Olga dinner party

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Life has been spinning plates on sticks lately. Since March, we’ve been to Lisbon, Paris, Belgrade, Madrid and Budapest. Somewhere in there we decided to basically gut renovate our home (while living in it?!). Needless to say, we’ve been extremely busy. This post is about 6 weeks later than I wanted to share. And isn’t… 

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Spinach pastry triangles (Fatayer sabanekh)

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Ok so it’s June. But the whole month of May had 4-day weekends. I worked from home some of those days, and made some of these. With days off, I feel like the first thing I need to do is make a strong cup of coffee. The second thing is furiously clean the house. And… 

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Greek peas, potatoes and carrots stew + friendship makeups

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Something pretty interesting happened a few weeks ago. There was a knock on my door, proverbially speaking, from an old friend whom I hadn’t spoken to in years. And for good reason. We were both fed up with each other; a few toxic moments after years of friendship meant we were both ready to move on…. 

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Ottolenghi’s Cauliflower Pie

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Some Fridays – all I think about is the release. Opening the fridge, pulling out the ingredients. Slowly chopping. Preheating the oven. Scooping from the bowl and pouring batter into a form. Popping that into the oven. Waiting with tea. This particular week was an intense one at work; so I was looking forward to Friday… 

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Broccolini + Shaved Parmesan

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Shamefully, I am only opening my Christmas gifts to myself, now. I bought several cookbooks while in the States last Christmas to add to my meager collection. They include, but aren’t limited to, Nigellissima, Arabesque and Plenty. And while I tore through the pages at my parents house, the books sat idle for months on… 

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Burrito Bowl

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When people ask me what I miss most about living in the states, the answer is pretty much the same; 1. the quality of customer service 2. the sun 3. convenience, with everything. 3.5. chipotle chipotle and convenience get the same rating. The Salsa shop recently opened in Amsterdam, and its really as good as… 

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Creamy Banana Breakfast Porridge, for 1

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What are your morning routines like? Mine are dependent on when the Englishman wakes up – his job has his starting from as early as 330 amd and sometimes as late at 10 pm. Those early morning shift are tough – I wake up with his alarm, then fall asleep when he leaves, around 4. Then… 

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Coconut Macaroons

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I recently acquired a ruby Kitchen Aid standing mixer for my 30th birthday. It sat, idle, for about 2 weeks before I could bring myself to use it. I knew it would never be as clean and shiny as it was fresh out of the box. When I did get around to using it, I… 

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Creamed Spinach

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I imagine creamed spinach as those big, frozen rectangles you get from the shop – next to the pizza, peas and ice cream. We eat these frozen blocks as a last-ditch effort to throw in vegetables into, anything, really. Unless it’s on mom’s Chicken Florentine. I’d never made it from real, live vegetables before – so I… 

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Hot Crossed Buns

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It’s Easter weekend! And I finally christened my beautiful KitchenAid. I stupidly scratched my head asking why I always saw these around Easter holiday – duh, it’s the cross. But it hardly seemed like a valid connection. Much like the Easter bunny, cadberry eggs and chocolate galore. Still, a nice excuse to bake + indulge…. 

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Homemade Focaccia + Tales of Family Bread

Homemade Focaccia

I hardly eat bread anymore. Since moving here (4 years ago), I still haven’t acclimated to soft white loaves or seeded ‘corn’ rolls that are so very loved by the dutch. Growing up Italian/persian meant that if bread was out – it was excellent and in a very specific shape. Baguettes and foccacia from mama,… 

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Herb Compound Butter

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How do I describe the last few weeks? confusing, exciting, exhausting. I spent little time in the kitchen in February. It was more about changing jobs, deadlines, social affairs and renovation planning. But this last Saturday after spring cleaning, running, planning, I remembered to stop and make a meal for me and mister. We’re working… 

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Tabbouleh

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There’s been a lot on my mind lately and I haven’t felt much like blogging or storytelling. I have been eating, however, and photographing everything (because that’s normal). I present to you: Tabbouleh. Tomatoes. Parlsey. Mint. Bulgur. Cucumber. Lemon. Olive Oil. Salt. Pepper. Chop Chop Chop Chop. Perfection. Audio Pairing: Electric Relaxation by a Tribe… 

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Spicy-sweet Butternut Squash dip

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How do you keep up reading other people’s blogs? No really, I’m asking as a friend in need of guidance. I subscribe to loads; its a combination of wanting to be involved in other people’s lives and storytelling – being captivated by their food stories. And getting inspired. To try new dishes, vegetables, cultures and… 

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Mast o Musir (Persian Shallot and Yogurt Dip)

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I recently went to a Persian restaurant near my house. The proprietors were Persian. The decor was definitely fitting. And the food was nearly spot on. I say nearly because does anything ever compare to what your mom or grandma make? Hardly ever. But their mast o musir was there. All the tartness of the… 

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