Saturday, February 28, 2009

Turning 30.



Is what I did this month. It's two weeks ago (it was on the 15th.), but I'm still revelling in it. I love being 30.

I had a party - a FANTASTIC party, with cocktails, bubbly, dancing and finger foods. We had small glasses of butternut squash soup, shrimp cocktail in choux puffs (heavily inspired by Johanna's version - in fact, I took plenty of hints from Johanna's Canapées & Finger food section), blinis with smoked salmon, creme fraiche and chopped red onion; we had chicken liver paté and little tarts with onion and bacon, sandwiches with grilled vegetables and bruschetta with aubergine and feta spread; there was homemade lamb sausages with slaw (and more on those some other time), pork meatballs with herbs and slow roasted tomatoes - and, pictured above, the party favorite, small baked potatoes with seared, VERY rare beef and a caper-tarragon mayo. Almost like béarnaise. There was cake - carrot cupcakes and a traditional lagkage, and chocolate mousse.

Of course, I completely forgot to take pictures. I have some preparation shots, a couple blurry ones from the night, and one or two of leftovers (like the one above) I was busy. Turning 30. Sorry ;)

18 comments:

Pragyan said...

Happy belated birthday! 30 is great..isn't it the new 20's. Now I realize I did not do anything special on my 30th..well, it's never too late :)

Jenny said...

30 IS the new 20. It's fabulous! Happy Belated Birthday.

veggievixen said...

i'm so glad you think being 30 is fabulous...you're totally right! also glad you had such a good night!

Angela @ A Spoonful of Sugar said...

Congratulations, Zarah! It sounds like a wonderful party and 30 is definitely the new 20 :)

linda said...

Congratulations! ;D I am glad to hear that 30 is a great place to be as that is where I will be in April (8th)

thepassionatecook said...

happy birthday! i love being 30, too and have been enjoying it for quite a few years now ;-)
i am glad you enjoyed my selection of canapes, this one looks nice too!

Pille said...

congrats, dear Zarah Maria. And 30s aren't so bad at all, you know :)

Gemma said...

Happy belated birthday. Glad to hear 30 is great as I'll be joining you in July!

Gemma x

Heather said...

Happy Birthday, you! Yay to turning 30 and YUM to all that food!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Dear! Wish you a 100 years happiness! C

Stephanie said...

Oh wow...Happy Belated Birthday!!!

Yeah, not sure why most are so afraid of the 30's; I definitely prefer them to 20's.

Glad you had a good celebration.

Kevin Kossowan said...

Ah, a refreshing attitude to turning 30. Happy birthday!

Ulla said...

I am 30 too! Love your blog:)

ppp said...

wonderful blog
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Zarah Maria said...

Thanks for all of the well-wishes people! 30 is great and so definitely the new 20's! :)

Anonymous said...

everything looks soooo delicious! i just turned 30 as well. did you get any gag gifts or creative gifts for turning 30.. im trying to get ideas since a friend is turning 30 in a few weeks. thanks!

Marsha said...

Amazing :)

Ms. Welch said...

My own countdown has begun and I'm bound and determined to feel the way you did on my next birthday. I've spent too long dreading it. Thanks for writing something that makes me look forward to it!