Sunday, December 07, 2008

A Strawberry & Pomegranate Yogurt Cake Hug

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I’ve met a lot of wonderful people (both in person and just “virtually” for now) since I started blogging. Something I did not expect at all in the beginning, but is now one of blogging’s most wonderful offshoots. The kindness and positivity I’ve found among food bloggers delight me to this day (as it will, I know, for many many days to come!), and that’s not even to mention food bloggers’ absolute fabulousness which makes for an endless source of inspiration!

One such food blogger who has always been an inspiration to me, and who I also would like to call a friend (albeit “virtual” for now!) is Barbara. From the early days of Donna Day to a Taste of Yellow, she has always been someone I have greatly admired. Her sunny outlook, her thoughtful ways, her champagne toasts and dancing in strappy sandals...you wouldn’t think that she is also fighting Cancer. But she is, with as much grace and aplomb as she lives her life that, for now, I can only follow through her blog.

How I wish that I could just pop over for a visit...have a chat (which I know would be long, heartfelt, and amazing!) and some cake, maybe some pink champagne just because. Barbara has taught me not to sweat the small stuff, to dance like no one is watching, to take the time for myself and the ones I love (as opposed to worrying and accounting), that we can all make positive changes in our own ways if we only just go out and do it! She also created my favourite blog event Hay Hay it’s Donna Day ;)

Barbara has been undergoing chemotherapy for the last few weeks and I can only imagine how awful that is. I really wish I could go over there and give her a real hug but, for now, a Virtual Hug will have to do. Thanks to the fantastic Bron and Ilva, who have organized a wonderful round of virtual love, we are all doing just that!

So Barbara, this is a little “virtual” food hug from me to you! I really wanted something sunny and yellow and pink and sweet because all those things remind me of you. I also wanted a cake because this is what I imagine us tucking into when we finally sit down for that chat one day :) This is a yogurt cake I made (using this recipe here) which I topped (and stuck in the middle too) with fresh strawberries and pomegranates. I didn’t plan on what fruits to place on the cake...I just went to the market thinking that I would buy whichever fruits closest to pink caught my eye. A little spontaneity which I think you would appreciate :) This is also the first ever time for me to try pomegranates! A little adventure which I think you would also appreciate :)

Thank you Barbara! You are fighting the good fight and I promise you that no matter what challenges I face in life, I will think of you and do the same! BIG HUG!!!

33 comments:

Bron said...

Oh that is a beautiful cake Joey, it's screams of the most precious hug to me. Thank you so so much for joining us and sharing not only love but STRENGTH for Barbara, thank you!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

This cake looks delightful! an nice combo!

Cheers,

Rosa

Ilva said...

Thanks a lot for joining and your lovely hug!

Barbara said...

Joey I would love for you to be sitting in my kitchen sharing this cake with me. It looks delicious. Thank you for your lovely words and friendship. You have always been one of my favourite Donna Day particpants. I'm sorry I'm not up to the latest event but I'll be back as soon as I am able. Sunny hugs from Australia back at you.

Paz said...

Wonderful cake, Joey. Anyone would feel better after this. ;-)

Paz

ChichaJo said...

Hi Bron! Thank YOU for organizing this! I loved making the hug and am happy to be a part of this community of wonderful support and friendship :) For Barbara I’m definitely there for love, strength, cake, and hugs!

Hi Rosa! Thank you!

Hi Ilva! Thank you too for coming up and organizing this great round of hugs for Barbara!

Hi Barbara! Thank you for always inspiring and just being the fantastic person that you are :) One day I’m going to go over there and plunk myself down in your kitchen for cake and tea, heehee! Maybe I’ll even swing by for Donna before dropping by! ;)

Thank you Paz! Brightly colored fruits always cheer me up :)

Katrina said...

That's really pretty, Joey. You are truly such a sweet and thoughtful person, and are one of the people I'm so lucky to have met through food blogs. :-)

Jen said...

This looks delicious! Pomegranate, strawberries and yogurt sound like a great flavor combination. Ingat!

Kalyn said...

Your cake looks fabulous, and what a wonderful hugging message for Barbara.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Totally wonderful hug Joey.
Isn't pomegranate wonderful?! I've even gotten pretty comfortable with getting those seeds out - yes we've been having them very often.

carina said...

That is very sweet of you Ms Joey. May I ask though what kind of oil was used for this recipe? Many thanks!

mtan said...

The pomegranate seeds look crunchy and sweet. Will you write more about your experiment with using poms? Thanks for sharing this Jo.

Manggy said...

Hang in there Barbara! We're all rooting for you :)
You're so sweet, Joey. We should really have an international blogger meet and greet, heh :) I saw those pomegranates-- kinda expensive, which put the kibosh on any experimentation on my part :P But your cake looks gorgeously bejeweled!

-annabanana- said...

oh...you are a babe. so Sweet.

hmmm can I get the recipe of this wonderful cake? =D

ChichaJo said...

Hi Katrina! Aw!!! :) I think the same about you! I’m so happy that you sat beside me in MM’s lunch many moons ago!

Hi Jen! Thank you! It really is a good flavour combination and I’m looking forward to using pomegranates more...well, maybe not all the time as it is expensive here!

Hi Kalyn! Thanks! :) Barbara deserves all the wonderful hugs :)

Hi Tanna! It is! I was totally smitten by its ruby colored seeds! Must explore this gorgeous fruit more :)

Hi Carina! I just use vegetable oil...but sometimes I substitute it for melted butter, ssshhh! Don’t tell anyone ;)

Hi M! They were delicious! I will when I get around to buying another fruit (I only bought one – they don’t come cheap these lovelies!)...I used the extra seeds that didn’t go on the cake as yogurt topper :)

Hi Manggy! We should!!! I would love that! You are lucky to have met some of the bloggers in the states already! They really are so shockingly dazzling to behold when you first break open the fruit’s skin! Yes, they are expensive, but I just bought one for this cake and had leftover to top breakfast yogurt and I could have even used some to sprinkle on a salad – and that one pomegranate was cheaper than a venti frappuccino ;)

Hi Anabanana! Thank you! The link to the recipe is in the post! :)

Suzana said...

A beautiful cake for a beautiful person! And what a nice love post this is. :)

Jen Yu said...

What a gorgeous treat to send as a hug. Elegant and beautiful, just like our Barbara.

Midge said...

That's such a pretty cake. I agree with Paz: anyone would feel better after seeing and tasting it.

Erin said...

That is a lovely and very comforting looking cake. What a wonderful hug.

MC said...

This looks absolutely amazing! I never would have thought pomegranate on a cheesecake. I'm sure it's a great tarty taste!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Suzana! Barbara is truly a beautiful person :)

Hi Jen! Thank you :) I wish I could send it more than virtually!

Hi Midge! Thanks! :)

Hi Erin! It does taste comforting all yellow cake and sweet fruit :)

Hi MC! This is my first time ever to use pomegranates! But this is a yogurt cake not a cheesecake :) I haven’t graduated to cheesecake yet ;)

Patricia Scarpin said...

What a light, delicious cake, Joey! And the pomegranate seeds look like little rubies!

mikky said...

you're so thoughtful and sweet to your friend... you are a blessing to her... may God continue to hold and embrace her in this trial... btw, i love your cake... where did you get the pomegranate? S&R? :)

Dhanggit said...

Despite all the things happening in this world..beautiful people can still make this place a beautiful place worth living for! Such a delicious recipe and warm virtual hug you made here Joey.

I needed to share my hug to :-) thanks for making me informed

ChichaJo said...

Hi Patricia! I love these pomegranate seeds and yes, they do look like rubies!

Hi Mikky! Thanks for the sweet comment :) I got the pomegranate in the Spices and Flavors stall in the Salcedo Market :)

Hi Dhanggit! I agree...even if these seem like wackadoo times, if we all share a little love there will be lots to go around! :)

chezus said...

Joey, what a beautiful cake and heart felt message!

Peabody said...

That definitely says hug...beautiful.

ChichaJo said...

Hello Chezus! Thanks :) It really is from the heart :)

Hi Peabody! I wish I could give Barbara a hug in person :)

Passionate About Baking said...

What a beautiful cake & a beautifully written post. Just right for the gorgeous person Barbara is!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Deeba! Barbara is truly a gorgeous person who deserves many special hugs :)

Belinda said...

Your cake is just beautiful, Joey...just like the sentiments going along with it for dear Barbara. I've come to realize that our "virtual" friendships are just as real and true as many of our "real life" ones. And every friendship is a blessing. :-)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Belinda! I agree - I look forward to "seeing" my friends here as I do the ones I see in person :) How wonderful that we can meet and communicate with so many more people now because of blogs and the internet than before!

Aparna said...

its look great