Monday, September 27, 2010

Tahini Cookies

If you want to try a different taste in baking, these cookies can be a perfect option. These cookies are really nice for a winter night with some hot tea.

As one of the ingredients,I used raw sesame tahini which I purchased from a Middle Eastern grocery store. Only trick in making these are adding the flour gradually. Just check the consistency of the dough when you add each batch of flour so that you should be able to roll each cookie.

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sesame tahini
  • 1 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 egg ( separated)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3,5 cups floursliced almonds
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Beat the sugar and tahini for 1 minute.  Add butter, egg yolk and vanilla extract until well combined. 
  3. Gradually add flour in 1 cup or 1/2 cup batches. Check the consistency of the dough each time. You should be able to shape the dough into small balls.
  4. Shape dough into 3/4- to 1-inch balls and dip in egg whites first,then sliced almond. Place in the baking sheet. Bake 30-35 minutes until they start to brown on the outside.

Le Marquis (Chocolate Spongecake)

For a long time, I wanted to get Julia Child's famous book " Mastering the Art of French Cooking" and finally my husband surprised me with this book as a gift.

This is the very first recipe from the book and it was PHENOMENAL. It is called Le Marquis and since it has melted chocolate inside, it just simply a chocolate heaven. Don't be scared, it is very easy to make , just follow the steps exactly.Here's the link to the recipe:

I preferred not covering with any icing because it's just delicious as the way it is..The trick while making this cake is NOT TO OVER-MIX during folding the egg whites. When you remove it from oven, it sinks little bit. Don't worry because as a result you will have a nice crust on the outside..

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pellegrino Marble Cake

Hmmm Pellegrino???? In a cake???? Hell yeah !!!! This cake is sooooo heavenly!!! It's moist, light and very delicate. While I was tasting it, the only sound that I made was "mmmmmmm" again and again :) And it is very easy to make..

I found the original recipe from an old cookbook of Emine Beder (BTW,she is the maestro of cooking in Turkey) . If I remember it correctly, her book was one of the very first cookbooks that I purchased and I was about 18 years old. I immediately fell in love with the recipes in that book which I brought to US with me 4 years ago.

Again, I reduced the white sugar to 1 cup but added also brown sugar. To speak honestly, I had to do it because I was run out of regular granulated sugar :)) However, the result was perfect because brown sugar made the outer crust little bit chewy. So that cake was moist and tender inside but crusty and chewy on the outside:)

Well, in honor of Emine Beder, here's the recipe which I  modified from the original one..


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup mineral water ( I used Pellegrino)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  1. Preheat oven to 380 F. Butter the baking pan,dust with flour,tapping out the excess.
  2. Beat the eggs with sugar about 2 min until it becomes foamy.
  3. Add oil,mineral water ,lemon zest and vanilla extract,beat to combine.
  4. Mix flour with baking powder in a separate bowl.
  5. Add flour mixture to the liquid ingredients in three parts.Mix until just combined,not to overmix.
  6. Divide the batter into three batches and set aside one of them. Mix cocoa powder with the reserved cake batter,stir until well combined.
  7. First, put one vanilla batter in the baking pan. Then on top of it, add cocoa batter. Finally add the remaining vanilla batter. To create the marbling, run a table knife or a toothpick in the batter in a swirling motion.
  8. Bake about 1 hour until the tr pan in a tester comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack to cool about 10 minutes. Turn out the cake from the pan and cool completely...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Chocolate Chip Almond Cookies

I don't know what's going on with me recently but I've been searching for delicious cookie recipes a lot nowadays.. It may be because of my husband since I bake for him very often so that he could take them to his office for the breakfast or as a snack. Or may be they are easy to make compared to other baked goods and they require less ingredients thus cost less:))

But the thing is I don't like too sweet cookies although I'm a big fan of Nutella:)) I really believe that the lesser sugar in the recipe, the deeper flavor you get from the cookie. So during my research for different flavored cookies, I found this recipe in Cookies,Brownies & More Recipe Collection Book.

I modified the recipe little bit though..I've included 1 tbls lemon zest to give a refreshing taste, used wheat flour ( original recipe uses all-purpose flour) and reduced the sugar almost to half!!! They came out quite delicious and a healthier choice as well..

Here's the recipe & enjoy:))

  • 1 cup Crisco All Vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1tbs lemon zest
  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sliced almonds 
  1. Heat oven to 375 F
  2. Roast almond slices in a nonstick pan for 3-5 min to boost their flavor and aroma.
  3. Combine shortening and sugars in a large bowl. Beat in eggs,vanilla and lemon zest.
  4. Combine flour,baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Add to creamed mixture and mix well. Add chocolate chips and almonds.
  5. Prepare cookie pan with baking sheet. By using an ice cream scoop,drop dough 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets ( you can use a regular tablespoon as well). Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned ( do  not over-bake it!! ). Cool on cookie sheets 4 min, transfer to cooling racks.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Butter Cookies

Sometimes there are some recipes so simple yet incredibly delicious.. Here's Butter Cookies that I made last night after 9 pm!!! Even the smell from the oven when they just start to bake was so good.. There are no eggs in the recipe, just butter,flour, little bit powdered sugar and little bit wheat starch, that's all:)))

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Lafayette Reservoir

We had such a fun day with friends at the Lafayatte Reservoir last week. To speak honestly, it was a truly Turkish experience to because;
  • We had a picnic and barbecued enormous amounts of kebabs while watching other people jogging and literally sweating their butts off :)
  •  We saw a plum tree and climbed on it just to taste its truly organic plums... By the way, did I tell you that we did this after a few glasses of wine?????
  • After the barbecue, we concluded that we ate too much and needed to take a hike but it was just for 20 minutes!!!


I saw these rocks in a cute art store called University Art in Palo Alto.They remind me over and over again  what is truly important in life..

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Best Croissants in San Francisco; TARTINE BAKERY..

Making a Croissant is a tough job guys..You can definitely do it, but to make a good one, it requires much more experience...

In the Mission District, here comes the TARTINE..:))) Believe me,these folks know what they're doing.. Are there enough words to describe their croissants ??? No, don't think so, just check these pictures...Yummmmmm

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Here are my favorite make-up "must have"s!!!

YSL Touche Eclat 3 : The Ultimate Concealer Ever!!!! If you have trouble with the dark circles under your eyes ( like me), this is the solution...

I tried several concealers from almost any brand, but this one is different folks.. It's difference is that it blends so well with the skin so that it looks very natural.. And the most important thing it doesn't leave any LINES/ MARKS after you apply.. It is around $45 but it's worth every penny:))

Benefit Cosmetics High Beam : Summer means shining, summer means refreshing..

Apply this High Beam Pink Liquid on your cheeks and voilĂ  !!! You'll have a very natural glow on your cheeks just perfect for summer..

FYI, I apply it just under my eye brows too ( but little bit, if you put too much you will look like a witch).. If you apply little bit just under eyebrows and inner eye corners, you will have a a very refreshing look as well as younger. Just use you fingers, no need for a brush :))

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil: I bought this as a set like you see in the picture (smaller pencils though) and I'm using it ALL THE TIME!!! Their colors are so good that it just makes your eyes pop literally..

My favorite is purple and green.. Ohh they are fantastic, purple is perfect for summer:)) Also the black color is also very good because it is really black so it is perfect for smoky eye make-up!!! It is little bit expensive ( $17) but you'll see what I mean when you use it..Or I would suggest you to wait for good deals like promotions for a set..So that you will get smaller pencils in many colors at a good price:)))

Sunday, May 2, 2010


Hi there ( if there is anyone ...)))

Welcome to my blog:)) As you can see, I still haven't figured out what to do with my blog.. Mmmm,may be little bit fashion, little bit cooking, little bit health and may be me...

At the end it is going to be all about us; women.. Single,married, poor, rich, every age, every color... Although we come from different backgrounds, in fact we all share mostly the same concerns. We diet, loose weight, gain weight, fall in love,marry, have kids, accomplish our dreams but always try to be happy no matter what we come across in our lives..

Just stay tuned girls..