Fall in the air

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Another fall, another vase, before storing Dahlias tubers.

Facebook notice

My dear friends,

As you might have noticed, I have a face book page for this blog which until recently was used for the sole purpose of reflecting the contents of this blog. Over the past few months however, I have increased my facebook page activities.  I first started with sharing interesting articles, or photographs on food cultures around the world, as well as innovative cuisine from other blogs – the kind of entries that did not have room in my blog but certainly was worth sharing.

Presently, I am also sharing in my facebook page, my own posts as well. These entries are very “short and sweat” so to speak, like a quick tip on how to make walnuts look and taste fresh, here; or a nice picture of Iris in bloom and what they represent, here. These entries are occasional, and might be temporary; I need to share them but they are not “big” or “deep” enough in my mind to occupy a blog space.

Anyhow, I just wanted to keep you posted of the recent development in case you did not know.  BTW, you could always follow me there, by liking my page 😉



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Mints stems stay fresh in vase for at least 48 hours and add lively smell to my kitchen. I love the smell and the site of it, especially in my new gorgeous vase – a gift from a dear friend, made by hand in Mashhad, Iran.


Welcome Summer!

I love the way we, mostly in North American cities, try to make the most of summer by skipping the whole Spring season and calling it “summer” as soon as the temperature raises to  18 C .  After a bitter cold and painfully long winter we have all reasons to rush into summer –especially as the rumor has is we have a short one here in Montreal this year. Well, already boots are out (thanks heaven!) sleeveless out; lots of color out on the streets, shops, gardens, parks, lots of warmth inside and out; And of course a lot of moments to be captured! Have a fun and eventful summer!  (See More Pictures Below!)

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‘Zereshk’ Close up

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Bowl of Pistachio

Montreal’s Rayan Fish

is a one of my favorite fish restaurants of Middle Eastern origin in Montreal.  It is unique in its simplicity though:  You order the fish or any type of seafood from the counter, tell the cook if you want it to be fried, bar be cued, or grilled, and then will be seated in the restaurant section and wait for your food to arrive. Usually the service is very fast.

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Happy Norooz!

This year’s Norooz ‘hot music: Ajam – Bayram / عجم – بایرام  and my last years’ video clip about Persian new year,  updated for this year 😉 eyed shoma mobarak!

Is Goldfish a part of Persian Norooz

 I must start by admitting that in the past 30 or so years of preparing my family’s Norooz /Nowruz  table on 20 March for Persian New Year,  I have never bought goldfish, despite the widespread practice. When I was younger, I discouraged and prevented my parents to do so and when I was younger still, I used to dread waking up one morning after Norooz Day and finding the goldfish floating sideways on the top of the tank  – a fact that was bound to happen sooner or later and ruin the rest of my holidays.  See? Super-sensitive to the core since time immemorial!  Now, back to our discussion:

In the past few years an increasing number of bloggers and online campaigners have been urging people in Iran to stop buying goldfish as a part of their Norooz table (haft-sin). The reasons given against buying goldfish is manifold with the focus being on the unethical nature of the practice.  [Sight of relief. Finally!]

I mean, common, is it so hard to figure out?  A goldfish imprisoned in a jar is the saddest thing in the world! Why do I want to exhibit it in my exhilarating colorful Norooz table?  By the same token, Norooz itself is much more than a celebration of Persian New Year; it is the celebration of nature, of the re birth, and rejuvenation, of  hope and wealth, health, beauty, purity and happiness that comes with it. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure a captive goldfish does not belong there!

And I am not even talking about the miserable conditions that the poor thing is industrially farmed before being sold; the conditions that it is being kept during its short life at hands of curious children, examining it every so often, etc.

According to online campaigners, each year five million goldfish are killed around Norooz. FIVE Million only in Iran. That’s too depressing.  No, I would say, keeping goldfish is not refreshing on any happy Noroozi table in any part of the world. Read the rest of this entry »