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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. *** 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 […]

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Photo Tour – Part I

"Bucket" Bazar in Gebele, Azerbaijan

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, […]

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Hello from Azerbaijan!

Samovar Tea in Ismayilli Region, Azerbaijan

Tea from a samovar enjoyed in the region of Ismayilli, Azerbaijan. After 3 years, I am finally back in Azerbaijan. I’ve been here for about a month already, staying in Baku with my family. The first couple of weeks were spent on a jetlag recovery, then I resumed my work on the book design and all things book related. Most […]

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Happy Novruz! Happy Spring! Happy New Beginnings!

Meltem Buyuran with "Semeni" - Symbol of 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 […]

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Rice Pilaf with Butternut Squash and Beans

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“When are you going to change that cookie picture on your blog?” – recently a good friend of mine reproached me nicely.  She is right. I have been away for too long. But my mind has always been here, really. Please bear with me as I disappear and emerge from the abyss of silence from time to time. I am not quitting […]

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Golden Rice Crust for under Rice Pilaf

AZ Cookbook | Rice Crust for Under Rice Pilaf

Azerbaijani rice pilafs prepared with the “drain” and “steam” technique are called by the general name – suzme plov, which literally means “drained pilaf.” The name stems directly from how the rice is prepared. Thoroughly washed and presoaked rice is par-boiled in salted water, then drained and heaped in the form of a pyramid oftentimes atop of a gazmag, crust that […]

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I am Here + Photo Essay

Maiden Tower, Baku

Hello, friends. I am back. It’s been long since we last chatted, hasn’t it? I hope you all had a wonderful summer! As to me, I had a great and busy one with my family and friends in Turkiye and Azerbaijan. So much so that I rarely surfed the Internet and did anything online, including blogging, which is quite shameful, […]

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Happy Novruz!

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

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My First Newspaper Interview!

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Picture Courtesy: Deepa Pant As I am writing this I am still on cloud seven from happiness. As my large fingers (true) are typing what I’ve been intending to share with you for a long time, but waited until it happened, my heart is beating fast and I don’t know where to begin. When I had just started this blog […]

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