I have been a fan of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and River Cottage since I was at university. To avoid university work, I used to watch repeats of the very early series wishing that one day, that kind of life would be my own. Now, as I have not won the lottery yet and it does not look like it is coming anytime soon, I have decided to set up a monthly blogging challenge that everyone can take part in and hopefully, bring us a little bit closer to living a lovely life in rural Dorset.
I have decided to call this challenge ‘River Cottage Rocks’. All you have to do is blog a River Cottage recipe on a chosen theme for that month, tweet your post if you are on Twitter using the hashtag #rivercottagerocks and send me a picture and a link to your post in an email. Its that simple! I am hoping to do prizes for the best recipe soon but have not got anything sorted for this month. The theme for this month is ‘everyday easy’ which is means you can cook any River Cottage recipe you like as long as it is simple, easy and suitable for midweek cooking. The closing date for this month’s challenge is Sunday 12th February. I will announce February’s theme before this one closes as I have put this post out a bit later than I intended.
I have included a few rules below to make sure it is fair for everyone.
- You cook any recipe you like related to the theme from any River Cottage book, TV programme or from Hugh’s weekly column in the Guardian.
- You must not copy the recipes word for word onto your blog posts. Quite a few of the recipes are already online so please link to them if they exist or put the book and the page number on your blog post so other people can find the recipe.
- If you make a couple or more adaptations to the recipe then please put the new version of the recipe on your blog if you want to, but always link to the original recipe in the same way as described in 2.
- You can submit the recipe to other blogging challenges as long as the other challenge allows it.
- Please link to the post announcing this month’s theme in your blog post or to the ‘River Cottage Rocks’ page on this blog if someone else is hosting the challenge.
- If you are on Twitter, please tweet about your post using the hashtag #rivercottagerocks and include @Jos_Kitchen in the tweet. I will retweet any that I see.
- Please email a picture and a link to your post to firstname.lastname@example.org by the closing date to have your post included in the monthly round up.
- Please add your posts to the River Cottage Rocks group on Facebook too and we can get a bit of community spirit going.
Above all, I hope you all have fun with this challenge. I can’t wait to see what you create.