Food Events - July 2011

Event Name:
No Croutons Required

Hosting Blog:
Tinned Tomatoes

Theme: Lentils

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 20 August 2011

The topic for this month's No Croutons Required is Lentils. You may use any kind, just pop them into a soup or salad and send me your entries. Recipes must be vegetarian.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Cook.Eat.Delicious - Desserts

Hosting Blog:
Cook.Eat.Delicious

Theme: Lemon Desserts

Event Start Date: 1st August 2011
Event Deadline: 31st August 2011

Life without Desserts is no life at all! This month Cook.Eat.Delicious! wants you to cook up your most delicious lemon dessert recipe. Any dessert goes as long as lemon is the star! The recipe voted for most delicious appeal will win “Luscious Lemon Desserts” by Lori Longbotham.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Green & Black's Chocolate Workshop

Hosting Blog:
Tinned Tomatoes

Theme: Workshop with Green & Black's (Giveaway) (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 14 August 2011

The ultimate treat for chocolate fans, this workshop with Green and Black's chocolate will teach you everything you need to know about the history of chocolate and the process of creating it. You’ll learn how to make delicious truffles from raw ingredients and create your very own chocolate bar. You’ll be given a wide selection of ingredients and flavours to use, such as chili, popping candy, marshmallow and biscuits and you’ll also learn the art of cutting, dipping and decorating using a slab of praline, bowls of melted chocolate and plenty of decorations. You’ll then get to take your chocolate masterpieces home in ribbon-tied presentation bags, along with the recipes.

Locations-: London, Brighton (South East) Manchester (North)

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Weighwatchers Biscuit & Cookie Hamper Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Fuss Free Flavours

Theme:: Hamper Giveaway (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 1 August 2011

Summer is here, or rather, given the weather, should be here, and to help you lose a pound or two before your holidays, without missing out on some treats, Weight Watchers have a wide range of biscuits and cookies.

New to the range are fruit crumble biscuits with 2 pro points and 89 calories or less per biscuit.

Weight Watchers are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a hamper filled with their entire range of biscuits and cookies including the new fruit crumbles.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Fishy Fishy Cookbook Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Fuss Free Flavours

Theme: Cookbook Giveaway (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 8 August 2011

New Holland Publishers have given me 6 copies for Fishy Fishy Cookboook to give away to 6 lucky readers.

The Fishy Fishy brasserie is the result of a long held dream of three close friends: James Ginzler, Paul Shovlin and Loz Talent. Importantly all the fish served is local, seasonal and sustainable. The first Fishy Fishy opened in Brighton with a second restaurant in Poole. Their cookbook Fishy, Fishy has over over 90 recipes, most with a full colour photo. The book is divided in to starters, BBQ & al fresco eating, everyday fish & shellfish, special occasions and sauces, side dishes and desserts.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Food Palette Series - Black

Hosting Blog:
Torview

Theme: A dish including black ingredients

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 August 2011

No dishes with alcohol or pork ingredients

End product or ingredients used can be
black (pepper, mustard seeds, nigella seeds, onion seeds, basil seeds, poppy seeds, tea, raisins, nori seaweed, black berries, dates, etc.)

Details can be found here








Event Name:
Bookmarked Recipes

Hosting Blog:
Tinned Tomatoes

Theme: Trying out recipes you have bookmarked (Vegetarian)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 30 July 2011

If you are anything like me, you collect recipes right left and centre and rarely get around to using them. That is what this challenge is all about, to encourage us to use some of those unused recipes.

You may post recipes you have bookmarked from magazines, tv programmes, websites or blogs..... Please credit the author of the recipe.

Details can be found here






No Croutons Required

Hosting Blog:
Lisa's Kitchen

Theme: Chilies (vegetarian soup or salad)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 20 July 2011

The theme this month is hot peppers and my regular readers will know that they are dear to my tummy. Any variety is welcome included in a vegetarian soup or salad of your choice. Hot chilies, red or green, Jalapenos, habaneros, or any hot peppers that suit your fancy. I very much look forward to your creations. If you grow your own peppers, it would be a welcome addition if you included a picture of your plant or garden, along with a picture of your finished dish.

Details can be found here




Event Name:
Anyone 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:
The Daring Bakers
The Daring Cooks

Hosting Blog:
The Daring Kitchen

Theme: Check website on reveal date.

Daring Bakers Reveal Date: 27th July 2011
Daring Cooks Reveal Date: 14th July 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:
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






Event Name:
Gutsy Cooks

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: 2 July 2011 & 16 July 2011 & 30 July

# 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:
Food Palette Series - Purple

Hosting Blog:
Torview

Theme: Dishes with a purple theme

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 5 July 2011

Food palette series Purple is here with a wonderful Cavena giveaway. You have seen me using it, now you have a chance of winning it.

No dishes with alcohol or pork ingredients

End product or ingredients used can be
purple (blueberries, figs, purple potatoes, purple asparagus etc.)

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Novel Food

Hosting Blog:
Briciole

Theme: Food in Literature

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 10 July 2011

If you like to read and you like to cook, this event is perfectly tailored for you. Simona is 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 (physical or electronic)

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Cooking with Whole Foods: Ragi/Finger Millet

Hosting Blog:
Oh Taste n See

Theme: Ragi/Finger Millet

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 10 August 2011

This event, part of the series 'Cooking with Whole Foods', stars ragi or finger millet. A humble grain, but extremely nutritious, finger millet is not only good for you, it tastes good too. :)

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Weekend Herb Blogging

Hosting Blog:
Week one :Paulchen's Foodblog (WHB#291 - July 4th to July 10th)
Week two: The Crispy Cook (WHB#292 - July 11th to July 17th)
Week three: TBC (
WHB#293 - July 18th to July 24th)

Week four: A Food Lover's Journey (WHB#294 - July 25th to July 31st)

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: Fuss Free Flavours (PPN #221 July 8)
Week two: Lavender & Lime (
PPN #222 July 15)
Week three: Debbie Does Dinner (PPN #223 July 22)
Week four: Truth Personified (PPN #224 July 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:
Sugar High Fridays

Hosting Blog:
Could be you!

Theme: Would you like to host Sugar High Fridays

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: ongoing

We are looking for guest hosts for Sugar High Fridays.

What the heck is a Sugar High Friday? That's easy. It's your best excuse to make something sweet and different, at least once a month. And to do it with tons of other people from around the world. It occurs during the last week of every month, entries due on the Monday and the round-up posted on the Friday (the Sugar High Friday that is!).

If you would like to be a guest host, email Jennifer - jennifer@domesticgoddess.ca

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Salad Spread

Hosting Blog:
Taste Junction

Theme: Salads

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 30 July 2011

This one is also on special request of a dear friend, who asked me to add some salad recipes on my blog and I realized that I hadn't posted even one till now. Blame it on the dizzying effects of the sun again. So guys just whip up a quickie salad, click a picture, scribble a note and mail it across. Who knows your scribbles helps many like me to lose all those extra pounds, credit to the cheesy pizzas and sugar high cakes. Time to be on a rebound. Right?

Any form of salad is accepted (no pork, beef please). Eggs are welcome!

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Summer Fresh Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Torview

Theme: Giveaway (Canada only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 10 July 2011

Summer fresh is offering $10 worth of free coupons for the readers to taste a variety of their products. Check out their site and leave a comment saying which of their products you like to try.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Breakfast Club

Hosting Blog:
Fuss Free Flavours

Theme: Cereal

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 30 July 2011

This month the theme is cereal, and I am challenging you to do something interesting with it. Cereal is a great weekday standby, but even with the addition of yogurt and fruit it can still be pretty boring.

So please do something interesting with your cereal, or make some. I’d love someone to try puffing rice and making homemade rice crispies or the like?

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Hotel Chocolat

Hosting Blog:
Tinned Tomatoes

Theme: Chocolate Giveaway (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 17 July 2011

Would you like to receive a little sunshine in the post? If so, then enter my giveaway for a Summer Goody Bag. Neapolitan Choc 6, White Chocolate Smiley Lolly, Raspberry Riot 100g slab, Caramel drops sachet and Salted Caramels.


Details can be found here






Event Name:
Healing Foods: whole grains and whole-grain flours

Hosting Blog:
Briciole

Theme: whole grains and whole-grain flours

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 July 2011

Every month, Healing Foods focuses on a food item or, as in this case, a group of food items, to highlight their health benefits. The event invites you to come up with healthy vegetarian recipes.

Whole grains are a great source of fiber and other important nutrients, such as selenium, potassium and magnesium. How about trying a grain or a flour that you have never tasted before?

Contribute one or more recipes and participate in the random drawing of two cookbooks.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
D for Desserts

Hosting Blog:
Suvidhas Kitchen

Theme: Desserts

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 20 July 2011

This month i am guest hosting the ARS Event. This event takes alphabets as a theme and give a chance to others for cooking their best delicacies.

This month letter is D for Desserts and I am inviting everyone to send me their entries that qualifies to be a dessert.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Serve it Grilled

Hosting Blog:
Krithi's Kitchen

Theme: Grilled

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 July 2011

Summer is best celebrated with Grilling. Don your aprons and grill your way this summer.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Sugar High Fridays

Hosting Blog:
Yums and Loves

Theme: No bake treats

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 25 July 2011

I don't know about you, but when summer comes around, I tend to spend less time in the kitchen and more time eating ice cream outside. Summer has even found its way to Seattle! Maybe?

So I decided for this month's theme, we would do a no bake treat! Let's face it, when the temperatures start rising, the last thing you want to do is crank up your oven.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Random Recipes

Hosting Blog:
Belleau Kitchen

Theme: A few of my Favourite Things

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 27 July 2011

... so now it's your turn... whats your favourite cookbook...? have a think, pull it down off the shelf and then, because I feel there may have been a little cheating going on recently, ask a significant other, or failing that a neighbour, or failing that a random stranger, to randomly flick open the book and you HAVE to cook that dish!... no cheating or i'll send the blog fairy out to get you! (that's not me by the way...)

Details can be found here






Event Name:
My Legume Love Affair - Year 4

Hosting Blog:
The Well Seasoned Cook

Theme: Legumes

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 Jluy 2011

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:
Forever Nigella - Iced Dreams

Hosting Blog:
Soul Curry

Theme: iced/cold/frozen desserts and puddings

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 July 2011

Prepare and blog any Nigella recipe for iced desserts. Not limited to ice creams, sorbets and semifreddo but also any dessert that is best served icy cold.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Kitchen Reader

Hosting Blog:
Kitchen Reader

Theme: The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: last week in July 2011

We are a group who read a food-related book each month and then publish reviews any time in the last week of the month. This month's book is Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton. Please email us (kitchenreader.blog@gmail.com) if you would like to be added to our blog roll. More details can be found here.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
House Favorites - Vegan

Hosting Blog:
Chez Cayenne

Theme: Vegan Family Favourites

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 July 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 is a monthly blog event where you can show them off. It will run from the first day of the month to the last.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
We Should Cocoa

Hosting Blog:
Chocolate Teapot

Theme: Apricots

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 25 July 2011

In keeping with the seasonal theme of our challenges for We Should Cocoa I've decided to up the ante again this month and I have picked apricots as our 'secret' ingredient for the month. Personally I love using apricots in sweet treats, but based on the comments on some of my apricot posts in the past I know its not something everyone is very familiar with. So instead of just scoffing these delectable gems straight from the punnet (or the tree if you are lucky enough!) I'd love to see how you pair apricots with chocolate this month, best get your creative 'juices' flowing ;0)

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Of Chalk & Chopsticks

Hosting Blog:
Desi Soccer Mom

Theme: writing an interesting piece of food fiction

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 10 August 2011

If you enjoy reading fiction as much as cooking, this is the event for
you. Release the writer in you and pen down that funny incident that
happened in the kitchen or that party disaster everyone still
remembers. Details and rules can be found here.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Black and White Wednesday

Hosting Blog:
The Well-Seasoned Cook

Theme: Black and white photography

Event Date: Every Wednesday

Black and White Wednesday, a new culinary photo event which will run weekly and feature food-related imagery. Your photo/s need not be of actual food, but can also be the preparation, presentation, and consumption of it.

Participation couldn't be easier. You don't need a story nor a recipe nor a location. There will be no competing, curating, nor critiquing. The only requirement is that you post your black and white photo/s on any Wednesday, mentioning Black and White Wednesday and linking to this announcement

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Weight Watchers Cookies & Biscuits

Hosting Blog:
Given to Distracting Others

Theme: Hamper Giveaway (uk only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 11 August 2011

So enough of my wicked ways, I'm here to atone by teaming up with Weight Watchers to give away a luxury hamper, full to the brim with Weight Watchers delicious treats, including the full range of Cookies, Oaty Biscuits, Caramel Wafers, Chocolate Biscuits, Caramel Mallows.

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.