No Croutons Required - Carrots

A new month is dawning and it is time for a new No Croutons Required challenge.

It gets harder and harder to think up a new challenges every month. We have been in business for three years now. We have 30 roundups under our belts and such an extensive collection of amazing soup and salad recipes to reference. If you ever look at the leftover vegetables in your salad drawer and wonder what to do with them, you need look no further than our index of recipes.

So this month, I had to think carefully in order to come up with a new idea. I made a list (now you know how much I love lists) of our previous ingredients and tried to think of something new and I was surprised to see that we had not honoured the humble carrot. So without further ado, I announce this month's challenge.

Pay homage to the trusty carrot and make us a tasty vegetarian soup or salad. Submit your entry by close of day on the 20th August 2010. The full rules may be viewed here.

Congratulations to Sunita from Sunita's World, who won July's challenge to bake a quick bread to accompany a soup or salad. Sunita baked us Cheesy Potato & Rosemary Scones which she suggested serving with Spicy Potato and Leek Soup.

I don't know about you, but my mouth is watering. Well done Sunita!


  1. Carrots, perfect!
    I might just enter this time :)


  2. hmm carrots are in so many of my dishes but don't star enough - must see if I can find some inspiration

    re coming up with topics maybe you want to ask for some ideas when you ask for votes? just a thought - and after 3 years I don't think anyone would mind if you repeated a few - it is amazing the capacity bloggers have for coming up with new dishes

  3. Congrats to Sunita for winning the challenge. I saw some lovely heirloom carrots at the farmers market on Saturday.

  4. Thanks Jacqueline, for giving me the nudge to send in my entry; I'm a bit lazy in participating in events these days. I'm so glad to have won :-)

  5. Sunita's recipes look delish. Great challenge Jac - I have my thinking cap on :) Lucie x

  6. I can't believe we haven't featured carrots before. Great idea. I have a few ideas for upcoming events. I so love seeing what everyone submits each month. I have an ongoing list of ideas for themes.

  7. I will be looking for your entry now you know Rose, no Pressure or anything, hehe!

    Yeah, that is an idea Johanna, I will definitely do that if I get stuck :)

    Hope you join in Val :)

    I am so glad you entered Sunita. Those were really mouthwatering scones :)

    Good, good Lucie :)

    You are such a swot Lisa *sticks tongue out* :D

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  10. There are still tons of possible themes. I can't wait to see what's next. I love it when challenges feature in season ingredients, though.. No use featuring tomato in December unless you want to use canned.

    I was thinking about themes and asian hasn't been covered yet.. whether it be Chinese, Japanese, etc. Or Middle Eastern, the land of lots of mezze salads!


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