>I’ve been quite busy shooting real estate lately and thought I’d share a house that stood out for me. Well, a little bit. While there’s nothing too special about this house and I disliked more things than I actually liked about it, I still thought it was delightful. This house lasted only one day on the market and sold for the asking price of $199,000. And I should add that the buyer was sold solely by the online photos.
>I was craving cheese pierogi tonight but was also disinterested in spending hours in the kitchen inhaling flour. Polish meal known as the “lazy pierogi” came to mind and it seemed like the perfect alternative to the real thing. So I called mom and got the recipe because of course she has them all memorized in her head.
And I made the lazy cheese pierogi. (Which by the way, is often misspelled as “pierogies” because pierogi is already plural!) And though they were considerably less time consuming to make, I would not call them lazy. The good thing is that this dish captures the flavor of pierogi, and yet it takes about an hour to prepare. But if you’re feeling really lazy and have to eat some pierogi, your best option is to just go out and buy some.
Hello and welcome to my new blog. I have decided to pack my bags and move from blogger.com to wordpress.com. In the next few days, I’ll be figuring out how to move all of my blogger content onto this blog, and making it look more personable.
In the meantime, feel free to check me out at: twiingallery.blogspot.com
>This is one of my all time favorite foods! It’s kind of like a pizza with a Polish twist: it has butter spread instead of a tomato sauce. And toppings go in reverse order: mushrooms, shredded cheese and ketchup on top. I like mine nice and simple, and with lots of mushrooms, but bacon works very well and can be added, as well as any other pizza-type toppings. This time I used mini Portuguese rolls so they are great as an appetizer or party finger food. I love it so much that I make it at least twice a month.
>Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending Nowruz, the celebration of the Persian New Year. The word Nowruz means “new day” and the holiday is observed annually in a number of countries, including Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Azerbajian and Tajikistan.
Persians living abroad such as U.S. attend a Nowruz party to celebrate the season of hope and renewal. I was invited to a my first Nowruz celebration at the Rome Ballroom of UConn. campus by a good Iranian friend, Bernadette. The party started slowly with the welcoming address from the Iranian Association of UConn., followed by a brief poetry reading and a classical Persian music performance on the acoustic guitar.
But when the DJ played the Persian music, it’s the women (and kids) that came onto the dance floor first. The Persian dance itself is highly individualistic and heavily relies on solo improvisation. And it is totally normal for women to dance with women. In fact, it wasn’t until much later and the lights dimmed that the men joined the floor in a group based ensemble setting. And well into the night, the dance floor resembled one big dance circle with everyone dancing together.
I had such a great time, completely immersing myself in the Nowruz celebration; eating delicious Persian pastries, taking photos and whirling away Persian-style. Although, it took me by a huge surprise when I was approached by several Persians throughout the night and spoken to in Farsi. Perhaps it was my comfortableness with the surrounding that led them to believe I was one of them. Now that I think about it … it must have been my dancing.
>I’m trying my hand at product photography and this is my very first attempt. For this purpose, I’ve created a light box out a Pampers carton and regular desk laps. Then I photographed a few random objects found in the house. Did some minor post-processing and here are the results …