Maral VarolianQueens, New York, US
Maral Varolian is a illustrator, textile and graphic designer based in New York. She attended Pratt Institute of Design and graduated with a degree in Communication Design with an emphasis in Illustration. As an illustrator, she especially enjoys creating reportage, food and travel illustrations. Currently Maral works within the fashion industry where she designs patterns, works on prints and graphics for women’s apparel. Through illustration, Maral has also been able to develop her passion for culture and exploration. When she's not illustrating, Maral loves to cook, travel, workout and read. She is also available for freelance work and commissions.
Recipes By Maral Varolian
I love cheese and especially a good cheese board. I wanted to highlight some different cheeses that I enjoy along with some food that I enjoy eating with these cheeses. I specifically wanted to include fondue as I have a very fond memory of my first time having it, years ago on a family vacation in France.
Lavash is a traditional thin Armenian flatbread made in a tandoor. It is rolled out flat and slapped on to the sides of the clay oven. Women all over Armenia in villages make this bread and it is a huge part of their food culture. It is eaten with almost everything in Armenia, but it is best when hot out of the oven and wrapped with fresh herbs and cheese. I wanted to create an illustration depicting the process of making this bread as it was something I saw while in Armenia the first time years ago.
When I was a child my yaya was my world. I loved spending time with her and she was always in the kitchen. My fondest memory with her is making a special dish from our Armenian culture called Manti. It is a labor intensive dumpling soup from the Caucasus. The dish is a staple amongst Armenian families and all of my friend's yaya's make it. To make Manti you make the dough from scratch, roll it out thinly then cut it into squares. Once your squares are ready you stuff them with a meat mixture and then pinch them together. Then this is either boiled or baked in the oven before it is put in a bowl and topped with yogurt, and depending on where you are from either a red pepper or butter sauce. My yaya and I would bond over this recipe, my role only being pinching together the dumplings while she made the rest of the soup. I wanted to create a illustration that showed the steps for this dish, specifically focusing on the part that I would help her with.