About my Food Blog

Me and my artistic friend

On Me 

My name is Anna, I am an Art&coffee addict and a well-travelled vegetarian. I was born in Leningrad; I studied in Milan and Dallas and for almost two years I have been living in London, where I work for an art newspaper.

One day I read a quote of Matthew Fort:

“The history of any country is written in its food and dishes. Nothing arrives to a plate by accident. There is always history and stories behind it. It tells about trade, conquerors, migrations and social changes. Every fundamental identity of people is based on what they eat”

And all of a sudden I realized, that my food indeed have stories to tell, gathered from USSR, Italy, USA, and UK, and many other countries, which I visited or where my friends live. The stories are mine, based on my experience, tastes and preferences, and of course I will never be objective speaking about Russia as there is no other place like home.

On my Blog  

Do you remember the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire? It was a rather incredible story of a Mumbai guy, who reached the final of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” as each question recalled a memory from his life, that contained an answer. My life was (luckily) less dramatic but, being a food blogger, I have quite a lot of memories connected to food, which I, striving for Oscars, decided to share. I am about to present an whimsical mixture of art, travel, cinema and literature related stories to come with my selection of vegetarian recipes. Hopefully it will be as colorful and intriguing, as the Doyle’s movie. 

As my previous blog with the same name, this one is dedicated to my friend Tanya. Without her nothing would have happened 🙂

Photography. I am not a decent photographer, I work full time and I cook mostly in the evening. So unfortunately, I am not able to make amazing pictures of food in natural light, and I would always prefer to cook a great dish and take a modest photo of it rather than to take a great photo of a plain dish.

Recipes. Are authentic only. What is known as “blini” abroad does not exist in Russian cuisine under any name. You don’t put pesto in pasta alla puttanesca and peas in Guacamole. However delicious it may be, let’s learn the rules before we start breaking them.

Art. I am not an art critic, so all I may write about art is nothing more than my humble opinion. Please do not take me as a an authority, otherwise grumpy art critics will eat me alive 🙂    

Opinions. Clearly, are my own.


  1. SO glad I came across your blog, thanks to all your beautiful comments on my blog. 🙂 I stopped eating meat back in April and have only been eating fish since instead. I love cooking & baking and I cannot wait to try out your beautiful recipes! Love the Matthew Fort quote about food, it’s so true! 🙂

    • SO you see – we just found each other 🙂 But have you been to Japan? I saw you are going to publish Tokio pictures, how exiting!!!

  2. Hi! Landed up here from a link in a Blogging 201 post. Being a vegetarian myself, I have fallen in love with your mouth-watering recipes. Wonderful blog!!!
    As a suggestion, why don’t you try the Indian cuisine? There are loads of vegetarian recipes, you know, that are just lip-smacking. Totally up to you, okay. 🙂


    • Hi Mads, happy you passed by 🙂
      I love Indian cuisine, but the problem for me is finding ingredients, mostly spices. I tried Arai once – but to be honest I prefere to call the result “Arai-inspired lentil pancakes” it is more honest. But all lentils dishes are insane, they are soo good!

      • Glad you liked them 🙂 It is true that you have to hunt for many ingredients, and the end result isn’t always sane, but the fun is in eating 🙂 Happy blogging to you (and eating too!) 🙂

        • Well, before hunting you have to translate 😀 saw so many dal recipes, and discovered that it means lentils… well sure I have a lot of lentils.
          Thank you very much for passing by 🙂

          • Now I am doing my best to remember whether I tried it or not – but according to your description rather no than yes. I think the first truly good place to try indian food is London, in the places I lived before Indian cuisine was not that present

          • hmhmhmhmhm…. I wouldn’t be so sure it is a good idea 🙂
            You know, it all boils down to products. And even if in London there are a lot of Indians who can put a GREAT food, the products is what remains a problem.

  3. Hi there, I have, too, decided to nominate you for the One Lovely Blog Award. No obligation on your part, but if you accept it, I would be happy. Here is the link to the post with rules of the award: http://wp.me/p4Do1g-mw

    Thanks for a lovely blog!

  4. Congratulations on the last 30days of Blogging 101! I doubt I would have come across your blog otherwise so I am glad I was on at the same time as you. I love reading your blog and drool over the lovely recipes

    • Thank you so much even if so late 🙂 I am also very happy 1. That I finished Blogging 101, 2 That I found your blog and all these nice dresses 🙂

  5. Hello Anna, I was just telling Gahlearner that you and she were such great encouragement to me when I started my blog last September. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you, too. I hope all is well with you! 🙂

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