July 2, 2013

Announcing The 61st Edition of My Legume Love Affair (MLLA)

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t is my pleasure to announce that I will be hosting the 61st edition of the highly popular and enduring blog event, My Legume Love Affair (a.k.a MLLA), this month right here on my blog. MLLA was started by Susan the Well-Seasoned Cook and being carried forward now by Lisa of Lisa’s Kitchen. The popularity of this event can be borne out y the fact that I signed on late 2011/ early 2012 last year to host, and the earliest slot available then was July, 2013!
There was a time, somewhere soon after I started this blog, when I discovered food blog events. I loved being a part of them so much so that for a couple of months it seemed as if all I was doing was cooking and posting to meet “event” deadlines!  The thrill of that short phase soon disappeared when I realised that trying to meet “virtual” deadlines was taking the fun out of blogging.
Somewhere along the line, I smartened up and narrowed down my “virtual” event participation to just two or three. Unfortunately, trying to cut down the time I spend in front of a screen of any sort means that my participation in my favourite food blog events has come down to a minimum, apart from which I also tend to miss the deadlines.
 

 (Image/ Logo courtesy: Susan of Well-Seasoned Cook)
 
MLLA is one of my personal favourites even though I’ve been missing out on most editions. Since I am hosting this month’s MLLA, I know I will definitely be participating this month!

Just in case, you’re hearing about MLLA for the first time and would like to participate, let me define what constitutes the term “Legume” for the purpose of this event.

Fresh or dried beans, lentils, pulses, and/or the sometimes edible pods that contain these seeds, and derivative products like tofu or besan, along with tamarind, fenugreek, carob, peanuts are all acceptable. Please ensure that your shining ingredient is in fact a member of the legume family. All types of cuisines and courses are welcome, so long as the legume is the key ingredient in your dish.

Since this event is about Legumes, your dish should contain more than just a few tablespoons of legumes as the idea is that the legume of your choice should be prominent in your dish even if it isn’t the star. The slight exceptions to this are legumes such as fenugreek or tamarind that typically are used in smaller quantities.

(Please note: In France, vegetables of all sorts are known as l├ęgumes. While your dish can have vegetables as ingredients, the vegetables do not qualify as legumes here.)

These are the general rules for this event:

1.       As mentioned above, the legume of your choice has to feature as the main or an important ingredient in your dish, other than the exceptions mentioned.
 

2.      Entries must be vegetarian (eggs and dairy products are allowed) 
 

3.      Only 1 entry will be accepted per blogger.
 

4.      You may submit any recipe featuring lentils provided you have posted it on your blog between the 1st and the 31st of July, 2013 (both dates included).
You are free to submit an older recipe you have on your blog provided you re-post that recipe this month and update it to include the necessary links to qualify for participation. 
 

5.      Use of the MLLA logo that Susan designed (above) is optional but would be appreciated.
 

6.      Your MLLA post should mention the phrase "My Legume Love Affair" and contain links to this announcement post, Lisa's MLLA information page and to Susan’s MLLA page as well.
 

7.      Recipes from those who are not bloggers are also most welcome and will be eligible to be entered to win either prize. Please email me your name, location, recipe, and photograph of your dish, and I will ensure you are included in the drawing and round-up.
 

If you would like to participate in this month’s MLLA and have your dish included in the round-up, please do the following:
Send me an e-mail at aparna[AT]mydiversekitchen[DOT]com with MLLA #61 in the subject field of your mail, with the following details.

1.       Your name:

2.      The name of your blog

3.      The title of your recipe

4.      The URL of your MLLA post (please ensure that you have linked to all the required pages in your post)

5.      Your location (This should be included in your email for prize eligibility purposes and won't be published.)

6.      A photograph of your legume dish that is 500px wide whether landscape/ portrait orientation (the height does not matter)

The deadline for entries is July 31st, 2013. The round-up will be posted in the first week of August.   

And there are prizes to be won!  If you have been following MLLA announcements, you would know that this is an event that also gives away prizes! This month, there are three prizes to be won instead of the usual two!

1.       Hurst Beans has been long sponsoring a 6-pack assortment of products by the N.K. Hurst Company every month to one MLLA participant who is a US resident.
 
 
 
 
       They are, as usual, sponsoring a case of six bags of the winner's choice of Hurst Bean products this month as well. Only US residents are eligible for the drawing for this prize due to shipping restrictions.
 

2.      Two copies of Sandeepa Mukerjee Datta’s (who writes the food blog BongMom's Cookbook) cookbook of the same name.
 
 
 
 
       One copy of the BongMom Cookbook will be for the usual worldwide drawing, and the other copy will be exclusively for an India-residing participant. This prize is generously offered by Susan at her own expense, and she will also pay for shipping worldwide.
 

After the 31st of July, 2013 I will randomly draw a winner from all the entries. If the winner is in the U.S., they will get both prizes.
If they are outside the U.S., they will get the cookbook from Susan and I'll draw again from the U.S. residents only for the Hurst Bean Products.
A separate draw will be taken to choose the Indian residing winner for the book.
My family and personal friends are not eligible to win any prize.
If you have any doubts or have any questions about this event, please write to me or leave your remark in the comments section of this post.
Looking forward to your participation, and waiting for your entries in my mailbox.......


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