Food Events - April 2011

Event Name:
Hotel Chocolat - Your Crack Me Up Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Tinned Tomatoes

Theme: Easter Egg Giveaway (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 21 April 2011

If you would like to try this eggful of luscious, thick chocolate, with a generous selection of cheeky chocolates then you might like to take part in my giveaway.

Hotel Chocolat have kindly given me a You Crack Me Up Egg to giveaway to one lucky reader. One UK based winner only, I am afraid.


Details can be found here






Event Name:
Baking Magazine and Bakeware Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Tinned Tomatoes

Theme: Giveaway (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: extended until 8 April 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:
Tinned Tomatoes

Theme: various (check post)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 20 April 2011

Find your birthday month in the post announcing the challenge and choose from the themes listed next to your birthday month. Make a vegetarian soup or salad.

As usual the winner will recieve a winner's badge for their blog.

I think this could be quite an exciting round and I can't wait to see what you come up with.

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 April 2011
Daring Cooks Reveal Date: 14th April 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 :The Well-Seasoned Cook (WHB#277 - March 28th to April 3rd )
Week two: Crispy Cook (WHB#278 - April 4th to April 10th )
Week three: A Food Lover's Journey (WHB#279 - April 11th to April 17th)
Week four: Cook Almost Anything (WHB#280 - April 18th to April 24th)
Week five: TBA (WHB#280 - April 25th to May 1st)

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 : Yum in Tum (PPN #208 April 8)
Week two : Sweet Artichoke (PPN #209 April 15 )
Week three: Three Cookies (PPN #210 April 22)
Week four: Food Hunters Guide (PPN #211 April 29)

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 For Thought

Hosting Blog:
Food For Thought

Theme: Food from books

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 9 April 2011 & 23 April 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:

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:
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





Event Name:
We Should Cocoa

Hosting Blog:
Chocolate Log Blog

Theme: Marzipan

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 25 April 2011

The big event this month is of course Easter. For me Eastertide food conjures up nostalgic memories of boiled eggs for breakfast, hot cross buns, Easter biscuits, Easter eggs of course but most of all Simnel cake. I love simnel cake, the fruit cake is nice enough, but it's the way that middle layer of marzipan oozes into the fruit that makes it so special. And then, there is all that lovely marzipan on top complete with eleven balls to represent the 12 apostles minus Judas Iscariot. You can see my less then perfect attempt from last year here. You can perhaps tell where this is going. I love marzipan so I am choosing marzipan as this month's special ingredient.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Create & Carve

Hosting Blog:
Simply Food

Theme: Carving fruit and Veg

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 30 April 2011

This event is all about awakening our creativity. Using any fruit or vegetable you can make simple garnishes, salads, make pictures, carve leaves, flowers, cut pretty fruit and veg shapes, carve baskets or animals in fact any type of carving or garnish will be accepted for the event entry.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
C for Colourful Curries

Hosting Blog:
Women's Era

Theme: Curries

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 20 April 2011

Theme: I have started ARS event, its a series of events (ALPHABET RECIPE SERIES) which contains A-Z categories of food events.

"C for Colourfull Currys" which is like sidedishes generally you make in india (sambar,daals,rasam,stews,frys,chutneys,pachadi), whatever side dish you use with rice or roti etc. All countries curry types are welcome like japan,china,thai,bangladesh,pakistham etc

Details can be found here







Event Name:
South African Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Pebble Soup

Theme: Giveaway (UK & Ireland only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 10 April 2011

Now that I know a little more about South African food I would love to share my newly acquired knowledge with you, on Thursday I came back home holding a goody bag courtesy of the South African tourism. In it there was a couple of things which I would like to share with you.

A cookery book & a bottle of Mrs Balls Peach chutney. An item which I understand is compulsory in any South African pantries.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Hotel Chocolate Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Fuss Free Flavours

Theme: Chocolate Giveaway (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 15 April 2011

When it comes to extravagant, humongous Easter Eggs, I am sure that many people’s thoughts do turn to Hotel Chocolat, and hot on the heels of my Mothering Sunday giveaway (still time to enter), I have once again teamed up with Hotel Chocolat and have one of their fabled large ostrich Easter eggs worth £65 for one lucky reader! Large is an understatement, these are enormous, weighing in at 1.4kg. Should you win I am giving you a choice of either a milk or plain chocolate egg.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Breakfast Club

Hosting Blog:
Krithi's Kitchen

Theme: Pancakes

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 30 April 2011

Breakfast Club is a wonderful event started by Helen of Fuss Free Flavours, which I am guest hosting for this month. I would like to thank Helen for giving me an opportunity to host this event and I am overjoyed.

I had always been a breakfast person and never skip it. It is the most important meal of your day and keep you going with concentration and energy for your day. The Theme for this month is "Pancakes".

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Flavours of Bengal

Hosting Blog:
Mharo Rajasthan's Recipes

Theme: Food of Bengal

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 May 2011

For many of you who do not know, my roots are kind of related to West Bengal as I was born in a town called Chittaranjan of West Bengal. I am very sure that you have heard about that city, as it has Locomotive Works called CLW where most of India's Railway Engines are manufactured :) I spent almost 18 years of my life going there once every year in summer as my "nanihal" (maternal grand parents' place) was there.

I would encourage you to try new recipes although archived recipes are welcome.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
My Legume Love Affair

Hosting Blog:
Desi Soccer Mom

Theme: Legumes

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 30 April 2011

Legume: For the purpose of this event, legumes include fresh or dried beans, lentils, pulses, and/or the sometimes edible pods that contain these seeds, and derivative products like tofu or besan (chickpea flour). According to Susan you can include recipes that use tamarind, fenugreek, carob, peanuts, etc. since they are among some of the other edible plants in the legume family and thus ARE included in the event.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Food Palette Series - Pink

Hosting Blog:
Torview

Theme: Pink

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 15 May 2011

Event is open to everyone.

Please put a logo link on the post in your site.

Veg or non-veg, No food with alcohol or pork.

End product or ingredients used can be pink (i.e. raspberry, strawberries, cherries, radish, icing etc)

Details can be found here





Event Name:
French Country Cooking Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Fuss Free Flavours

Theme: Giveaway (UK & EU only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 17 April 2011

This book is a reprint of the 1989 edition by Michel & Albert Roux. If a book can be summarised in one word, then the one word description for this book is classic. If you are looking for a guide to all that is fashionable in the kitchen – how to sous vide, or the best way to make a soil or foam – then this is most definitely not the book for you.

If, however, you are after a compendium of classic French home cooked recipes, then this collection from the Roux brothers is well worth a look. Organised into 12 regions, the recipes celebrate all that is vital, earthy and rich about classic French home cuisine.

I am delighted that Quadrille have given one copy of French Country Cooking, which they will mail to the UK / EU to the lucky winner.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Random Recipe 3

Hosting Blog:
Belleau Kitchen

Theme: My first book

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 27 April 2011

In a continuing celebration of my 1st Year Blog Birthday this month's Random Recipe is a simple one... go back to your first ever cook book. Wether it be the first one you were given as a gift or bought for yourself or had handed down from a relative... it has to be that very first book.... and it's from this book that you should randomly select a recipe.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Herbs and Flowers in my Platter

Hosting Blog:
What's Cooking

Theme: Fenugreek

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 15 May 2011

Gives me great pleasure to announce that I would be guest hosting my first event with Herbs & Flowers in my Platter originally started by PJ . Many thanks to her for this wonderful opportunity. My chosen herb is "fenugreek". Fenugreek is used both as a herb (the leaves) and as a spice (the seed, often called methi). The plant is cultivated worldwide as a semi-arid crop and is a common ingredient in many curries.

So, to this wonderful event, I would invite vegan / vegetarian dishes from your kitchen using the herb only (fresh / dried formats).


Details can be found here






Event Name:
Summer Coolers

Hosting Blog:
Saffron Streaks

Theme: Cool Summer drinks

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 May 2011

Seasonal indulgence or eating right with the seasons is a concept which is being followed by the humans since the dawn of civilization. The obvious reasons behind it is that a given food type is at its peak during a particular season, laden with nutrients and flavour at its best which usually coincide with its harvest season too. So the fruits and veggies do differ as per the seasons, and so the cooking techniques.

# Please send your summer coolers which usually includes fruit mocktails, coolers / drinks, smoothies, fruit punch, vegetable juices and so on.
# Please do not send alcoholic versions of mocktails.
# Please use fresh fruits and vegetables to make the summer coolers, no canned / tinned and frozen fruits / vegetables.


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.