I’ve turned 30!

June 3, 2010 § 6 Comments


I have turned 30 as of today, and I feel like I’ve crossed into some new section of my life, if that makes sense. I feel older, you bet, yet I know that whatever I might have lost in youthfulness, I gained in marksmanship, cooking and motherhood and marriage skills, and there’s enormous satisfaction in that. I love getting older, and I don’t miss my 20-year-old body at all (it was way, way, way too skinny, anyway).

To mark it here in some way, here’s a song for you! If you are familiar with Eurovision contests, and have a taste for Balkan music, you’ll know that this is one of their better numbers, helped enormously by the fact that the lyrics are not in English (Eurovision songs are notorious for terrible English lyrics).

This song here though I loved – it’s been my favorite for days! I’ve been playing it all but non-stop. Because I spent 4 years living in the Balkans and definitely left a piece of my heart behind, their music tops my list.

So anyhow, new recipes are coming soon!

P.S.: The chocolate sheet cake in the above picture is Ree Drummond’s Best Chocolate Sheet Cake Ever (In case you haven’t caught on to this fact, Ree Drummonds is my personal idol and, with very few exception, her recipes are fail-proof and out-of-this-world delicious). I love that cake – it’s remarkably good and involves very little work, fuss, and, above all, advance planning. Along with her Delicious Baked Fudge, this cake tops the list of desserts for me. If you want to try either of these, note that I nearly double the cocoa in both of these recipes, and steer clear of supermarket varieties, opting for the organic Equal Exchange cocoa instead.

The candle arrangement is by Julia and Henry Hundt. The hand-dipped rainbow candles are from the Viroqua Food Cooperative.

§ 6 Responses to I’ve turned 30!

  • Jacquelyn says:

    Happy Birthday! I love your outlook on life! I thought of you this morning while checking out some recipes and wanted to see if you have made one of these yet? Make sure you read the blog post as the recipe is Azerbaijani in origin – according to the article. Have a great year and keep up the good work! Your food looks amazing! http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2010/06/04/noon-rogani-2/#more-17914

    • Sofya says:

      Thank you Jacquelyn! I was hoping someone would say that :). I don’t remember this particular kind of bread, but it’s been years, and I don’t remember quite everything. I am gearing up to make pide – a turkish (flat) bread which in this case is going to be grilled.

  • A says:

    Happy Birthday!

  • Tom Hudgens says:

    Vse najbolse na rojstni dan, Sofya! (That’s Slovene…as Balkan as I can get!) I hope you are having a wonderful day. Perhaps Jacob remembers that on my 30th birthday at Deep Springs, I drank tequila and climbed trees. Here’s wishing you one that is just as fun and festive, but a little safer, I hope!

    • Sofya says:

      Very nice, Tom! Thanks! I had a great party the day before, had sort of a Babette’s Feast experience, did a lot of cooking for people – 2 cakes, trout spread, Russian salad, 3 loaves of bread, homemade lemonade. Jacob’s mom smoked a turkey. This probably all would have been easy for you with your DS experience! Went great! Everyone was decidedly knocked out afterwards, and we had plenty of leftovers to feast on!

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