Happy Birthday Maman Joon!

Collage cutout Conference of birds posted by Fig & quince (Persian food blog)

Conference of Birds | Collage cutout by Farideh

Today is my lovely mother’s birthday. I’m missing it because today, as we speak, I’ll either be in an airplane or else biding my time in an airport killing time while waiting for the second leg of my flight to Iran.

I’m way too old to be saying this, but: I already miss my mommy!

Collage cutout of three leaf clovers posted by Fig & quince (Persian food blog)

Lucky clovers | Collage Cutouts by Farideh

This blog got started because I wanted to preserve my mom’s wealth of culinary know-how and her beautiful taste. Aside from sharing her recipes, she deftly and effortlessly styles food and has been the stylist of some of my favorite shots in this blog —  like the one for the Koofteh Berenji (our first recipe post.) She has a good eye and has always for as long as I can remember made things – including collage cutouts. I finally put a whole bunch of her collages together in this book and then this other book and then everyone saw what was evident. My mom is just one of those natural born artists.

Twirling Dervish collage cutout

Twirling Dervish | Cutout Collage by Farideh

She loves telling jokes, she tells very good stories. She writes funny poems, she writes poignant ones too. Sometimes I think she has the patience of a saint. She’s just a nice person.

Heart Hearts Hearts | Cutout Collage by Farideh

I am lucky to have her and I know it!

Heart Hearts Hearts | Cutout Collage by Farideh

Happy Birthday Maman joon & may you celebrate many many many more! (So that I can continue to torture you! Ha ha!)

You are an amazing woman and I love you.




All the collage cutouts by Farideh Hooshiar (aka my mom!)

Till soon mes amies!


25 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Maman Joon!

  1. Happy Birthday to your sweet Mom! Her collage’s are so beautiful – what a very talented woman!
    You’re finally off on your adventure Azita! How exciting! Thinking of you… Margot.xx

  2. you’re never too old to miss your momma. I miss mine every day that i’m not with her! Now its clear that pure talent runs in the family- beautiful collages. Many happy returns and love to you both xxx

  3. WOW! I didn’t realize this was your Mama’s work. What an incredible family of talent. I LOVE the dervish. They’re all so lovely, but, the dervish made me spin with joy.

  4. I love, love love this Azita. Your family seems to be full of strong, beautiful women (I remember reading about your talented sister a while back too) and I am glad that you’re preserving your mother’s culinary talents in this blog (plus, we get to learn and share it also!). Hope that you have a safe trip and a wonderful time in Iran. Happy birthday to your lovely mother xxx

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