eat. write. smile.

– three things I love to do. Come with!

A quick look homeward as I start my next adventure

I’ve just arrived in Lasarte-Oria, Guipuzkoa, a small townoutside San Sebastian in the Basque Country. I  traveled for twenty-six hours throughDallas, Frankfurt, and Bilbao. Now I’m so tired, I can’t sleep.
Yes, I’m tired, but mostly I’m excited. I’m thrilled for my new job, which I’ll start on Wednesday. I’m itching to go for a run through my newtown. I’m dying to go grocery shopping and fill my refrigerator withvegetables, cheeses and txakoli wine.
I’m anxious too, because this level of cooking- threeMichelin stars, in Europe, at a gorgeous, respected restaurant– is the highestlevel I’ve experienced in my career thus far. So how does this young cook deal withnerves? I’m telling myself that I can do it, and I’m thinking about all mywonderful experiences and supportive friends and family who have helped me gethere.

So before I start this next adventure in earnest, I’ll share some of the beautiful food moments from the past couple weeks. I’m so fortunate that myfamily embraces and celebrates food. I am fortunate to have friends who value food, and tocome from a region that produces some of the best food in the world. 

Here’s a quick snapshot of my holiday meals.

My Ninong Tom carves the lechon for Noche Buena. Roast pig…mmmmm

My father and my uncle, making our traditional Swedish pancake breakfast on Christmas morning

The gorgeous fruits of their labor with the mandatory Lingonberry sauce

Christmas dinner is my grandfather’s recipe: garlic-studded, bacon-wrapped rib roast.

Mise en place often involves champagne right up in there with the brussel sprouts.

The Selby men attend to the festive colors of the dining table

Carving the roast, which was a little overdone this year. Chickie wouldn’t have been pleased!

With Mama and my friend Caroline at my send-off dinner last week

Just before opening the buffet with Pantesca salad, kale Caesar, risotto, veal breast and lasagne.
That’s the last collection of photos from home. For the next six months, it’s going to be all new surroundings, all new faces, and all newchallenges.
Stay tuned! Good night…

3 comments on “A quick look homeward as I start my next adventure

  1. Goodrich.Tom
    January 9, 2012

    me omenez duzu :)zure padrino

  2. Jennifer Hunter
    January 9, 2012

    yahoo!!! have so much fun…can't wait to read more!!

  3. Ruthie
    January 9, 2012

    Thanks for reading Jen! Ninong- what does that mean? I have to go ask someone who speaks Basque because I sure don't (yet…) maybe it has to do with champagne? 🙂

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