Mum used to tell me that when someone leaves our world, their souls touch the sky and they become stars shining bright. At the same time when a shooting star fires across our skies, it carries a precious new soul ready to enter our world. Over the years I hung on to this tale and even today I put my belief in the stars above.
It’s easy for me to imagine that my grandparents are shining down on me, sprinkling their stardust whenever I need the extra love or an extra shove. On a clear, crisp night, sitting outside on the porch, looking at the black night scattered with thousands of sparkling diamonds, I know there is one for my nani and one for my nana. It gives me strength and takes away some of the remorse of losing someone so close.
There is a new star in the heavens now. A star for Barbara and I bet you if you go out and look for it, it’ll be shining yellow!
I thought long and hard about how to write this post. I never realized it would be so hard. Truth be told, my thoughts are not only with the loss of Barbara but emotions of losing both my grandparents seems to still sit within me. My thoughts and feelings are jumbled.
Funny thing is when I thought yellow, it helped me find a ray of light out of the mixed dark feelings I was experiencing.
In her own special way Barbara has found a way to help me find ground even in her absence. I just think yellow:
- Yellow is the color of sunshine and brightness, stimulating and energizing
- Yellow is the color of celebrating Spring and the birth of new life
- Yellow is psychologically the happiest color in the color spectrum
- Yellow invokes a feeling of fun and optimism as well as stirring up related memories from past summers
- Yellow symbolizes hope
- Yellow daffodils, crocus, tulips and sunflowers make me smile when my vases are full
- Yellow, vibrant fields full of ripe crops such as wheat, corn or rape
- Yellow is a color which can be used on its own, but blending it with other colors it enriches them
- Yellow Submarine by the Beatles makes me sing out loud
- Yellow saffron adding a divine and vibrant color to all that it is infused with
- Yellow – is a Taste of Yellow, bringing us all together to share our stories and our food
- Yellow is Barbara’s star
Thank you for being a friend.
When thinking of what I would make for Barbara I knew up front I would want to treat her to a dessert with saffron. I also wanted to treat her to my experience in food, bringing both the flavors of the east and west together. It’s what I love doing when I am experimenting in the kitchen and love presenting well known dishes with a slight twist to my guests.
The Eton Mess is an exceptional and delightful dessert, bringing ripe and juicy fruit together. It is Britain’s best loved summer dessert, a sublime combination of crumbled crisp meringue, softly whipped vanilla flavored cream and sweetly marinated strawberries.
In my version I add a generous pinch of saffron, gently coloring the cream a sunny yellow. Adding a slight substance is the quark, which I incorporate into the cream, which highlights with its slightly tangy flavor. Finally, I use a mixture of sweet raspberries and white red currants to round off the dessert.
I think Barbara would have liked this.
This post is dedicated to the memory of Barbara Harris. Barbara hosted the Taste of Yellow event on her blog to coincide with Lance Armstrong’s LIVEstrong day. She brought the food community together to help raise awareness about cancer. My Saffron Raspberry and White Currant Eton Mess is especially for this month’s Monthly Mingle which is ”A Taste of Yellow, a Tribute to Barbara Harris” being hosted over at Jeanne’s of Cooksister.
I’ve been reading a few of the submissions already gone in and feel so happy to be a part of such a strong and friendly community. Your posts are touching, thoughtful and heartwarming. I hope you will join us painting the food blogs yellow this summer as a tribute to Barbara. Details of how you can join are here.More tastes of YELLOW from WFLH:
|Yellow Bell Pepper and Fava Bean Soup||Passionfruit Curd||Apricot and Pistachio Frangipane Tart|
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