28 July, 2008

Announcing JFI-Aug '08

Jihva for Ingredients a.k.a. JFI is the brainchild of Indira of Mahanandi. Indira started this event to showcase the natural ingredients every month and undoubtedly it is one of the most popular food blogging events among the food bloggers. I am honored to host this month’s JFI edition on Monsoon Spice and I sincerely thank Indira for this wonderful opportunity. I invite you all to celebrate Jihva for Ingredients with this month’s theme JFI-Soya.

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The soy bean (Glycine max) is a species of legume native to East Asia. The majority of Soya protein is a relatively heat-stable storage protein. This heat stability enables Soya food products requiring high temperature cooking, such as tofu, soymilk and textured vegetable protein (Soya flour) to be made.
Soya is an excellent source of high quality protein, is low in saturated fats and is cholesterol free. Recent research has indicated soya has several beneficial effects on health in addition to its nutritional benefits. Soya beans contain high concentrations of several compounds which have demonstrated anti-carcinogenic activity. These include isoflavonoids, protease inhibitors and phytic acid.
(Source: Wiki)
Choice of Soya products, the recipe, ingredients, method etc is entirely left to you. I would greatly appreciate if you can send me any Vegan or Vegetarian recipes but I leave it to your choice. Soya foods include tofu, tempeh, textured vegetable protein (chunks, mince etc), miso, soya sauces, soya oil and margarine, and soya dairy alternatives.
Textured Vegetable Protein: Textured vegetable protein is basically defatted soya flour which has been processed and dried to give a substance with a sponge-like texture which may be flavoured to resemble meat.
Tofu: Tofu is soya bean curd made from coagulated soya milk.
Tempeh: Tempeh is a fermented soya bean paste made by inoculating cooked soya beans with the mould Rhizopus oligosporous.
Miso: Miso is a fermented condiment made from soya beans, grain (rice or barley), salt and water.
Soya Sauce: True soya sauce, called shoyu, is made by fermenting soya beans with cracked roasted wheat, salt and water.
Soya Dairy Alternatives: Soya milk is an alternative to dairy milk and is widely available in supermarkets and health food stores. It is most commonly made by soaking soya beans in water which are then strained to remove the fibre.
Other Soya Products: Soya oil and margarine are widely used and are high in polyunsaturated fats and low in saturated fats. Other less easily available soya foods include soya sprouts, soya nuts (roasted and seasoned soya beans), natto (fermented soya beans made with a bacteria, Bacillus subtilis), yuba (the skin formed on heated soya milk), soya flakes, soya flour, and high protein soya isolates and concentrates
(Source: vegsoc.org)
So what are you waiting for? Prepare any dish using Soya Products and mail it to me. Put your imaginations to work and get creative. And most important thing to remember is have lots of fun. Cook, post and mail me your favourite Soya recipe. Don’t forget to go through the following guidelines. I will eagerly look forward to your creative contributions.

Some Guidelines to Follow:

1. Prepare a dish that features Soya or Soya Products as one of the main ingredients and post it in your blog in a month of August, 2008. It would be lovely if you can send me a Vegan or Vegetarian dish with Soya or Soya product featuring a central role.
2. If you already have appropriate entry archived, please make sure to repost it with a link back to this announcement page. But it will be great if you are to cook a special dish for this event.
3. Provide a link back to this announcement page and feel free to use the logo.
4. Email your entry to sia[at]monsoonspice[dot]com, with JFI-Soya in the subject line with following details
  • Your Name
  • Blog Name
  • Blog URL
  • Type of a Dish (For example, Snack, Starter, Main, Side Dish, Dessert etc)
  • Recipe Name
  • Recipe URL
  • Photograph of final dish.
5. The deadline for this event is August 31st, 2008. Please remember that no late entries will be entertained.
6. There is no limit to the number of entries. If you don’t have a blog but wish to participate in this event, send your entries with a picture, your name and recipe to sia[at]monsoonspice[dot]com before the deadline. I will post the recipes with your picture in my blog and include it in the round-up.

Simply copy and paste the below code to your post to use this logo.

JFI-Soya:
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44 comments:

  1. Hmmm... let me see what to do :-)

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  2. i absolutely love the logo! and i already have some dishes in mind for this :)

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  3. I m already in,since i already have two posts on my site ,making use of soya products ,in the only two ways i know to cook soya
    I will surely repost it ,to fit in ur event
    Cya soon then

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  4. great event sia...will surely participate :)

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  5. oh..my fav ingredient..wait for my entry soon..

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  6. healthy stuff. I was very surprised to learn India is a large soy producer as well,primarily for export. Gotto make something with those soy nuggets. Will enjoy participating in this JFI!

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  7. great event.. will try to participate!:-)

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  8. Beautiful logo Sia and a healthy, lovely choice for JFI. I made something with tofu over the weekend so I definitely have an entry coming your way.

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  9. Thats a great idea, Sia! I haven't really tried many recipes with Soya, but this is a great opportunity to experiment with soya! Count me in :)

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  10. tht is unique ingredient. just the right time, as i have some tofu with me. will send in an entry soon.

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  11. An healthy choice Sia! I will chip in gladly soon :)

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  12. 'soya' means asleep, right?

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  13. Cool..I have recently tried one soya biryani..loved it. Will send it your way..hope I don't forget! :)

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  14. Very nice choice of ingridient Sia. I'll definitely send my entry at least for this event of yours. Already I felt so bad about missing your MBP.

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  15. Good choice for JFI. Hope to send in an entry.

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  16. Soya is another thing I've somehow not bothered to cook much with beyond adding the flour to my chappathis.
    Maybe this is where I should change that!

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  17. Great event! Waiting for all the delicious recipes!

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  18. Great choice ! Will definitely try and send something. And don't worry...this time i am not disappearing :)

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  19. sia thanks for visiting my blog and a lovely comment keep visiting great info about soya I will try to send some

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  20. Oooh..what a choice of ingredient Sia :) I need to come up with some recipes. Thanks for hosting the event.

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  21. Great choice of ingredient! Will try to send something here.

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  22. Wow...I can't wait to see the roundup of this event. I really have to overcome my soya aversion somehow. I am sure I will get some ideas here.

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  23. What a great ingredient, Sia- right up my lane, too. I will try to come up with something exciting.

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  24. Soya in Sia's place!count me in..

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  25. Wonderful choice Sia! Will surely send you an entry for the event.
    On another note, I do most of my blog hopping at the office during lunch and for some reason your blog is blocked :( I was just catching up on your previous posts and all of them are lovely. Have a few recipes bookmarked and the photos are absolutely gorgeous. Love the way you've designed the website too :)

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  26. Sia! I just posted a dessert yesterday using tofu! Anyway - I use tofu or soya in one way or another once a week so my entry will be on way quite soon:) That is a very good choice:)

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  27. Sia,
    Really happy that u dropped by..Will definitely contribute for this gr8 event

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  28. Done sweety....I noticed the mistake only after u told me ;)

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  29. @all,
    thank you friends. I'll eagerly look forward to ur wonderful entries:)

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  30. girl...still the logo in ur home page for JFI soya points out to ur WBB event...chk it out....

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  31. Hi Sia,

    Am new to food blogs. Your event is very interesting. just sent you my entry.

    Thank you for the opportunity :-)

    Regards,

    Dershana

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  32. Interesting event an protein rich also. I just sent u my entry. Please check out dear.

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  33. Finally got a recipe in place for JFI-Soya. Check it out.
    Have mailed you the details.

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  34. hi sia, have been making a lot of soya this month, my blogs just so full of soya! just sent in my first entry, i'll be sending more. all the best with the event roundup looks like you have quite a task cut out for you.

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  35. Jihva to celebrate Soy Joy. Love the ingredient selection. Thank you Sia for hosting this event.

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  36. Hi Sia... Am new to food blogging. Put together a tofu dish for your event and mailed you the details. Do take a look.
    --Geetha

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  37. Sia, Thanks for visiting my blog & for your comments. There's a wealth of recipes in yours. Have bookmarked a few to try. :)

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  38. Sia, I sent my entry yesterday, hope you got it. I have made an eggless chocolate cake using tofu. It came out very well.

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  39. Just sent you an entry, Sia. Hope it qualifies.:)

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  40. Dear Sia

    I am still learning my way around Jihva: sent you Tofu Bhujia and Tofu Paratha....

    Hope you got it

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  41. Sia...just wanted to know when the soya round-up is coming up

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