Spring is in the Air!

Tree in Bloom

Spring is coming. With its colors, liveliness and freshness. Where I live we’ve been seeing trees blooming and hearing birds chirping for quite some time already. I took a picture of our neighbor’s beautiful tree in full bloom (our apricot tree is lazy, it’s just starting to bloom, slowly) a couple of days ago, during my morning stroll with the baby. Loved the pink flowers.

One of the major holidays in Azerbaijan – Novruz – is associated with spring. It symbolizes the awakening of the nature. Novruz is celebrated on March 21, the first day of Spring, but the joyful preparations for the holiday begin far in advance, from early March.

Celebrating Novruz is fun. Growing the wheat sprouts Samani, cleaning up the house, jumping over bonfire, knocking at the doors for treats, visiting the family, the elderly, cooking, baking Novruz desserts pakhlava (baklava) and shekerbura, and sharing them with neighbors, friends and family are some of the wonderful things that happen in Novruz.

I will be posting some recipes of the food, including the desserts, typically prepared for Novruz. So, don’t go anywhere:) Or if you go, come back and cook with me!

Happy Spring!



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  1. Sevgili Feride,
    tabii ki “guest cook ” olurum sen yeterki iste.Ayr?nt?l? resim ve tarif veririz.?ngilizceye de çeviririz iki dilde de yay?nlars?n istersen.Hatta K?br?s yeme?i de yapabiliriz.Sen akl?ndakileri bana yaz.Nevruz ‘un kutlu olsun.Türkçen çok güzel diye Türkçe yaz?yorum art?k.Sevgiler

  2. Hulya, cok tesekkurler! Guest book projesine baslayinca haber veririm sana. Sevgiyle kal.

  3. Beautiful picture, Farida, I love flowers..

  4. Salam Farida! Sene teshekkurlerimi bildirirem gözel peseptlerin ucun. Sade ve dadli.

  5. Salam Faride xanum, siz bilmirsiniz neter “jinjer-bread-house” onu neter yaxshi ve pushistiy elemek olar?

  6. Farida I love your recipes, I made your bread and every one in my family loved it. And I like the way you talk about Navruz because we celebrate it too in Kurdistan. Thanks for sharing.


  7. Hi Farida-

    I’ve been watching your posts on the Azeri adoption list but have never been brave enough to try one. I have two children adopted from Baku. My daughter’s 2nd grade class is having Heritage week next week and I want to make something that’s (1) traditional Azeri (2) somewhat easy (3) something 7 year old kids would like.
    Would you please recommend something to me? thanks, Sharon

  8. Merhabalar, çok güzel bu site sevdim yemek tariflerini çok be?eniyorum çal??malar?n?z?n devam?n? dilerim.

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