No Croutons Required - The Birthday Edition

For this month's No Croutons Required, the topic is tomatoes. If you would like to enter, please submit a vegetarian soup or salad featuring tomatoes by the 20th April 2009.

But it doesn't finish there! The birthday in question is not the event's, it is mine and it is today! I am not going to tell you how old, but I will ask you to conjure up a menu to go along with your soup or salad. A menu befitting little old me on my birthday. Hey, that means my birthday lasts all month. How cool is that?

You don't have to make any of the other dishes on your menu, just post about your soup or salad and menu, then email me at

Before I go, I would like to say a big congratulations to Soma over at eCurry, who came top in last month's challenge with her gorgeous Roasted Vegetable Stew with Coconut Milk. Doesn't it look amazing? It was love at first sight for me!


  1. Happy Birthday doll! Hope you have a wonderful day!

    That soup looks fantastic. I'm gonna have a trawl through some old posts and pinch the recipe ;)


    Katie xoxo

  2. Happy Birthday Holler! A great theme this is! You are so clever.

  3. Happy Birthday Holler!! my older daughter is turning 8 on monday!! Spring birthdays are the prettiest:-)

    Let's see if I can come up with anything fit to celebrate:-)

  4. Happy Birthday, Holler! Hope you had a special day!

  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HOLLER! Hope you had a fabulous day and really let yourself be celebrated! :)

    And that soup DOES look fabulous. Congrats to Soma. I haven't been able to enter NCR in ages. . . I really must get it together this month, as I'd love to do a tomato dish!

  6. Happy Birthday Holler!

    This my first time here and never participate in this event. Let me see if i can come up with something for your b'day... :)

  7. Happy Happy Birthday! Have a lovely day! (and month!) :)

  8. Happy Birthday! I'm a firm believer in stretching out the bday celebration for as long as possible.

  9. Happy Birthday, Holler! You're a woman after my own heart - make birthdays last as long as possible!

    Shall have a wee think about this one...

  10. Happy birthday - will try and put a soup in this month - love how the theme goes with your blog name - just made a tomato stew this week but it was quite dull so need to think about something more exciting!

  11. Thanks Katie :)

    Aww shucks lisa!

    I know whatever you submit will be gorgeous Soma :)

    Thank you Alisa :)

    Thanks Sylvie :)

    I hope you do join in Ricki and thanks for the birthday wishes :)

    Hi My Spicy Kitchen, Thank you for visiting!

    Thanks Arundathi :)

    Hi Diann, I don't usually, but it seem this is going to be a long birthday in this virtual world!

    Great stuff Wendy, I hope you think of something. It will be your first christening of your new kitchen for a NCR challenge.

    Great to have you on board as always Johanna :)

  12. That soup does look good!
    Happy Birthday to you Holler!!

  13. *Giggle*, I'm sure you have heard this before, but perhaps not from a (non-edible) Swede, how does it feel to be born on April 1st?;) A happy birthday to you, I hope your day was great!!

  14. Happy belated birthday, beautiful!

    Tomatoes - they are still perfect at the market. Off right now to see what I can come up with. And off to the market to snaffle up a bucketload.

  15. Happy birthday Holler!! I eat tomatoes every day of my life in one form or another so I will try and come up with something!!

  16. Thank you Nic! And as to Soma's soup, well It looks amazingly good!

    Hi Pia, I was born in the afternoon and apparently the trickery is supposed to end at midday. So, that is my story and I am sticking to it :D

    Thanks Joan :)

    Yay! I look forward to your entry Lucy, but at the same time I am very jealous of your great sounding market!

    That's great Val, I know your menu will be very appetising!

    Thank you so much for the flowers Davimack, they were a lovely surprise.

  17. Just mailed u my entry:-D
    wasn't sure if the menu needed to be tomato based too.. if that's what the bday girl needs, i will change my menu.

  18. Hi Soma, that is great! No, any menu will be great, as long as one of the courses is a tomato based soup or salad.

  19. That is one tasty and colorful curry! :) I bet it's incredibly full of flavor.

  20. Hey Holler,
    I hope you've received my entry...just sent it across.


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