31 December 2011

On the seventh day of Christmas & NCR Winner



On the seventh day of Christmas Ali Thorpe wins a selection of goodies from VUPbaby.

Congratulations Ali, you are going to love your prize. Such good quality products and the lunch bag is so cute!

Now on to the winner of this month's No Croutons Required. All the photos were evocative of the season and much enjoyed, but our winner this month is Ruth's beautiful photo of a Snowy Hawick.



A highly commended to Clare and two of the cutest wee girls in their red coats getting ready to go to church. You just missed out by one vote, but we all loved the photo.



Remember to head over to Lisa's Kitchen for the next No Croutons Required challenge.

A Happy New Year to all my lovely readers here at Tinned Tomatoes. Here's to a fabulous 2012 for you all.

30 December 2011

On the sixth day of Christmas - winner


On the sixth day of Christmas Corina from Searching for Spice wins a copy of Step-by-Step Baking by by Caroline Bretherton, courtesy of Dorling Kindersley.

Congratulations Corina!

Just another 6 giveaways to go, if you haven't entered yet. Another winner will be drawn tomorrow.

29 December 2011

On the Fifth Day of Christmas - Winner


On the fifth day of Christmas, Paula over at Querty Mum has won a family ticket (up to two adults & two children - valid till the 31st December 2012) for all the Merlin attractions at the Blackpool Tower.

The ticket is worth around £80. Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Dance, The Eye, The Dungeon, The Circus, The Ballroom and Jungle Jim’s.

Congratulations Paula! Do email me your full name and address and I will pass your details on to Merlin. I hope your family have a really lovely time in Blackpool. Such fun!

There are still another 7 giveaways live in my 12 Days of Christmas giveaways. So enter quickly!

28 December 2011

On the Fourth Day of Christmas winner



On the fourth day of Christmas our winner is Tracey K Nixon. Congratulations Tracey, you win a set of three picture books from Egmont. I am sure your children will love them.

Remember there is still time to enter the last 8 giveaways over the next 8 days, just click on the links on the side panel.

Good luck everyone!

27 December 2011

Bookmarked Recipes - December 2011





1. Lime-Spiked Black Bean & Quinoa Wrap
Janet (The Taste Space)
Recipe bookmarked from The Two-Week Wellness Solution.







2. Christmas Snowmen Cupcakes
Brittany (Les rêves d'une boulangère)
Recipe bookmarked from ?









3. Enchanted Gingerbread House
Karen (Lavender and Lovage)
Recipe bookmarked from Baking Mad.









4. Chocolate Fondant Pudding
Ros (The More Than Occasional Baker)
Recipe bookmarked from The Little Loaf.









5. Holiday Pumpkin Bread
Simona (Briciole)
Recipe bookmarked from the King Arthur Flour website.









6. Chocolate Mint Black Bean Cookies
Janet (The Taste Space)
Recipe bookmarked from My New Roots.







7. Hot Chocolate on a Stick
Ros (The More Than Occasional Baker)
Recipe bookmarkeed from Recipes from a Normal Mum.









8. Spicy Edamame
Shaheen (Allotment 2 Kitchen)
Recipe bookmarked from Torwen's Blog.








9. Mediterranean Crustless Chickpea Flour Quiche
Janet (The Taste Space
Recipe bookmarked from Diet, Dessert & Dogs.








10. Glitzy Chocolate Mendiants
Choclette (Chocolate Log Blog)
Recipe bookmarked from Eric Lanlard's Cox Cookies & Cake.











11. Rocky Road
Johanna (Green Gourmet Giraffe)
Recipe bookmarked from Not Quite Nigella.










12. Nutella Cookies
Jacqueline (Tinned Tomatoes)
Recipe bookmarked from Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan.





Here ends this month's Bookmarked Recipes and so January's Bookmarked Recipes is open for business. This was a lovely festive roundup, I think you will agree. I hope you enjoyed it and discovered some new blogs too.

If you would like to be included in the next roundup, just add your post to the linky at the bottom of this post. Please remember that bookmarked recipes must be suitable for vegetarians, in line with this blog. You can find the guidelines, current challenge and past roundups here.

Bookmarked Recipes January will be open until Saturday 28 January 2012. Please join in next month and unearth some of those unloved bookmarked recipes, a great way to start the New Year.

Remember to head over to The Food Blog Diary regularly for all the latest foodie challenges, competitions and giveaways.



.....and now on to the next 12 Day Of Christmas giveaway winners. I have three winners today and they each receive a copy of The Ultimate Slow Cooker Book courtesy of Morphy Richards.




The winners are:



Mari from Mari's World












Mummy23












Nic from Nip it in the Bud









Add your bookmarked recipes for the January challenge below.

26 December 2011

The Food Hospital - Winner


......... and the winner of The Food Hospital, courtesy of Penguin Books is Lily F. Congratulations Lily. Email me your full contact details and address and I will have your book sent out.

25 December 2011

Merry Christmas & well done again Janice


Well I just used the random number generator to choose the winner of an Ultimate 10" Chocolate Orange Pizza from Prezzybox. A magnificent 271 votes and Janice over at Farmersgirl Kitchen won yet again. I don't know how she does it. She must be psychic and know just when to enter. I am wondering if you would buy me a lottery ticket Janice, hehe!

Well done Janice!

The next prize will be drawn tomorrow, so there is still time to enter.

I hope you all had a lovely day. I did, but I a now not fit for much.

I will leave you with some photos from today.



21 December 2011

Festive Photos - No Croutons Required

There is a No Croutons Required tradition that December's No Croutons Required asks for photos instead of recipes for soups and salads. Everyone is so terrifically busy in December, so Lisa and I think it is time for a bit of fun and a chance to see what the festive period means to different people. I do hope you all enjoy the roundup and have a wonderful Christmas.











1. Tropical Fruit Christmas Cake
Lisa (Lisa's Kitchen)(host - not in vote)

"Dark, rich, chewy and moist, this may be the best Christmas fruitcake you've ever had — I can say it's by far and away the tastiest I've ever eaten."

London, Ontario, Canada






2. Christmas Baked Donuts with Chocolate Glaze
Pam (For the Love of Cooking)

"I just got a new donut baking pan so I was excited to put it to use. The donuts were super simple to make and so was the chocolate glaze. The girls all decorated their own donuts and loved them."


Oregon, USA






3. Off to church on Christmas Eve
Claire (The Vegetarian Experience)

Claire sent me a lovely photo of her children getting ready to go to church last Christmas Eve, when we had all that snow. Don't they look smart? I was lucky enough to meet Claire last month at Bite n Write in Birmingham. We all had a lovely day of workshops, followed by drinks, then a meal at Jamie's Italian restaurant. It was great to meet everyone. Everyone was so friendly and Claire was just the sweetest.

Hertfordshire, England, UK






4. A Snowy Hawick, in the Scottish Borders
Ruth (Makey-Cakey)

"It was taken on Hogmanay 2009, about a mile or so behind my parents house in Hawick.
I was about 10 weeks pregnant and had awful morning sickness. I'd spend virtually all of the Christmas holiday curled up in a chair feeling miserable, trying and failing to keep down dry toast and generally being a scrooge.
On the 31st December Mr E eventually cajoled me into going for a walk, and we made it about a mile to where this picture was taken. I'm pretty sure he also cajoled me into taking it - I think I was participating in the walk in body only, and moaning about it all the way, but looking at the photos I took afterwards, I'm glad I went - it was a stunning day!"


Edinburgh, Scotland, UK






5. 7 am Christmas Morning
Karen (Lavender and Lovage)

"The photo was taken last Christmas morning, at about 7am, I was the first one up and the the living room was glowing pink from this beautiful sky......there was a smell of candle wax and the air was heavy with spices from the plate of mince pies I had just warmed up.....the tree lights twinkled and the moment was magic......I grabbed my camera and 3 minutes later, the pink dappled sky has disappeared......but I captured it."


France







6. Miss Marples Tearoom
Johanna (Green Gourmet Giraffe)

"You may wonder about Christmas in Australia where our nights are too long for light displays and the blazing sun is no place for snowmen, winter woollies and hot ovens. On the weekend, we had a lovely dinner of festive fingers and Christmas pudding at Miss Marples Tearoom. It is decorated traditionally as is the above Christmas tree in the Royal Arcade. We even have lots of traditional Christmas brick-a-brack in shops such as Tealeaves."

Melbourne, Australia







7. Cooper and Daddy Last Christmas
Jacqueline (Tinned Tomatoes)(host - not in vote)

I cannot believe the last year has gone in so quickly and how much Cooper has grown and learned in the last year and just how bald he was last year. This is a picture of Cooper playing with one of his Christmas toys. His uncle gave him this and he just loved all those moving gears. Such a boy!


Scotland, UK








8. A Snowy Christmas Sunset
C (Crumbs, Cake and Cooking)

"I took this photo of the sun setting last year on Christmas day, with just a sprinkling of snow visible on the rooftops in the foreground. Snow is most unusual for the northwest of the UK, so I doubt I'll get a chance to capture a scene like this again, and on Christmas day itself!

It reminds me of the lovely day I had shared with my family, and how lucky I am to be able to do so."


England, UK







9. The Princes Tree
Laura (Eden Moon)

"I was out for dinner in Glasgow on Saturday night and took this image of the hanging tree in the Princes Square. I love Christmas lights and they created a lovely atmosphere in the centre. I'm quite pleased with how this picture turned out, and it makes me keen to keep taking photos and to keep learning about photography."


Larkhall near Glasgow, Scotland, UK








10. Wartle, Hefflebaum and the Polka Pigs
Pia K (The World According to Pia)

"I'm not a great fan of rock candy, I don't care how classically Swedish these "polkagris" (= polka pig, peppermint rock) candies are, I've never enjoyed them. (Well apart from when they're mixed into Marabou chocolate, then it's all mmmm...). These have been stuck in the pantry for a year now, I've been meaning to put them into cookies ever since. The time to finally do that has come.

My weekend will hopefully consist of the baking of these cookies, food shopping, thinking, writing, knitting, preparing for the kittens - only a few days left now! - and a visit to a nearby Christmas fair. That sounds more than alright to me."


Stockholm, Sweden







11. Winter Hill
Susan (A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate)

"This is the aptly named 'Winter Hill', we live to the left of the church, as the crow flies."

Lancashire, England, UK






A late entry from Dom over at Belleau Kitchen. The silly sausage forgot to email me and I missed the post. Oh well better late than never and lovely looking mince pies Dom!






Another late entry, this time from fellow Scot Janice over at Farmersgirl Kitchen Janice titled this photo 'Frozen Herbs'. I just hope we don't get too much of snow like that again this year. although, you have to admit it is pretty.








Well that's all our festive photos for this year. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did. Be sure to visit each blog and say hi, especially if you have discovered a new blog in the roundup. Making new friends is such a nice thing to do at Christmas. Oh and don't forget to vote for your favourite.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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