The Monthly Mingle is a blog event created by Meeta of What’s for Lunch, Honey? which runs from the 1st through to the 30/31st of the respective month. The theme and deadline to the Monthly Mingle are announced on the last weekend of the prior month.  This deadline is only the specific date the actual theme ends on and not the date you must post your entry on your blog. Your creation must exclusively be prepared for the current Monthly Mingle theme and cannot be submitted to any other blog event.

This is my first at participating in the Monthly Mingle since, after I read Meeta’s post about a Taste of Yellow for Barbara, I felt I had to be part of this tribute to such a special woman – Barbara Harris of Winos and Foodies. In 2004 Barbara was diagnosed with cancer, a diagnosis which instantly changed her life forever and altered her long-term horizons. On 29 June, she lost her long battle with cancer and the food blogging sky lost one of its most inspirational stars.

Barbara started her blog in January 2005 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.

“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, April 2007

As a tribute to Barbara’s memory, this month’s Monthly Mingle event will be dedicated to Barbara’s memory, and that the theme will be “A Taste of Yellow”. I did not have to look far and wide to settle on my dessert dish; the Apricot Saffron Cake from Meeta’s blog seemed to me the perfect offering. Instead of apricots and almonds, I switched to peaches and pistachios but I hope that the result is suitably yellow to submit to this particular blog event.

PEACH & PISTACHIO CAKE - FOR BARBARA

Ingredients:

150 g unsalted butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg, room temperature

150 g ground almonds

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup milk

420 g tinned peach halves

1/4 cup pistachios, chopped

Icing sugar, for dusting

Method:

  • Butter a 20cm x 20cm square baking pan and line the base with baking paper. Preheat oven at 180 degrees C.

  • Beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add egg and beat again until evenly incorporated.

  • Add ground almonds, then sift in flour and baking powder. Fold through alternately with the milk.

  • Whisk through quickly at the end to ensure the batter is smooth. Spread the mixture over the base of the pan.

  • Press the peach halves randomly into the mixture. Sprinkle chopped pistachios over the top.

  •  Bake at 180 degrees C for 35-40 minutes. Allow to cool and dust generously with icing sugar.

A Taste of Yellow – In Memory of Barbara Harris

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