Apricot

Apricot-Orange Preserves

Apricot-Orange Preserves

Apricot-Orange Preserves

We have a big apricot tree in our backyard. It fact, it is the only tree we have there. And we had high hopes for it when we had just moved into our house a few years ago. We imagined seeing the tree covered in apricots every summer and us happily piling them up into baskets to even more happily devour them. Our dreams crushed when the neighborhood’s gardener  told us, “I’ve known this tree for years. It has never borne fruit.” It was a sad moment. We sighed. But I think each of us continued to secretly fancy those juicy sweet apricots on the tree. A year passed without apricots but guess what happened the following year – the tree gave us lots of apricots! Juicy, sweet, delicious apricots! And then it gave more and more every year. What a generous gift of nature!

Apricot-Orange Preserves

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Grated Pie Filled with Fruit Preserves

Grated Pie Filled with Preserves

So I had this grand idea of redesigning my blog a little (nothing major) to start the near year’s blogging afresh, but little did I know that redesigning a blog is not as simple as it sounds to me. Honestly saying, I am not the one redesigning it and it is  M. whom I have forcefully mobilized to undertake what I told him was a very serious endeavor, and he only manages to work on it whenever he has a spare moment, which doesn’t happen often. So things go slowly, but as M. assures me, surely at the same time. I too did something that I think will be useful to all of you. I’ve added new buttons at the end of each post (how hard was that?) and now you can easily share posts with your friends by email or by other means, post them on your facebook, like them and even print them! Hope you enjoy these cute little additions to the blog. Another news is that AZ Cookbook is now on Twitter! Please join me and we’ll tweet there.

Now let’s talk recipes. I wanted to enter another year of blogging with a recipe for something sweet. I thought grated pie fit right in! This preserves filled tea time dessert is popular in Azerbaijan where it might have traveled from Russia years ago. (During the Soviet reign same sweet pies, cakes and the like were known to the entire Soviet population.) It is called tertiy pirog in Russian and this is now it is  typically called in Azerbaijan too. The name “grated” comes from the technique that involves grating part of the dough to form the top of the pie. It is a fun pie to make, and easy too. Enjoy! And have a sweet rest of the year!

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