Ice Cream Bombe Cake

Ice Cream Bombe Cake

January 11th, 2009  | Category: Brownies, Cakes, Chocolate, Ice Cream & Sorbet


New Year's Eve dinner parties at the mansion last for two days. The first night is a joyful gathering between close friends. Everyone is on their best behavior. 12 grown-ups and few kids dining like royalty. Come next afternoon, things get ugly. The vultures are back at the table for a leftover lunch party. No plates, no silverware, no rules, no mercy. The first pair of claws ...

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Chocolate Cheesecake

Chocolate Cheesecake

December 12th, 2008  | Category: Cheesecake, Chocolate


Isn't it outrageous that a food blogger who is a shameless chocoholic AND a die hard Golden Girls fan does NOT have a chocolate cheesecake in his repertoire? As far as I'm concerned, he should have written THE book on chocolate cheesecakes by now. Shame on me. The truth of the matter is, I lack one very important ingredient here in Istanbul: cream cheese. Actually, cream cheese in ...

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Hazelnut Brownies

Hazelnut Brownies

October 29th, 2008  | Category: Brownies, Chocolate


Here's the second recipe I developed for BRAVACASA: Hazelnut Brownies. These brownies fall into the "fudgy" category, with a moist and intensely chocolaty interior. It is almost as if you're biting into a bar of dark chocolate with hazelnuts. Doesn't it sound good? And wait (if you can) until the next day and taste them right after a good night's sleep in the refrigerator. It is almost as ...

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Chocolate and Hazelnut Granola

Chocolate and Hazelnut Granola

October 14th, 2008  | Category: Breakfast and Brunch, Chocolate


My first paid job as a food stylist and photographer! Can you believe it? I remember the first time a food magazine approached me. It was nearly two years ago, a couple of months after I launched my blog. The editor liked what she saw and offered me to put together 14 pages of sweet and savory cookies - in two days I must add. When ...

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Chocolate Gelato

Chocolate Gelato

August 14th, 2008  | Category: Chocolate, Ice Cream & Sorbet


I have to admit that I didn't have high hopes when I first spotted this Chocolate Gelato recipe at Saveur online. One of their weekly newsletters had this photo of Pistachio and Chocolate Gelato combo that was out of this world. Then I read the recipe and said to myself: "Milk and cocoa only? And cornstarch? Really? No "real" chocolate? No cream?" Furious, I did what every adventurous ...

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