Take one mum and a seven year old boy, who won't eat his vegetables, put them together, with a idea for a blog, an alphabet of vegetables and a cup full of hope and what you end up with is The Great Big Vegetable Challenge!
In November 2006, Charlotte Hume had a eureka moment. She had lost all hope that she would ever be able to persuade her seven year old son, Freddie, to eat his vegetables. It was the archetypal dinner time debate that goes on across the land, "If you eat your peas you can have some pudding!".
Charlotte decided enough was enough and that another approach was needed. This is when she had the idea of starting up a blog charting her family's adventures through an alphabet of vegetable recipes. Charlotte appealed to bloggers around the world to send her recipes for each letter, which were tried out, photographed and posted with a score out of 10 from Freddie.
I have really enjoyed tuning in to see what new adventure Freddie and Charlotte had immersed themselves in. The posts were a joy to read and the vegetable stories were quite hilarious at times. There was the case of the stolen pumpkin, the naming and shaming fridge and my personal favourite, the post about horseradish and paintball commandos!
Alas, Charlotte and Freddie have come to the end of the alphabet and I don't think I will be the only one in mourning. However, all is not lost and we can still get our daily fix. I am getting to the good bit now! Charlotte and Freddie's adventures are 'on sale now, at all good bookstores'! Yay! I have my order placed and I think everyone should have their own copy of the Great Big Veg Challenge!
And now for a spot of fun!
Last year, Charlotte and Freddie challenged us to create a Vegetable Face and the results were posted as a slide show. Very amusing it was too! Well, now it is time for us all to contribute another vegetable face, this time to celebrate the end of The Great Big Vegetable Challenge. So let's all join in and give Charlotte and Freddie a good send off!
Post your Vegetable Faces, link here and email Charlotte with a picture of your vegetable face, your name and location and you may win a copy of their fabulous new book.
This is definitely not my area of expertise, however I have put together a little owl for your amusement!