August is for Bees, September is for Ladybugs

WOW been a long time since I blogged!! Hopefully I can do some more regularly, we shall see 🀨 Now don’t get me wrong, we get bees all summer, but the peak season seems to be the hottest month here, which tends to be in August. I am allergic to bee stings, actually, but I Read more about August is for Bees, September is for Ladybugs[…]

Brains Like Sponges

While we were away for a week, Avinelle and Eloise stayed with different friends, we know they were hearing and speaking a lot more Russian. (Probably some Kazakh for Eloise, too!) After returning, both of them responded a lot more to us in Russian the first few days. Now of course we primarily speak English Read more about Brains Like Sponges[…]

Central Asian Food Series: Okroshka

(Oops, I thought I posted this a month ago lol πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ) Okroshka, is a Russian cold summer soup. Of course it got carried over as a popular dish in central asian dishes during the Soviet time. The funny thing is I know I have had this before but don’t distinctly remember when, probably in the Read more about Central Asian Food Series: Okroshka[…]

Central Asian Food Series: Kumis & Shubat

Okay… while this isn’t food, it is a big one here in Kazakhstan!!! It’s fermented horse milk! Yes, people drink it here often. Shubat is camel’s milk. Both are similar to kefir. Quite sour. The above pic is from when I was at a neighbor’s house a few weeks back and I totally drank (kumis) Read more about Central Asian Food Series: Kumis & Shubat[…]

Central Asian Food Series: Manti

Once again, the above picture is not mine. πŸ™ˆΒ Most Central Asian (and any Asian for that matter) countries have their form of Manti, also known as samsa. This is definitely a national, staple dish here. It is a boiled or steamed dumpling. (Our friends baked them and called them “samsa” so maybe it’s a different Read more about Central Asian Food Series: Manti[…]