Blogging Marathon # 22 - 3 Day Marathon for 4 weeks!

>>  Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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Being on a three week vacation of sorts at home, does lot of things to your mind. Trust me I have never been this idle in my life. Though the enforced rest can never bind the mind. So I have been planning, thinking rethinking, about how differently we can do the Blogging Marathon and couple of other things as well. 

Of all the greatest lessons we learn, one thing we realise again is the time we get on our hands unexpectedly. We ought to make the best use of it. So no regrets but with zeal and vigour, a determination to do better. So here's to my blogger friends who never fail to support me in my endeavours and make this online life such a wonderful period of my life.

In all my five years of blogging, I think the best thing that has ever happened is starting this Blogging Marathon. I never realised this group would end up meaning so much. Or the friends that would bring to me. I do not have enough time to spend on friends in real life, other than the occasional calls or visits. So this virtual friendship means a lot. And I may not always say it out, but it means a lot to me.

So with lot of pride, I announce the 22nd Edition of Blogging Marathon that's going to happen in November. Though we have evolved over the months, and got into a more relaxed mode of blogging, I feel this mode gives us all a more relaxed way of blogging.

Well, if this happens to be your first time of knowing about Blogging Marathon, you can read about all the history, the thought process that's gone in everything in one place in the BM#18 intro

For details on BM, check out the Blogging Marathon page. Once I get all details I will be updating this page. Bloggers taking part in this marathon need to just link back to this page.

The entry is again by Sign ups and each theme will again have only 4 bloggers on first come first basis. 

And because of the new rules I will not be able to accept late sign ups as it will become extremely hard for me to manage otherwise. If you feel you want to do it, please decide ahead, else you can join later.

Commenting on the week blogger's post is mandatory.

And subscription to the group will be monthly basis. 

If you want to know how the Blogging Marathon started, read the first edition

So the 22nd edition will 
3, 4, 5 November
10, 11, 12 November
17, 18, 19 November
24, 25, 26 November

Please email me at spicingyourlife@gmail.com latest by 23rd October along with your theme.

FYI:  Requests to join after 23rd October will not be accepted.

Mandatory rules for this Blogging Marathon are as below:
  • Should take up 2 weeks of BM without fail. It can be any two weeks.
  • Will have to post on all 3 days with 2 weeks without fail
  • Same theme can't be taken by one blogger.
  • Should follow the accepted theme all 3 days, meaning if you choose one topic like Rice, you should post all rice based recipes all 3 days.
  • Should link to the Blogging Marathon page.
  • Is expected to actively give feedback on others post.
  • Mandatory reading and commenting on fellow participating member.
Each theme can be selected by four bloggers on first come first bases. 

Other rules will be mailed to the individuals.

Themes for BM # 22nd will be the following:

Since having this theme is to make sure my Kid's Delight event gets good entries, I thought it makes sense to have two themes based on the hosting time.

Kid's Delight - Healthy Makeover (3,4,5 and 10,11,12)
Kid's Delight -  Cooking from Kids Story Book (17,18,19 and 24,25,26)

Kid's Delight - Healthy Makeover (3,4,5 and 10,11,12)

Rasya will hosting this edition themed on Healthy Makeover. Anything that's considered fatty, greasy can be converted to healthy dish for kids by replacing some of the ingredients or by steaming instead of deep frying.

Bloggers taking up this edition are requested to send in their entries to Rasya, as per the rules she has listed out.

Kid's Delight -  Cooking from Kids Story Books (17,18,19 and 24,25,26) 

Growing up, I lived on story books and the many different dishes that the characters enjoyed in the books. Be it Famous Five, Secret Seven or Harry Potter, the sandwiches, the cakes, the lemonade captured my fancy like nothing else. When I started baking, the first thing I wanted to bake was ginger man.

So what better theme than asking you to cook for your kids from these many books. Archana Potdar has just that in mind. The recipes will have to be something from a children story book, with enough mention of the book details and all citation given.

Pressure Cooker Recipes

As the theme says, the recipes have to be completely made in the Pressure cooker, including any and all tempering, seasoning made in the cooker. For most Indian recipes, cooking in pressure cooker is not a big task. However I must mention you should end up selecting recipes that are mostly done in other methods, but how you have adapted to a pressure cooker method.

Of course, all three days should feature recipes in combination listed below. If you take the first group, then you have to feature soup/stew, bread and rice for each day. 

Soup/ Stew
Bread
Rice

One Pot Meal
Gravy
Indian Sweet

Snacks
Light Meal
Cakes

The recipes can be from any cuisine, course etc.. 

Pakodi Masti

I know this is my favorite! and am sure many others too. 

Let's talk about don't first, It can't be Onion pakodi...:)

It can be made with other tubers. the batter can be of any flour.
Has to have one with lentil as main ingredient. The batter can't be like bajji (liquid), meaning Bajjis can't be called Pakodis. The batter has to be thick, fritters. Guess you get the draft!
The finished product should not be like the regular Masala vadai or meddu vada, meaning not a flatten disc.

Cooking with Chickpea

The dish has to have the chickpea as whole

The dishes can be made with split Channa dal, Kabuli channa, Indian brown channa. 

The dish can't be with Besan or with chickpea paste. 

Dishes from West Bengal

As the theme says, select three authentic recipes from Bengal and post on your blog. Remember the dishes should not be fusion, must follow as per the cuisine style.

Cooking from a TV Drama Shows/Soaps

Select a TV drama show from any Channel and feature three dishes that are mentioned in the serial. Remember all three should be from the same show. It can be any language, only condition you got to cite the source, online mention, it can either be video or written where the character cooks these dishes. PS: This can't be from any Cookery show, should only be from a soap or drama.

Diwali Special

With Deepavali being on November 13th, let's celebrate with Diwali special dishes.

Special Theme -  Bookmarked Recipes -  Do three weeks and for the 4th week you get to share your bookmarked recipes. These can be from this edition's theme, but your own dishes.

This is accepted only for the 4th week.

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Please spread the details if you want your friends to be part of this marathon.

Let's gear up for another non stop blogging!


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