May 1, 2008

Macaroni Salad and Anouncing MBP - May

The heat is killing. Much as I love cooking, it is the last thing I feel like doing these days. I don’t even mind cooking in the morning, but when I get back in the evening, the mere thought of entering the kitchen to dish up a meal is enough to kill any remnants of an appetite.

Monthly Blog Patrol or MBP an event started by Coffee of The Spice Cafe, is an event I participated in totally by chance. That too, because I happened to make something from her blog which fit very well into that month’s theme. After that, I have tried to be a regular. I know I've missed one or two, and then I missed the event itself for a good 6 months or so. I am guest hosting this event this month. And what I am looking for is a host of stuff that I cam make through summer without having to really toil over the hot stove. The theme for this month is Soups and Salads.

A few simple rules to enlist yourself in the patrol:

1. Make a Soup or Salad from fellow bloggers posted recipes, not food sites.

2. Post a picture of the final recipe on your blog linking it to the blogger, whose recipe you made. You can either post the recipe, or just the picture. Any variations to the original recipe will make interesting reading. One final picture and a link to the original recipe is a must.

3. Don’t forget your hosts! Please add a link back to this event announcement and/or the logo below, and to
Coffee’s MBP page.

4. Email the following details to with MBP – Soups and Salads in the subject line.

  • Your name
  • Your blog name
  • Name of the Soup or Salad
  • Permalink to your post
  • Permalink to the original recipe
  • A photograph of the final dish.

5. You may send as many entries as you like.

6. The deadline for this event is May 24th.

I will post the round up before the end of May (but forgive me if I am delayed as I am planning a trip to Madras around then!)

Here’s a simple salad to get you all in the mood.

1 cup Macaroni, boiled
1 Onion, chopped
1 Tomato, chopped
1 Green Capsicum, chopped
1 Carrot, finely chopped
1 tsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Mixed Herbs
1 tsp Chilli Flakes
Salt and Pepper to taste
Lime Juice, optional

Add the herbs and chilli flakes to the olive oil and set aside for 10-30 minutes.

Combine the macaroni with the chopped vegetables. Pour the herb infused olive oil over this. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add a little lime juice if you like. Toss together and enjoy your meal.


Nupur said...

YAY nice theme. I'll be making lots of salads for is getting really warm here too!

Raaga said...

Thanks Nupur. One thing we're sure to have in our lunch box next week are your spring rolls... no cooking required in this blistering heat.

Kalai said...

Nice choice! :)

Chitra said...

Hey, Nice one. Infact wanted to mail you that am going to try all your soups and salads. This one is simple and nice. Will try and let you know.
Have a lovely time at home

Raaga said...

@Kalai: I know you'll participate :-)

@Chitra: Great... send in your entries!!

Arundathi said...

Hey namesake - I'll definitely send something in. Can't even think of a hot soup in this weather, but def a salad!

Arundathi said...

why is this MBP event not listed in the TOI events category?

Raaga said...

@Arundathi: Salads are just fine :-)

Srivalli said...

good good...nice theme!..

Coffee said...

Great theme dear Arundhati! :) I already have something which will be coming you way soon! :)

sowmya said...

good one...will come up with something...

Asha said...

Just saw this at Sailu's blog, will surf for soups!:)

Divya Vikram said...

Love your theme ..Count me in for the event..

ANJALI J. said...

Ah! thats a great event.. i reacently posted a soup recipe, but thats not from any particular blogger :(
i will try to find some other..

Cham said...

Love the soup and salad theme :)

arundati said...

awesome theme...agree with the unable to cook in this heat...... will send you something, just as soon as i decide which ones!!

Revathi said...

Sounds exciting, I may pull something from ur blog :)

Hetal said...

nice theme.I have a doubt,can I post my own recipe?

Ranjani said...

I'm in!
This will be a first:)

Hetal said...

Thanks Raaga.

I will try to participate.

TBC said...

Hey Raaga,
I've sent across my entry. Hope you have received it.