Vegan Strawberry Smoothie

Vegan Strawberry Smoothie

July 02nd, 2009  | Category: Drinks, Fruit, Vegan


My father has the strictest morning routine I have ever seen. He wakes up at 6:30 AM, goes for a 45-minute walk, takes a shower, eats his breakfast and he's on his way to work at 8:00 AM sharp. This has been his routine for as long as I can remember. Stricter than his morning routine is the list of things he eats at breakfast. A slice ...

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Pomegranate Jam

Pomegranate Jam

November 25th, 2008  | Category: Fruit, Preserving


You really didn't think I was done with pomegranates, did you? I am amazed to hear how scarce this amazing fruit is in other parts of the world. A Turkish reader living in Germany said a pomegranate costs 2 Euros there!!! I am so lucky to be living in a city abundant with pomegranates. Did you know that pomegranates have more antioxidant power than cranberry juice or ...

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Apricot Cherry Galette

Apricot Cherry Galette

July 28th, 2008  | Category: Fruit, Tarts and Pies


With summer fruit at its best, there has never been a better time to bake all kinds of stone fruit encased in a buttery flaky dough. Although you can prepare a galette with any fruit you'd like, I highly recommend one of my favorite combinations: Apricot and cherry. Aside from the great color combination, they let out just the right amount of water, which means they need ...

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Raspberry and Lemon Muffins

Raspberry and Lemon Muffins

April 17th, 2008  | Category: Fruit, Muffins and Cupcakes


It has been a hectic week. I can't even lift a finger, let alone bake. But I was instantly off the couch when I saw the mixed berries at Lara's blog. I adapted her recipe according to what I had in the freezer and an hour later I was enjoying these moist muffins full of tangy berries. Below you will see a few tips and an amazing ...

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Celeriac with Green Apple and Orange

Celeriac with Green Apple and Orange

March 04th, 2008  | Category: Fruit, Turkish Cuisine, Vegetable, Vegetarian


It may look like a giant wart, but once you get past the knobbly exterior you are greeted by a deliciously-perfumed flesh. Celeriac, often called the vegetable world's ugly duckling, is a fragrant root vegetable that tastes like celery minus the fibrous texture. To me, it is actually much tastier than celery due to its amazing ability to absorb flavors. Everything you throw in the pot ...

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