My blog, My Turkish Joys, covers cooking, eating, taking photographs of Istanbul and our travels and simply enjoying living in a new country.
I followed my American husband to Istanbul in July 2010 because of his job. At first, I happily traded in my black, stained kitchen clogs for flip flops and sneakers to explore this amazing, historical city that spans two continents.
In my former life, I was a pastry chef at a fine dining restaurant in Baltimore, MD, where I created seasonal desserts and petit fours. We worked closely with local farmers to receive fresh produce. I changed my menu as the weather changed throughout the year. I still believe in using seasonal ingredients whenever possible and love shopping at the pazars here in Turkey.
I also was fortunate to work at Jean-Georges in New York City and at The Oval Room in Washington, D.C. Ten years ago, I held my first pastry assistant position at a small bakery in Lawrence, Kan.
|One of my most popular restaurant desserts: Devil's food cake, espresso chocolate mousse and coffee ice cream.|
Before cooking professionally, I worked as a newspaper reporter in the Midwest. I often wrote about boring government meetings, taxes and every once in awhile, a feel-good feature. (You can see why I'd rather be in the kitchen.)
|Here I am in the kitchen - making dinner and baking cookies.|
If are planning a vacation to Turkey, then you will enjoy my past posts in the "Around Turkey" section on the homepage. You will find information about places in Turkey such as Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Antalya and more. Sometimes I give recommendations on Turkish restaurants we've enjoyed too.
If you enjoy cooking, you'll also find recipes featuring local and seasonal ingredients from around Turkey. I hope to inspire others to try a new recipe, a different cuisine.
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I write about living and cooking in Turkey, eating and traveling everywhere I can.