10/17/2009

Sholeh Zard and Philosophy

So, I am turning a year older this weekend. I don't particularly wish to be reminded of it, not so much because I care that I am older, but because the extra attention usually embarrasses me! All day today I had to stay home and prepare an important project for a deadline. My kids went to celebrate their youth and Mir Hossein (our cat) and I spent the evening together, where I worked and he took a nap! Just to take advantage of the time, and also to prepare a dessert to take to my friends' house tomorrow night, I started making Sholeh Zard.* Here's a picture of my work in progress as of 30 minutes ago.
My cousin, Azar, had called and left me a message yesterday. She said she had dreamt of my mother. She said my mother had been in a lavish party in my house, where everyone was very happy, celebrating something. All day today I remembered my mother and missed her, but was happy to know that she is with me. I'm not sure what my mother was celebrating, but I am sure of what I celebrate in my home tonight. I celebrate a life full of wonderful experiences, good friends, loving family, and hope. Yeah, I have noticed the double chin and the small wrinkles around my eyes, too! But hey, those are my medallions which remind me just how long I have been around with all the different chances I have had at a good life. For the new year in my life, as in the year past, I don't wish for things and money. I wish for health and peace on earth. I wish for freedom for Iran and for hope for America. Things which are priceless and which can make for more hopeful nations. Hopeful nations can achieve anything. That's my wish.
*I looked for Sholeh Zard recipes in English. There were tens of options available, but none of them seemed to quite prepare it like I do. This one is the least different from how I prepare it.

15 comments:

jeerjeerak said...

Happy Birthday my dear friend. What a nice way of welcoming a birthday party with the sweet rosewater and saffron aroma of a boiling pot of sholezard. I hope life treats you always as sweet, as colorful, and as comforting.

Btw, I love all the blue and yellow in the photo you posted here. Your kitchen is a feast to the eyes as well as the bellies! The photo brought back the memory of the weekend i spend there:)

Daisy said...

Happy Birthday Nazy jan and what a lovely post this was.

I couldn't agree more with jeerjeerak specially about your kitchen colour scheme. It's obvious that you have a great taste.

I hope you have a great weekend and a wonderful birthday. I think your mother was celebrating because she knows you are happy. Be happy today and everyday.

Love you
p.s. Do I get any sholeh-zard by any chance? ;)

nasim said...

Nazy jan, Happy Birthday!!

مسعود said...

سلام
فلسفه ات خوب و انسانیست،شله ات را ولی نمی توانم اظهار نظر کنم.رنگ خوبی دارد،به شرطی که زعفران کافی زده باشی و نه رنگ غذا.این رنگ زرد زیبا را چرا در محاصره اینهمه آبی گذاشته ای؟لیوانها آبی،کاسه ها آبی،قابلمه آبی،حاشیه اجاق آبی.اونجا چه خبره؟
همینجا فاتحه ای نثار ارواح پاک گذشتگانت می کنم .حتماً برایشان خیرات کن.
ایام بکام،عزت مستدام

مسعود said...

سلام مجدد
تصحیح می کنم:لیوان نیستند،گویا یکدست ظرف در دار شیشه ای باشند.

رهنورد said...

سلام نازی جان
"تولدت مبارک"
آرزو می کنم همیشه شاد و سالم و سربلند باشی دوست نازنین و مهربان من
از دور می بوسمت

Nikahang's Blog said...

Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

سلام نازی جان
تولدت مبارک.شله زرد خوبی به نظر میاد.
میدونم دقت می کنی برای تهیه غذا.راستی خانم رزا منتظمی هم به رحمت خدا رفته انگار!

مرضیه

ا. ش. said...

نازی خانم عزیز تولدتان مبارک! عذر مرا به سبب تاخیر بپذیرید. مثل همیشه متن شما سرشار از محبت و انسان دوستی است. از دعاهای آخر نوشته تان به غایت لذت بردم. ما نیز در دل آن ها را تکرار می کنیم. همیشه سلامت و پابرجا باشید

Anonymous said...

I hope you're having a great time. It's such a late congratulation that now I can just say happy birth month (which is over according to Persian year). Anyway, I hope the rest of your prosperous life would be full of lovely experiences too. I wish you every happiness.

Esfand` said...

I miss you my dear Nazi joon!!! :)

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
Lots of wishes for you!!!

Stay happy and healthy!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Nazy
thanks for the recipe. I am going to make a Sohlezard :)

After all, Happy birth day dear nazy. Be always vivid and inspiring sweet heart.

Best wishes;
Mahdi (Soshiyans)

Anonymous said...

Dear Nazy
thanks for the recipe. I am going to make a Sohlezard :)

After all, Happy birth day dear nazy. Be always vivid and inspiring sweet heart.

Best wishes;
Mahdi (Soshiyans)

Anonymous said...

Salam
khoobi Nazy joun?

Marzieh

majiD said...

سلام
اگر بدانید که با تصویر این شله زرد با دل شله زرد دوستان خارج از کشور چه کردید