One Lovely Blog Award

I owe a huge apology to charming Priya of Masala Vegan, an extremely knowledgeable and just as extremely helpful in all things food-related blogger-friend, who has nominated me for One Lovely Blogger Award  almost two weeks ago. I have humbly accepted, and then, in a whirlwind of preparing for a new semester and a new school year, and a totally new (and totally asinine) IT system the administration, in its wisdom, had implemented, I simply forgot!

Dear Priya, in your kindness, will you forgive me? When I read your recipes, I am reminded of an old Odessa joke: “By Mama you are a violinist, by Papa you are a violinist, but by violinists you are not even a drummer!”  By you, as well as some other experts, I am “not even a drummer” and as a rank amateur, I feel I don’t even deserve this, or any other award, but I am grateful and not a little overwhelmed!

Here are the rules:

  • Post to accept the nomination.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  • List 7 things about yourself.
  • Link to the blogs you nominate.
  • Notify the recipients of their award.
  • Post the rules!

Seven things about me, in no particular order:

  1. It sounds ridiculous for someone who loves cooking as much as I do, but I don’t have a sense of smell. I did have it, but lost it years ago as a result of a concussion.  So I do remember how most things smell, but as it comes to new smells, such as those delectable Indian spices, I use my husband’s nose and his very acute sense of smell.  I draw the line at experimenting with perfumes, though, so I still wear the same one I had used before the accident, which is so old-fashioned that nobody remembers it and everybody thinks it’s some kind of an exotic new scent.  As it often happens, my sense of taste compensated for the loss, and my cooking became a lot more sophisticated, thus turning the loss into a win (so says my husband).
  2. I play piano because every girl in Odessa had to, but I learned to play guitar as a teenager in order to play The Beetles’ songs, specifically “Yesterday.”
  3. I love to dance everything, but I especially love dancing Flamenco and Gypsy dances. Altogether, I love Gypsy music and I love singing Gypsy songs.
  4. I can’t live without art on the walls. When we moved, until we hanged the paintings, I would get depressed looking at empty walls.
  5. Books in my house multiply as if by magic. I think when we turn the lights off, they start having fun on their own, and in the morning, we have a new crop of baby books.
  6. I am not done yet? I am a gym monkey and a yoga freak.  When we travel, we look for a hotel with fitness facilities, and no matter how early in the morning we have to get on the road, I’d get up a couple of hours earlier to go through my workout routine.
  7. The most important fact about me is that I have two wonderful sons and five adorable grandchildren!

And the hardest part of all these awards is nominating others. There are so many great blogs that I am truly hard put to select only seven. In no particular order:

  1. Sasha from  https://sashafromrussiablog.wordpress.com/
  2. Swetha from https://swethasculinarytrials.wordpress.com/
  3. Jo from https://josfoodbites.com/
  4. Carol from https://cookingforthetimechallenged.wordpress.com/
  5. Mona from https://healthyindiankitchen.wordpress.com/
  6. Alex from https://lilyandardbeg.wordpress.com/
  7. Kellie from https://kelliesfoodtoglow.com/

Although the rules specify seven nominees, there is a belief that seven is a number commonly found in nature (eg. The Seven Wonders of the World), but eight is above nature, so I claim the right to name one more person, the one above most of the best and the excellent, the chef and food artist Sumith from https://keralas.live/

And now, if you’ll excuse me, my husband and I are going for a walk by the ocean…

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35 Comments Add yours

  1. Congrats! It’s fun to learn a little more about you!

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    1. Thank you! I am just a funky South Beach girl, and being retired, I can afford to be what I am and do what I want, although, on the second thought, I’ve always done it anyway!

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  2. Congratulations!well deserved.

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    1. Thank you so very much!

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  3. Congratulations Dolly on yet another award! You so deserve it! You are one talented, gifted, beautiful woman!

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    1. Thank you, Sasha! Spit three times over your left shoulder! Come on – I am no more talented or gifted than any other Odessa girl, and beautiful? – that’s my granddaughter now, not I.

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  4. Love it! I’d forgotten it was start of school in the USA. Love the idea of using an old and much loved perfume that smells exotically new. That has happened when I’ve worn my late mother’s favourite perfumes 😄
    5 grandchildren…Awwww 😍

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    1. Imagine – four girls and one Prince!

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      1. Aww ❤️ bless their little souls, you are one lucky grandmother 😍!

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      2. That I am – thank you! 🙂

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  5. Thanks Dolly. And congratulations to you on your well deserved nomination 🙂

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    1. Thank you, dear Mona!

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  6. Congratulations 😀😀

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  7. Sumith Babu says:

    You well deserved it Dolly. Congratulations!!

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    1. Thank you, Sumith, and nobody deserves it more than you!

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  8. You might be the most superb violinist in the world, then! I’m going to quote the widely overused: ‘Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid’. I do like your recipes, but I love your blog for its Dollyness 🙂

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    1. I am not even a superb pianist! Girls in Odessa had to play piano, and boys had to take violin lessons (Have you read Odessa Stories by Isaac Babel?) At the risk of violating Miss Manners’ rules of accepting compliments graciously, I am only a product of average Odessa upbringing. To quote a satirist friend, “An Odessa woman is the most beautiful. Well, if she is not beautiful, she is the most intelligent. And if she is not the most beautiful and the most intelligent, she is definitely the best cook.” We all live up to expectations if a serious effort is expanded to make sure we meet them, and there is constant support. As my grandmother used to say, “If you keep telling a child that he is an eagle, eventually he will fly. And if you tell him he is a pig, one day he’ll go “Oink!”

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      1. Well, sounds like a perfect life partner, this Odessa woman 🙂 My parents never really expected me to be anything in particular. They just let me be. But they have had the most influence on me, and without them ever trying, they made me aspire to be a little like them.

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      2. Sounds like you were lucky to have had very wise parents. About a life partner, there is a saying, “Zaporozhetz (little FIAT) is not a car, Chernomoretz (Odessa football team) is not a team, an Odessa woman is not a wife.” It sounds much better in Russian. It takes an Odessa man like my husband to endure!

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      3. done my due diligence: Запорожец не машина, Черноморец не команда, одесситка не жена. Love the sound of ‘одесситка’ 🙂

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      4. I am so impressed! Seriously!

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  9. Kash Pals says:

    Congratulations!!

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    1. Thank you so much – you are so kind!

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  10. 9recipes says:

    Congratulations!!

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  11. It was so interesting reading about you – your love of dancing and gypsy music, your pining for art on your walls when there was none, and how you have turned what could have been a devastating outcome of no sense of smell into something positive. *And* what insightful sayings and quotes peppered in these comments. Thanks so much for your very kind nomination. You know that I am very grateful and honoured. 🙂

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  12. Congratulations for your award!

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  13. Congratulations on your award. you do have a very lovey blog!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words!

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