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What remains of my mom’s very first cookbook!

Hello lovely reader! Welcome to Fig & Quince! My cozy little Iranian-American corner of the Internet where I tell stories and wax poetic about Persian food and the people and culture of Iran.

I share my family recipes and all the tools and tricks of Iranian cooking with you here because it’s my passionate mission to show you how to make good and authentic Persian food — with a modern spin and with creative twists. I’m equally driven by the fondest desire to do what I can to balance the myopic portrayal of my homeland and to promote a better understanding of Iran and Iranians.

Most recent and major bragging right is cooking fesenjan for the New York Times for a Sunday Magazine cover article about Diverse Holiday Feasts From Five New York Families. Fig & Quince’s fesenjan recipe then went on to make it on New York Times food editor Sam Sifton’s Most Popular Recipes, 2014! Thank you Maman joon for teaching me how to cook and passing on your stellar khoresh ‘e fesenjoon recipe. Persian food rules!

Food is the indelible vehicle of memory. I write about food with nostalgia and longing and yearnings … with words that have meanings beyond their names and evoke images of snow-capped mountains, cypress trees, and samavars gurgling brewing tea. Words that breeze with the smell of honeysuckles, orange blossoms and ghormeh sabzi; bringing back memories of climbing mulberry trees, swimming in the Caspian sea, and sitting impatiently around the haft seen table with the gold fish and hyacinth and gold coins and green sprouts, counting down the slow moving minutes till winter ended and Norooz began — finally! Culinary tales that sometimes make me feel the touch of my grandmother’s hand caressing my head in her lap while patiently reciting for me, once again, the fairy tales of the Girl with the Silvery Moon Forehead and the Daughters of Narenj and Toranj.

Food is the edible expression of a culture! And Iranian food is poetic, captivating, and enchantingly delicious! Let’s dig in!

About Me: Your Faithful Blogger

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I am an Iranian-American and a (self-diagnosed) late-bloomer with eclectic interests: art, literature, design, law and technology chief among them. I have 2 law degrees. I have passed 3 bar exams. I am nearly trilingual. I love toy robots and graffiti. I enjoy books and words and language and wordplay. I’m addicted to podcasts. I’m ardent, earnest, flawed and full of ideas. I illustrate. I write. I Blurb. I lecture about Persian food and I give cooking classes. I once gave a talk about why Jane Eyre would have loved social media! I am a story teller. I love food. I love to eat. I cook. I blog: therefore, I am!

I recently went back to Iran for the first time after nearly 3 decades because I was so homesick I thought I was going to burst and die. I stayed for nearly 3 months. I feasted my eyes on the snow-capped mountains of Alborz, I stayed in Tehran, the city of my birth and childhood and I traveled to Yazd, Shiraz, Kermanshah, Isfahan and the Caspian sea; I visited old friends and family and made new friends; I went to chic art galleries and cafes and ancient mosques and bazaars and palaces; I went and cried at the graves of my grandparents; and I ate and ate and ate! It was a significant and sentimental journey poignant in more ways that I can articulate, and I call it: #My Epic Trip To Iran! I have given a couple of “show and tell” talks about this homesick trip to Iran (here and here) and I plan to take this show on the road! So: stay tuned!

Ultimately, what I’m all about is this: Persian food is amazing and Iranian culture is rich and I’m brimming over with passion about sharing my recipes and stories with you.

Let’s Keep in Touch!

If you want to just say hi, or, if you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or lucrative proposals to turn me into an overnight sensation, please do not hesitate to contact me! I am also available for freelance writing and graphic design & illustration assignments. Whatever the reason may be, I would be delighted to hear from you! Here’s my contact info:

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Now, Let’s Meet the Other Cooks!

 

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.” I learned how to cook from my mom and all the recipes that I share here, unless otherwise specified, are ones that she taught me. She continues to teach and inspire me about food and food styling.

My maman joon is also a self-taught artist. If you’d like, you can check out her collage cutout Blurb Books.

 

 

Felfeli

A charming little fellow, let’s call him Felfeli, has also agreed to grace Fig & Quince with select if rather rare guest appearances. We are honored and could not be more delighted! (See him seeding a pomegranate Persian style, like a champ! Juicing a pomegranate in the nifty Persian “ablamboo” style. And here: soaking and washing rice grains to make Persian rice.)

A keen connoisseur of Persian cooking, Felfeli is particularly partial to āsh (thick soups), and also counts lobiya polo (green bean mixed rice), khoresh gheimeh (French fries stew as he calls it), khoresh fesenjoon (walnut and pomegranate stew) 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.

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Comments (153)

  • BITA 7 years ago Reply

    HELLO AND A HUGE WELL DONE!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR BLOG!!
    CAN NOT WAIT FOR SOME MORE YUMMY IRANI FOOD 🙂
    XXX

    Hello! Wow. THANK YOU! Music to the ears. 🙂 Do check back soon!

  • Aziz Dehkan 7 years ago Reply

    I have totally enjoyed your blog and recipes. Not sure where you live but here is an invitation to a NYC food event that I am putting together http://motherjones.com/whatsinyourfood If you cannot attend, please pass it along. Thank you for your cooking inspirations. Aziz Dehkan

  • Thank you! The Motherjones “What’s in your food” event sounds like a great event and I’ll be happy to pass it along.

  • johnnysenough hepburn 7 years ago Reply

    Hi there. Just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for The Liebster Blog award. Here’s the link: http://feedthepiglet.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/the-liebster-blog-awards/

  • azita 7 years ago Reply

    Hello! I thought I responded to this here but maybe I was dreaming? I said it on your blog as well but bears repeating: delighted and touched and thank you for thinking of me!

  • Lilly Sue 7 years ago Reply

    Delightful introduction 🙂 I am intrigued.

    azita 7 years ago Reply

    Hi Lilly Sue! I’m so glad you found us and thank you for the encouraging feedback – it is very much appreciated. Lovely to connect with you and look forward to reading your blog postings as well. -azita

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  • Peace Of Iran 7 years ago Reply

    Hi Azita and Fari: I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! You can view it here: http://peaceofiran.com/2012/07/10/the-lovely-blog-award/

    azita 7 years ago Reply

    A lovely award from a lovely person! Thank you!

    Peace Of Iran 7 years ago

    Thank YOU!

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  • Razak Malekan 7 years ago Reply

    Love your blog. Great recipes, nice pictures and lovely writing. A complement from someone who works with recipes ! (I work with a Canadian Chef Ricardo )

    azita 7 years ago Reply

    Hi Razak! Wow! Thank you! This means a lot. 😀

  • Lilly Sue 7 years ago Reply

    Hey, I nominated you for the Versatile Blog Award. Check out the details here: http://lillysuesbitesandbrews.com/2012/07/21/summer-loving/

    azita 7 years ago Reply

    Thank you!

  • Fae's Twist & Tango 7 years ago Reply

    Dear Azita, I may have said it before… you are one talented artist, and I appreciate your humor throughout your blog and in your ‘Replies’.

  • Fae's Twist & Tango 7 years ago Reply

    I just viewed your ‘Maman’s’ book. Artistic talent must be in your genes. Does your Maman have your sense of humor too?

    azita 7 years ago Reply

    Fae, my mother is quite funny and also a wonderful and engaging story-teller. I really like her work and I’m happy others seem to share my opinion – I think she’s really talented! Thank you for your super awesome positive comments – means a lot – and as you know, I adore your writing and stories as well.

  • Fae's Twist & Tango 7 years ago Reply

    Dear Azita & Maman,
    I was nominated for an Illuminating Blogger Award, and would like to pass this torch to you, who is deserving of such appreciation.
    Humbly, I have nominated you for the Illuminating Blogger Award.
    Link> http://faestwistandtango.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/illuminating-blogger-award/
    Enjoy! Fae. 🙂

    azita 7 years ago Reply

    DELIGHTED! The award is fine and dandy but receiving it from you is what makes it truly awesome. Yay! Thank you!!!

  • Norma 7 years ago Reply

    Hello Azita,
    I just “discovered” your blog and am fascinated by your personal stories and the recipes.
    I am also an immigrant and appreciate heirloom, family and old recipes and thank you very much for sharing yours.
    I would like very much to learn how to make Toot. Those little sweets are “calling my name” and I would love to try them soon. I think I may not be the only one that would like to taste them.
    I will check your blog for more recipes and let you know how we liked them here.

    Best regards,

    Norma

    azita 7 years ago Reply

    Hi dear Norma! Thank you for visiting and nice to meet you – I’m thrilled by your “discovery.”

    You must have 6th sense or something, because guess what, our next post is … wait for it … yes: toot! Isn’t that a stunning coincidence? You’re not psychic are you?

    I hope to post the recipe in a week – you can wait that long I hope! 😉 Just in case you want to stock up the ingredients, you’ll need rosewater, cardamom, slivered pistachios, blanched almonds and sugar.

    See you then and yes please I would absolutely love to hear what you think if you make any of the recipes.
    -azita

  • Norma 7 years ago Reply

    Oh my, I can hardly wait for it!. I will check it, and believe it or not, I have just about everything, including the cardamom and rosewater. I am wondering – I have almond paste – I may be able to sustitute the almond paste for the home made marzipan. I will try and let you know. I have two cans and I will give it a try. I don’t have slivered pistachios, I have never seen them, but I have the shelled ones and I may need to choose the nicer looking ones.
    Thank you very much. I am looking forward cook some of your recipes. They are simple, easy, healthy and I bet, tasty.

    Norma

  • johnnysenough hepburn 7 years ago Reply

    I really like your blog so I decided to nominate you for the Blog of the year 2012 award 🙂 Whether you would like to join in or not is entirely up to you, but I just wanted to let you know I really enjoy reading your posts!
    http://feedthepiglet.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/blog-of-the-year-2012/

    azita 7 years ago Reply

    Oh my gosh! I’m truly touched and honored and appreciate it. Thank you!!!

  • johnnysenough hepburn 7 years ago Reply

    Hi Azita, and amazing Mother! I’ve nominated your wonderful blog, yet again, for the Blog of the Year award. Details within my post: http://feedthepiglet.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/blog-of-the-year-2012-05/
    Happy blogging 2013!

  • photographymemoirs 7 years ago Reply

    Greetings from Australia,
    I don’t know much about Persian cooking but am familiar with some of its’ history. Cooking is a beautiful way to relax, be creative and above all share as an expression of love for friends and family.

    azita 7 years ago Reply

    Greetings! Forgive the delayed reaction – I somehow missed your charming message. I agree with you, cooking (at its best) is a generous act of love. Thank you for visiting and hope you’ll return again and again!! 🙂

  • johnnysenough hepburn 7 years ago Reply

    Hi, Fig & Quince. I’ve nominated you for The Kreative Award. Details within my post: http://feedthepiglet.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/three-awards/

    johnnysenough hepburn 7 years ago Reply

    And for The Versatile Blogger Award as well. Nearly forgot!

  • thebestdressup 7 years ago Reply

    ciao! luvFAB blog.
    thebestdressup

    azita 7 years ago Reply

    Why, mille grazie!

  • Adela Isakovic 7 years ago Reply

    All praise for your work.There is nothing nicer than sharing knowledge.
    I love to cook, especially experimenting with different spices. I have some spices from Iraq, some of them I can’t identify, is there any problem to send You pictures of these spices to help me identify them? …. Thanks
    Best regards

    azita 7 years ago Reply

    Thank you for visiting! Of course – send me pix – it’ll be fun to help you identify them. If I’m stumped I’ll turn to the grand scholar of spices: my mom, ha!

    azita 7 years ago Reply

    Forgot to add that you can email the pix to me here: Fig@figandquince.com — and if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate! -azita

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  • Anarya Andir 7 years ago Reply

    Love this – love the idea behind the blog and I love it more because of my love of Persian culture 🙂 (too many loves in one sentence methinks). :D.

    azita 7 years ago Reply

    I in turn, love your comment, love that you love this page and love that you love Persian culture (huzzah!!) and conclude we are just love-prone. Which when you think about it is so beautiful. Thank you for visiting, next time I’ll make you tea and shirini which is the proper Persian etiquette when receiving guests 😉

    Anarya Andir 7 years ago

    Heheh…:D. We are love prone indeed. Oh and I’d love that! Persian etiquette is always so interesting to me 😀

  • Fae's Twist & Tango 7 years ago Reply

    Congratulations, Azita! You have been awarded: Very Inspiring Blogger Award
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post, unless you wish to pass on the award.
    Your blog has been awarded at:
    http://faestwistandtango.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/awards-february-2013/
    Enjoy! 😀 Fae.

  • The Healthy Epicurean 7 years ago Reply

    I absolutely love Persian food but unfortunately haven’t been able to eat it since I lived in London. Perhaps with a little help from your blog I will now be able to make?

    azita 7 years ago Reply

    Hi! Absolutely! So happy to hear that you enjoy Persian food. I would be delighted to help you find your way back to enjoying it. If you have any questions, just give a holler – don’t hesitate. Thanks for visiting.

    Joao 6 years ago Reply

    I couldn’t agree more about gtarreiics. I miss sitting with some of the elderly individuals I used to help and they would tell me stories for hours about the things that they witness when they were younger, and the lives that they lived up to the point that they needed care. I have always felt that the elderly know how to live their lives better than anyone, and they for sure never take it for granted! Sometimes the people taking care of them are not good people though, and it always breaks my heart to see someone talking badly to an elderly man or woman.I like how you made a switch from little tiny babies that have no real experience with life, to elderly men and women who have lived life to its fullest and still have more life to share with others. Such opposites!

  • Fae's Twist & Tango 6 years ago Reply

    Congratulations, Azita! You have been awarded: Pirate’s Admiration Award
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post, unless you wish to pass on the award nominations. Your blog has been awarded at:
    http://faestwistandtango.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/awards-march-2013/
    Enjoy the Award! 😀 Fae.

  • Love your blog and am so glad to have come upon it. I am looking forward to learning more about Persian cooking and to reading your stories. I have a sweet friend who is originally from Iran and I am looking forward to letting her know about your site!

    azita 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you for the lovely feedback! Really appreciate it.

  • oiyoufood 6 years ago Reply

    So beautifully written Azita,
    This is great stuff! I’m glad I’ve found your blog!

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you! I’m so happy to have found you and your blog as well!

  • laurasmess 6 years ago Reply

    Azita dearest, I’ve nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World blogger’s award. You can pick it up here if you want to! http://laurasmess.me/2013/05/01/awards-and-acknowledgements-ii/
    No pressure to do the whole acceptance post if it’s not your thing, but you are definitely an appreciated blogging sister! You inspire me! xo

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Laura! Thank you! I really and truly and very much appreciate it. Wish it were possible to hop over and say thank you in person. Edited to add: the feeling is mutual as I love your work and blog.

  • Melissa Brody 6 years ago Reply

    Hi Azita–Love your blog! Still fantasizing over finding those fuzzy green almonds again. I nominated you for a slew of awards including the Liebster Award, Versatile Blogger Award, Very Inspiring Blogger Award and Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award. Check out my post to claim them and pass the torch! http://bklynlocavore.com/2013/05/01/awards-from-the-people-that-count/

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    For some reason I’ve been gifted by a lot of love from the blogosphere today to which I say: yay! Thank you for the slew of awards and I hope we can go foraging together sometime!

  • ladyredspecs 6 years ago Reply

    Congratulation I have bestowed a Liebster award upon you and your worthy blog. Visit http://wp.me/p2frs2-104 for the deatils

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you! A sweet honor!

  • Middle East Moments 6 years ago Reply

    Hi I’ve just found your blog through blogging sister Laura at Laurasmess – and what a great find it is! I’m looking forward to following you and also delving into the archives to read so much more. As yet I haven’t had the chance to visit Iran and I’m really wanting to. Everything that I read and here about Iran just makes me want to visit even more and living so close there is really no excuses. But in the meantime I’ll live vicariously through your stories and recipes until I have the chance to visit myself.

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    How awesome! Only good things come from Laura it seems! It’s my pleasure to find you as well Andrea! I’m so interested in following your blog and finding out about life in Jordan. Look forward to reading through your archives and future posts. Already a fan of “delicious moments.” Cheers & beh salamati! 🙂

  • Fae's Twist & Tango 6 years ago Reply

    Congratulations Azita! You have been awarded: Versatile Blogger Award
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post (unless you wish to pass on the award nominations). Nevertheless, your blog has been awarded at:
    http://fae-magazine.com/2013/05/29/awards-may-2013/
    Enjoy the Award! 😀 Fae.

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you for bestowing this honor, Fae! I AM grateful! (and hope to finally get around to officially acknowledging and passing it on as well.) yeki az in rozha!

  • chagrinnamontoast 6 years ago Reply

    I, too, love dinosaurs, numbers, bunnies, and eating Persian food! Though he may be young, Felfeli is clearly a very discerning young man with exceptional taste.

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    That, he is & great minds and all that. Making your acquaintance = totally + entirely delighted!

  • iflookscouldkale 6 years ago Reply

    Wow, what an interesting background! I, too, was an “armchair cook” for many years before I found my way into the kitchen. I only really started cooking in January of this year as my resolution and found out that I loved it! So glad we’ve been introduced 🙂

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    How did I miss this comment? Yikes! Well you know that I”m thrilled to have been introduced as well, feeling is tout mutual! : )

  • What a gorgeous blog you have here! Found you on Laura’s mess, and looking forward to following your blog 🙂

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Hi Caroline! Thank you for visiting the blog! 🙂

  • Fae's Twist & Tango 6 years ago Reply

    Congratulations Azita! You have been awarded:
    Awesome Blog Content (ABC) Award
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post (unless you wish to pass on the award nominations). Nevertheless, your blog has been awarded at:
    http://fae-magazine.com/2013/06/28/awards-june-2013/
    Enjoy the Award! 😀 Fae.

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Yay! Thank you thank you thank you! 🙂 Awesome award from awesome blogger makes me feel awesome! :0

  • Chelsea 6 years ago Reply

    I am so delighted to have stumbled upon your blog (through Laura’s Mess), and can’t wait to learn more. What a lovely concept you have here, and a lovely, easy style of writing. I’ll be back!

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you Chelsea! A great pleasure of keeping this blog has been meeting delightful like-minded people I’d never have the pleasure of knowing otherwise. I just checked out your blog and I can safely say that I’m equally delighted to have found you and your blog.

    Do come back now!

  • Chef Doru 6 years ago Reply

    You’ve got three awesome rewards. Go get them at http://chefdoru.com/2013/07/27/awards-three-of-them-in-one-shot/

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Three awards? You’re spoiling me and you are too kind! Thank you very much. Heading over right now.

  • wonderful recipes, wonderful stories… glad to have found this blog

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you! I looked at your blog and love yours as well. Enchanting lifestyle!

  • Hi Fari and Azita, I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Shine On Award (because you are so awesome, I love your posts, they are very inspirational and different to what I’m used to) – you can collect it here: http://exsugarholic.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/shine-on-award/

    Caroline

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you dear Caroline, that’s lovely! will go over to collect now : )

  • Madeline 6 years ago Reply

    Azita joon & Fari joon, I’m so lucky to find your blog. I can’t express in how delightful it is to read about Iran, cooking & culture. I married into this wonderful culture 35 yrs ago & embraced it with all my heart. You have brought back so many wonderful memories & adventures I got to experience in the summer of ’76. The family I married into are delightful & so much fun. They welcomed me with open & lovingly arms. The similarities of how I was raised in the South, regarding to family, the gatherings, closeness, food being so important with all the activities, everybody helping in the kitchen making wonderful dishes. I got the privilege to visit so many parts of Iran, smell, taste, met the people & share all the differences of the variety of areas. The people were for the most part pure love, opened their hearts & homes to my husband & I as we traveled to visit family & friends. When I saw the picture of the Damavand mountains with the snow capped tops, it brought tears to my eyes, I remembered seeing them for the first time. I never knew how deeply you could fall in love with such wonderful people & a beautiful country as well as the culture. I’ve not been back since I first visited, I really miss all the places I got to experience. Seeing the pictures, reading, seeing the dishes bring back such fond & fantastic memories. Everything in your blog is exceedingly done, reading all the extras you put in is such a joy to absorb. Thank you so much for what your doing. Such a delight to read & show my 4 children all these places, I hope they go back one day to experience. They embrace the culture & speak Farsi fluently, people are so surprised they are half American & half Persian & know so much about Iran & the culture. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your blog.

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Hi again Madeline, just had to tell you that I shared your comment with my mother who was positively thrilled and looked delighted. Thank you for your wonderful support and encouragement. It means a lot!!

  • Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Madeline joon! Hi! Thank you so much for this most wonderful comment. I have been feasting on it since you posted and consider it one of the most meaningful communications so far prompted by this blog. It makes my heart happy to read about you and your family. 🙂 I’m sending you a huge and heartfelt cyber hug! By the way, if you ever want to do a guest post (I’m sure you know your way around at least one or two Iranian dishes) I’d be honored and delighted. Salam va boos az raheh dure! 🙂

  • Fae's Twist & Tango 6 years ago Reply

    Congratulations, Azita jan! You have been awarded:
    Best Moment Award
    Sunshine Award
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post (unless you wish to pass on the award nominations). Nevertheless, your blog has been awarded at:
    http://fae-magazine.com/2013/08/15/award-august-2013/
    Enjoy your Awards! Fae.

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you dearest Fae! I so enjoyed reading your award post. I like learning more things about one of my favorite people! 😉

  • parisaskitchen 6 years ago Reply

    Hi Azita! Absolutely beautiful blog you have here, so creative with mouthwatering food! Looking forward to your posts :d have a lovely day 🙂

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you Parisa! I just spent some awesome quality time on your blog. I am very happy to find and “meet” you! Look forward to following your blog and wonderful recipes.

    parisaskitchen 6 years ago

    I’m very happy to “meet” you too Azita jan! Like you, I am in love with persian food! And I really miss a few things like torshi and ash that I haven’t had for a few years now!!! Your eggplant torshi sounds amazing, I’m definitely gonna try it! Felfeli is so adorable by the way! 🙂

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago

    as a proud & doting auntie I totally second your verdict re felfeli, as a proud Iroonie I also agree that Iranian eggplant torshi is amazing. khaily khoshalam az in ashnayee Parisa! 🙂 ps was raving about your pretezels to friends and my mom. definitely plan to make those very soon

  • The Novice Gardener 6 years ago Reply

    Azita,
    These awards have probably come your way before, but I’ve nominated you for Very Inspiring Blogger Award, Best Moment Award, and Sunshine Award. You can pick them up from here, if you’re so inclined. 🙂

    http://thenovicegardener.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/awards-are-awesome/

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Even if I take no action, or, take action at the pace of a snail crossing Central park from end to end, I nevertheless remain deeply touched and very grateful for this beautiful gesture. Thank you very much.

  • atkokosplace 6 years ago Reply

    This should be fun! Love your charming way of writing! Following you so I don’t miss anything! Cheers to you all, Koko❀ ✿ ❁ ✾

  • shinygreenlife 6 years ago Reply

    Hi, I’ve nominated you for the WordPress Family Award. I totally understand if you don’t have time to do it (but it’s always nice to be nominated!) 🙂 See the nomination here http://shinygreenlife.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/we-are-wordpress-family-award/

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    It is an honor and you are so right, it IS nice to be nominated. Like you, I hope to do a post in the future thanking everyone. Thank you lovely Shiny Green Life!

  • celestedimilla 6 years ago Reply

    Such a lovely, well done blog!! It’s wonderful to see a mom and daughter team blogging together. Love you guys!!! Celeste 🙂

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    It’s wonderful to connect with you Celeste! Thank you for the lovely comment.

  • northerncoast 6 years ago Reply

    I just stumbled upon your blog – I can’t believe I haven’t found it before! I love all of your recipes. I often cook Persian recipes (my blog is http://thecoastalcountertop.com/) and love to share and perfect them along the way. Keep up the good work!

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Very happy to be found and to find you (just spent some quality time on your fine blog) and I love the idea of sharing recipes. 🙂

  • misha 6 years ago Reply

    oh man, i love iranian food. my father’s family are a bunch of assyrians from iran way way way back when (i’m led to believe they hail from somewhere around gabar). my great grandmother emigrated to kiev, so we have a good deal of russian blood mixed in as well.

    my life story aside, you have a great blog here. i’m definitely going to stop in from time to time for some recipes and clever writing (which seem to be in large supply). keep up the good work.

  • Fae's Twist & Tango 6 years ago Reply

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    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    thank you thank you thank you!!! it’s so lovely of you to award this. I appreciate it immensely! xo a

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  • Aneela 6 years ago Reply

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    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you dear Aneela! I really appreciate it. 🙂 ps love your name!

  • Petit World Citizen 6 years ago Reply

    Hello Azita, I just came across your blog. Looks quite interesting! I’m looking forward to following and reading more about you, your mother, the ever so charming Felfeli, and your cooking adventures! ~ Martine

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Martine, the feelings are mutual and I’m so happy you stopped by b/c I’m entirely smitten by your blog. 🙂

  • Petit World Citizen 6 years ago Reply

    Oh, and I absolutely LOVE your mom’s tattered cookbook. So awesome, a real treasure to have in any kitchen or home!

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Makes me happy to hear this … it’s really one of my favorite things in the world!

  • tastytreats13 6 years ago Reply

    Hi! I have nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award! Participation is optional, but if you are interested, here is the link: http://tastytreats13.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/dragons-loyalty-award/

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you!!!

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    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you Susan!!

  • the winegetter 6 years ago Reply

    Just discovered your blog thanks to Francesca….very exciting, and I guess I’ll see you soon! 🙂

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    hello! are you coming to the drink and draw, is that what you mean? ps any friend of Francesca is an instant friend of mine. 🙂

  • Ahila 6 years ago Reply

    Hi Team Azita, Fari & Felfeli, I have nominated your blog for the Shine on award and participation is optional. (http://wp.me/p3Nc97-l0)

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you so much dear Ahila for the recognition. That is so nice of you! The team accepts the compliment with excitement and appreciation and gratitude! xoxo azita

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  • Ghazal 6 years ago Reply

    I just came across your blog today and it really warms my heart! love the illustrations and stories! Norooz mobarak!

  • Elli 6 years ago Reply

    I just found your blog today while looking for some information on Persian new year for my half-Persian kids! You’ve done an amazing job! Count me in as a big fan!
    Happy Nowruz! Happy Spring!

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  • MyKabulKitchen 5 years ago Reply

    Salaam Azita jaan,
    So happy to have come across your fun blog! Love your work, the photography is beautiful, and your witty sense of humor is a delight! I see you had a legal career, which is what I am working on right now, but seems you have expanded creatively in so many different ways! Look forward to following your adventures and projects 🙂

    Fig & Quince 4 years ago Reply

    Salaam! A super delayed reaction to say hi and thank you and you are awesome! 🙂

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  • Ahila 5 years ago Reply

    Hi Azita, As your blog is one of my favourites, I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Versatile blogger award – http://wp.me/p3Nc97-vT. Have a lovely day!

    Fig & Quince 5 years ago Reply

    Thank you dear Ahila!

  • Aishwarya 5 years ago Reply

    What a lovely blog! Can’t wait to try some recipes. I’m Indian so some of the words sound very familiar (subzi, lobiya, polo…pulav in Hindi). But it promises to be a very different and exciting flavour. Tried the pomegrate peeling already and worked like a charm! Thanks for sharing your culture! Love from India!

    Fig & Quince 5 years ago Reply

    Yay! So glad the persian pomegranate seeding technique worked for you!

    We do share many things culturally and it’s a dream of mine to visit India one day.

    Thanks for visiting and leaving such a beautiful comment!

  • Parvin Naficy 5 years ago Reply

    Hello all of you.. Such a light and tasteful site.. Tasteful in the design and style, tasteful recipes and tasteful humor (banamak).. Love what you are doing.. Ran across it by chance looking go Shekanjebin information. As you know vinegar, honey and water are so detoxing for early monrings to start your day with.. So great you have S with lettuce here and in lovely pictures.. Good to meet you all.. Parvin

    Fig & Quince 5 years ago Reply

    Dear Parvin jan, thrilled that you found this blog and thank you for your lovely and supportive feedback. Really appreciate it. I have been in the habit of starting my day with lemon and hot water but you’re right … and I’m going to switch to vinegar, honey and water! Look forward to you visiting here often! Ghorbanetoon, azita

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  • ZQuiet 5 years ago Reply

    Hurrah! After all I got a blog from where I can genuinely obtain useful data regarding my study
    and knowledge.

  • Satya P 5 years ago Reply

    Very nice and looks yummy!! It seems very similar to Saffron Kheer(Indian Sweet Rice dessert). Thank you for sharing your culture here!

    Fig & Quince 4 years ago Reply

    Sorry for the incredibly delayed reaction! For some reason I missed some of the comments here. In any event, thank you so much for reading and commenting and it’s my pleasure to share the little that I know here. 🙂

  • fatemeh 5 years ago Reply

    من وقتی دستور کیک با کرم زعفرانی رو دیدم به خودم گفتم این حتما یک دستور ایرانی هست چون توش زعفران و پسته داره . وقتی وارد سایت شدم و چند تا عکس دیدم که شبیه به آشپزی ایرانی بود برام جالب اومد و خواستم ببینم صاحب سایت کیه. و خیلی جالبتر که دیدم یک ایرانی_ آمریکایی این دستورهای آشپزی رو نوشته خیلی خوشحال شدم. شما رو تحسین میکنم وآرزوی موفقیت دارم براتون. امیدوارم این دفعه که ایران میایین به شهر ما یعنی اردبیل هم بیایین. بهتون خوش میگذره مطمئن باشین

    Fig & Quince 4 years ago Reply

    سلام فاطمه جان، خیلی عذر می‌خوام که تازه بد از مدتها کامنت شما رو متوجه شدم! ممنون برایه خوندن و لطف دارید! متشکرم برای دعوت به اردبیل! چه قدر دلم می‌خوام که بیام و ببینم! قربانتون

  • Azadeh 5 years ago Reply

    I’m happy to find your blog!

    Fig & Quince 5 years ago Reply

    Happy to be found! Specially by an “Azadeh” … that name has a very special place for me! 🙂

  • farah 4 years ago Reply

    Hi again can you provide a recipe for iranian soup its really great for the cold season and zeresht polo with chicken

    Fig & Quince 4 years ago Reply

    Dear Farah,
    Chashm, will try to do it soon! 🙂

    Meanwhile, try this ash ‘e anar, a mixed veggie soup made with pomegranate paste and arils that is wonderful for the cold season: https://figandquince.com/2013/02/01/ash/

    Thank you for visiting and commenting!
    Azita

  • F. Askari 4 years ago Reply

    What a lovely blog to have stumbled upon! I will be a returning reader 🙂 Khoreshteh Karafs is my all-time favorite dish and your pics of it make me very excited to have my mom’s iteration of it soon!

    Fig & Quince 4 years ago Reply

    Thank you! How lovely of you to say so! Thank you for visiting and do hope you’ll return again to read. Noosh ‘e jaan in advance re your mom’s iteration of khoresh’ e Karafs! 🙂

  • Tonette Joyce 4 years ago Reply

    I’m so very sorry that it has taken me so long to return your visit; my loss.I am looking forward to seeing more of your ideas and recipes.

  • Isabela Paparoni 4 years ago Reply

    Years ago I was invited to a persian wedding dinner by a collegue who had married the bride chosen by his parents. This rice dish was served. I am happy find this recipe and this blog, wich will help me understand this rich culture.

  • luminouslabyrinth 4 years ago Reply

    So lovely! Love your blog, the design, content, all of it! I’ll be using your sabzi growing guide for this Nowruz! Thank you 🙂

  • Maryam 3 years ago Reply

    I’m so lucky to have a chance to find you just by simply searching for “Golpar”! Your web is amazing and so inspiring to me, specially when I’m really homesick…So, a new cyber home to hang around and enjoy the wonderful smell of Iranian dishes and deserts and stories…all coming from your heart to mine! Thanks Azi joon :-*

    Fig & Quince 3 years ago Reply

    Maryam joon, I’m thrilled that you enjoy the website and hope it’ll be a tiny cure for homesickness (a familiar malaise to me that I totally relate to and “d’ark” in so many ways.) If you have any questions, or any stories/pix to share, please do NOT hesitate! <3 Ghorbanet, Azita

  • Munir Pervaiz 2 years ago Reply

    Simply amazing. A treasure trove of Irani cusine. I am in Canada, and here the closest we come to true Irani taste is a small group of Irani restaurants owned by it is said an Irani prof. Pomegranate, Sheherzade, and Takht e Tavoos. I am ceratin that I will rarely find the rice that you mentioned. All the best.

    Fig & Quince 2 years ago Reply

    Salam and hi! I’m so glad you liked the site and delighted to hear from you. May Canada soon be enjoying a host of awesome Iranian restaurants and groceries! 🙂
    Keep in touch <3

  • Jenn Eiland 2 years ago Reply

    I am so excited to find your blog! I was looking for a tutorial on Persian rice and found your post via Pinterest. A dear friend of mine speaks about the food of her childhood and recently took me to a Persian restaurant where I got to fall in love with the food myself. Now I want to be able to cook it for her since I show love through food. Your blog is a wonderful guide, so thank you for sharing your love and knowledge with the public!

    Fig & Quince 2 years ago Reply

    Hi Jenn! Wow, thank you for such a heartwarming comment. I’m so glad the post was of use to you. You are motivating me to get back to the blogging groove again. Enjoy the polo and tadig! Noosh’e jan in advance. 🙂 <3

  • Nazanin 9 months ago Reply

    This was such a lovely introduction!!! Thann you for your lovely words and refreshing humor!
    Keep on writing!

    Fig & Quince 9 months ago Reply

    Thank you for such a lovely comment! 🙂

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