Homemade Pomegranate Molasses

Homemade Pomegranate Molasses

April 12th, 2013  | Category: Fruit, Preserving, Turkish Cuisine, Vegetarian


Pomegranate molasses, which is made by reducing freshly-squeezed pomegranate juice into a thick, sour and sticky syrup, isn't really molasses. It is simply reduced pomegranate juice. And if you're adding sugar, you can even call it an extremely sour pomegranate jam. Pomegranate jam - one that is prepared by just pomegranate juice and sugar - doesn't thicken that much, so you may as well call it a ...

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Plum Galette

Plum Galette

October 12th, 2011  | Category: Fruit, Tarts and Pies


Thank God I can bake. Because otherwise, after seeing what I saw, I would have just died. Since you're reading a food blog, you must have come across the Chez Panisse 40th anniversary photos. And since you're alive, you MUST know how to bake. Because otherwise, you couldn't have survived after seeing what I saw. More specifically, assuming you did see it, you must have baked this plum galette. ...

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Apricot Bars

Apricot Bars

September 07th, 2011  | Category: Cookies, Fruit, Tarts and Pies


If I had a dollar for every post I postponed posting... Well, that would make me a professional procrastinator and nothing else. Here's what usually happens: I get excited about a fruit or a vegetable, come across season's finest at the farmers market, decide on a recipe on my way home, cook/bake it, take photos and sit down to eat. By the time I'm ready to write about ...

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Pomegranate Recipes

Pomegranate Recipes

October 14th, 2010  | Category: Fruit


It's that time of the year again: Pomegranates everywhere. Well, at least in Istanbul. I consider myself very lucky as Turkey is one of the native lands of the pomegranate. And you're lucky, too. Because if you're looking for ideas on what to do with pomegranates, you've come to the right place. Here are a few pomegranate recipes from Cafe Fernando archives as well as some of my favorite ...

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Sour Cherry Crumb Bars

Sour Cherry Crumb Bars

September 17th, 2009  | Category: Cakes, Fruit


I made up something called a Monday Morning Syndrome Cake a while ago. It is basically a cake that you bake on a Sunday night, which helps you to survive the cubicle cabin fever on the first working day of the week.  And somewhere along the line I completely forgot about this genius idea. No wonder why I've been grumpy on Monday mornings lately. So when I received ...

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