Sally in the Zen

Confessions of a Befuddled Zen Buddhist


So I finally turned 40 this past weekend.

The big 4-0.

How do I feel?

Let me think about it for a second. 

*thinking*  *thinking*  *thinking*

Nope, nothing different.  I feel the same as I did the day before the BIG DAY.

So what did I do for my birthday?  Nothing special because I normally don’t celebrate with a big TO-DO over it.  Actually, I normally don’t celebrate it at all. 

Yes, yes, I am quite the party animal.

But I did want a nice dinner, and so I made Seafood Alfredo Pasta for us.

It’s nothing fancy or from scratch.  I just heated up a couple of tasty jars of store-bought Alfredo sauce and threw in a seafood medley pack from the supermarket.  A tasty meal in a short time.  Can’t beat that.  But I would like to try to make Alfredo from scratch one of these days.  I hear it’s easy.

Zen Mum threw together a mixed spring salad with hard-boiled eggs and tomatoes.

And while we were munching on this tasty meal, Zen Mum started twirling her noodles.  She said that Chinese people believe that noodles should be eaten straight, not cut into small pieces.  Long noodles = long life.  Food for thought.

Zen Master was busily working on his food.  Notice the side of brown rice on his plate? 

He calls himself a “rice bowl.”  Meaning, he needs to have rice with all his meals or else he doesn’t feel right.  Or more specifically, his stomach doesn’t feel right.


And the piece de resistance?  Why, chocolate cake, of course!  I used the Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake recipe.  And NO, this is not an advertisement for Hershey! 

I just turned my back for one second and Zen Master — Old Master of Flying Fingers — chipped away at a corner of the cake. 

I have to admit that I didn’t have any intention of using this recipe for my birthday cake.  I have a recipe socked away somewhere for a phenomenal chocolate cake, but you know how when you want something, you can’t find it?  Well, that’s what happened.  I couldn’t find the recipe.

And I was CRAVING homemade chocolate cake.

Our verdict?

Six thumbs up — two from Zen Master, Zen Mum and me. 

Moist, not overly sweet (since I adjusted down the sugar) and tasty.  I did add a tablespoon of instant coffee into the mix because I remember that it was part of my missing recipe and it had added an extra yumminess to it.

And yes, I was aware that it had absolutely no frosting on it, but that was just because I wasn’t feeling it.

What can I say?

Here’s to many more years of life, family and unadorned homemade chocolate cake.

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