#FoodYearLinkup – March 2016

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus! Welcome to March’s #FoodYearLinkup, I hope you all enjoyed your bonus day yesterday.

I’m feeling very organised for March’s linkup as I shared my first Easter recipe about a month ago – creme egg rocky road anyone? However, there’s far more than just Easter going on this month, with a huge selection of days to choose from. I’m really looking forward to see what you’ve created for them.

Food Year Linkup March 2016

What happened in February

We had a great range of posts linked up for all of the events in February, and a record number of people linking which was just brilliant. These are the ones that caught my eye the most last month…

This Mardi Gras King Cake from Caroline Makes sounds absolutely delicious, I’d not heard of  king cake before but it’s definitely something I’d like to try out, although I need to work out where to buy a small plastic baby from to put inside!

There were plenty of pancakes linked up including several free-from versions, so something for everyone, but my favourites were these Marzipancakes with Blueberry Maple Syrup and Toasted Coconut from Cate in The Kitchen – I love marzipan so marzipancakes are right up my street (plus I love the play on words!).


February also saw plenty of Chinese New Year celebrations and whilst many people shared yummy stir-frys or rice dishes, this fun Chocolate Peanut Butter Monkey Cake from Ros and The More Than Occasional Baker caught my eye.

Karen from Lavender & Lovage shared her Savoury Sausage and Sage Baked Apples for Bramley Apple Week. They sound simply delicious, and such lovely pictures too.


These Apple Roses from Angela at Only Crumbs Remain are so pretty and would have made a brilliant Valentine’s Day dessert. I think they’d be perfect for Mother’s Day too if you need some inspiration for what to cook your Mum this weekend. Angela also shared her Side-by-side baking: Yorkshire Puddings for Yorkshire Pudding Day, it’s amazing the difference one small change can make to how the Yorkies turn out.

Side by Side with batch numbers

So what’s the theme this month?

As always, I’d love you to come and link up any foodie posts relating to the events in the Food Blogger’s Calendar for March. There’s loads of really inspiring events so I hope your creative juices are flowing.

29 February – 6 March – National Salt Awareness Week

29 February – 13 March – Fairtrade Fortnight

1 March – St David’s Day

1-8 March – Dementia UK’s Time For A Cuppa

1-31 March – Veggie Month

6 March – Mother’s Day

7-13 March – British Pie Week

14-20 March – National Butchers Week

17 March – St Patrick’s Day

18-20 March – Sport Relief

19 March – International Waffle Day

27 March – Easter Sunday

If there’s an event missing from the calendar that you’d like to link up a post for, that’s absolutely fine, just make sure you let me know what the event is in the comments so I don’t get confused 🙂 .

To join in with the #FoodYearLinkup…

  1. Click the “add your link” button and add your link with a picture to entice everyone to come and have a look.
  2. To make my life easier I’d appreciate it if you could leave me a quick comment letting me know which event you’re linking up for (it helps me to tweet them at the right time).
  3. Join me in visiting the other linkers making sure you comment on at least one (I’m more than happy for you to link up several posts, but if you do you should go and comment on at least one other post for each one you link).

I’d also love it if you’d add the #FoodYearLinkup badge to your post so your readers know where to come to find lots of other fun foodie posts (you’ll find the code towards the bottom of this post).

Throughout the month I’ll be tweeting every entry and if you tweet me (@CharlottesLK) using the #FoodYearLinkup hashtag to let me know you’ve linked up I’ll make sure I include you in the tweet. I’ll also be pinning every entry on my dedicated #FoodYearLinkup board and may include my favourites in round up posts for a selection of events throughout the year. The tweets and round up posts may also include images from your post. If you’d rather they didn’t then just let me know in the comments.

So what are you waiting for? Link up up right here…

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Linkup Badge Code

To add the #FoodYearLinkup badge to your post, simply copy the code below into the text editor of your post (any problems, let me know and I’ll do my best to help).

Food Year Linkup Badge

Before I go…

I’ve been busy adding events into the calendar so make sure you take a look and see what’s new.



  1. Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus to you too. At least I assume that is how you say Happy Saint David’s Day in Welsh! 🙂 Gosh, that’s a long list for March! I’m linking up my cupcakes for #MothersDay but I am sure I will be back later with a few other things…I do find it amusing that National Butchers’ Week is right slap bang in the middle of Veggie Month – not sure even I could manage to combine those two!! 🙂

    • Charlotte Oates

      I very much hope it says Happy St David’s Day, I got it from Google! My 5-year-old insists he’s welsh so I’m embracing it this year.

      I’m pretty sure you’d struggle to come up with a recipe for veggie month and butchers week (Gingery and Dry January presented a similar challenge!) at least there’s something for everyone.

  2. Pie week – I can’t decide if fish/shepherds/cottage pies are in with the theme or not!

  3. Ooooh more fab dates for the foodie calendar! Hubby is particularly excited by pie week!! LOL!

  4. Thanks for hosting! I’ve linked up my coconut and cherry swiss roll which is perfect for Mothers Day or Easter 🙂 x

  5. And Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus to you to!! xxx

  6. March is a great month this year! Loads of choice!
    What about Good Friday?????
    And do Birthdays count? I have a rather big one coming up this month…..

    • Charlotte Oates

      I couldn’t decide if Good Friday was a foodie day or not but if you’ve got a recipe for it then you’re more than welcome to come and share it. Your birthday is definitely an event, come and share that one too (although I won’t add it to the calendar as whilst I’m sure it’s a huge blogging event in your life I wouldn’t expect too many other to join in – although you never know! 🙂 )

  7. Such a choice of fabulous food dates this month Charlotte. I’ve started my food ball rolling this month with Vanilla Fudge for Mother’s Day.
    Thank you also for linking to my apple roses & yorki puds 🙂
    Angela x

  8. Back again already 🙂 This time with my Easy Peasy 5 Ingredient Creme Egg Chocolate Tart. Which is for Easter, obviously! I thought I’d better join in all the creme egg fun and games…which almost seems to be an event in its own right! I definitely think you could put Good Friday in there…it’s traditional to eat fish on Good Friday, I think, so there’s definitely potential there for some lovely fish dishes! 🙂

    • Charlotte Oates

      I had it in last year and then I took it out, I think I’ll pop it back in again for next year.

      So glad to see you leaping onto the creme egg bandwagon, I don’t think there’s a food blogger out there who hasn’t produced something with them this year!

  9. Hi Charlotte

    I’m new to food blogging started at the end of last year. I have added my link for a recipe for a mother’s day gift. Yours is the first link up I have done so hopefully I have done it right.

    • Hi charlotte I don’t like to seem ungrateful but was wondering how to make your link badge a little smaller. I originally put it in the post but it was very large and rather dominating, so for now i have put it in the side bar where it is still quite big but less dominating. I would prefer to put in the relavent posts.

      • Charlotte Oates

        That’s fine Jacqui. I resize people’s linky badges all the time to make them look neater in my posts. Displaying the badge code isn’t compulsory so you don’t have to of you don’t want to (although I do appreciate it if you do 🙂 ). If you do want to display it then in the badge code you’ll see “height” and “width”, simply change those to be the size you want. Alternatively just add a link to the post instead of the badge.

        • Hi Charlotte
          Thanks for your help.I’m more than happy to include the badges and a friend has helped me resize it and it looks better so I have added it to the post. Still very scared of code ! Thanks for the opportunity to link up.

          • Charlotte Oates

            I remember that feeling with code when I first started but you’ll soon get used to it. I don’t know too much but if you ever need a hand with it I’m more than happy to try, just let me know x

    • Charlotte Oates

      Everything looks just right. I’m so glad you chose mine as you first linky and I hope you come and join again in future. If you’d like recommendations for more linkys then let me know as I take part in quite a few.

  10. Hi Charlotte, I’m a few days late linking up my Welsh Laverbread Rarebit Scones for St David’s Day,. I hope to join in with some of the others later in the month too.

    • Charlotte Oates

      Thanks Shaheen, you can’t get much more Welsh than laverbread and rarebit! I’m looking forward to seeing what else you have to share later in the month.

  11. Hi Charlotte!

    I’ve posted a link to my very versatile Sweetcorn and Bean Stew – hope you enjoy it, for veggie month!

  12. Can’t wait to get involved this month!

  13. Hi, I’ve entered a butternut squash pie for British Pie Week!

  14. Now I’ve posted Normandy Pork for National Butchers week so it’s a double month for me!

  15. I’ve left you my mummas steak & potato pie for #BritishPieWeek – now we all LOVE a pie Cx

  16. I’m a bit late this month Charlotte but better late than never with my Healthy Hot Cross Buns for Easter. Loving all the entries this month x

  17. Hi Thanks for your help on my last share today I am sharing my recipe for soda bread for St.patrick’s day. Jacqui x

  18. Bangers ‘n Mash for National Butchers Week! 🙂

  19. Linking up my creme egg chocolate muffins for Easter! Thanks for hosting. Lots of fantastic entries. 🙂

  20. Hi Charlotte, I’ve just linked up two lamb recipes for #Easter and #NationalButchersWeek 🙂 Eb x

    • They look so yummy! I don’t eat much lamb due to all the other fussy people I live with. Occasionally I’ll sneak it in for dinner, I think it’s about time I tried again 🙂

  21. Just added my spicy pork wraps for making Easter Roast Leftovers perfect for entertaining or a sunny picnic!

  22. Hi Charlotte it’s Sarah from http://www.minimunchclub.com I have put a link to my Easter picnic post (for Easter) and left a comment on another bloggers lovely recipe + looked at a few others – I hope I’ve done it right! We are also on twitter @minimunchclub.

    • Charlotte Oates

      I think you’ve done it perfectly (although I’m not one to come and moan if you don’t do it quite right so there’s no need to worry!). Thanks so much for coming to join, I hope to see you here again soon x

  23. Hi Charlotte, just added my Slow Cooker Citrus Lamb Shanks for National Butchers Week & Easter.

    • Charlotte Oates

      Ooh sounds lovely, there seems to be lots of new lamb recipes around at the moment, it’s making me feel all spring-like 🙂

  24. Hey my lovely, I’ve just realised I had something that would fit perfectly for National Butcher Week! All linked up, for the first time in ages 🙂 x

  25. Last recipe from me this month… Just adding my apple & cinnamon scones for Easter. My dairy/egg/orange free alternative to hot cross buns & sadly no creme egg recipes here as they to are full of dairy & egg and I’m way too lazy to make a freefrom version! LOL!

    • Charlotte Oates

      I can’t imagine a free-from creme egg would be quite the same so hot cross bun scones are definitely a more sensible option 🙂

      Happy Easter x

  26. Spinach and Artichoke Quiche! Last minute entry for Easter 🙂

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