Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Ettersburg Castle: A Regal Food Photography and Styling Workshop in Weimar

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“Do you still get nervous?” Julia asked me a few minutes before we were to start with our presentations. I smiled and answered “Yes!” That never changes - it’s like stage fright and no matter how often I have given workshops for food photography and styling there’s always a slight sense of anxiety when the room starts filling up with a new set of participants.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Eton Mess with Saffron Cream, Raspberries and White Currants - A Taste of Yellow

Saffron Raspberry Eton Mess (0086) by Meeta K. Wolff

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. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I Wrote a Cookbook

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. . . . What I did not realize is that I’ve been doing it for over six years! The traditional way to go about this would be to sit down and write a proposal, with the goal to write a book, which eventually would be published. Instead, I blogged—for six years non-stop, covering many stories, thoughts, memories and almost always sharing a recipe’s creation.  

Saturday, July 07, 2012

MONTHLY MINGLE: A Taste of Yellow for Barbara

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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.

Cin cin!

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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Thursday, July 05, 2012

In Memory of Barbara

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Earlier this week I learned that a very dear, cherished friend and food blogger, Barbara Harris passed away.

Dearest Barbara,

There is a new star in the sky. May you shine brighter than all of them! You were truly cherished & loved by many in our food blogging community. Filled with grace and dignity you just rocked! Rest in peace, dearest Barbara!

xoxo

I was rather shaken by the news and took some time out to simply reassess and sort my thoughts. I spent a day on some fields taking in the beauty of these poppies.

Life is so precious and we need to take more than just a moment to indulge in it. Friends, family and life - in honor of a strong and vivacious person who lived her life to the fullest. Thank you for being such a inspiration to so many of us, Barbara.


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