlard, full of delicious things to make.


Details can be found here





Event Name:
House Favorites: Vegan

Hosting Blog:
Chez Cayenne

Theme: Family favourite meals (vegan)

Event Start Date: 1 April 2011
Event Deadline: 30 April 2011

As food bloggers, sometimes we get so caught up in trying new things that we forget about the dishes that we make all the time. These are the recipes we make repeatedly for house guests and potlucks. The ones our families won't let us skip on the holidays. Our beloved signature dishes. Our house favorites.

What are your house favorites? This will be a monthly blog event where you can show them off. It will run from the first day of the month to the last. I'll have a writeup of all the entries by the fifth of the following month.


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.