I am at the grocery store…
I see yellow all around me… like lemons and yellow bell peppers…
… and yellow plantains…
It reminds me of Barbara Harris of Winos and Foodies.
Dear friend Barbara Harris of Winos and Foodies recently passed away, after a long illness with cancer. I always thought of her as a victorious woman. I still do. I’ve mentioned Barbara here before. We met when Meeta of What’s for Lunch, Honey? organized a Blogger Postcard Swapping Event. Although we had official postcard partners, we later exchanged postcards. She liked the John Lennon postcard I’d sent to my partner. So, I sent her one and she sent me a postcard, too. We became fast friends after that and kept in touch on the blogs and outside of it.
In 2007, Barbara created the food blogging event LiveSTRONG with a Taste of Yellow, which was her way of raising awareness of cancer and the work done by Lance Armstrong and his LiveSTRONG organization. Barbara asked food bloggers to showcase foods in the color yellow. I happily participated in the yearly event since its beginning (You can see what I made here.).
Meeta the creator of Monthly Mingle has dedicated the monthly food blogging event to our dear food blogging friend, Barbara. Jeanne of Cook Sister is the guest host. Stop by her blog to see a list of other bloggers who have contributed to ‘A Taste of Yellow’ tribute to Barbara.
Basically, the rule to ‘A Taste of Yellow" is to use yellow ingredients to make or bake something. I saw a beautiful and delicious-looking recipe for Tomato Bruschetta. I knew I wanted to try the recipe for Barbara, using yellow tomatoes. I ended up buying heirloom and fusion tomatoes and picked out that yellow tomatoes in the bunch to make my yellow tomato bruchetta.
I loved how my bruschetta turned out — delicious and eye-catching! I believe Barbara would approve.
Rest in peace, Victorious Barbara!
Ed. Note: You can view the Monthly Mingle roundup HERE.
from Laylita’s Recipes
Summary: Easy tomato bruschetta recipe made with cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and basil
4 cups of cherry tomatoes, heirloom or regular
3-4 garlic cloves, lightly crushed but still whole
2 tbs olive oil
Handful of fresh basil leaves or 2 tsp dried crushed basil
Salt to taste
To serve: Lightly toasted bread slices rubbed with garlic and fresh basil/thyme to garnish
- Cut the cherry tomatoes into halves or quarters, depending on their size.
- Mix the cut cherry tomatoes, the lightly crushed garlic cloves, olive oil, basil and salt in bowl.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, overnight is ideal.
- Remove the fresh basil leaves and garlic cloves. Serve on top of lightly toasted bread slices that have been rubbed with a garlic clove. Garnish with fresh basil or thyme.
Several months ago friend Barbara of Winos and Foodies underwent chemotherapy. She’s finally completed her treatment. Yay! *Paz jumping for joy*
In case you don’t know Barbara, she writes an enticing blog from Australia and is the founder of A Taste of Yellow, a food blogging event, which supports LiveSTRONG Day with posts that support folks fighting cancer, celebrating with those who have won the fight, as well as remembering loved ones no longer with us.
Bron of Bron Marshall, Jen of Use Real Butter and Helen of Tartelette have planned a virtual "toast" to Barbara for her accomplishment. Earlier, when she’d started her treatment, we’d sent her virtual "hugs".
I’d love to toast Barbara with a wonderful champagne or fine wine but I don’t really drink and am totally ignorant about drinks from which to choose (I’ll gladly take suggestions for the future).
I’d toast with Coke (my fave, LOL!) but I’m out of that at the moment.
So, here’s some healthy H²O, with which to make my toast: To your good health, Victorious Barbara; glad you’ve successfully completed your treatment; continue feeling better.
Much love from New York,
Victory, Barbara, victory!
Fellow food blogger and plain awesome person Barbara of Winos and Foodies is going through a tough round of chemotherapy. I just found out that this weekend (December 5-7, 2008), Ilva and Bron have put together a Virtual Hug event to show our love and support for her. Of course, I wanted to participate.
I first met Barbara, years ago, when we participated in a postcard swapping event. Neither of us were paired together. She had a different partner and so did I but we drifted towards each other and exchanged cards without being assigned to do so. We’ve been friends ever since.
Barbara has the most wonderful posts on her blog and some time ago, she started a foodblogging event called Live Strong with a Taste of Yellow. It’s an event that supports Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Day, which in turn raises cancer awareness and funds for the fight against cancer. Check out her 2007 roundup and 2008 roundup part 1 and part 2. You can see my entries for the events here and here.
Dearest Barbara: As you go through those grueling rounds of chemo, I’m sending you the best of thoughts; I’m sending you positive energy; I’m sending you lots of love; and I’m sending you the biggest virtual hug.
Victory, Barbara, victory!
P.S. If anyone is interested, feel free to join in this Virtual Hug to Barbara. You can post photos, poems, songs, recipes, whatever you feel would cheer Barbara up. Then let Ilva and Bron know you’re participating. Also stop by their blogs to check out the links of other participants.
The Lance Armstrong Foundation provides the practical tools and information that people with cancer need to to live strong.
May 13, 2008 is LIVESTRONG Day, where different events are held worldwide to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer.
Barbara of Winos and Foodies is hosting LIVESTRONG Day event again this year. It’s a way for food and wine bloggers to show support for those battling cancer. Last year she organized the event and 149 bloggers participated. Wow! Wow! Wow! This is what I made last year for the event. Here is the roundup of 2007 entries. Check it out when you can, there are a lot of creative and delicious dishes.
Participants are asked to prepare foods in the color yellow. This year, I put together a corn salad. I love corn and I love bright food colors. Needless to say, I like yellow. For this salad, I mixed corn kernels, red bell peppers, scallions, and cilantro (my favorite! but you can use parsely). Then I added olive oil, white pepper, Kosher salt and some red pepper flakes (gotta add a little heat!). Oh, and some fresh lemon juice, I added lemon juice, too. I love my corn salad — healthy, tasty and colorful yellow. LIVESTRONG Yellow!
If you’re interested in participating in this event, it’s not too late. Please join us. April 19 is the deadline to submit your entry to Barbara. Go here for the guidelines.
I have two extra LIVESTRONG wristbands, which I’d be happy to send to anyone who’d like one. E-mail me if you’re interested. You can find my addy in the ABOUT section.
Thanks, Barbara, for putting this wonderfully supportive event together. If you visit Winos and Foodies on May 13, you can see the list of fantastic enteries that Barbara will put together.
Ed. Note: Check out the roundup of those who participated: