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Happy New Year!


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 […]


AZ Cookbook in AZ Magazine – With Steve Hollier

Photo by Steve Hollier

Photo by Steve Hollier: Absheron National Park. A couple of months ago I received an email from Steve Hollier, new editor of AZ Magazine in Baku. He was asking if I would like to run my own food column in the magazine. I who always thinks I can handle more than I really can, didn’t think much before saying Yes. […]


Flying High


Photo from here. Soon after this post goes public, I will be be boarding a plane to fly to our first destination, Turkiye. I am looking forward to seeing my family and friends both there and in Azerbaijan. I am not sure how soon I will gain access to the Internet when there, so please forgive me if I am speechless for […]


Happy Novruz!

Happy Novruz! Happy Spring, everyone! Wishing you peace, health, prosperity and wonderful new beginnings!


HAITI Needs Your HELP!

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Dear friends! At this time of a devastating tragedy that struck Haiti, let’s lend our helping hand to those affected. There are numerous organizations that accept donations. Remember that no donation is too big or too small. Every penny counts. Here  are some places you can donate. PLEASE HELP. THANK YOU! Red Cross UNICEF Save the Children Doctors Without Borders […]


On The Move Again…

Not me, my blog is. I am in the process of moving my blog from to to complicate my life and to add more to my already overloaded workload. I was first on blogspot, then moved to and now I decided to move again. I think it will take me a while to finally launch my new […]


Yellow for Bri

YELLOW NARCISSUS IN THE MORNING DEW Picture taken by yours truly in our backyard. Narcissus is my favorite flower. White or yellow, it is so fragile, so beautiful and it smells beautiful too. I took this picture way back in February early in the morning when the drops of dew were still fresh and shining on the flower. I rushed […]


Look What I Made!


Meltem (almost 5) making her own cupcakes from her Cupcake Book. She inspired the name for my tag. Recently I’ve been noticing more and more tags going around the blogosphere and I thought it would be cool to create one of my own. Anna at Anna’s Kitchen Table, who created this wonderful tag called Top Ten Pics inspired me. I […]


You Make My Day!


I received another sweet award. This time from my dear foodie friend George at Culinary Travels Of A Kitchen Goddess who surprised me with the You Make My Day award! George, it is you who made my day:)) and I am flattered as much as I am thrilled. Thank you! I am pleased to pass this award to the following […]


Top 10 Pictures


I’ve been tagged again. How fun! My wonderful foodie friend Vi from Flowers In The Kitchen tagged me. Thank you, VI! This is a new tag started by Anna at Anna’s Kitchen Table. Here’s a quote from Anna: “Right guys, listen up….I’m starting a tag. It’s called ‘Top 10 food pics’. Here are mine, all my favourites. I’m tagging 6 […]


And The Winner Is…


The contest is over. Looks like my daughter generated more interest than ice cream:)) Thank you for your nice words about her! Hmm, maybe it’s my fault – I shouldn’t have posted her picture:) She receives enough compliments from people wherever we go as it is:) When I told her that people who read my blog say you are cute […]


My First AWARDS – Thank You!


I am humbled and excited and happy! I received several awards within a week. I feel honored to have been selected among so many wonderful blogs out there considering I’ve only been blogging for a little less than 4 months. These lovely bloggers awarded me with the E award for Excellence. THANK YOU! Marija at Palachinka – She was the […]

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