Merry Christmas with Mama’s Cinnamon Cookies

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This year we are lucky to have my mother-in-law visiting us from Turkey for Christmas and New Years. This means a lot of cooking and baking! Yesterday we came home from work to a delicious smell of cinnamon and freshly baked cookies. What a nice surprise! Read More →

Christmas Mantel Decor with Silver and Gold Accents

Christmas Mantel Decor

Holidays are here! Who doesn’t like holiday season? Warmth of a fireplace, hot chocolate, mulled wine, Christmas tree and family time…definitely my favourite time of the year!
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Borscht: Russian Beetroot Soup

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Borscht is probably one of the best known Russian dishes and also the most loved one. It is a lot of work though! Too much chopping or shredding. But once in a while I like treating my boyfriend and myself with this Russian delicacy. Read More →

DIY Fall Mantel Decor

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Fall always puts me in a crafty mood. I love decorating my mantel according to the season or holiday. We are getting closer to the Canadian Thanksgiving so I’ve created this themed mantel decor to put ourselves in a cozy fall mood. Read More →

Mushroom and Buckwheat Soup

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This hearty Russian soup with mushrooms and buckwheat is great for fall! It can warm you up on a cold day and satisfy your cravings for a hot bowl of soup. Read More →

Sunny Day at Deer Lake Park

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First shots taken with my new old Canon Rebel XS and 50mm f1.8 lens at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby, BC. I’m pretty happy with the results! Read More →

Cinnamon Buns or Trying Food Photography Tricks for the First Time

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I’ve been reading a lot about food photography and blogging lately (by the way, I had NO idea that Food Photography is a THING!)¬†and realized that my photos are “slightly” underwhelming to say the least! Apparently, there is a whole field of food photography and the science of taking good food pictures. Who would have thought! So I’ve decided to get a DSLR camera and start blogging like a pro! Read More →

Turkish Red Lentil Patties

lentil balls These red lentil patties were one of the first Turkish dishes I got introduced to by my boyfriend’s mom. It was the love from the first sight! I had them again when I visited Istanbul this summer and my love for them only grew stronger. Read More →

Turkish Breakfast: tea, eggs, cheese and Turkish sausage.

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Breakfast is the main meal of the day, that’s what they say. Weekday mornings are usually too rushed to have a proper breakfast but the weekends are another story. When we have time and supplies my boyfriend and I love having a Turkish breakfast, the best kind of breakfast!

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Solyanka: Russian Sour Soup with Smoked Meats

Salyanka-1 Today I’d like to share one of my favourite Russian soup recipes – Solyanka. We, Russians, love our soups! Every traditional lunch or supper, how we usually call it, consists of 3 courses with soup being the first one. Solyanka is a salty combination of sour smoked flavours. The word Solyanka comes from “sol” which means “salt” in Russian. It is as Russian as it can get!
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