A night of friends, laughter, good food, a trickle ofrain, empty bottles and glasses, music, dessert plates with chocolate remains,pictures, gifts. That´s how I spent my birthday. The day began foggy, whichyear after year indicates that my birthday is up. I cannot say for sure it willbe tremendously cold, but it will definitely be foggy. It marks the beginningof winter, shorter days, more kitchen hours and less sun in the terrace.
As I set out to finish the preparations for the night,it dawned on my that, though it isn´t the turn of a decade as is usuallyreferred to, you know, a birthday or a year that ends with a 0, it is a decadesince I decided to live a different life. The last ten years were intense, tosay the least.
They saw me separate, divorce, move six times, start my ownbusiness, fall in love, loose a brother, loose a grandmother, become closer tomy parents and brother, leave many fears behind, loose my dogs, gain atremendous amount of confidence in myself, start another business, enjoy my owncompany, enjoy my true friends more than ever, learn how to ask for favors,understand I don´t always need to have the answer, dive back into my first lovethat is food, start a blog.
I want to believe I´m much wiser than I was ten yearsago, and it´s probably true in some aspects, and I bet untrue in others. Idon´t think our essence is much changed. I simply think life´s sweets andsorrows mold it; they let different aspects come out while we try to find abalance.
Definitelymy wish for myself and anyone reading this, is to be able to enjoy the lifewe´re living. Enjoy it in a big, selfish way, while helping others do the same.The more you give to others (not in an altruistic, stoic way) while trying toachieve whatever you want for yourself, will reap the best benefits. Share andit will come double.
That is something I did learn in these ten years.
As I wake up to a house with party remains everywherethe sun is shinning and the sky is a cloudless light winter blue. I will spenda good few hours cleaning and washing dishes; then I´m off to another friend´shouse to have lunch.
It´s a holiday here. No, not because it´s my birthday, ha.It´s our National Flag Day. Yes, it turns out I was born a patriot.
CARAMELIZED RED ONION DIP
barely adapted from The Barefoot ContessaCookbook, by Ina Garten
Makes about 2 cups
1large red onion
2Tbs oil (vegetable or olive)
1/8teaspoon cayenne pepper
½teaspoon kosher salt
4oz (115g) cream cheese, room tº
¼cup sour cream
2Tbs chives, chopped
Peelonion, cut it in half and then slice thinly.
Meltbutter and oil in skillet, add onion and cayenne, salt and pepper. Cook,stirring occasionally, for about 20 to 30 minutes, until the onion turns soft,brown and caramelized. Allow to cool.
Ina bowl mix cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise and cooled onions. Mix well,check for seasoning and mix in chives.
Serveat room tº with potato chips or toast.