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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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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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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Spring is here!

Spring is here!

April 24th, 2007  | Category: Friends


Yes, it is officially Spring in Istanbul. We had an amazing day at The Mansion on Saturday. When I arrived there just after noon, the table was already set and the BBQ was ready with blazing flames. We grilled mini meat patties and lamb chops and started eating.

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Ralph & The Mansion

Ralph & The Mansion

March 29th, 2007  | Category: Friends


I left work a little earlier than usual yesterday to take advantage of the sunset. It is that time of the year; when all the magnolia trees in The Mansion bloom. Some are white and some are dark purple. Amazing scenery with the sun going down. As always, Ralph was way too cooperative in posing for this amateur photographer. Ralph is the best model a photographer can have. He ...

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