Growing up Foodie

If you’ve stumbled on this blog and read the About page, you may wonder how and why anyone would become so passionate as to share their stories on a blog.

My passion for travel, for good food was instilled many, many years ago and is continually reinforced by my own family. I grew up in the former Soviet Union, in a family where warm, sweet aromas were always wafting out of my mother’s kitchen. My mother learned her craft of cookery from my grandmother with whom my sister and I spent a majority of every summer.

My family traveled around a fair bit and while I was born in Ukraine, I spent the first nine years of my life in Baku, Azerbaijan. My mother cooks predominately Russian food but has an excellent handle on Azerbaijani/Middle Eastern dishes such as Dolma, Shish Kebab, Qutab, Dovga, Shirin Plov and many others.

My sister and I were never picky eaters. Perhaps, this is because the food was always so good or perhaps because we connected food with being together as a family. Nevertheless, I aspire to do the same for my daughter and will document my trials and tribulations here.


  1. Judi said:

    Are the recipes to follow?? Everything looks so delicious. I wish the aromas of the cooking could accompany the pictures!!

    March 26, 2012
    • "Bubbie" said:

      Nadya dear, you write so beautifully and your descriptions are so vivid that I could almost taste the food!! The pictures are wonderful too. I am enjoying your blog!!

      March 26, 2012

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