A stork rides the thermals in the early morning air above Istanbul during a heatwave. As the city “wakes with a shout,” the bird glides over a symphony of traffic jams, ship engines, air conditioners and gull cries. But this familiar song is broken with an explosion on a tram. Ian McDonald’s “The Dervish House” begins with a bang and we’re introduced to a kaleidoscope of characters whose stories contract and expand around an ancient dervish house…Read More
It’s my best friend’s birthday, and what better way to celebrate than with glorious cupcakes? But these aren’t ordinary glorious cupcakes - the frosting is rose-flavored and there’s a chocolate truffle nestled inside each one.
The inspiration for this recipe began with the weather. Los Angeles is sitting on the tail end of an uncharacteristically humid heat wave, and this time last year I was reading Ian McDonald’s novel The Dervish House. Set in Turkey, the book opens on a stork flying over Istanbul, gliding through the rising heat from the buildings below. It was in this exotic frame of mind that I thought, why not make a turkish delight inspired dessert? So I took the concept of turkish delight, broke it apart and reassembled it in delicious cupcake format.Read More