Blog name: At the Immigrant’s Table
Where were you born? The former USSR, or what we now know as Russian
Where are you living now? Beautiful Montreal, in Quebec, Canada.
Why did you start your blog?
In November 2013, I was working a writing job in Winnipeg, that had long stopped exciting me. I was desperately missing creative writing that actually meant something. And I was missing my family, who lives far away in Israel.
Instead, I spent my weeks living for the weekend, during which I would blast some tunes on 8tracks.com, pull out the pots and pans and whip together about 20 dishes of my choosing. And yet I wasn’t doing anything with it!
Then I took on a daily yoga challenge, and it helped me focus and think hard about what I actually want in life. I realized that I would love to share my food, my heritage and my culture with other people; and if in the process, I could write long-form creative posts about my family, that’s a double-win.
And so, one dreary Monday in November, At the Immigrant’s Table was born.
How did you decide on your blog name?
I knew that I wanted my blog to focus on my family’s migrant journey, and the many cultures and stories that are a part of it. Plus, it had to have SOMETHING to do with food or cooking! After playing around for an afternoon, I settled on At the Immigrant’s Table.
What do you blog about?
Mostly Israeli and Russian dishes, adapted to modern food sensitivities and diets like celiac, lactose intolerance, veganism, Diabetes, paleo and others. Though I also do some travel and other market-driven posts where I talk about life in general, and what I’m cooking that week.
What post on your blog most encapsulates you?
That’s so hard to answer, because I pour my heart and soul into so many of them! I guess it would have to be a toss-up between Spicy Citrus Salad (which talks about love) and Mujadara or Kneidlach Matzo Balls or (which talk about my childhood).
Which post do you wish received more love and why?
Homemade Labaneh Balls. Labaneh is a traditional Middle Eastern yogurt cheese, and it couldn’t be easier to make into little, spice-encrusted cheese balls. They make a beautiful appetizer or snack for any party, or just a great treat for a weekend brunch.
Which post’s success surprised you and why?
Stewed Cabbage. This dish is something my mom puts together at the end of a long day, and I couldn’t believe how much people seemed to love it. Then again, it IS a great dish!
What’s your biggest challenge as a blogger?
There are many little challenges, but I have to say the biggest one at the moment has to be getting the post I have just worked so hard on to as many people as possible. Social media is great, but it can be so time-consuming and complicated! Some days, I don’t even know where to start.
Share a couple of your favourite food blogs to read. Why do you like them?
There are so to choose from! But the ones I have on repeat right now are Heartbeet Kitchen, The Bojon Gourmet, and Lucky Star Anise whose lovely creator I just met in Germany – blogging makes friends, people!
Favourite food - care to share a recipe or a restaurant destination?
Shakshuka! No doubt, this Israeli dish of eggs poached in sauce is the best of all worlds. Right now, I’m loving my green shakshuka, but once fresh eggplants are on the market, I’m going back to my roots with this egpplant shakshuka.
What are you working on next for your blog?
I’m planning some communal dining events in Montreal this summer, a few sponsored posts and exciting collaborations online, and even a great little e-book – so stay tuned, because there’s a lot more exciting stuff coming!
What else should we know about you that may or not be in your “About Me” page?
Though I’m lactose-intolerant, the way to my heart is always paved with cheese. And berries.
What makes your blog unique?
The writing. I spend A LOT of time thinking about my message, and crafting sentences that make up a story, and which weave together into posts that make up a complete narrative. I also think the combination of Russian and Israeli recipes with a North American influence is pretty unique – but then again, that’s why you’re At the Immigrant’s Table – to try something different!
What part of the FBC site do you find most useful?
Definitely the Blogger Resources. I loved your 31-day Blog Clean-Up Challenge!
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