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Happy Novruz! Happy Spring!

Happy Novruz! Happy 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 of happy moments to your lives and may it bring peace to the world!

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

Enjoy and Happy Novruz!

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    Homemade Pumpkin Puree
    The other day at the supermarket, as we were passing by huge stacks of canned pumpkin, my daughter said enthusiastically, “Let’s buy canned pumpkin and make a pumpkin pie!” My daughter then quickly realized that my  usual “Why buy if we can make our own pumpkin puree from scratch!” sentence was about to come out, so she quickly added, “It’s...
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  • AZ Cookbook Tea Blends Giveaway! (Winners Announced)
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  • Pomegranate with Eggs (Narnumru)
    November 3, 2014
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    Tell me what your first reaction was when you saw this picture of pomegranate with eggs. If you said “Wow!”—then thank you. Glad you liked it. If you said, “Together? What? How? Why? Hmm.” Thank you anyway. It’s not your fault. Because, really, who could have thought to combine these two completely unrelated products in one dish? If I didn’t know somebody could, I...
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    Hello, friends of AZ Cookbook! I have some news to share with you. About my new plans. As you know, I am done with my cookbook and it took me years, or 7 years to be precise, to complete it, from the inception of the idea to seeing the book come off the press (I  worked full-time at one point,...
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  • Links to Reads: October 2014
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    October Links to Reads are here! Enjoy! * Kitchens around the world. An amazing photo tour by National Geographic. * How to stuff an avocado. * From hive to bottle: harvesting honey. * Love steaks? Here’s  how to buy the safest meat and make the juiciest steaks. * Why California’s draught-stressed pomegranate may be better for you. * 5 women who...
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  • Books in Baku Bookstores!
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    AZ Cookbook | "Pomegranates and Saffron" in Bookstores
    Here is my book in a bookstore! Photo credit: Farida Bashirova Hello, friends in Baku! I have some awesome news for you.  My cookbook, “Pomegranates and Saffron,” is now available in all of Baku’s Ali and Nino bookstores. I am super excited! My book in bookstores? Sounds like a dream, still. But it happened! Note that the stock is limited. Thank you...
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  • Books Arrived in Baku!
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    Books Arrived in Baku!
    Hello, friends in Baku! I have great news for you. As I’ve already announced on our Facebook page, my book “Pomegranates and Saffron” has arrived in Baku. Those of you who pre-ordered it, will be able to pick it up from a designated place in downtown Baku (e-mail with details will be sent out soon). After the pre-ordering stage is...
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  • Store is Now Open! Exclusive Tea Blends and More!
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      Some super exciting news! Friends, I am so very happy to announce the launch of AZ Cookbook online store! We have an exclusive selection of tea blends, made specially for friends of AZ Cookbook, with each one of you in mind. AZ Cookbook partnered with Tea Amore, the producer of the finest organic and natural tea blends, to create...
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