Author Archives: Svetlana

Oriental Studies, My Way: Year of the Ram

refreshing and tasty soba noodles and light, crunchy tempura vegetablesContinue Reading

Robert Vs. Robert: The Judge

I’ve been in LA for six years and some pixie dust has inevitably landed on my shoulders; a few wrap parties, a screening of a short or a documentary, a celebrity sighting on the Main Street in Santa Monica… It is not unusual, as we all know some people who work in the industry. YesterdayContinue Reading

Corn Bread with Hatch Chiles

Every time I make corn bread I hear my father’s voice telling me how he did not taste any kind of flour bread until the 50s. When he was a youth growing up in post-WWII Yugoslavia, the times were hard, people impoverished, the country ravaged from the brutality of the war, and hunger was anContinue Reading

Moms’ Night Out: A Spoke & Weal Salon Event

A few people I consider my close friends know that I hardly spend any time at beauty salons. Not because I have anything against getting pampered, but because I always end up feeling buyers remorse. And that’s not fun. So, the last time I had a massage was when my youngest daughter bought me aContinue Reading

Figs Poached in Red Wine: Figology Fest Part Two

I remember the first time I tasted a fresh fig. I was four that summer, on vacation in Montenegro, with my younger sister and our parents. I remember the feel of hot pebbles and cool Adriatic caressing my chubby feet. I remember Father brought a paper cone filled with warm figs from the market andContinue Reading

No More Take-Out: Everyday Thai Cooking Is Here!

My father spent two weeks in Thailand a decade or so ago, as a participant of an international ObGyn conference. My sister and her husband explored several Thai resorts looking for the ultimate scuba-diving adventure. Many of my friends from Europe and the U.S. have been posting their photos from visiting Siam to their FacebookContinue Reading

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Peppers, But Were Afraid to Ask: Pepper Cookbook

The creative and knowledgeable people at Melissa’s Produce have managed to bring forth another beautifully photographed, informative, and immensely useful book: The Great Pepper Cookbook – The Ultimate Guide to Choosing and Cooking With Peppers. This one is very close to my heart as I cannot imagine my life as a Serb without the formidableContinue Reading

Una Sonrisa Menos: Chicken Tortilla Soup

Last Thursday morning, my friend Cipriano boarded a flight from Tijuana to Oaxaca  to reunite with his wife, children, and fourteen grandchildren that he had not seen in more than four years. A few days ago, a co-worker took him to a salon where he had his salt-and-pepper hair died a ridiculously artificial black toContinue Reading

Serbian Easter: Naturally Colored Eggs

Easter Eggs, Naturally Colored Easter Eggs, Eastern Orthodox Colored Eggs, Easter FoodContinue Reading

California Dreaming: Ojai Pixie Tangerine Cake with Caramel Sauce

I am standing at the kitchen sink washing dishes. A coffee maker is gurgling behind me, and to the right the onions and potatoes sizzle in the skillet on the stove. My 70s kitchen could have easily been duplicated from an Updike’s Rabbit novel, but all the smells that surround me scream comfort and warmth.Continue Reading