01 December 2009

No Croutons Required - Festive Photos

December is upon us again. I just don't know where the year goes, do you?

I am looking back to last December and the fun we had changing things up a bit for the Festive No Croutons Required Round. In case you don't remember, we had a break from soups and salads and offered up some festive photos instead. Just a bit of fun really and a nod to the fact that everyone is so busy this month and keeping up to date with challenges along with everything else that's going on can be difficult. So, this month I would like you to submit a festive photo for the challenge. It doesn't have to involve food, just try to capture the mood of this festive season.

Email your photo along with a title to me at nocroutonsrequired@googlemail.com by the 20th December 2009, with a link to your post that features the photo and your name and location. As usual, the roundup with run from the 21st December 2009 and the winner will be announced on the 31st.

Good luck everyone! I can't wait to see your photos.

I will leave you now with last December's winning photo, courtesy of Wendy over at A Wee Bit of Cooking.


  1. I remember last year, for last year in december was the first time i started participating in NCR; one of my favorite events! Lets see if I can come up with this time ;-)

  2. My gosh has it been a year already? Blimey! Will put thinking cap on.....x

  3. And a very happy Christmas it will be.

  4. where has the year gone? and where did November go - I missed this month's root vegetable challenge!

  5. Excellent. Shall see what I can come up with this year.

  6. Hi Soma, time passes so quickly. I can't believe that Lisa and I have been hosting NCR for nearly 2 years.

    Will that be a santa thinking hat Anne?

    Let's hope so Val :)

    I am ashamed to say, so did I Nic. Shameful!

    Hi Wendy, I think we are going to get lots of lovely frosty days, the kind that are great for taking photos.

  7. I can't believe it's December, either. NCR Roots came and went w/out me. :C I'll see what I can do for this month.

  8. Hello. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. I agree, those costumes would be punishment! It was so nice to see your blog. I am fairly new to blogging and have not yet found many food blogs to follow. I made the same Hugh/Pear cake and blogged about it a week or two ago so if you are interested you can catch up on my learning experiences regarding the importance of properly caramelising the pears first! country mouse xx

  9. Jacqueline: I really want to thank you for sending me the two recipes for fruit cake. They are nothing like the old family recipe from Mrs. Kirby. Your recipes both used dried fruits, which I love, whereby most American fruit cakes used candied fruit- who knows how that developed from old European recipes.
    At any rate, I will be posting a nut cake soon which I really do love. No fruit. All nuts. Brandy. It's yummy!

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  11. Hey Country Mouse, I am glad I made up the timings, although I bet your cake still tasted fab :)

    Hi Barbara, I am glad you were pleased with the recipes & I hope you try them some time. Now it all makes sense why so many American food bloggers hate fruit cake, it is that candied fruit, such disgusting stuff. I think I am going to try and convert some people to a good Scottish fruit loaf/cake.

    It should be a good line-up Alexa and it's lovely to see you are back :)

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