Valentine’s Day Recipes

Valentine’s Day Recipes

February 09th, 2011  | Category: Dessert


Valentine's Day recipes, originally posted in 2008. Updated with new recipes and photos from my recipe archive... If you're looking for Valentine's Day recipes, here are some ideas: How about strawberries dressed in tuxedos? Maybe a Double Chocolate Bundt Cake with a sticky chocolate ganache glaze? If you have the time,  the Brownies I designed exclusively for Dolce & Gabbana will surely impress! Or you can try my favorite, ...

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Pistachio Eclairs

Pistachio Eclairs

April 13th, 2010  | Category: Chocolate, Dessert


I have some very good news. Cafe Fernando was named the "Best Culinary Travel Blog" at Saveur's 1st Annual Food Blog Awards! Many thanks to Saveur for nominating and YOU for voting. Congratulations to all the other winners - it is an honor to be in such great company. This calls for a celebration and the best way I know how is to bake something fantastic. What makes these ...

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Semolina Halva with Turkish Ice Cream

Semolina Halva with Turkish Ice Cream

July 06th, 2008  | Category: Dessert, Ice Cream & Sorbet, Turkish Cuisine


The scoop of ice cream above, clotted cream Maras (MA-rush) ice cream to be specific, was nestled on top of a bowl of warm semolina halva with a spoon stabbed in the center for the whole duration of the photo shoot (you'll see in the photo below). And the spoon stayed still for at least 20 minutes. All this was possible due to the core ingredient of ...

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Güllaç with Cardamom and Hazelnuts

Güllaç with Cardamom and Hazelnuts

October 08th, 2007  | Category: Dessert, Turkish Cuisine


Whenever I hear the word Ramadan, I immediately think of Güllaç. It is a traditional Turkish dessert that dates back to the Ottoman Empire. I've read somewhere that it was also a part of the circumcision ceremony menu for Sultan Süleyman, The Magnificient's sons'. This milk based dessert is prepared with Güllaç leaves, which are basically starch wafers that are made of corn starch, flour and water.

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Swan Raspberry Eclairs

Swan Raspberry Eclairs

December 07th, 2006  | Category: Chocolate, Dessert


Lately, I have developed a huge interest on all things Julia Child. I have ordered many of her books and her DVDs from Amazon. It is no surprise that a lot of people are obsessed with her. It is much more obvious after reading "My Life in France". As the title suggests, it is a memoir of her life and culinary adventures during her years in Paris. ...

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