Peach Tart with Almonds and Maple Syrup

Peach Tart with Almonds and Maple Syrup

July 27th, 2007 | Category: Fruit, Tarts and Pies


I baked this tart while on vacation at The White Mansion. This is a remake tough. I thought of adding almonds and maple syrup on top after I tasted it. I prefer not to bake the peaches with the tart dough, especially since they are in season and full of sweet juices. You don't want that juice to evaporate, right? But with only the fruit on top, the ...

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Brownies My Way

Brownies My Way

July 20th, 2007 | Category: Brownies, Chocolate


Some like it fudgy, some like it cakey. Some add walnuts, some don't. Some prefer thin slices, some like it thick. No matter which, I believe every baker has a favorite brownie recipe of his own. For instance, according to Dorie, Julia Child prefers them dark, fudgy and soft, whereas Katharine Hepburn likes them thin and chocolaty, prepared without much flour. I like mine somewhere in between. Moist but ...

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Bodrum & The White Mansion

Bodrum & The White Mansion

July 18th, 2007 | Category: Friends, Turkish Cuisine


I confess. I used to hate Bodrum. Yes, I hated the city synonymous with perfect summer weather and magnificent coves. It was before The White Mansion with the cheerful cook existed.

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Gianduja Gelato – A ticket to Hazelnut Heaven

Gianduja Gelato – A ticket to Hazelnut Heaven

July 13th, 2007 | Category: Chocolate, Ice Cream & Sorbet, Turkish Cuisine


I couldn't help but eat half of this gelato before it even had a chance to freeze and went to heaven. The hazelnut heaven. What makes you choose a recipe to try the first time you open a cookbook? An enticing photo? A favorite ingredient used in the recipe? Raves you read on food blogs? All of the above? For me, it is sometimes the technique that is used. ...

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Another Sunday at the Mansion

Another Sunday at the Mansion

July 09th, 2007 | Category: Friends, Ice Cream & Sorbet


Yes, we never get bored of The Mansion. But you know that already. How can you with a sweet creature like this? The highlight of the day was the peach ice cream from David's new book The Perfect Scoop. I bought the book almost a month ago and finally got around to trying recipes after weeks of salivating. Numerous blogs have praised it and I am not going ...

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