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.
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