So, I am now 36! WOW!
Have I reached the top of the hill and am I on the climb down on the other side? It's what everyone says, "After 35 you are on the slide down!" I don't know about you, but I do not feel like I am sliding down any hill! Not right now.
I remember at the age of 18/19 I could not wait to hit 30! I am not weird - hear my logic first. See for me 30 was that magical age. Finished with studying and university, settled in a job and earning money, enjoying life. That was how I drew my picture.
At 30 all what I had expected to have came true and even more! See at 30 I was 6 months pregnant, had found the man I loved, was excelling in my career and earning good money. No hassles and fuss - just fun and the good life. At 30 Soeren came in my life and made me confront a new aspect in my life, made me go to new extremes and challenged me in an entirely different role. I have loved every single day of the 6 years and cherished each new lesson I learned.
So now I am 36! I feel stronger and somehow more mature, something only experience gathered over the years can bring. No not old - mature. It's like I know if I hold my hand in the fire it will get burnt - if you will allow the comparison. My life is very fulfilled - sure I have my downs and have my battles to fight but it's not those tough fights and battles, we all had when we were younger. Those fights or battles where we thought the world would come to a halt. These fights and battles always have a solution. I know I can find them because the years have taught me where to look for the solution. So, even after the initial fear or panic - I know I will get through my downs.
My ups? Oh I have those everyday. I love those ups and enjoy them to the limit. I am young at heart and can laugh at myself - something I think is very important. I can be the clown, be the best girlfriend or the teacher. And everyday I am more - I am a car mechanic when my sons Hot Wheels break down. I am a cook in a fine restaurant. I am a high class society lady, or a girlie. I can be the business woman, or just a slob on my couch. How can I not look forward to each new day? Getting older is fun and worth every day - and if you look into the mirror you too will see so much more.
I know you all are looking forward to my celebration dessert. A lovely layered sweet sin in pink. Creamy quark flavored with fresh rhubarb, on top of lemony pound cake and topped off with tart raspberries. A delicious way to celebrate the day - birthday or no birthday.
Thank you to everyone who left me so many lovely birthday wishes. I was overwhelmed by all your kind words and affection. It's good to know you are there - makes each day just a tiny bit better. ;-)
Printable version of recipe here.
500g Rhubarb, cleaned and cut into 1 cm pieces
750g fresh raspberries
Zest of 1 lemon, preferably an organic lemon
4 tablespoons Gran Marnier
4 slices lemon pound cake
Optional: Pistachios, chopped
In a large saucepan bring water to a boil. Add the rhubarb add the rhubarb slices and allow in to boil for a minute or two. Drain and allow to drip. Place rhubarb and 100g sugar in a food processor and purée until smooth. Set aside.
In a separate bowl mix together raspberries lemon zest, 50g sugar and 2 tablespoons Gran Marnier together gently, making sure not to squish the raspberries.
In another bowl fold the rhubarb purée with the quark. Cut the lemon pound cake slices in cubes and drizzle with the remaining Gran Marnier.
Now assemble the trifle in tall glasses by placing a few cake cubes at the bottom of the glass, layer with a generous dollop of rhubarb-quark, then a few raspberries. Repeat, finishing off with a few raspberries on the top.
Keep refrigerated for at least an hour so that the flavors can infuse with each other. Serve cold sprinkled with a few pistachios.
Note: If you are unable to find quark, substitute with natural sour cream mixed with whipped cream. Although it will not bring out the typical quark flavor it does a pretty good job. You can also use mascarpone cheese for this. It will be slightly richer than quark but certainly a delicious option.
Although strawberries are rhubarb's true partner because of their sweetness, I opted for tarter raspberries. A fantastic pair and for me the hottest combination this summer. I loved the creaminess with the rhubarb sweetened with sugar. Raspberries macerated in the Gran Marnier brings out a fantastic full bodied aroma of the fruit. Simply delicious. Pretty in pink and perfect for any party.
I'd like to dedicate this to all my gorgeous Gemini twins who are celebrating their birthdays this month. Let's rock this party!
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