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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Lunch at The Mansion

Lunch at The Mansion

September 23rd, 2008  | Category: Friends, Turkish Cuisine


No recipe today. Just some snaps from a lunch we had at The Mansion last week. We were sitting around the table, reading the paper and having tea and all of a sudden we realized that it was way past lunch time. The lady of the house started listing what she had in the fridge from the day before: "Let's see... We have braised Romano beans, borek... ...

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Two Summer Salads

Two Summer Salads

July 18th, 2008  | Category: Salad, Turkish Cuisine


Come summer, I find a box full of organic produce on my desk every Monday morning. Big, bright red tomatoes that do smell and taste like tomatoes, tiny crunchy seedless cucumbers, crisp & sweet green peppers and a bunch of tender purslane. And how can I forget the dark purple eggplants that will perfume my kitchen all week long while they bake in the oven with ...

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Semolina Halva with Turkish Ice Cream

Semolina Halva with Turkish Ice Cream

July 06th, 2008  | Category: Dessert, Ice Cream & Sorbet, Turkish Cuisine


The scoop of ice cream above, clotted cream Maras (MA-rush) ice cream to be specific, was nestled on top of a bowl of warm semolina halva with a spoon stabbed in the center for the whole duration of the photo shoot (you'll see in the photo below). And the spoon stayed still for at least 20 minutes. All this was possible due to the core ingredient of ...

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Karniyarik, Bulgur Pilaf and Cigarette Borek

Karniyarik, Bulgur Pilaf and Cigarette Borek

July 01st, 2008  | Category: Meat, Rice and Grains, Turkish Cuisine, Vegetable


Just like the Mung Bean Salad, Karniyarik wasn't included in the initial menu for the SF Chronicle article. Instead, I wanted to do a Turkish version of a dish that could have easily filled two full pages of my taste journal if I had ever kept one. It is the Chicken Claypot I ate at The Slanted Door. I thought adding chickpeas and peppers and tomatoes from my ...

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