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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Weekend at the Mansion – Summer Tarts

Weekend at the Mansion – Summer Tarts

July 02nd, 2007  | Category: Friends, Tarts and Pies, Vegetarian


We could finally breathe after the heat wave that slapped İstanbul on the face last week. With the humidity and the temperature over 100 F outside, I vegetated at my air-conditioned habitat. The weather cooled down a bit on the weekend. We laid our beach towels, prepared ice-cold lemonades and started cooking. There were quite a lot of people at my friends' house (which we call The Mansion), so ...

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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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