Happy Birthday Maman Joon!

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!

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Comments (25)

  • yvonne rafi 7 years ago Reply

    Happy, healthy birthday to the very beautiful Maman Joon. ❤️
    Safaret Khosh begzareh, Azizam. ❤️

  • Bizou 7 years ago Reply

    Already missing you. خوش بگذره و will be thinking of you in Iran.

  • Bizou 7 years ago Reply

    Happy birthday to your mother.

  • Gather and Graze 7 years ago Reply

    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

  • Fae's Twist & Tango 7 years ago Reply

    Talented Mother, talented Daughter! Happy Birthday Mrs. Hooshiar!
    Bon Voyage Sweet Azita!

  • ChgoJohn 7 years ago Reply

    Wishing your Mother a wonderful birthday. May her year ahead be joy-filled.

  • Happy birthday to Mamam Joon from me too:)

  • adelaidefoodies 7 years ago Reply

    Happy Birthday to your lovely Mum!

  • apuginthekitchen 7 years ago Reply

    Safe travels and a very Happy Birthday to your beautiful Mother.

  • NSH 7 years ago Reply

    My wonderful maman’s name is Farideh, too! Eid e norooz mobarak and have a wonderful trip! 🙂

  • chef mimi 7 years ago Reply

    Your mother is very talented. Just like you!

  • rebeccajanearmstrong 7 years ago Reply

    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

  • yvonne rafi 7 years ago Reply

    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.

  • lapetitecasserole 7 years ago Reply

    Happy birthday to your mum… the apple does not fall far from the tree!

  • Amanda 7 years ago Reply

    Wow, such a talented family. I hope all is going well on your trip and Happy Bday to your mom!

  • peppersandplums 7 years ago Reply

    Love your posts. Hope you are having a great time! Rosa
    Sent from my iPad

  • The Healthy Epicurean 7 years ago Reply

    Bon voyage and Happy Birthday to your mother.

  • Calorielicious 7 years ago Reply

    Tavallodet mobarak to your maman joon!!! 🙂

  • Francesca 7 years ago Reply

    Happy birthday to your mommy! What do they say? The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree …

  • diary of a tomato 7 years ago Reply

    Nice to know one of the sources of your talent! Safe travels, can’t wait to see what you encounter!

  • ahu 7 years ago Reply

    Beautiful post <3 Happy birthday to your mom!

  • The Novice Gardener 7 years ago Reply

    Like mother, like daughter, so it seems. Both beautiful, both talented. Happy Birthday, Mrs. Hooshiar! Safe travels, Azita!

  • laurasmess 7 years ago Reply

    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

  • afracooking 7 years ago Reply

    Best birthday wishes to your mom!

  • Sophie33 7 years ago Reply

    I know, we all love our mom’s really much, I know I do too, and I am already 37 year’s old! 😉 hahahahhaa! A great post! x

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