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Blogging Marathon # 30 - 3 Day Marathon for 4 weeks!

>>  Sunday, June 16, 2013

As months roll on themselves, we find ourselves going to plan for the 30th Edition of Blogging Marathon. This won't have been possible if not for my energetic friends without their enthusiasm for all sorts of crazy themes I come up with.

The best compliment and something that made me so happy was when PJ told me that she has her this page ready and keeps checking for the announcement. She eagerly waits for the themes to be announced and it feels like giving your exams. I was so touched with her words. Of course each of the BM members show such dedication and commitment to their themes, that I try to push myself to get the best theme possible.

Now before I digress and keep talking for hours, let me proceed!

For those of you who are landing here for the first time, then please check out these posts on 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 held every month, 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 30th edition will 
3, 4, 5 July
10, 11, 12 July
17, 18, 19 July
24, 25, 26 July

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

FYI:  Requests to join after 23rd June 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 # 30th 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 - Finger food for Kids Party (3,4,5 and 10,11,12)
Kid's Delight - Summer Special (17,18,19 and 24,25,26)

Please note Kid's delight posts be it for the BM theme or the event, needs to be kid approved. Which means you get your kid, your young relatives or neighbors approve what you have made. Would surely appreciate a note on who liked it and their age group. This way we can tag it properly.

Another thing can be that you as a kid liked the particular dish. Else it will not be eligible for both the events.

Kid's Delight - Finger Food for Kids Party   (3,4,5 and 10,11,12)

Kid's Delight Edition for June will be hosted by Kalyani. She is calling all moms to make Finger Food for Kids party. Finger Food as you know is anything that are individually served or handled by hand. So ideally all mini versions that will suit the little ones will be great. I guess you can make both sweet and savory!
 
Kid's Delight - Summer Special (17,18,19 and 24,25,26) 

Mireille who is going to host the next edition wants to do a Summer Special.

With the heat of summer, she decided that it would be great to serve some Room Temperature/Chilled Foods. Basically, any food not served hot - anything from sandwiches and salads to ice cream, chilled desserts and smoothies.

Cooking with Curds

Has to be used as a savory dish. can be a gravy, rice, dal


Dallying with Dumplings

Dumplings are cooked balls of dough. They are based on flour, potatoes or bread, and may include meat, fish, vegetables, or sweets. They may be cooked by boiling, steaming, simmering, frying, or baking. They may have a filling, or there may be other ingredients mixed into the dough.

Dumplings may be sweet or savoury. They can be eaten by themselves, in soups or stews, with gravy, or in any other way. While some dumplings resemble solid water-boiled doughs, such as gnocchi, others such as wontons resemble meatballs with a thin dough covering.


Again you can't do only fried dumpling for all days, it has to be one method each day!

Combo Dishes

There is something special about certain dishes being paired. While most dishes in Indian cuisine is always paired with something or the other, there are specific ones that are famous. I requested my BM friends to share their cuisine combo dishes and we nearly hit on 106 such dishes. Some were something I have never heard.

So I decided to pick about 15 dishes from the list. And you can select any 3 and do this theme. Recipe is yours, however it has to follow the cuisine specific. Meaning if you are going to do Adai Avial, which is a specialty of Tamil Nadu, you got to follow the cuisine rules.


There are some very common dishes I only hope everybody won't end up doing Kadhi Chawal! 

Adai Avial
Daal Moong Satpuro
Tonak -Pav
Matar poori with aalu ki subzi
Stuffed dal poori with Alalu ki subzi
Kadhi chawal
Puttu Kadalai curry
Fritatas with garlic bread
thavala vada-coconut chutney
vathakulambhu-keerai kuttu
sodhi-inji puli
Bun Samosa
Rasgulla with Rabdi
Peas kachori -Dum aloo
Poori Aamras

Tea Kadai Menu

As in any state, Tamil Nadu has it's own specific dishes that are featured in the roadside tea shop. The list may run a long line, however I have shorten to just these.

In one of the FB groups that I am member, I saw a menu card that listed out this. So this theme is inspired from that Menu card and I hope there are many takers for this theme. I know couple of sets are quite hard, so I included two simpler ones. Again I hope people don't settle for simpler things. Like Masala Vada and Samosas are not allowed!..:)...I simply gave this because a roadside tea shop is incomplete with these dishes!


Each day should be from one of the list:

1. Butter Biscuits, Kelveragu Biscuits, Rusk
2. Kamarkattu, Jav Mittai, Seeni Mittai,
3. Pattani Kadalai, Ver Kadalai, Uppu Kadali
4. Kadali Urundai, Ellu Unrundai, Pori Unundai,
5. Bread Butter Jam, Coconut cream bun
6. Masala Vada, Onion Bajji, Samosa,

Eg: The dishes can be Butter Biscuits, Seeni Mittai, Bread Butter Jam

All the posts should be posted along with Tea/ Coffee.


Get it Rolled!

Any dish that's either served as a roll or cooked as a roll.

Example Seek Kabab, Almond rolls.

Again it can't be just sweets on all days. Each day should feature one category.

Savory Baked Dishes

As the name says you can bake savory dishes and it can be cakes, cookies, casseroles, pies etc

Special Theme - Do three weeks and for the 4th week you get to do the special theme.

Your native special recipes: The recipe can be anything, any category. Only thing is it has to be your native special.

This is accepted only for the 4th week (and should have done all three previous weeks).

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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!



2 comments :

Pavani N June 17, 2013 at 8:18 AM  

Very interesting themes Valli. Sent my email. Looking forward to this edition of BM.

Archana Potdar June 22, 2013 at 9:43 PM  

these themes are very interesting. I wish I could have been a part of it. Cannot do it this time too many personal problems. :(. Wil use these themes to cook up a storm. Hopefully will post them sometime soon.

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