When I was diagnosed with cancer in June 2004 I was far from home. Bryan and I had just spent 6 weeks walking across Spain on the Camino de Santiago . On our last night in Santiago de Compostela we went out for dinner ( I ate Jamon Iberico ) with a group of friends we had made on our walk. After dinner we decided it would be a good idea to walk past the cathedral one more time, stop off in a bar for one last glass of Cava before going our separate ways in the morning. In front of the cathedral is a spot marked on the ground where if you lay down on your back with your head toward the cathedral you get a perfect shot of the cathedral. Thinking this was a good idea I lay down, took my perfect photo and as I got up a sharp pain shot through my right side. Appendicitis everyone said. We continued on to the bar and sat drinking and reminiscing until early in the morning, all the time I had this dull ache in my side. The next day we headed in to Portugal for a couple of days on the way to Madrid where we planned to spend a week before returning home to New Zealand. I thought I should see a doctor before getting on a plane in case it was appendicitis. We arrived in the village of Ponte de Lima , found a delightful little room above a restaurant for a couple of nights, then went looking for a doctor. The next thing the local doctor had me in the back of an ambulance and I found myself speeding off to Viana do Castelo which had a bigger hospital and surgeons. Within 24 hours I'd had life saving surgery. A few days later I was given the news I had cancer. On that day my whole life changed.
Back in Auckland and undergoing chemotherapy, a friend who works for Nike, brought around a Lance Armstrong book for me to read. That year I watched the Tour de France for the first time, and watched Lance win his 6th Tour. The following year I didn't care if I woke the rest of the family, (in the southern hemisphere it plays live on TV in the middle of the night), as I jumped up and down screaming for Lance and his seventh Tour win. For many of us diagnosed with cancer, Lance has become a hero in our own fight to overcome the disease.
Today I'm still fighting the disease and I hope one day to be given the "all clear" from my oncologist.
I thank you all for supporting A Taste Of Yellow. This event was my own little thank you to Lance for the strength he has given me over the past three years. I couldn't have done it without you....and to those of you supporting family members or friends - they can't do it without you either.
Here is my round up of the delicious yellow inspired food created by the greatest bunch of bloggers in the world - all
143 149 of you. Many of you shared stories, both heart breaking and heart warming. I thank you for the hope you have given me. I hope those people fighting cancer themselves or are supporting a loved one will also gain hope from your stories. I decided against mentioning every cancer story in the round up as I'd like you to visit the entries to find them.
Ivonne at Cream Puffs In Venice ,who you will remember kindly allowed me to use her Lemon Meringue Pie photo to announce the A Taste Of Yellow event , has created another beautiful photo with her Lemony Lemon Bars with Raspberry Coulis .
Brett at In Praise of Sardines writes of the special bond he and I share in our love of sardines. I'm so pleased to have his contribution of Pasta with Coriander Carrot Puree made with sweet yellow carrots. I'm hoping someday to visit San Francisco and dine at at Brett's soon to be opened restaurant Olallie.
Helen at Tartelette has been one of my on line best friends ever since I was the lucky recipient of her Blog By Mail parcel. Her entry All Mango - All Yellow is a work of art and combines the Ultimate Lemon Pound Cake with Lemon Custard, Mango Filling, Mango Sorbet and Spring Roll Rings.
Valeria, originally from Jakarta but now living in Auckland New Zealand made mini Passion Fruit Cake with orange and golden kiwi sauces. You'll find the recipe in Indonesian here at rdroege . For English please email me for a copy.
Sweet loving Peabody from Culinary Concoctions shares her Mother's cancer survival story and tempts us with a Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie with Hot Fudge Sauce .
Morven a New Zealand blogger from Food Art and Random Thoughts wanted to use up 6 egg yolks before going on vacation and thought a yellow cake would be the answer. Not happy with the results she offered us a Potato and Lentil Curry served with Poppadums and Raita.
Arfi at Homemades lives about 2 hours drive into the country from me and I've been lucky to be treated to some of her wonderful meals on the patio overlooking the hills. Today she has made Pineapple Upside Down Cake .
Chris at Ms Cellania is the mother of a famous blogger and her equally talented sister. I don't dare mention one with out the other. Regular readers of Chris' blog will be aware of their good natured sibling rivalry. Chris' Lemon Curd is the recipe to make if you want to keep yourself and friends pantries stocked up.
Quellia at All Things Edible is one of the daring Bakers and has made and iced this beautiful, beautiful Lemon Layer Cake with Lemon Cream Frosting . She 's not happy with her roses . I think they are perfect.
From Brazil, Verena at Mangia Che Te Fa Bene has made a Tuna Velvet Quiche . I love the name in Portuguese - Veludo de Autum. Verena's blog is in Portuguese but I have the English translation so please email me for a copy.
Paul at Eatnz recently became the proud father of a little boy. Along with Bron , I'm happy to be counted as one of PJ's on line aunties. Paul found time to create a Chocolate Custard Thingy before the nights of interrupted sleep began.
Audrey at Berry Simple reorganised her pantry and came across a jar of brandied apricots and minced fruit , put the two together, and came up with these tasty little sweet morsels - Fruit Stuffed Brandied Apricots.
From Baking Soda at Bake My Day we have a Quince Jelly Butter with Coriander. Quince are a beautiful yellow when picked from the tree and when cooked have a pretty pink glow. Baking Soda remembers her Grandparents and Mother in law lost to cancer but celebrates the survival of her father and close friends.
BronMarshall has become a very special on line friend I'm hoping to meet soon on a trip to the South Island. Bron's photos are always such a pleasure I had a hard time deciding which one to include in the round up. Here is just one of her Citrus Coconut Topped Custards with Almond Passionfruit Tuiles.
Lemon Olive Oil Icecream with Lemon Rosemary Cornmeal Shortbread - how fabulous does that sound. Visit Lara at Cook and Eat for the recipes and some mouth watering photos.
Cordelia a contributor to the website Torontoist and has a blog The Urban Nutritionist advocates the use of natural food colouring. She has used tumeric powder to create a yellow icing on her Mini Cupcakes .
Jasmine at Confessions of a Cardomom Addict baked a Cornish Saffron Cake replacing the usual dried fruit with dried mangoes. Jasmine quotes Claudia Roden "eating yellow foods will result in laughter and happiness" and decided to also contribute a yellow soup called Happiness Soup.
Anita at Married With Dinner did a little research into tumeric and comes up with some interesting trials being run at the National Institutes of Health before deciding on using tumeric in her Vij's Tumeric Potatoes.
These Coconut Milk Cupcakes With Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting and Fresh Pineapple are from Garrett at Vanilla Garlic in Sacramento.
Caroline, a member of the Recipezaar community, asked if they could join A Taste of Yellow with their own postings. This Lemon Apple Braid was made by Caroline but if you head over to Recipezaar you will find, at last count, 18 pages of yellow inspired food in support of LiveSTRONG
Joy at Recipe Blend supports LiveSTRONG Day with her Spicy Corn Chowder.
Susan at Running For Lisa raises money for cancer research by running in honour of her sister Lisa who died 8 years ago from cancer. Lisa was a real foodie and a great cook. Susan shares with us a recipe from one of Lisa's books.
tart pastry or a 9-inch tart shell
3/4 cup (6oz/185g) sugar
2 tablespoons cornmeal
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
7 tablespoons (3.5 oz/ 110g) unsalted butter, melted
And one more late entry. From Sue at Food Netork Musings comes Roasted Tumeric-ed Chicken Breasts served with Tangles Strands of Yellow Pepper and Yellow Squash, Roasted Caulifower and Couscous with Yellow Raisins.
Jeanne, everyones favourite CookSister , misread the dates and posted on the actual LiveSTRONG Day. I'm pleased to include her Chicken withFennel, Spices and Cream and a cancer story.
Cookie Jill at Cookies in Heaven submits another late entry posted on LiveSTRONG Day her LemonCheescake with Gingersnap Crust.
Another late entry posted on LiveSTRONG Day is this Lemon Sorrel Soup sent in by Christine at Muffin Top .
Here's one I missed Weylin's Bee-autiful Cupcakes from Only Slightly Prententious Food . Visit her blog to see more cupcakes with the little bees on.
Okay, one last one, from $ha at P'tit Miam Tout en Coleur and in French a Creme Brulee .
That's it everyone. All
...oh and I blogged about pears, lemons, butter beans, bananas, tumeric.