Friday, 31 October 2008

The Roundup of October's HotM - Orange and Yellow

It's time for the roundup of October month's Heart of the Matter, HotM. This month I was free to choose any colour I wanted and as it is Autumn I couldn't resist choosing yellow/orange. It is emblematic of the season on up here in the northern hemisphere and it is always present in the spring that is going on in the southern hemisphere. So it was an easy choice!
We have a lot of different entries here, soups, cakes, pasta and vegetables-you name it. I think I can safely say that pumpkin/buttenut squash are the dominant ingredient but there are others as you will see!

First out we have Cara of Cara's Cravings who finally managed to use her crockpot when she made a beautiful Crockpot Red Curry Chicken with Butternut Squash that has a wonderful colour, not to speak about how great it must taste! (Do check out how she makes the cauliflower rice that accompanies the dish, it's a lovely idea!)

Andrea from Cooking Books gives us a Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Tomatoes and Thyme that really sounds and looks incredibly tasty, I wish I had it ready in my kitchen for lunch right now!

Next out is the entry from Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen. Now I love Indian food so I was really happy to get this great recipe of Subzi Dal (Mixed Vegetables In A Yellow Lentil Gravy), it has a beautiful yellow colour and I can imagine how nice it must smell!

My lovely HotM co-host Joanna of Joanna's Food found time to make an entry as well and I wonder if she was thinking of me when she made it because it is a combination that I love, her Pumpkin in Chilli Oil will definitely find its way onto our table!

More tasty vegetables, Dana of Dulcedo has made some really tasty
Roasted Root Vegetables with Rosemary for us, so perfect for chilly Autumn days!
I mean, who can resist them?

I was very very pleased to receive an entry from one of my best blog friends Kalyn of Kalyn's Kitchen, she has made a tasty Autumn Harvest Soup with Butternut Squash, Kale, and Farro or Brown Rice for us to feast on.

Priya from Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes has made a really healthy Pumpkin and Watercress Soup that is full of vitamins and minerals, thanks for taking the time to do the research Priya, really interesting! And a tasty soup as well!

Christine's entry is delightfully colourful, savoury and simple, just the way I like my vegetables! Check out how to make her her Sautéed peppers with garlic and thyme over at her blog Kits Chow!

Here we have Pasta With Creamy Turkey Meat Sauce made by me.

and then I made some Creamy Spaghetti with Butternut Squash, Leek and Oregano, Topped with Walnuts and Parmesan.

Another friend of mine, LaBelga from Leafy Cooking obviously love orange and pumpkin ver much because she has sent me two(!) entries for this month's HotM: first a creamy dish of Pumpkin Pasta and the a wonderfully spicy Pumpkin Dessert! Love it when people get carried away!

Mansi from Fun and Food Café offers us these beautiful and yellow Pear Almond Cakes and she promises that they are perfect as a snack, I believe her, they must be great!

These Sugarless Tropical Mini Muffins from Sarah of What Smells So Good? are incredibly healthy and as they still are naturally sweet, I'm sure they are for all of us! I have to try them...

Lovely Arfi from HomeMadeS not only takes us for a pleasant walk in her garden (gardening is good for your blood pressure you know) but then she takes us in and serves us a lovely bowl of Orange Slices in Orange and Star Anise Syrup! Couldn't be better!

Just look at these Sweet Corn Muffins, aren't they pretty in those cup cake forms? Ning of Heart and Hearth has baked us a batch of heart healthy muffins to feast on!

There's one big problem when it comes to making roundups, they always make me so very hungry! So now I have to go and eat something. IF I have forgotten something or someone, if there are links that are nor working, please let me know and I will make amends! A BIG THANK YOU to all of the participants, without you HotM would be nothing!

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Joanna said...

Great round up Ilva - lots of lovely things to try .... orange is so cheering at this time of year when it's grey


Aparna said...

Thats quite a cheery roundup. Now who says healthy food can't look good and taste great?

Anonymous said...

Great job, Ilva, thanks very much. This is always so inspiring.