Step up, step up folks! It’s time for a brand new edition of WTSIM, everybody’s favourite monthly foodblogger event. So far we’ve had stews, pies, breads and an Easter basket – what could we have come up with this month? Well, trust me when I say that a lot of thought and agonising went into the choice. After April’s fabulous weather, we were pretty sure that we could pick a nice summery theme, what with the southern hemisphere still at the tail end of summer and the north basking in spring. Hah. May has been exactly like last year – cold and damp. So much for our happy summery thoughts. Time for Plan B.
When I was at school and studying Latin, we used to have an annual Roman dinner, and the starters always included the terribly amusingly named ova farta – nothing more exciting than stuffed eggs. But the name amused us endlessly (hey, we were an all-girls’ school and we didn’t get out much ;-)) Maybe that’s where my love affair with stuffed dishes began, and the easiest things to stuff are fruit and vegetables. Maybe it was my recent post about the good old days in Latin class that jogged my memory and made this particular bubble rise to the surface – I don’t know. But when it came to a quick change of theme for this month’s WTSIM, that’s what I homed in on.
For anybody who only recently joined the blogsphere and is wondering what on earth I’m talking about, Waiter, There’s Something in My… is a monthly on-line food event hosted in rotation by Johanna of The Passionate Cook, Andrew of Spittoon and me (here’s a handy guide to previous WTSIM editions). Each month we provide a very broad theme and ask you to send us your interpretation: something seasonal, something regional to the area where you are, something you remember from childhood… the choice is yours. And this month, your theme is stuffed fruit or vegetables. Want to scoop the insides out of a cherry tomato and fill it with pate? Have you always had a yen to make baked apples stuffed with dried fruit? Maybe an aubergine with its flesh scooped out and mixed with couscous takes your fancy? You’ve come to the right place! Sweet or savoury, the choice is once again yours – but the fruit or vegetable must be stuffed, not merely coated with a topping or sauce.
So – how do you go about entering? Here are the rules:
1. Write up your stuffed fruit or vegeteable dish on your blog, remembering to include a link back to this announcement in your post.
2. E-mail me. Please make sure that Waiter there’s something in my features in the subject line.
3. In the e-mail please include:
- the URL of your entry
- your blog’s name
- the name of the dish
- your approximate location
4. The deadline for entries is Tuesday 29 May and I hope to have the roundup posted by the end of that week.
5. When the roundup is posted, please also include a link to that in your post.
So – no time to waste. Ladies and gentlemen,
start your engines stuff your eggplants!