How It Got Started

The Roots

My memoirs, Wedding Song and Leaving Iran, chronicle my life and those of my family members in Iran. Food is an integral part of these stories.

Whenever I read from my memoirs, people from the audience approached me to say how they had stories of their own, often flavored by their favorite food. If they could write, they, too, would tell these stories of family members and friends in the kitchen or around the dining table. 

Thus the idea was born. I could write these stories for them through this blog. 

This website is a collection of food memories and recipes written by many.


Enjoy! Please share your stories with me. 

Copyright: Farideh Goldin 2020


    Food & Memory

 Remembering People and Places

Does the aroma of a food remind you of a place? Does a recipe remind you of a special person in your life? 

This blog aggregates stories, pictures and videos of these memories and the recipes connected to them.

Please contact me if you have  a story and a recipe to share. 

  • Farideh Goldin

A Seder for Rosh Hashanah

Growing up in Iran, ceremonial food for Rosh Hashanah was more than just apples and honey. We celebrated the holiday with numerous prayers and symbolic food.

These symbolic morsels were the highlight of our holiday dinner. Each item was fresh or cooked from scratch.

My father knew whose gardens had white pomegranate trees and requested a few for our seder. We didn't use regular pomegranates with red seeds. White pomegranate seeds were sweet and didn't have the hard seed (arils) inside. They were quite delicious.

Happy New Year and I hope you'll enjoy celebrating this holiday with an Iranian twist.

I am sharing with you a pamphlet I produced in my computer literacy class years ago.

Nooshe-joon! Enjoy!

Candle Lighting


Washing Hands

Ha-Motzi: Prayers over bread

Hamotzi recited by Iranian Jews. We didn't have challah bread. Prayers were said over flat bread.

The Four Meanings of Rosh Hashanah

Apples and Honey



Beans/ Black Eyed Peas

Head (Lamb, Fish or a head of lettuce if you are vegetarian)



Fresh Yellow Dates, If possible


White pomegranates from

Specialty Produce

Lung or something airy like marshmallows or popcorn

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