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Archive for March 2008

Spinach Salad with Cheese, Walnuts and Raisins

My spinach repertoire continues. This time I added a spinach salad I learned from my dear friend Asli. They came over for dinner the other day. The table was set… but I was missing a salad. I had a bag of baby spinach sitting in my refrigerator and Asli suggested we make spinach salad with walnuts, cheese and apples. The […]

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Easy Baklava

easy-baklava

I’ve been wanting to post the recipe for Azerbaijani baklava for a long time. So, for the first time in my life I dared to make baklava myself, but …. it didn’t turn out the way I wanted. It tasted great (we had guests and they loved it) and it had all the right flavors, but I was still not […]

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Layered Rice Pilaff With Dried Fruit and Chestnuts

layered-saffron-rice

Eziz Qonaqlar, Meclisimize Ash Gelir! Ok, no panicking, it’s in Azeri, I’ll translate, word by word: Dear Guests, Pilaff is Entering Our Ceremony! This is how the Tamada, a Toastmaster always announces the appearance of a festive Pilaff at the Azerbaijani wedding ceremony. Royal treatment, you would say? Now, listen to this. Beautifully presented and mouth-watering pilaff is literally escorted […]

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How to Make Saffron Water

Saffron (in Azeri: Zeferan) is widely used in Azerbaijani cuisine to add flavor and color to the food. When buying saffron, go for threads instead of powder, as they stay fresh and aromatic longer than the powder. Saffron water is usually added to rice pilaffs, some meat dishes, soups and sweets. Here’s how you treat this rare spice before it […]

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How to Peel Chestnuts

Chestnuts are widely used in Azerbaijani cuisine, especially in Rice Pilaffs. They make a perfect snack when roasted, too. Here’s how you peel them to use in your recipes. 1. There are two methods you can choose from to treat the chestnuts before peeling them. Option 1: With a sharp knife, cut an “X” on the flat side of each […]

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Baked Fish Stuffed with Walnuts (Balig Levengi)

This is my first recipe in the Fish category. And I started with the king of Azerbaijani fish recipes – fish stuffed with walnuts. On joyful occasions such as the celebration of Spring Holiday – Novruz, the Azerbaijani table overflows with food. But there is always room for fish stuffed with Levengi, a traditional walnut filling originating from the beautiful […]

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Prunes Dipped in Chocolate

Today is the 8th of March – International Women’s Day. I don’t think it is celebrated in the US, but in Azerbaijan it is big. Good for women, bad for men:)) They have to buy flowers, chocolates, gifts for all the women in the family, at work, at school, including wives, moms, grandmas, aunts, sisters, cousins, and so on and […]

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Spring is in the Air!

Tree in Bloom

Spring is coming. With its colors, liveliness and freshness. Where I live we’ve been seeing trees blooming and hearing birds chirping for quite some time already. I took a picture of our neighbor’s beautiful tree in full bloom (our apricot tree is lazy, it’s just starting to bloom, slowly) a couple of days ago, during my morning stroll with the […]

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