August Festival of Food Carnival – Call For Submissions: Meatless Meals

Welcome to the August Festival of Food Carnival, hosted by Diary of a First Child and Hybrid Rasta Mama. This monthly carnival will aim to bring together seasonal recipes, healthy food, and a diversity of flavours and techniques.

Here are the submission details for August 2013

Theme: Meatless Meals

Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or a full blooded carnivore, having a repertoire of meatless meals in your armoury is good for your health and your wallet. Share your favourite recipe with us this month.

We prefer recipes with low sugar or natural sweeteners and as few processed ingredients as possible. However, we understand that healthy differs for every family, so please share your favourite.

There are two ways you can participate: 

EITHER: Link up your old post on the carnival day, or submit a new post for the carnival!

**Please note, by participating or linking up you are agreeing to visit and comment on at least two other submissions**

Deadline:  01 August 2013: Fill out the  web form below and email your submission to us by 11:59 p.m. GMT at festivaloffoodcarnival [at] gmail.com

Carnival date: 08 August 2013 . Before you post, we will send you an email with a little blurb in html to paste into your submission that will introduce the carnival. You will publish your post on 01 August 2013. We’ll include full instructions in the email we send before the posting date.

Please submit your details into our web form. This will help us as we compile the links list prior to the carnival.

Please do: Write well. Write on topic. If you’re using very uncommon ingredients, write something about them so your readers learn something new, or at least link to some information of them.

Please don’t: Please don’t use profanity of the sort that might be offensive to more sensitive readers or their children. Please don’t submit irrelevant posts.

Editors’ rights: We reserve the right to edit your piece or suggest edits to you. We reserve the right to courteously reject any submissions that are inappropriate for the carnival. Please also note that since there are two co-hosts on different schedules and conferring over email, our personal response to your submission might seem delayed. Don’t be alarmed. We also reserve the right to impose consequences if the responsibilities of the carnival are not fulfilled by the participants.

If you have questions: Please leave a comment or contact us at diaryofafirstchild [at] gmail.com and hybridrastamama [at] Hotmail.com

Links to tutorials: Lauren, Dionna, and Dionna’s husband, Tom, from the Natural Parents Network have written several tutorials about how to schedule posts in advance, how to determine post URLs in advance, how to edit HTML — all for both WordPress and Blogger users. For these tutorials and more, please see this handy summary post at LaurenWayne.com.

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Festival Of Food – June Call For Submissions: Summer Smoothies and Mocktails

Welcome to the June Festival of Food Carnival, hosted by Diary of a First Child and Hybrid Rasta Mama. This monthly carnival will aim to bring together seasonal recipes, healthy food, and a diversity of flavours and techniques.

Here are the submission details for June 2013

Theme: Summer Smoothies and Mocktails

It’s summer time, and we all need to increase our liquid intake. What better excuse to mix up a glorious and refreshing smoothie or a mocktail (alcohol free cocktail).

We prefer recipes with low sugar or natural sweeteners and as few processed ingredients as possible. However, we understand that healthy differs for every family, so please share your favourite.

There are two ways you can participate:

EITHER: Link up your old post on the carnival day, or submit a new post for the carnival!

**Please note, by participating or linking up you are agreeing to visit and comment on at least two other submissions**

Deadline: 07 June 2013: Fill out the  web form below and email your submission to us by 11:59 p.m. GMT at festivaloffoodcarnival [at] gmail.com

Carnival date: 13 June 2013 . Before you post, we will send you an email with a little blurb in html to paste into your submission that will introduce the carnival. You will publish your post on 06 June 2013. We’ll include full instructions in the email we send before the posting date.

Please submit your details into our  web formThis will help us as we compile the links list prior to the carnival.

Please do: Write well. Write on topic. If you’re using very uncommon ingredients, write something about them so your readers learn something new, or at least link to some information of them.

Please don’t: Please don’t use profanity of the sort that might be offensive to more sensitive readers or their children. Please don’t submit irrelevant posts.

Editors’ rights: We reserve the right to edit your piece or suggest edits to you. We reserve the right to courteously reject any submissions that are inappropriate for the carnival. Please also note that since there are two co-hosts on different schedules and conferring over email, our personal response to your submission might seem delayed. Don’t be alarmed. We also reserve the right to impose consequences if the responsibilities of the carnival are not fulfilled by the participants.

If you have questions: Please leave a comment or contact us at diaryofafirstchild [at] gmail.com and hybridrastamama [at] Hotmail.com

Links to tutorials: Lauren, Dionna, and Dionna’s husband, Tom, from the Natural Parents Network have written several tutorials about how to schedule posts in advance, how to determine post URLs in advance, how to edit HTML — all for both WordPress and Blogger users. For these tutorials and more, please see this handy summary post at LaurenWayne.com.

Stay in touch:

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Festival of Food – Child Tested Recipes – May Call For Submissions

Welcome to the May Festival of Food Carnival, hosted by Diary of a First Child and Hybrid Rasta Mama. This monthly carnival will aim to bring together seasonal recipes, healthy food, and a diversity of flavours and techniques.

Here are the submission details for May 2013

Theme: Child Tested Recipes

One of the many benefits of getting children involved in the kitchen is that they learn about food, where it comes from, and how to cook it. Making their own food helps them eat a wider variety and gets them involved. What are your favourite ‘kid tested’ child friendly recipes?

We prefer recipes with low sugar or natural sweeteners and as few processed ingredients as possible. However, we understand that healthy differs for every family, so please share your favourite.

There are two ways you can participate:

EITHER: Link up your old post on the carnival day, or submit a new post for the carnival!

**Please note, by participating or linking up you are agreeing to visit and comment on at least two other submissions**

Deadline: 3 May 2013 : Fill out the web form below and email your submission to us by 11:59 p.m. GMT at festivaloffoodcarnival [at] gmail.com

Carnival date: 9 May . Before you post, we will send you an email with a little blurb in html to paste into your submission that will introduce the carnival. You will publish your post on Wednesday 9 May. We’ll include full instructions in the email we send before the posting date.

Please submit your details into our web form: This will help us as we compile the links list prior to the carnival.

Please do: Write well. Write on topic. If you’re using very uncommon ingredients, write something about them so your readers learn something new, or at least link to some information of them.

Please don’t: Please don’t use profanity of the sort that might be offensive to more sensitive readers or their children. Please don’t submit irrelevant posts.

Editors’ rights: We reserve the right to edit your piece or suggest edits to you. We reserve the right to courteously reject any submissions that are inappropriate for the carnival. Please also note that since there are two co-hosts on different schedules and conferring over email, our personal response to your submission might seem delayed. Don’t be alarmed. We also reserve the right to impose consequences if the responsibilities of the carnival are not fulfilled by the participants.

If you have questions: Please leave a comment or contact us at diaryofafirstchild [at] gmail.com and hybridrastamama [at] Hotmail.com

Links to tutorials: Lauren, Dionna, and Dionna’s husband, Tom, from the Natural Parents Network have written several tutorials about how to schedule posts in advance, how to determine post URLs in advance, how to edit HTML — all for both WordPress and Blogger users. For these tutorials and more, please see this handy summary post at LaurenWayne.com.

Stay in touch:

Show off: Add the code below to your post to identify it as a carnival contribution:

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Festival of Food: Best Ever Vegan Chocolate Cake

Welcome to the Festival of Food Carnival. In celebration of the tradition of Easter chocolates, we’re sharing recipe ideas for healthier alternatives – sweets and treats featuring real cocoa. Hosted by Diary of a First Child and Hybrid Rasta Mama, you’re welcome to join us next time, or if you have a previously published recipe you’d like to share, add it to the linky below.

First off, I must come clean and say this cake isn’t exactly healthy as such, but at least it is Vegan, which is more than you can say for most incredibly delectable, tasty, yummy and to die for chocolate cakes. Now, if you follow closely, you’ll know I’m not actually vegan, but this is a brilliant recipe to have on hand if you find you have no eggs, and even when I do have eggs, I often have this cake because it’s just. that. good.

Initially from Instructables, this has become a firm favourite for us, and it actually featured as the Vegan cake for Ameli’s 3rd birthday, and will be Aviya’s birthday cake this weekend too. (My baby is 1 today, say WHAT?)

Festival of Food: Best Ever Vegan Chocolate Cake
 
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Recipe type: Desert, Cake
Cuisine: Vegan, Chocolate, Easter
Prep time: 
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Total time: 
The best ever chocolate cake, that happens to be Vegan too. Remember if you're making this for Vegans, most regular sprinkles aren't actually Vegan due to the food colouring used in them. You can also make it without the glaze and decorate with a regular butter cream icing. Made with coconut oil, however, the glaze is so tasty
Ingredients
  • Cake Ingredients:
  • 1¼ cups plain flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp distilled white or apple cider vinegar
  • Chocolate Glaze:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil (or margarine)
  • 2 tbsp soy milk/almond milk/rice milk
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180C)
  2. Mix together the ingredients for the cake and blend well.
  3. Pour it into your baking dish or shaped silicone mould.
  4. Place in the oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick popped in the middle comes out clean.
  5. Take out and allow to cool totally.
  6. For the glaze, in a small saucepan, bring sugar, coconut oil (or margarine), milk, and cocoa to a boil. Stir frequently; then reduce heat to a simmer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. It'll look gloppy, but it's just the bubbles!
  7. Remove from heat and vigorously.
  8. Add vanilla, stir, and immediately pour onto cake.
  9. The glaze dries really quickly, so spread it immediately and add any sprinkles now.
  10. Leave aside to cool thoroughly, about an hour.
  11. Enjoy!

 

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Festival of Food – Cocoa Creations – March Call For Submissions

Welcome to the March Festival of Food Carnival, hosted by Diary of a First Child and Hybrid Rasta Mama. This monthly carnival will aim to bring together seasonal recipes, healthy food, and a diversity of flavours and techniques.
**Apologies to those who submitted in February and had problems with the forms. We trust that we have now resolved those issues. Please get in touch if you have any problems this month!** 

Here are the submission details for March 2013

Theme: Cocoa Creations

It’s Easter soon and whichever version of the long weekend you celebrate or not, there’s bound to be plenty of sugary, palm oil rich chocolate all around you. We’re looking for the recipes you use to participate in the chocolatey goodness, without indulging in too much sugar, and all it’s side effects. Sweet or not, share your Cocoa Creations with us.

We prefer recipes with low sugar or natural sweeteners and as few processed ingredients as possible. However, we understand that healthy differs for every family, so please share your favourite.

There are two ways you can participate:

EITHER: Link up your old post on the carnival day, or submit a new post for the carnival!
**Please note, by participating or linking up you are agreeing to visit and comment on at least two other submissions**

Deadline: 7 March 2013 : Fill out the webform below and email your submission to us by 11:59 p.m. GMT at festivaloffoodcarnival [at] gmail.com

Carnival date: Wednesday 14 March . Before you post, we will send you an email with a little blurb in html to paste into your submission that will introduce the carnival. You will publish your post on Wednesday 14 March. We’ll include full instructions in the email we send before the posting date.

Please submit your details into our web form: This will help us as we compile the links list prior to the carnival.

Please do: Write well. Write on topic. If you’re using very uncommon ingredients, write something about them so your readers learn something new, or at least link to some information of them.

Please don’t: Please don’t use profanity of the sort that might be offensive to more sensitive readers or their children. Please don’t submit irrelevant posts.

Editors’ rights: We reserve the right to edit your piece or suggest edits to you. We reserve the right to courteously reject any submissions that are inappropriate for the carnival. Please also note that since there are two co-hosts on different schedules and conferring over email, our personal response to your submission might seem delayed. Don’t be alarmed. We also reserve the right to impose consequences if the responsibilities of the carnival are not fulfilled by the participants.

If you have questions: Please leave a comment or contact us at festivaloffoodcarnival [at] gmail.com

Links to tutorials: Lauren, Dionna, and Dionna’s husband, Tom, from the Natural Parents Network have written several tutorials about how to schedule posts in advance, how to determine post URLs in advance, how to edit HTML — all for both WordPress and Blogger users. For these tutorials and more, please see this handy summary post at LaurenWayne.com.

Stay in touch:

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Call For Submissions: Festival Of Food

Welcome to the Autumn/Fall Festival of Food Carnival, hosted by Diary of a First Child and Hybrid Rasta Mama. This quarterly carnival will aim to bring together seasonal recipes, healthy food, and a diversity of flavours and techniques. We know that this is a season of treats and sweets, and we’d like to share recipes that are healthy and guilt-free.

Here are the submission details for October 2012:

Theme: Tricks for Treats

The idea with this theme is to bring together a resource of recipes for the perfect treats that don’t leave you feeling unwell or guilty.  We prefer recipes with low sugar or natural sweeteners and as few processed ingredients as possible. However, we understand that healthy differs for every family,  so please share your favourite.

Deadline: Friday, October 12th: Fill out the webform below and email your submission to us by 11:59 p.m. GMT at diaryofafirstchild [at] gmail.com and hybridrastamama [at] Hotmail.com

Carnival date: Wednesday, October 17. Before you post, we will send you an email with a little blurb in html to paste into your submission that will introduce the carnival. You will publish your post on October 17th. We’ll include full instructions in the email we send before the posting date.

Please submit your details into our web form: This will help us as we compile the links list prior to the carnival.

Please do: Write well. Write on topic. If you’re using very uncommon ingredients, write something about them so your readers learn something new, or at least link to some information of them.

Please don’t: Please don’t use profanity of the sort that might be offensive to more sensitive readers or their children. Please don’t submit irrelevant posts.

Editors’ rights: We reserve the right to edit your piece or suggest edits to you. We reserve the right to courteously reject any submissions that are inappropriate for the carnival. Please also note that since there are two co-hosts on different schedules and conferring over email, our personal response to your submission might seem delayed. Don’t be alarmed. We also reserve the right to impose consequences if the responsibilities of the carnival are not fulfilled by the participants.

If you have questions: Please leave a comment or contact us at diaryofafirstchild [at] gmail.com and hybridrastamama [at] Hotmail.com

Links to tutorials: Lauren, Dionna, and Dionna’s husband, Tom, from the Natural Parents Network have written several tutorials about how to schedule posts in advance, how to determine post URLs in advance, how to edit HTML — all for both WordPress and Blogger users. For these tutorials and more, please see this handy summary post at LaurenWayne.com.

Stay in touch:

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Summer Festival Of Food: Muffin Tin Quiches

Welcome to the Festival of Food Carnival. In celebration of summer, we’re sharing recipe ideas for healthy snacks and picnic food, or anything you could take outdoors with you. Hosted by Diary of a First Child and Hybrid Rasta Mama, you’re welcome to join us next time, or if you have a recipe you’d like to share, add it to the linky below.

I’m terrible at having breakfast, and have been as long as I can remember. I don’t get hungry before about 10am, at the earliest, normally, which isn’t great for my girlies as they need to eat well before that.  I decided to make these muffin tin recipes in bulk, freeze them and thaw as needed. They’re gorgeous warm, or cold – although not frozen! – which makes them ideal for lunch box snacks, trips out, or picnic food. They’re also highly adaptable.

This is not a free-from recipe. It contains eggs, gluten, meat and dairy, but is very easily adaptable.

 

Makes about 12

Preheat oven to 180C/ 325F

Ingredients:

  • 3 round whole wheat wraps (or alternative)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetables: spinach, chives, corn, or any other vegetable that won’t give off too much liquid, like tomatoes
  • bacon, sausage, mince, chicken etc to taste
  • cheese to taste

1. Cut smaller circles out of the wraps using a cookie cutter or tinned food can. I get about 3 rounds out of a wrap.

2. Place the round in a greased muffin tin

3. Put a small spoon of meat and a small spoon of vegetables into each round

4. In a separate bowl, vigorously mix the eggs, adding any seasoning, such as chives or other herbs, salt, and pepper.

5. Using a large spoon, scoop the egg mix into each ‘case’, covering the other ingredients, but making sure it doesn’t over flow.

6. Top with the cheese.

7. Place in a oven for 20 minutes.

8. Remove, cool to edible, and enjoy, or cool completely and freeze.

We’ve tried various options: cheese and bacon, and cheese,bacon,onion and chives, and next on our list is ricotta and spinach. What fillings would you try?


The links in this list will be live by the end of the day, as participants in different time zones publish their contributions

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