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Happy Spring! Happy Novruz!

Happy Spring! Happy Novruz!

Sprouted Wheat, Semeni, for Novruz

Spring is here and so is Novruz. We made 5 plates of semeni (wheat berry sprouts, symbolizing spring) this year and they all grew tall and lush! The biggest one, which you see in the picture above, became the centerpiece of our holiday table, featuring sweet and savory holiday bakes, nuts, and dried fruits.

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  • Fresh Walnuts. Istanbul, Turkey.
    Links to Reads, August 2016
    August 29, 2016 by
    Hello, friends! Time for August  Links to Reads!  That picture above was taken in August too, but two years ago, when I was in Istanbul to print the First Edition of my Pomegranates & Saffron cookbook. One day, I had some time to take a stroll in the bustling aisles of the city’s magnificent Grand Bazaar, where walnuts, some still...
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  • Azerbaijani Firni in Lahij
    Links to Reads, July 2016
    August 2, 2016 by
    Welcome, August! And good-bye, July! Time for a new round of cool links from various sources, so hi there, July Links to Reads! Top 10 links I enjoyed reading. * In Mexico City, trash is recycled both to curb the local waste disposal problem and help the poor get food in return. * Unlike Japanese sashimi, Korean sashimi prizes live...
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  • How to Dry Mint Leaves
    How to Dry Mint Leaves
    July 27, 2016 by
    When life gives you mint, dry it. And store it. Because you can use dried mint in so many ways in the kitchen and stocking up on it to last through a long time is always a good idea. Dried mint is one of my most important pantry staples and I often use it in Azerbaijani and Turkish dishes. The...
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  • Azerbaijani-Style Eggs with Tomatoes
    Azerbaijani-Style Eggs with Tomatoes
    July 23, 2016 by
    In Turkey, it is menemen, in many parts of the Middle East, it is shakshuka (claimed to be a North African import), and in Azerbaijan, it is pomidor chighirtmasi, also known as pomidor-yumurta (literally, “tomato-egg”). What do these dishes have in common? In them, tomatoes and eggs prove to be a match made in heaven, or rather a skillet. Although...
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  • Blueberry Bundt Cake
    Blueberry Bundt Cake
    July 13, 2016 by
    A few days ago, I ventured into making my very first blueberry Bundt cake to take to a picnic with friends. I thought it would be a perfect accompaniment to black tea we all took there in our thermoses to enjoy in the open air. (If you ask why black tea and why any tea at all, it’s because no...
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