Vera’s Almodrote

Vera’s Almodrote

February 21st, 2011  | Category: Friends, Travel, Vegetable, Vegetarian


Here's the first dish Vera prepared with the ingredients we bought from the Alaçatı farmers market: Almodrote de Kalavasa. It is a zucchini flan with Sephardic origins and very close to the zucchini au gratin my mother used to make when I was a little boy. Actually, not much has changed since then; I still don't get excited about zucchinis (unless they're fried). So when Vera mentioned she ...

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2011 New Year’s Eve Dinner Party

2011 New Year’s Eve Dinner Party

January 06th, 2011  | Category: Friends, Memoir/Meme/Misc.


New Year's Eve Dinner Party at The Mansion (my friends' place) has been a tradition for over ten years now. I have had the pleasure of sharing this feast with my dearest friends for quite some time and have been sharing photos from the dinner table for the last three years. After all these years, I can't even imagine being somewhere else on New Year's Eve. A huge, ...

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Passion Fruit, Mango and Chocolate Cake

Passion Fruit, Mango and Chocolate Cake

January 29th, 2010  | Category: Cakes, Chocolate, Friends


This cake was inspired by so many things, I don't know where to start. Actually, I do. Paris. Denise Acabo's shop, A l'Etoile d'Or. Mr Genin's caramels lined up on the white marble counter top. Mango and passion fruit caramels, to be specific. New Year's Eve dinner party at my friends' house has been a tradition for over 10 years and I've been baking cakes for the occasion for ...

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2010 New Year’s Eve Dinner Party

2010 New Year’s Eve Dinner Party

January 22nd, 2010  | Category: Friends, Memoir/Meme/Misc.


A 22-pound butterball turkey, a tray full of dolmas, another tray full of artichokes in olive oil, stuffing, rice with roasted almonds, thinly sliced carrots cooked in turkey stock and sweetened with maple syrup, three large mixed salads with pomegranate seeds, another very exciting layered salad with shrimps, beets and avocado and crown roast of lamb stuffed with green beans and Brussels sprouts for those who prefer ...

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Lunch at The Mansion

Lunch at The Mansion

September 23rd, 2008  | Category: Friends, Turkish Cuisine


No recipe today. Just some snaps from a lunch we had at The Mansion last week. We were sitting around the table, reading the paper and having tea and all of a sudden we realized that it was way past lunch time. The lady of the house started listing what she had in the fridge from the day before: "Let's see... We have braised Romano beans, borek... ...

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