Now It’s Your Turn: Mango Recipe Challenge

April 17, 2009

Now I finally get to reveal my motivation for hosting a Mango Week in the first place. For the past couple months I’ve been thinking about how I would love to share some of the foods I experience in Brazil with my readers and foodie friends.

My blog is almost one year old and I have yet to hold any kind of giveaway or contest. I’ve come to find the challenges and contests that take place in the blogging world to be a lot of fun.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that this is probably going to be the only time that I have the opportunity to share a tangible piece of my living abroad experience with you.

So, how would you like a little something from Brazil?

Today I am announcing the Mango Recipe Challenge!

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You have the opportunity to submit your favorite mango recipe for a chance to win a box filled with some Brazilian goodies. I am traveling to the States in May and these things will be coming with me so this contest is open to all readers with a US address.

The Rules

Submit a recipe using mango in any way. If they are hard to find in your area you have some options. Frozen mango is allowed as well as mango nectar/juice. Feel free to be creative, and as always, the more natural, whole and less processed your recipe the better.

Email your submission to lori(at)fakefoodfree(dot)com and include the following information:

First Name:
Recipe Name:
Blog url:
Blog post url:
Picture: (about 450 x 340 px)

Feel free to use the logo above in your blog post. (If you don’t have a blog, just send your name, recipe and a picture.)

I have a lot of traveling coming up so I have an extended deadline for the challenge. All entries are due by Friday, May 22nd, 2009 at 12:00pm CST. Don’t worry! You’ll get lots of reminders along the way!

The Judging

All entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

Presence of mango (How prominent is the fruit and its flavor in your recipe?)
Creativity (As you can tell this week, I love unique!)
Use of real ingredients (Did you make your whipped topping? Is that crepe from scratch? You get the idea.)

Your entries will be judged by the Fake Food Free family. That is, all those in my family who I’ll be visiting back home that want to share in the judging, most likely me, my husband and my mom.

The winner will be announced on May 25th, 2009 with the prize shipped soon after.

The Prize

The winner will receive a box of food related items from southern Brazil. Oh how I wish I could send you a bunch of fresh produce, but unfortunately I have to make it through US customs with these things in my suitcase. Therefore you can expect some popular packaged foods as well as some unique ingredients. Don’t worry. For any random ingredient I send you I will also send you a translated recipe in which to use it.

So, are you interested?

I sincerely hope you will participate. Not only is it fun to give this stuff away, but I can’t wait to have a whole list of new recipes for my mangos!

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  • Meg April 17, 2009 at 5:06 am

    How exciting! What a fabulous idea!

  • Mindy April 17, 2009 at 5:06 am

    Hmmm…I have some ideas floating around in my head…maybe a nod to growing up (hispanic) and where I am now (French)??? Now I just need to find some ripe mangoes!

  • VeggieGirl April 17, 2009 at 5:07 am

    SO FUN!!

  • kat April 17, 2009 at 5:29 am

    Time to start thinking….

  • Tangled Noodle April 17, 2009 at 6:01 am

    This time, I have to make sure not to miss it (goodbye, PB contest)! I already have something in mind but I’m torn between something dessert-y or more meal/entree-like. Hmmmmm . . .

  • Erica April 17, 2009 at 6:57 am

    What a cool idea- I better start thinking!

  • lesley April 17, 2009 at 7:27 am

    What a wonderful idea, Lori!

    I’ll be thinking so I can hopefully come up with something : )

  • Sweta April 17, 2009 at 8:16 am

    A contest-oh this is great!! Now my hubby is sure to have stiff phone bills from my calls to my mom in India.

  • laura April 17, 2009 at 8:20 am

    I’m not sure we get mangoes here, but either way I look forward to seeing everyone’s creative ideas! I love that with fruit you can so often sub one for another and get something different but just as tasty.

  • Alison April 17, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Exciting! I can’t wait to experiment!

  • Sweta April 17, 2009 at 8:48 am

    P.S:Is it ok to send in more than one recipe?I can’t seem to narrow it down to just one recipe 🙁

  • 5 Star Foodie April 17, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Oh, how fun! I will try to come up with something new but just in case is it ok to send a recent post?

  • Michelle @ Find Your Balance April 17, 2009 at 10:56 am

    The prize sounds worth me trying to figure out something with mango! I rarely buy/use mango though…hmmmmm…

    Happy travels!

  • Lori April 17, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    So glad to see the great response! I can’t wait for your recipes!

    Also, I’ve heard frozen mango is sold at Trader Joes if that helps anyone.

    Sweta – More than one is fine, you can send in one for yourself and one for your mom.

    5 Star Foodie – A recent post is fine as well. I’m always so disappointed when I come across a contest and realize I just used the ingredient in a post recently, so I don’t want to put anyone else through that. 🙂

  • Reeni♥ April 17, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    I’m interested! It sounds fun!

  • Sapuche April 18, 2009 at 12:42 am

    That’s so generous of you! And the mango challenge is a fantastic idea. I usually shy away from recipe challenges, but maybe I can figure something out for this one…

  • gastroanthropologist April 20, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    I’m already thinking about what I can do and with the extended deadline I have no excuse… You must be looking forward to your trip back home!

    Even though I won’t be in the US, I love mangos so am up for the challenge.

  • Marianne April 22, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Awww, too bad it’s only for those in the US, I would have liked to enter.

  • Daily Spud April 23, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Ah, such a pity I don’t have a US address, I’d love to have the opportunity to be on the receiving end of a collection of Brazilian goodies! Still, if I think of anything mango-related, I may have to post anyway, they are such a fine fruit.

  • Lori April 23, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Sapuche – Thanks! Hope you’ll participate.

    gastroanthro – I am really looking forward to my trip! So glad you are up for the challenge. 🙂

    Marianne and Daily Spud – Just need my blog to become a main revenue stream so I can pay for international shipping. 🙂 So sorry I can’t open it up to everyone, maybe some day. The whole reason I decided to do it was because I’m traveling back to the US and it made the customs, shipping process easier.

  • Sara @ Our Best Bites April 29, 2009 at 7:38 am

    I just found your blog and I’m in love already because of the Brazil connection! My husband and I used to live there and I am in love with that place. I also LOVE mangoes so I am all over this one! What a fun contest and a great blog!

  • Ella April 29, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    I was so excited until I realized it was only US residents, I will have to watch from Canada as some inspirational mango recipes roll in I suppose- great idea though, and I look forward to seeing who wins!

  • Lori April 30, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Hi Sara! Thanks for your comment. What part of Brazil did you live in?

    Hi Ella! So sorry to disappoint you. I wish so much I could make it international and if it were just a book or something I would. I just know the box is gonna be heavy and I had to keep cost and custom complications in mind. Hopefully I’ll be able to hold an international contest in the future!

  • gastroanthropologist May 14, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Hi Lori – I’ve been trying to email my submission but it gets bounced back for some reason. But, its posted on my blog as Mango Coffeecake!

  • angela@spinachtiger May 14, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    This is a great coincidence. I just found out and I’m doing all mango recipes next week. I’ll have to decide which one to submit.

  • Deeba @Passionate About Baking May 17, 2009 at 6:01 am

    How yum…just found your challenge at 5 Star Foodie, & I think I HAVE to enter. Have got a US address too, so I qualify…tee hee! Thinking cap’s on…mango here I come! Cheers

  • Lori May 17, 2009 at 7:17 am

    gastroanthropologist – I emailed you!

    angela – Great! I’m so excited to have your entry!

    Deeba – Can’t wait to see your entry! So glad you found your way over here!

  • Deeba @Passionate About Baking May 21, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Hey there Lori…got my entry in finally. mailed you too.

    Take care

  • Ria May 22, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Hi Lori! I have mailed you my entry for your event!! Hope it’s not late!! 🙂