What Oprah Eats on Her Birthday
Oprah's 2017 birthday celebration—shared by Gayle on Instagram—kept to the script, with the main course starring Pasta Cacio e Pepe, which Oprah included in Food, Health and Happiness.
It's one of the simplest pasta dishes you can make, a meal that's far tastier than the sum of its parts. You vigorously toss hot, just-out-of-the pot spaghetti with some pasta cooking water and grated Pecorino Romano until a thick sauce forms. Then, you top the silky noodles with some form of truffles (whether freshly shaved, or in a zest or salt format), a little salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Oprah first tasted this cheesy, salty, wonderfully sharp-tasting dish at a castle in Umbria, a region of Italy she visited in 2014, where she checked "go truffle hunting" off her bucket list.
As for dessert, we've seen O ring in her new year with a range of cakes, from tiered numbers to more simple affairs.
Coconut is a popular cake theme as is a glorious display of candles. Because what's a birthday without a wish?