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Birthday Feast

Well, I’m happy to report that I didn’t poison anyone yesterday!!! After a long long day, I had a few realizations, a bit of success and a very happy Daddy 🙂

Friday night, my brother and I went to CVS to print out the most recent picture of the two of us and bought a frame. My dad didn’t want any presents this year but the last picture of me and my brother is from years ago when I could actually pick him up! So I figured that he wouldn’t mind having another framed pic of me and my bro…ya know, all grown up. We gave it to him Friday night and he loved it. So yay.

I also went to Best Buy to get a camera…but when I got home, I realized that I hated it. So first thing Saturday morning, my dad and I went back to Best Buy to get a different one…Needless to say, my luck must’ve been great because I ended up getting a $275 camera for only $200! I love my new camera…

After I dropped my dad back at home, my brother and I went out to run errands. We went to Whole Foods to get the groceries…My mom was supposed to go out to Fairfax to the Turkish market to get other things I needed while we were at Whole Foods but she didn’t go (I cannot count on that woman for ANYTHING) so I decided I’d go to Fairfax myself and get what I needed. Yeah, big mistake. I HATE Fairfax…First I missed the exit…and then after I got off the exit, I called my dad to get directions and he said I’d taken the wrong exit so I should make a U-Turn and keep driving on Rt. 50 until I saw the “Hooters and the shopping center”…After driving for a half hour and seeing the Washington Monument, I decided to turn around and call the market. It turns out I DIDN’T have to make a U-Turn…thanks Dad!! Thank god it was SO nice out yesterday…but VA drivers still SUCK!

Got home & it was time to start cooking. My cousins were coming over for dinner too…The menu was:

Kadinbudu Kofte: In Turkish, kofte is a family of meatball or dumpling dishes. In the simplest form, kofte can consist of balls of minced or ground meat — usually beef or lamb — mixed with spices and/or onions. The recipe that I chose to make is one that is local to the Aegean coast of Turkey. It consists of ground beef (half of it roasted before hand), minced onions, parsley, salt, black pepper, red pepper and an egg for the actual meat. I prepared the actual beef, flattened them (Kadinbudu literally translates to “woman’s thigh”) and put it in the fridge to rest before I actually fried it. Later on, after everything else was prepared, I rolled each kofte in a little bit of flour, dipped each patty on the egg yolks I’d prepared beforehand and let them each fry until they were ready to eat.

— Elbow Macaroni w/ Diced Tomatoes: Well. This is what it sounds like.

— French Fries

— Pureed Potatoes: This was another special recipe. I peeled and broiled 4 potatoes until they were soft. Once they were soft enough, I put the potatoes in the bowl, mashed them and put in vinegar, lemon juice, salt, pepper and a little bit of red pepper for taste. That is mixed until the taste is just right and then shaped onto a plate. It’s best served cold. For aesthetic purposes, once it is divided up, an olive is put in each piece for presentation.

— Green salad with tomatoes and chopped red onions. Dressing consists of olive oil, lemon juice and salt.

— The Cake: I made cake with chocolate chips…again, my own recipe and also made pudding for ‘frosting’. I’m not that much of a baker but I know what my dad likes so I made it according to his tastes.

A few things I realized yesterday:

* I really do enjoy cooking and baking…as long as no one is looking over my shoulder.
* I don’t mind washing dishes as long as I’m the one doing the cooking/baking.
* I’m really neat and clean when I’m cooking and the kitchen isn’t too much of a mess when I’m done because I washed the dishes after each dish was prepared.
* My mom really needs to buy more pots and pans that are usable instead of the useless bunch that she has. She really doesn’t know how to shop.
* I’m a really quick learner.
* It’s a good thing that I am picky about tastes because I can pick out what doesn’t taste right quicker and can fix the dish before it’s ruined.
* I really really really need to leave and get my own place soon before I murder someone.

So dinner was served at 6:30…And everyone LOVED the food…My cousin must’ve had 10 of the koftes. I felt pretty damn proud and my dad was really happy.

{ 16 comments… add one }
  • janey la loca February 8, 2009, 4:20 pm

    *gives standing ovation* The food looked amazing — made with skill and a whole lot of love. What a special meal. xoxox

  • topsurf February 8, 2009, 4:22 pm

    Wow that food looks fantastic, I am very impressed and now suddenly very hungry. I have found that proper tools in the kitchen are a must. It will save you time and energy in the long run. I’m glad you Father had a great birthday and that you got a camera you love. Excellent post, thank you for sharing!

  • K Dyer February 8, 2009, 4:32 pm

    Yay! Sounds like a wonderful job you did. Glad everyone enjoyed :))

  • Sarahh February 8, 2009, 6:30 pm

    That looked SO good. I am trying the potato recipe. i didn’t know there was another way to make potatoes, but alas there it is! And it sounds fabulous.

    I want to spend an entire Sunday soon cooking. Cooking Meatloaf and Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, corn bread, Corn Casserole, Mac and Cheese, and biscuits. And of course a large pitcher of Sweet Tea. And to top it off some cinnamon muffins I saw in the latest issue of O. Yes, I dig the O. And the Real Simple magazine. SUCH great recipes. Dammit now I am hungry…

    Fab job lady! Glad your dad’s bday went so well! And SO jealous of your camera. Is it that color?

  • LiLu February 8, 2009, 9:53 pm

    That potato dish looks AWESOME. And I love the camera! I need a new one… if you like it, I might have to go get one myself… love the color.

  • PrincessQ February 8, 2009, 10:39 pm

    I’ve always been a fan of the Sony Cybershot…The camera I exchanged was also a Sony…just an older model and I’m a little snob…This one is 10 megapixel and if you can find it on sale…It is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO worth it.

  • Beanz February 9, 2009, 10:17 am

    Oh great that means we are never going to get you to Fairfax again…LOL. The food looks great and hope you enjoy the new camera.

  • PrincessQ February 9, 2009, 10:50 am

    Yeaaaaaaaaaah. I’m not a huge fan of Fairfax…LOL

  • perpstu February 9, 2009, 11:36 am

    It all looks delicious! You have done a wonderful job!

  • PrincessQ February 9, 2009, 11:41 am

    Thanks love!

  • Jaime February 9, 2009, 2:59 pm

    I love cooking and baking if I don’t have to do the clean up.

    Everything looks wicked yummy.

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