Welcome! I’m Olga. I’m the recipe creator behind the scenes here at Olga’s Flavor Factory.
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 for this is to put in something “by eye”, na glaz (на глаз).
That’s all very nice, and we know our Moms and Grandmas are wonderful cooks, but wouldn’t it be great if you had a specific recipe you could follow and expect the same results?
With 3 younger sisters, I thought it would be so valuable to create a cookbook for all of us, making sure those treasured family recipes would continue to be loved and passed down from one generation to another. I spent months creating a simple cookbook collection that I gave all my sisters for Christmas that year.
I started getting requests from their friends and my parents’ friends to share my cookbook with them too. I got this wild idea to share it online somehow, since it would be easier than printing out the book and I could always add new recipes. I had no idea what a blog was, but after doing extensive research, I finally figured out that a blog would be the best way to share all my recipes, cooking tips and stories.
I learned to cook at Mama’s elbow, studying every step with determination to replicate. She was adventurous, full of energy and was always on the lookout for new recipes. 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. Now that all of us are married with families of our own, it’s especially fun chatting about our homemaking adventures with all my sisters and sister in laws.
My husband, Sergi, and I make our home in the sunny and beautiful Tampa Bay of Florida. We’ve been married for 16 happy years and have gone through some amazing experiences in that short amount of time. I write about many of these happenings here on the blog, from health issues to trying to adopt two children from Russia, being foster parents and then the miraculous pregnancies and births of our sons, Nathaniel, who joined our family in February 2015 and Joshua, born November 2016. You can read more under the Life/Family tab.
Blogging has been so incredibly rewarding. I’m able to combine my love for cooking, homemaking and writing all in one. I’m thrilled and humbled reading comments from thousands of you and seeing our family favorites enjoyed by other families all over the world.
Check out my ebooks, The Home Cook’s Handbook: A Practical Kitchen Resource Guide and 5 Menu Plan Options For Your Next Party! I’m really excited to share them with you.
Great blog!! Can’t wait to try your recipes 🙂
Olga, I am glad to see your own little website with Slavic recepies. Everything looks very neat and with simple elegancy. Most recepies are so familiar. :)) Blessings to you in your work. 🙂
I love this!!!:)
Beautiful blog! I want to try it all. Such beautiful pictures and the
recipes look wonderful.
I would love to hear how the food turns out. Hope you enjoy.
You have done a great job. Really!
Thank you Olga for such a great blog! Cant wait to try each of tham!
love ur site! waiting 4 more reciopes lol
Awesome Olga!!…I’m gonna learn how to cook and bake for “real” now!! ..Thank You So much for Sharing and I’m looking forward to browsing 😀
Thanks Donna! I’m so glad you like it. I’ll be happy to answer questions and to hear your comments.
Really love your blog! I am from Belarus as well and moved to the US when I was 6 🙂 I love all your recipes and photos. Thanks for this amazing blog and for providing wonderful Russian/Ukrainian recipes! 🙂
Beautiful blog! Cannot wait to try some of your recipes!
Got here by “accident” while looking for some cookies recipes. What a refreshing blog!
It’s interesting how we, in Portugal, have the same exact expression, “a olho” — на глаз, when trading recipes among friends and family.
Welcome, Manuela:). I’m so glad you stopped by. Thank you for the kind words. I hope you find many recipes that you will enjoy.
Broke American exploring the world through each countries food. Got a couple recipes from Japan, South America, India and now Belarus/Russia!! Trying those savory meat crepes as soon as possible
Welcome, Caitlin. I hope you enjoy the crepes – they are one of my favorites:).
Hi Olga, your blog is really great, I have just discovered it !
Everything is well explained and everything is esthetic, beautiful, you have the sense of detail and precision.
Barbara ( from France)
Thank you, Barbara. Welcome!
Trying a couple of your recipes for the New Year. Thank you for posting. I am from Belarus too, the friend coming to celebrate this New year is from Belarus as well. Small is the world:-)
Just tried your Elegant chicken and rice dinner recipe. It was delicious! I actually saw your sister make it on her YouTube and that’s how I got here! I am Polish and it reminds me of some food my grandma used to make! Thanks! 🙂
Hi Nicole! Welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed the Chicken and Rice:). It’s a family favorite.
Lovely blog. Are you Ukrainian or Russian?
I am actually neither, I was born in Belarus, so Belarusian:).
Olga, what other type of meat could be used in your Russian ( Olivie) salad ? Thank you, Rich
You can use any cooked meat, such as chicken, or even something like ham. It will taste different, but you can choose whatever you want to use.
I have been on the quest for the perfect scone recipe and I have to say your Orange Scones and the technique you shared have really changed my expectations on scones.
These are so easy to make and I love the detail in your written and filmed step by step process.
I know I will enjoy exploring your receipes.