Happy Novruz! Happy Spring! Happy New Beginnings!

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 of happy moments to your lives and may it bring peace to earth!

Here’s a brief photo session I recently did with my daughter Meltem – she is dressed in traditional Azerbaijani dance costume and is holding a plate with Semeni.

Enjoy and Happy Novruz!

Moroccan Chickpea Salad With Onions and Paprika

Moroccan Chickpea Salad

I think Moroccan food is fascinating. This may sound a bit strange as it comes from someone who, to her biggest shame,  has never tried Moroccan food made by Moroccan natives (I am yet to discover a Moroccan restaurant in LA). But she has spent countless hours reading Moroccan cookbooks and visualizing the food and therefore, claims that her statement, although bold, is true.

Moroccan food seems to be about colors, spices, unusual flavor combinations, sweet and sour, bright and delicious. I have tried a few Moroccan recipes and found the results interesting and exotic.

This delicious salad from chickpeas is one of my old finds from a Moroccan cookbook I own. I remember falling in love with it at first read. Recently made it for our guests. I think they liked it. Enjoy!

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