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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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Cherry Tomato and Feta Cheese Tart with Fresh Thyme

Cherry Tomato and Feta Cheese Tart with Fresh Thyme

June 13th, 2007  | Category: Tarts and Pies, Vegetarian


I am crazy about tarts. You should know that by now. Nearly half of the recipes I include in my blog are tarts. So it was strange to realize that I didn't bake a savory one yet. The second tart I baked over the weekend is this Cherry Tomato and Feta Cheese Tart with Fresh Thyme. Out of all three tarts, I liked this one the best. I ...

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Feta Cheese & Mint Börek

Feta Cheese & Mint Börek

April 29th, 2007  | Category: Breakfast and Brunch, Pastry, Turkish Cuisine, Vegetarian


Börek is a traditional Turkish layered dough dish, generally filled with cheese, ground meat or vegetables. The most popular fillings are feta cheese, spinach, potatoes and ground meat flavored with a variety of herbs and spices. The dough, called yufka in Turkish, is quite labor-intensive. Not many Turkish households attempt to prepare it themselves. They are sold in 3-5 sheet packs in supermarkets here. Yufka is essential for ...

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Poor Man’s Lentil

Poor Man’s Lentil

April 09th, 2006  | Category: Beans and Legumes, Memoir/Meme/Misc., Turkish Cuisine, Vegetarian


Back in the spring of '99, after endless days of house hunting, Özlem and I managed to find a 3 bedroom flat in the foggiest and most depressing district of San Francisco - Richmond district, 22nd and Balboa to be specific - just a day prior to getting kicked out by our landlord, who looked like the Chinese twin of Joan Collins. Sick and tired of getting ...

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