Do you ever wish you could re-create family favorite recipes but when you ask your Mom for the recipe she tells you to put in a bit of this and a handful of that? In Russian, the most common expression is to put in something “by eye”, na glaz (на глаз).

That’s all very nice, and we know our Moms and Grandmas are great cooks, but wouldn’t it be nice if you had a specific recipe you could follow and expect the same results?

With 3 younger sisters, I thought it would be a great idea to create a cookbook for my sisters with some of our favorite family recipes and give it to them for Christmas. It was a great idea, but it was more work than I expected. They were thrilled though, and I got this wild idea to start a blog sharing my recipes, cooking tips and stories with others.

I learned to cook at Mama’s elbow, studying every step with determination to replicate. She was young, adventurous and full of energy and she was always on the lookout for new recipes. Come to think of it, still is! I definitely followed in her foot steps and haven’t outgrown my fascination with cooking.

Growing up in Belarus (a small country that used to be part of the Soviet Union, located near Poland and Ukraine), I was first introduced to the Eastern European kitchen. We moved to America when I was six and since then, we have grown to enjoy many other cuisines. As the oldest of six, I certainly had many opportunities to practice.

With my parents and siblings

With my husband, Sergi

Today, I try out all my new creations on my husband, Sergi, who is God’s gift in my life. He hasn’t really been adventurous with food. In fact, he ate the same exact “charbroiled chicken sandwich with tomato and provolone cheese” for lunch for several years, without getting tired of it. He is very supportive and has grown to enjoy and even look forward to trying new meals. I could never do it without him. He even came up with the name of this blog.

Something that most people don’t know, is that Sergi finished pastry school in Belarus. He is a phenomenal cake decorator. Most of the cakes featured here will be decorated by Sergi. If you see simple chocolate shavings on top of a cake, it’s probably me:).

I read cookbooks like novels and love new challenges. I am also very intrigued by the history and science behind the food. Join me in my small, Floridian apartment kitchen, as I cook up all our Slavic favorites along with so many other cuisines that are just as wonderful.

At the local library

To read more about me, read about it here, where I wrote 27 Random Facts About Me.

I would love to hear from you, so feel free to leave comments and ask questions.

My husband and I were in the process of adopting two children from Russia. If you would like to find out more about our story, you can read more on our adoption blog, A Couple on Purpose. Sadly, Russia has banned adoptions by US citizens starting January 2o13. We also got licensed as foster parents in our own county and absolutely loved having little ones as part of our family for more than a year. On February 23, 2015 we celebrated the birth of our son, Nathaniel.

All the pictures on this blog are taken by my husband and myself. The photos and writing are the property of Olga’s Flavor Factory. Please do not use any of this without asking for permission first. 

I am always thrilled when you share my recipes with others, but please link back to my website. If you’re going to be sharing one of my recipes, please use your own words to describe it and also link back to my blog.