This is Sophie. Sophie was, and still is, at the registration front desk at my work. I met her almost 6 years ago when I first went to that building as a graduate student to use some of the equipment there. She is an amazing person, and being Polish and therefore a foreigner in this country she bonds very well with other foreigners just like me. I was very happy Sophie was there when I got a job at that building. She stayed with us, for a couple of months and then one days she didn ‘t come back. Soon after I heard she had a battle with cancer, Leukemia, that is trying to claim her life.
Two years will go by and she will be visiting and bringing her news, and her updates, always with a nice cookie or cake or a pastry that was so amazing, that even professional pastry chef ‘s would be jealous of. And time went by and Sophie is a winner. She won her life and now she is back in her old post, and seems like time didn ‘t even passed through. She now is making a great effort to collect money for cancer patients and cancer research. She is actively involved to the Light the Night event where she collects donations for victims of leukemia and lymphoma. Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) nationwide annual 2-3 miles evening fundraising Walk that celebrates and commemorates lives touched by cancer. Walkers carry illuminated balloons to signify hope, support and remembrance: white balloons for survivors, red balloons for supporters and gold balloons to represent the life of a loved one who has lost their battle with cancer. Funds raised will support our mission: cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.I donated to her cause. I assisted her because it is worth helping this cause and unfortunately only if people like Sophie get in danger we realize how blind and awful this disease is. So what this has to do with this blog? Well Sophie is a great baker and cook. And she gave me one of the greatest pies (or tarts) I ever had. And not only that, but it has no added sugar, no butter just fruits. And the taste is unbelievable!!! It is out of this world…I could never imagine that a sugarless butterless tart would taste as good. The sweetness comes from the dried fruit like raisins and apricots and the canola oil that is added in moderate amounts is making a crust that although not flaky, it still is tender, but strong enough to support the light but substantial weight of the pie.
I love you Sophie!