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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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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The Brioche Tart That Made Julia Child Cry

The Brioche Tart That Made Julia Child Cry

January 04th, 2008  | Category: Chocolate, Friends, Tarts and Pies


As I am writing this post, first snow of the year is hitting the streets of İstanbul. It was the only thing missing at our New Year's Eve dinner party. I baked two desserts for the occasion: "Chocolate and Chestnut Buche de Noel" and "The Brioche Tart that made Julia Child Cry" (recipe below). Can you believe that name? I didn't watch that specific episode, but apparently in ...

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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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