Hello and welcome to Fig & Quince: a mother and daughter’s joint venture and hopefully excellent adventure in blogging about Persian food and culture.
We (me + my mom that is) originally hail from Iran and we are totally, completely, and utterly delighted to share our stories and recipes with you. We welcome your questions and feedback – so please don’t hesitate to make contact!
For the longest time, I used the oven as a storage space — just like a good (stereo)typical New Yorker. That said, I’ve also long been an avid armchair cook and secretly harbored the fantastic notion of one day unleashing my inner Martha! That inner Martha: she is unleashed! Fortified by the birth of this blog. Persian culture is rich and Persian food is simply amazing, and I’m passionate about sharing both with you.
I used to be a lawyer and an advertising art buyer. I write and illustrate professionally and for pleasure. (Do check out my portfolio, won’t you? And please do not hesitate to contact me for editorial assignments or design/illustration projects.)
When my mother was a university student as well as a bright-eyed bride all of 21, she bought a cookbook to fill in the gaps of her cooking. When she left Iran, this cookbook (a tattered copy of which exists to this day! Someone alert The Smithsonian!) was among the few things she brought to her new home in the U.S. Lucky for all those destined to eat at her table, my mother turned out to be a wonderful cook. As we say in Farsi: dastesh namak dareh – which literally translates to “her hands have salt.”
My maman joon is also an artist. If you’d like, you can check out her collage cutout Blurb Books.
A keen connoisseur of Persian cooking, Felfeli is particularly partial to āsh (thick soups), and also counts lobiya polo (green bean mixed rice) and khoresh gheimeh (French fries stew as he calls it) and of course tahdigh (crispy bottom-of-rice) among his favorites. He will eat sabzi khordan (mixed fresh herbs which is a permanent side dish of all Persian lunches and dinners) when he is 5 years old and not a day earlier -so please- do not offer him some until that momentous day is upon us.
Felfeli is way into dinosaurs, helicopters, numbers, bunnies, and rainbows.