February 1, 2009

Let's Paint It Orange This Month! Announcing Food In Colour


Frank Sinatra apparently said that orange is a happy colour. So shall we all get into the mood and spread some cheer around by colouring our blogs with at least one "orange" post this February?
And how do we go about doing this?
Well, Harini (better known as the Sunshinemom) of Tongue Ticklers has given me the opportunity to host this edition of her "Food In Colors" event and I have chosen this month's colour to be ORANGE.




Orange is a colour associated with warmth, energy and vibrancy.
Orange coloured foods are rich in antioxidants (these neutralize harmful free radicals in our body) and bioflavanoids (naturally occurring plant pigments).
They also are very good sources of beta-cryptoxanthin, beta-carotene, and alpha-carotene which can be converted to produce Vitamin A. As we all know, Vitamin A is very important for good vision, healthy bones and skin, and a healthy immune function.

Many orange coloured foods contain high levels of Vitamin C and Omega-3 fatty acids. Research shows that the beta-carotene in orange coloured vegetables and fruits may contribute to reduced risk for certain types of cancers.
The deeper the orange colour in vegetables and fruits, the more of these nutrients they contain. Vegetables and fruits which celebrate the colour orange include carrots, mangos, citrus fruits, cantaloupe, winter squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, papayas, peaches, apricots, guavas, persimmon.



And here are the rules for this event:


1. Cook and post, between the 1st and 28th of February, any food where the colour orange plays the leading role. The finished dish/ preparation must be orange in colour. Please note yellow is not acceptable.
While the process of cooking does convert many foods into an orange colour, it would be really nice if you could showcase the colour of an orange ingredient in your dish, but this is not compulsory.

2. Your orange preparation could be a juice/ milk shake, an appetizer/ starter, a soup, a salad, the main course, a side dish, the dessert or a snack. It must be vegetarian (eggs are allowed) and raw vegetables are allowed only in soups or salads.
Please do not re-post earlier posts for this event.

3. Please also link your "orange" post to this announcement and Harini's "FIC" page on her blog.

4. If you have cooked something "orange" from a recipe taken from a blog or site, please link to that post/ site by name instead of using a link with "here".

5. Then send me an e-mail at mdk(dot)aparna(at)gmail(dot)com replacing (at) with @ and (dot) with . with the following details:

Your name:


Your location:


The name of your blog:


The name of your "orange" preparation:


The link/ url of your post:


A 300 pixel picture of your preparation (optional).

Feel free to use the "Orange" logo on your blog, if you wish. A smaller version is on the right side bar.
Please remember the deadline for "orange" submissions is the midnight of the 28th of February, 2009 (your time).
6. If you do not have a blog and would like to participate, please e-mail me your recipe and a picture, and I will include it in the round-up.

Harini and I are counting on your support, this month too to make this event a success. Let's go paint our blogs ORANGE!


41 comments:

Curry Leaf said...

Lovely colour of bright sunshine.Count me in.

sunshinemom said...

Thank you Aparna, for hosting:)

Vibaas said...

Aparna, it's unbelievable. i just thought yday that FIC Orange would be cool as i love orange colour in food and here you are with it.. :-)

Ivy said...

He,he,he just the other day I tried sweet potato for the first time. However, just checked the photos and the final result is not orange. Is this acceptable?

Aparna said...

Ivy,
To qualify for this event, the final food preparation has to be orange or mostly orange.

Happy cook said...

Why didn't you announced it yesterday :-)
We had a party at home and i serve orange campari for drinks.
Didn't take pictures as i said why should one blog a simple drink.
Now i will have to look for something else orangie

Simran said...

Lovely bright color. And now I can start fretting on what I am going to make :)

Sig said...

Orange is indeed a happy color! Great choice Aparna!

Vaishali said...

Lovely, lovely color, Aparna, and I'm really excited with the possibilities. Am definitely in for this one!

Smitha said...

Orange nice colour and very nice flavour! me in!

Cham said...

I ve some orange color ideas running in my mind reading ur post , definetly I will send something!

Madhu said...

Orange is my fav colour, i'll prepare something for the event.

Raaga said...

I have a nice carrot - toor dal soup in my drafts. I shall post that for this event :-) I've already scheduled posts till the 15th, but after that for sure :-)

Aparna said...

My pleasure, Harini.:)

I'm sorry, HC.:)
But I'm sure you will be able to come with something else orange. After all there still about a month left.

So I'll wait for all you to send me youe submissions.
And Raaga, I'll definitely look out for yurs after the 15th!

Alka said...

Ok wearing my thinking cap and chanting orange orange orange orange......Don't worry sooner or later something orange will surely hit my brain ;-)

Dibs said...

pumkin? kesari bath?? hmmm must really think now!!

jayasree said...

Lovely color of choice. Have already posted some recipes in color orange. Have to start thinking now.

sra said...

Papaya, pumpkin, that's what I'm able to think of ... but you know, what if I coloured something orange and sent it over, like some hotel rava kesari ... would that count? But I won't cheat ... :-)

Olga said...

Hi,
I'm in for the first time.
Orange is one of my favourite colours. Got my recipe already in my head.
Good cooking!

Rosie said...

Lovely colour orange!! Ooooo will have to see what I can bake for this ;)


hugs Rosie x

Aparna said...

Ok, I'm waiting in eager anticipation to see what you all come up with.

Sra, if you did colour something orange and send it over, I guess I would have to accept it because it was orange!
But I know you wouldn't do something like that!! :D

Olga, looking forward to your participation.

Rosie, maybe another of your mouth watering cakes? :)

Priya said...

My entries r on the way!!!!

vidhas said...

Hi Aparna,

First time to your blog. great blog with awesome recipes. Ornage is my favourite and my son's favourite too. Happy to participate.

Yasmeen said...

I've an orange recipe in mind,if it turns out well,will surely send it your way:)

Cristie said...

I have a great pumpkin scone recipe a friend gave me. It's so SUPER healthy I was surprised it tasted good too! I've been looking for a good reason to write about it. Thanks, I send it over.

varunavi said...

1st to blog.U have got a nice blog

AnuSriram said...

My entry is on the way! Just now sent an e-mail to you..

Olga said...

Hi Aparna,
I just posted my recipe for the event and sent you an e-mail.
Regards.

Dershana said...

Nice colour choice. Just sent in my entry. All the best with the hosting.

Sanika N said...

Lovely Colour...just mailed u my entries.... Cheers!!!!

UjjU said...

Thanks Aparna for acceptin my entry. Waitin for the round-up. :)

pigpigscorner said...

I've just emailed you my entry! Thanks!

VIDYA VENKY said...

hi aparna,
first time to ur blog..iam new to blogging to..i jus sent my entry for the event...do visit my blog when possible..

Madhumathi said...

hi i guess this is my first time here..Nice blog..Count me in..will send u my entry too

tigerfish said...

yay yay, I've just submitted!

TBC said...

Just posted something which fits in with this theme, Aparna.
Will send in the details tomorrow... can barely keep my eyes open right now.:)

Sunshinemom said...

Just sent in mine. Does it look orange?

Kitchen Flavours said...

Hi, Just sent in my entry. Check it out dear.

kahliyalogue said...

Hi Aparna!

I sent in an entry yesterday..I hope you recieved it..Love to participate in this great colored event! Thanx,Mia

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