Barbara Harris was a strong and very loved member of the food blogging community. She will be sorely missed and I cannot help but feel that there will be a gap in the community which cannot be filled. The few hours I spent in the poppy fields thinking about Barbara, I was wondering about how one could honor such a person.
A person who lived life vivaciously even though it was not all easy going. She was there for everyone with a cheerful tweet, a thoughtful comment or a touching email. She loved the blogging community so much and for many became a pillar to lean on.
It was Barbara who created the Hay Hay It’s Donna Hay event that has become so popular and it was Barbara who supported the Lance Armstrong Foundation and LiveSTRONG Day with a passion, creating Taste of Yellow for the food blogging community to show their own support for cancer. Cancer was the reason she started her blog and she boldly fought the battle against it all these years.
I met her through A Taste of Yellow in 2007 where I heard of the event and the courageous, brassy lady behind it. I submitted my humble Sauce Hollandaise and ever since then have been a part of Taste of Yellow and Barbara has been a part of my life since then.
It seems therefore appropriate to me that we remember her with an event that was so dear and close to her. It’s fitting to get the food blogging community together to share their memories, thoughts and stories about Barbara in one more A Taste of Yellow - but this ray of yellow is for Barbara.
When Gillian emailed me on Thursday sharing her thoughts on Barbara, her ideas were along the same lines. It was all decided quickly and I did not have to twist my dearest Jeanne’s arm, who is the current hostess of the July Monthly Mingle. She loved the idea and here we are … doing a very special mingle just for you Barbara.
I’ll allow Barbara to explain how A Taste of Yellow works:
“I'm asking all bloggers to participate in the blog event A TASTE OF YELLOW by making a dish containing some type of yellow food. This can be anything you like as long it features a yellow food. Some ideas to get you started are lemon, banana, saffron, corn, eggs, cheese.”´
Barbara Harris from A Taste of Yellow, April 13, 2007
If you would like to enter A Taste of Yellow Monthly Mingle please head on over to Jeanne’s blog, Cook Sister! for further details on how you can submit your entry. The roundup will go up on August 11th, 2012 so you have plenty of time to join.
Let’s paint the food blogs yellow this July for Barbara! Hope to see you there!
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