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Let the celebrations begin.

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So tomorrow is my birthday. It’s quite a daunting one for me, you see. I’m turning 24. Now I know for many people this is ridiculous because I’m still so ‘young’, but for me 24 has always been the ‘grown-up’ age. The age where girls become women, put on pencil skirts and high heels and go into the working place looking tres chic and sophisticated. The age where many get married.

Now for me, it’s a bit different. I fell pregnant when I was 22 (a big oopsie which turned into my life changing 100% for the better) and got married that same year. I had to give up my career in fashion and beauty (I was a Make-up artist/ Special FX artist and hair stylist) as I couldn’t stand for such long periods of time carrying twins and became a, shall we say, Home Executive.

I guess it’s hard to explain, but I still feel like an 18 year old in so many ways. Yes I’m a mom, yes I’m a wife, but I also still feel like that girl in Matric, trying to see how far I can push my parents, how many shooters I can drink on a Friday night and what I will become one day. I quickly learned that although my parent tolerated a lot, they wouldn’t tolerate me sneaking boys into my room, they also didn’t like picking me up, completely sloshed from house parties! I learnt that I could do maybe 5 tequila’s but only 2 glasses of wine. And I would’ve NEVER imagined that in 6 years my life could change so much. Some days I miss the glamour and glitz of working fashion shows and shoots. I miss having drinks with models after work. But then I look at the gorgeous faces of my amazing kids and all of that disappears.

So I guess it’s not THAT bad turning 24. I am incredibly blessed with a wonderful husband, adorable kids and a family that anyone would be proud to have. And it helps that I’ve already gotten spoiled rotten. My amazing dad got me a Kenwood prospero 5-in-1. A dream come true for me as I’ve never had a mixer/food processor before. I’ve already used it and I am sooo inlove!  And the love of my life got me 3 cookbooks I’ve been dying to read. The first is the Italian ‘bible’ of cooking, The Silver Spoon. I’ve only browsed through it but let me tell you, this is the book to have if you’re a foodie. Everything from Eggs to Frogs are discussed and the recipes look so amazing. He also got me Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld, a good book for any mom of young kids. She hides veggies in everything from oats to brownies! I’ll definitely be trying some of the recipes out on my kids. And then the last is Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape. Now most of you know that I am completely besotted by anything Indian, so the fact that for my Indian themed birthday, I’m getting a Indian Themed cookbook is just too cute. I’m not crazy about Mr Ramsay but his cookbooks are amazing and the photography is beautiful. All-in-all, I’m sure you can guess that I’m in Foodie Heaven!

So today will be spent cooking curries, making Naan and decorating the lounge to look like an Indian palace for the birthday dinner tonight. I thought I’d attach the menu  for tonight, I’ll be blogging about it on Thursday and Friday!

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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Marisa

    So what does one have to do to get an invite? 😉

    All jokes aside though – Happy birthday!!! Hope you have a blast tonight.

    • Ally_R

      Preferably live in Gauteng? lol
      Thanx M! I’m sure I will!

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