Hi, my name is Peter. I love to cook and started this Russian food blog to share our Russian recipes that we grew up eating. I have a beautiful God-given wife and 2 cool boys who are growing up faster than I’d like! We live in sunny Western Australia in one of the world’s most isolated cities. Living the sunniest capital city in Australia, we enjoy incredible beaches, and have a thriving food and wine industry.

I was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada part of a small Russian community. My grandparents fled the USSR into China, where my parents were born. Back then, there were some small Russian Christian communities living in Northern China, but after China turned to communism, they had to either return to the USSR or leave China. Hundreds of Russian families arrived to Australia in late 1950’s, settling around Australia in Sydney, Adelaide, Orange and Melbourne. Some of the community later moved to Canada in the 1970’s, where I was born. While we are not part of the post Soviet migration from Europe in the 1990’s, we all share the same roots, language and recipes.

Now it’s come full circle to us moving from beautiful Canada back to sunny Australia. We love to travel and eat. As you can imagine the food we eat is quite multicultural, from classic Russian, modern Australian and American recipes, to Central Asian foods that most people in the West have never heard of.

I believe recipes shouldn’t become an inflexible formula, I like to cook “на глаз” which means “by your eyes”. If the recipe feels or looks like it needs an extra carrot or less onion, so be it. Trust your instinct, it’ll be ok! I believe it’s good to adapt recipes based on what you have in the pantry or fridge. It’s a great way to use what you have and saves a trip to the grocery store!

Aside from my love for cooking, I love travelling almost just as much. There are so many delicious recipes across all cultures to eat and explore, but will start with what I know best, the Russian and Central Asian foods that I grew up with. My wife is an amazing cook, who influences my cooking and keeps me sharp! We will blog some of her delicious recipes also.

I’m also a gardener. I love growing things, so I can eat them! We have an average sized yard, yet we’ve planted 2 Lemon trees, Lime tree, Kumquat tree, Fig tree, Loquat tree, Passionfruit vines, Grape vines, Blackberry vine, Blueberry bushes, Raspberries, Mandarin tree, Banana trees, Pineapples, Olive tree plus my herb garden.  I also plant heirloom fruits and vegetables. I try to grow food year round! It’s more my kids now that have to help me with the gardening as I have some physical limitations, my job is to water it and eat it! When things ripen and are in season, that will flow into what I’m cooking!

Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you enjoy my food cooking journey with me as much as I enjoy making it. Drop me a line if you’ve tried one of my recipes. I’d love to hear about it. Your email address and information is not published, nor retained by me.  Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!

Official Disclaimer! All opinions and photos in this blog are my own unless otherwise stated, and are not professional advice. Attempt these recipes at your own risk, be careful and don’t burn your house down while following my recipes and seek advice from your doctor for dietary needs! I use my iPhone 6S Plus for photos and videos. Spoon graphic by Flaticon using Logomakr under Creative Commons 3.0.

Welcome to my world!





  1. Thanks for visiting and following my blog. I’m glad to follow yours as well. Living in NY now (originally from Jerusalem) I have quite few Russian friends and clients, and I love Russian food (not that there are many foods which I don’t like…:) ). Looking forward to learning more from your blog.:)

  2. Thanks for the follow – it seems like you’re just as mixed up as I am , having lived and being exposed to so many cultures:)). We also share similar hobbies, Cooking, gArdening and Travel which is what my blog is all about. Looking forward to checking out more. 🙂

  3. If you ever need some vegetarian Singaporean dish recipes, I can help with that! 😀

    (am from Singapore but a vegetarian, I don’t know how it suits your palate tho)

  4. Hi Peter. Thank you for stopping by and following my blog. Yours is amazing! and I’m envious of your environment 😉 I’ll try your Apple Sharlotka and Nastoyka this winter. And maybe Tvorog as well cos I’m into Käsekuchen at the moment but quark is not available here!

  5. Hi Peter, enjoyed going through your blog and finding some childhood favourites! I have discovered lately that buckwheat is so much more than simply kasha and I can’t stop baking with buckwheat flour. I share you love for tvorog but make it differently. Looking forward to see more recipes. Irena

  6. Hi Peter. Thanks for stopping by inanirishhome.com and for liking my Hawaiian-Style Pork Ribs! It’s always great to meet someone new and to share in their adventures. I’ll be following your blog from now on…can’t wait to see what you and yours get up to! All the best. Kim

  7. You are so lucky to have this amazing multi-cultural food exposure while growing up! And you have wonderful space dedicated to food here! 🙂

  8. Great blog! I like your diversified international background and your wonderful interest in travel and food. I also come from an interesting international background and I also love food and travel. I enjoy your postings!

  9. Hi Peter & Rita, I am so blessed to have seen this blog on fb, did not know you had one with the wonderful recipes. I sure will try the Tvorog (cheese) for I buy the dry one from store its not the same. Thank you and God bless your effort in sharing with us. I feel privileged to know you as a little boy and know see the harvest of your work. Am following you and will be looking forward to see your next recipe. One Andrew would like to have is the one they were making at Vernon Thanksgiving, the angel vermicelli salad recipe that Dunia would make, do you have it, would be nice for you to post it and believe other followers will love it too. Bless you and your family!!

  10. Hi Peter. Thanks so much for the ‘like’ on my Double Noodle, Tofu and Vegetable Stir Fry, which has led me to your interesting site. I look forward to going through your posts and reading more. Have a great day. 🙂

  11. Wow! You certainly have an interesting background! I usually use my phone for blogging, so I have missed your about page. I see why I like your food so much: we have similar cultural backgrounds. I am fascinated that your parents came from China. What an amazing and eclectic culinary tradition.

  12. Hi Peter .. Glad you guys are doing well in Oz. Enjoying your russian recipes..Wish my mom was still around to get recipes now that I’m interested in trying the more complicated ones.. If you would like a suggestion Id like to see the napoleon cake and strooshki recipe …(I think thats what they are called)

    • Hi Luda, Thanks for checking it out. Yeah, there are a few more complicated ones I’m still working on, like Napoleon or Mikado. I’m not sure about strooshki, I’ll ask mum about that. I just did Rozantsi which turned out great. Feel free to follow the blog via email, or click Like on Facebook. Cheers

    • Hi Karen, Thanks so much. I’ve followed your blog and look forward to your recipes with a Scottish tilt! 🙂

  13. Peter, very interesting life you have led! Thank you for following my blog, I will certainly take to visit yours as well. I hope your day is a happy one! 🙂

  14. Food, travel, and Australia are among my favorite things. Thanks for visiting my The World’s Fare blog. I look forward to checking out some recipes on your blog. Happy cooking and wandering.

    • Hi Valya! Thanks for stumbling to my blog! Your website and recipes look great, I’m still trying to figure this all out! It’s great to meet another Russian/Ukrainian blogger out there! I can’t believe you have 10 kids! We also homeschooled our kids for a few years. I’ll connect with you on Pinterest too! Thanks again for saying hi! 🙂

  15. Hi from an Aussie on the East coast that is from Ukrainian/Slovenian decent. Can’t wait to read the blog more! Love to cook very much too 🙂

    • Hi Susan! Thanks so much for checking out my recipes! I love our Eastern European foods, hope you enjoy cooking them too! 👍

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