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Happy Spring! Happy Novruz!

Sprouted Wheat, Semeni, for Novruz

Spring is here, and so is Novruz. We made 5 plates of semeni (wheat berry sprouts, symbolizing spring) this year and they all grew tall and lush! The biggest one, which you see in the picture above, became the centerpiece of our holiday table, featuring sweet and savory holiday bakes, nuts and dried fruits.

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Happy Holidays

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Year! May you have a great one! A new year full of joy, happy moments, health, prosperity, luck, love, and many beautiful, positive things to be grateful for! With lots of love, Feride  

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Happy Novruz! Happy Spring! Happy New Beginnings!

Meltem Buyuran with "Semeni" - Symbol of Spring

Spring is here and it means Novruz to Azerbaijan and several other countries around the world. It is time to celebrate the arrival of spring, the nature’s awakening, new life and new beginnings. Semeni, sprouted wheat, is the symbolf of this holiday and every table in Azerbaijan has one ready for the celebration. Happy Spring, friends! May it brings lots […]

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Happy New Year!

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Dear friends of AZ Cookbook! Wanted to wish you all and your loved ones a Happy New Year! May the new year bring only joy, happiness, health, prosperity, success, luck, abundance, friendships, joy and many more to your lives! I hope the world will be a better place in 2013 – with peace on earth, more tolerance and understanding among […]

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Happy Novruz! Happy Spring!

Meltem with semeni

Meltem holding a plate with sprouted wheat, Semeni, symbol of Novruz. Dear friends of AZ Cookbook! Happy Novruz to you, happy Spring to you! May this holiday bring you happy moments, joy, prosperity, abundance, success, and luck!  May there be no hunger in the world and may there be peace (this is on a global level). Thank you for your continuous […]

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Happy New Year!

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Photo courtesy:  My friend Rovshana Samadova. Taken in Washington D.C. Rovshana didn’t know it would end up on my blog, but as an avid hunter for anything pomegranate I spotted it in her photo archives and bugged her –  she was kind to let me use it. Love the pomegranates! Thank you, Rovshana! ****** Another year is almost gone, so […]

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Shorgoghal – Spice-Filled Flaky Breads

Along with scrumptious multi-layered pakhlava (baklava) and tender nut-filled shekerbura, spice-infused flaky bread shorgoghal (alternative spelling: shor goghali) is another irresistable edible attribute of Novruz. In fact,  the three are a must on a festive goodie-filled tray, khoncha, a centerpiece of Novruz table. For its shape, the golden crust and the yellowish spice filling it encases, shorgoghal is regarded as […]

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Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day to all my lady readers and their loved ones! Wishing you all a life as beautiful and colorful as this rose.

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Happy New Year & Solidarity Day!

Happy Holidays from AZ Cookbook

Hey, friends. Just wanted to wish you all a very Happy Near Year. I wish you only the best, which includes health, happiness, luck, tons of joy, great friendships, realization of all of your dreams, a peaceful sky above your head, prosperity, a table food of food to share with your loved ones, and many other things that will make […]

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Shekerbura – Step by Step

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If Samani is a green symbol of Novruz, two desserts, Pakhlava (baklava) and Shekerbura, are the spring holiday’s sweet symbols. No Novruz table is complete without these delicious nut filled delights. I have posted the recipe for Easy Baklava before and time has come to pair it up with Shekerbura to complete a Novruz table. Shekerbura is a sweet pastry […]

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Growing Samani

This is my daughter Meltem, holding samani, symbol of spring The month of March holds a very special place for Azerbaijanis. It is the month when Novruz, a spring holiday, is celebrated. I wrote about Novruz  last year and there was a paragraph about this holiday in my interview to the Arab Times. Today  I would like to talk about […]

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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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