Archive for Cafe Fernando

Pineapple and Coconut Upside-Down Cake

Would you believe me if I say that my favorite recipe in The Artful Baker doesn’t have chocolate or caramel in it? It isn’t one of the many ice cream recipes either. I can almost hear you gasp. I know,…

Strawberry, White Chocolate and Yogurt Tart

It is rare that I manage to publish a recipe for a fruit dessert before the fruit’s season is over. Almost always, by the time I’m done with the recipe testing, the photos, and the headnote, the season is long…

The Artful Baker

The day has come. It’s finally time to announce that my labor of love and obsession for the last seven years, titled The Artful Baker (and aptly subtitled Extraordinary Recipes From an Obsessive Home Baker), will be published by Abrams…

Fave dei morti + Tasting Rome Giveaway

Julia Child once said: “People who love to eat are always the best people.” I’d like to add to that that they also make the best food writers. I know very few people who loves to eat more than my…

San Francisco Travel Notes – Japantown, Pacific Heights and Marina

The moment I arrive at my hotel in San Francisco, I throw my suitcases into the room, wash my face and I’m out the door. I don’t care how tired and swollen I get after a 14-hour flight. There is…

Dandelion Chocolate + Great News!

The plans I had for my San Francisco trip… I was hoping to have breakfast at Tartine, lunch at Pizzeria Delfina, dinner at Zuni, ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamery & Humphry Slocombe and several coffees throughout the day at Blue…

Pistachio Butter, Chocolate & Fleur de Sel Tartine

I forgot to mention one last detail about the book: It weighs 5.5 pounds! So you could imagine my surprise and gratitude when a reader brought 3 copies in a carry-on luggage to my second book signing. I certainly didn’t…

Hello Again, World

Hello? Is there anybody out there? I hope there is. After a two-year hiatus, it feels like I’m starting a new blog. I remember how excited I was when my blog platform WordPress published the default post – titled “Hello…

Sourdough Simit

I have a friend who doesn’t know what a sourdough starter is. Worrying, to say the least. What’s even more worrying is that she still ordered it and when it arrived, asked me to guide her through “a quick recipe”…

Homemade Pomegranate Molasses

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…

Spicy Carrot and Green Lentil Salad

I have been celebrating the New Year’s Eve at The Mansion for as long as I can remember. But last year, plans changed and at the very last minute, I found myself in Alaçatı – a small village far away…

Deeply Appley Apple Cake

How I wish “applest” was a word. There really is no better way to describe this apple cake. After considering several titles, some of which are bordering on outrageous, like “The Applest Apple Cake”, “Ridiculously Appley Apple Cake”, “Appleooza Cake”,…

Homemade Vanilla Extract

My homemade vanilla extract turns three! I’ve started with just three vanilla beans and have been feeding it with leftover beans ever since. It has turned into a monster. The smell is so intense, I’m sure I can make a…

Tomato Confit, Pesto and Oven-Roasted Vegetable Sandwich

Finally, after what has felt like an eternity, I’ve stepped out of the house. Or, as my father puts it, I’ve finally left my lair. Of course, I’m not counting the instances where I rush to the grocery store –…

The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

It’s Sunday in İstanbul. 01:55 AM to be exact. I just churned an amazing strawberry ice cream. After eight trials, I think I’ve finally nailed it. I’ll go to bed in a few minutes and pray for clear skies. And…