Photo Tour – Part II

Photo Tour - Part II

Sunflowers

My little relative in Ordubad, holding a sunflower full of seeds. Fresh from the garden. We enjoyed the seeds afterwards around a big hospitable table.

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I am back to blogging! I returned from Azerbaijan a month and a half ago but have been buried in the work on my cookbook (we are almost there!), hence “abandoned” my blog for some time. Before you say “this girl always does that, I am outta here,” please pause and think about all the wonderful posts that are waiting in line to be be posted here for you. I have tons of recipes that I can’t wait to share with you.

I hope you enjoyed my first virtual photo tour from my trip to Azerbaijan. Here’s part II. What can I say? I had a fantastic time back there. Saw a lot of friends, traveled around with my family, sampled delicious food everywhere we went, met new people and made wonderful friends.

I also took lots of pictures. Some of them found their way here. Here they are, in no particular order. For you to enjoy and maybe plan your own trip to Azerbaijan, too:) I can’t wait to hear what you think about the photos.

Samovars in Old City Teahouse

Baku, the capital. Samovars, big and small in one of Old City’s tea-houses.

Traditional Caps

Baku’s Old City. Traditional caps for women on sale. Tourists love them!

Sweet Omlette Cake

Here’s the first food teaser. Meet the most unusual omelet I have ever seen. A jumbo SWEET omelet. Served as a dessert. This is a traditional “cake” of the Ordubad region. Great news! The recipe will be in my cookbook!

Carpet Weaving in Baku

Carpet weaving demonstration. Gala village, Baku.

Meat-Stuffed Flatbreads, Gutab

These flatbreads filled with meat and sprinkled with sumac – gutabs -  are beyond delicious. We sampled them in the region of Zagatala in the northwest.

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Photo Tour – Part I

Photo Tour - Part I

Hello there! As I promised – the virtual photo tour to Azerbaijan is here! Here you will see places, faces, get a glimpse of the local culture, the nature, food and many more. I took some of the pictures with my camera, while others (not of  the best quality) with my phone. Some pictures took a few minutes to take, with really little preparation, while others took even shorter – seconds – as we flew by in our car. This is only Part I of the photo tour. Stay tuned for more. Meanwhile, enjoy!

Very first photo: “Bucket market” in the village of Vendam in the region of Gebele. All fresh! All good!

Tendir (tandoori) baked bread we enjoyed in the open air in the Guba region.

A beautiful view to a village in the Aghsu region.

Filled flatbreads, gutabs, made in Corat (read Jorat) village not far from capital Baku. The most prized Corat gutabi is made with camel meat. Hot from the oven. Sprinkle sumac on top and you will come back here again and again.

Boys having fun watering the trees and flowers in our Baku backyard.

Our black mublerry tree in Baku gave us some fruits. These mulberries are delicious beyond words! Juicy and sweet. Dangerous too – they leave stains on your face and cloths if you don’t handle them with care.

On the way to the region of Guba. Those boys you spot in the distance sell fresh baby hazelnuts – pricy but good. Our wallets were emptied.

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