In The Bag:  Cooking the month of May!

April 12th, 2007

I’m pleased to announce a new food blogging event based around Seasonal Food, which I’m sure you all know I’m very passionate about. The event is a joint effort between myself, Cherry’s English Kitchen and A Slice of Cherry Pie, and is being held at the latter (A Slice of Cherry Pie) for the first time ever in May.


If you’ve ever watched “Ready Steady Cook” you’ll be familiar with the idea - each month we open a bag of suprise ingredients, and it’s up to you to make something from them. More info below!

The May bag contains: Asparagus - Sea Trout - Spring Onions


Eagerly awaited by foodies all over the country, asparagus is surely the cream of the crop of spring vegetables. English asparagus is considered to be among the best in the world so we are very fortunate to have such easy access to it. The Asparagus season runs from May to June.

Sea Trout

This pink-fleshed fish is full of flavour and in season from March to July.

Spring Onions
These are delicate young onions with a mild flavour. They are perfect raw in salads and are in season from May until September.

How To Enter

To enter the May event, simply send an email with ‘In the Bag in the subject line to asliceofcherrypie AT yahoo DOT co DOT uk by Saturday 26th May with the following information:

  • your name
  • the name of your blog and its URL
  • a link to your post
  • the name of your dish
  • a picture of your dish

The roundup will be posted on the Thursday 31st May at A Slice of Cherry Pie (the host rotates every month).


Here are the rather loose rules - remember the objective is to have fun whilst highlighting seasonal food:

1. Entries must use (or attempt to use) all of the ingredients “in the bag” for that particular month. The dish should try and use be based around the seasonal ingredient, rather then just including it as an afterthought.

2. Participants can include any “extra” ingredients that they see fit.

3. Entries should include a link back to the host for that month, and the post should be tagged “in the bag” and “itb”. Use of the “In The Bag” logo is allowed (and encouraged) but not required.

4. Entries can be written any time during the month, as long as the URL is emailed to that month’s host before the round up date.

5. Particpants from outside of the UK are most welcome to join in and substitute an item from their own local seasonal produce if necessary.

That’s all! Any deviations from the above are at the discretion of the host.

Have fun!

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6 Responses to “In The Bag: Cooking the month of May!”

  1. Lil Says:

    sounds like a good event… i do hope i have time to take part!

  2. scott Says:

    Lil: I sincerely hope you do, too!

  3. Dianne Says:

    Wow! This looks like a good series of events!
    I too hope to support it!


  4. scott Says:

    Dianne: Then I hope to see you there. I hope I too can get all of the ingredients!

  5. Ari (Baking and Books) Says:

    What a fantastic idea! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.

  6. In The Bag: September (a food blogging event) from Says:

    […] Simply create a recipe before the cut off date, email me the link to scott [at] realepicurean [dot] com , and I’ll feature it here. Tagging it with “in the bag” or “itb” would be great, too, as would usage of the logo above - but it’s entirely your choice. If you want to be bored by some more rules (which lets face it, are fairly flexible), please click here. […]

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