Announcing the July Monthly Mingle – a Taste of Yellow for Barbara

by Jeanne on July 7, 2012

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In September 2006, Barbara Harris of Winos and Foodies was challenged to complete a meme detailing “5 things to eat before you die”. The last on her list was the following:

“My 87th Birthday Cake - I used to say I wanted to live until I’m 100 but I’ll settle for 87.”

This was particularly poignant because in 2004 Barbara was diagnosed with cancer, a diagnosis which instantly changed her life forever and altered her long-term horizons.  If you have been on the internet over the past week, you would know by now that Barbara never did get to eat that cake.  On 29 June, Barbara lost her long battle with cancer and the food blogginging sky lost one of its most inspirational stars.  Barbara started her blog Winos and Foodies in January 2005, less than a year after I started my own blog, and was soon known by all who ran across her online as kind, funny, talented, gentle, brave and inspirational.  She was open about the hardships and indignities imposed by her disease, but at the same time she remained reolutely optimistic, always planning for and looking forward to foodie adventures when her latest treatment regime ended.

One of Barbara’s most lasting online legacies was the creation of the LiveStrong with a Taste of Yellow event in 2007.  This yellow-themed event co-incided each year with LiveStrong Day, created bycancer survivor Lance Armstrong’s LiveStrong Foundation to raise awareness of cancer. Each year, bloggers from around the globe shared yellow recipes and stories of loved ones who were fighting cancer – or who had lost the battle. As a tribute to Barbara’s memory, we have decided that this month’s Monthly Mingle event (created by Meeta of What’s for Lunch, Honey?) will be dedicated to Barbara’s memory, and that the theme will be A Taste of Yellow.


Here are the rules:

1. Make or bake something yellow (sweet or savoury), or something using yellow ingredients. Let your imagination run wild: lemons, yellow peppers, yellow plums, yellow carrots, yellow squash – the possibilities are endless!

2. Post the dish together with any cancer stories or memories of Barbara on your blog between the 1 July and 6 August 20012. Older posts will not be accepted. Please also note that your post should be prepared exclusively for thre Monthly Mingle and should not be submitted to any other events.

3. Please link your post to this announcement and to Meeta’s Monthly Mingle page. Use of the lovely logo Meeta designed is optional in your Monthly Mingle post.

4. Please submit your entries before midnight (your time) of the 6 August 2012 by sending me an e-mail (emailcooksister AT gmail DOT com) containing the following:

  • “Monthly Mingle entry” in the subject line
  • Your name
  • Your blog name and URL
  • Your location (just the country or city is sufficient)
  • The name of the dish
  • The URL of the post in which the dish appears
  • Please attach a photo of the dish (max 500 pix wide) to your e-mail


I look forward to sharing your dishes and your stories – let’s make this the biggest Monthly Mingle ever as we eat yellow one more time, for Barbara. 

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Astrid July 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I’ll be there this time!
I was very sad to learn the bad news about Barbara, the world really lost a fabulous woman!


Pat Machin July 6, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I’m a fairly new blogger and didn’t ‘know’ Barbara but will cook something yellow in her memory – and that of RL friends.
One of the really good things I’ve found about the blogging community is how supportive and friendly folk are – so it’s time to step up and join in.


Bryan July 7, 2012 at 5:32 am

Thank you for holding this event, I have no idea with blogging, that was Barbara’s domain. (no pun intended).
We are amazed by the outpouring of support and also such praise of Barbara, she would be so humbled.
Let us hope that this year is the best.
Kind regards
Bryan Harris


Sally - My Custard Pie July 7, 2012 at 7:39 am

I’m so glad you are doing this in memory of Barbara – she made a lasting impact and had a serenity, warmth and generosity which touched everyone who met her…in my case only on line.
I did a round-up on Pinterest after the 2010 event where she asked that the yellow food was in a heart shape too. I’m sharing it here for inspiration and in Barbara’s memory


Judy July 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm

A wonderful way to pay tribute to a wonderful woman. And very fitting that you’re holding it this month – Barbara’s birthday was July 16th.


Anne July 8, 2012 at 4:38 am

I also do not know her but probably every one of our lives has been touched by cancer in some way or through someone we know and/or love. This is such a beautiful way to pay tribute to a person who meant so much to many.


Rosa July 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I hope I’ll be able to participate… A lovely way to pay tribute to Barbara!


joey July 11, 2012 at 6:44 am

A great tribute! I only found out today and I’m still in shock…she was definitely an inspiration to a lot of us. Hope to be able to join!


Krista July 12, 2012 at 12:58 am

I’m so glad you’re doing this, Jeanne. I’m sitting here teary, so grateful I got to meet Barbara, so grateful for her impact on my life.


Simone July 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I never knew Barbara personally although I had heard her name across the blogosphere a couple of times. I will for sure be joining in the Mingle this month, in fact I have already made the dish so it is just now writing the post..
I think most people have had to deal with cancer at some point in their lives and I am no exception… Great initiative to make this a yellow Mingle!


Erin @ she cooks, she gardens July 16, 2012 at 8:47 am

This is a wonderful tribute, Barbara sounds like she was a wonderful woman. I am very sorry to all who feel her loss.xx


Ivy July 16, 2012 at 8:51 am

Barbara was a great person. Today would have been her birthday. I will be posting my recipe today participating at the event in her memory.


Amanda July 16, 2012 at 10:20 am

Barbara was an inspirational friend and will be missed. this is a great tribute to her & my post is up now.


Soma July 19, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Barbara will be missed. I have mailed in my entry. Thanks for hosting this for her.


Sally - My Custard Pie July 21, 2012 at 8:39 pm

So glad you’ve done this Jeanne. Mailing my entry now.


Sous Chef July 24, 2012 at 8:30 pm

This is the first time I have joined in the Monthly Mingle. I lost my brother 3 years ago to cancer and just felt the need to post in Barbara’s memory.
I have emailed you all the details.


Colleen July 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Finally done mine as well Loved Barbara and she will be sorely missed. Such an inspiration to me and to many. Cancer…………xxx


PrerrnaMirchi July 30, 2012 at 5:48 am

This is what I baked in memory of Barbara: My sincere thoughts are with her family & friends..


SallyBR July 31, 2012 at 3:15 am

I emailed my contribution a few days ago, please drop me a line in case you didn’t get it…
(Bewitching Kitchen) – sallybr2008 at


Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen July 31, 2012 at 3:58 am

How incredible that Barbara touched so many lives.. I didn’t have the honor of “friending” through blogs, but learned about her presence through Sally, your blog and one other. She would be smiling in heaven to know that you have written these kind words. I can’t wait to follow your blog so I can join in next year:) xx Smidge


Hilda July 31, 2012 at 8:29 pm

When I heard about the news I couldn’t believed it. She will terribly be missed. Count me in for this month’s monthly mingle :-)


richa July 31, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Thank you for hosting the event Jeanne. Barbara had such an amazing spirit. May her soul rest in peace.
I managed an entry just in time and sent you an email. Here it is


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