Dinner Donation Series

After the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, donations were trickling in to support groups that defend civil liberties. How could we inspire others to also donate? When people give something, they like to get something in return. What could we give? Food. Definitely, food. The Saffron Society Dinner Donation Series (round 1) began in December and will go…

Fiesta Asia: Persian Style!

The cultural Fiesta Asia event was held on Sunday, June 5th and was a smash! This year Fiesta Asia and I had something in common: firsts! This was my first time giving a demo and the first year Iran has representation during the festivities. It was all thanks to a dear friend and fearless organizer, Mehdi jan! The cooking…

At Your Service

Would you like a tutorial on how to master making Persian style steamed rice? Or, have a group of hungry folks that you need to feed? Feel free to contact me regarding lessons or catering needs in the DC area. Happy to discuss some options!

Lamb. And Pomegranate. Nuff said.

Lamb is not a meat that is ubiquitously liked. Some people feel like it tastes too gamy or is too tough. This is a sad truth that happens all too often. Lamb needs some TLC and there can be great tasty success if you slow cook bone-in lamb and pair it with a little something…

Éclairs 2 Ways

Among Nanny’s many baking wonders were her coveted éclairs. They could be made 2 ways, either topped with powdered sugar or chocolate icing. As eyesight began to make deciphering recipes more difficult, I was helping Nanny by typing up some of her favorites in large font. As we went through her delicately saved recipes, we…

“Runny Yellow” And We’re Not Talkin’ Eggs

When it’s hot in DC, you can’t help but crave a cool, sweet treat. Sholeh-zard is just that! The name can be literally translated as “runny yellow.” It’s a Persian-Saffron-Rice Pudding variant with just a few key aromatic ingredients. The yellow color is achieved purely by using saffron, a spice from Iran and India that is,…