Sunday, April 27, 2008

Cheesecake Pops with the Daring Bakers

First of all, I have to admitt that I'm a convert. I really didn't think much of cheesecake before this last Friday. I have eaten it in caf├ęs occasionaly, but it always seemed somewhat rubbery and not all that interesting. Now I know that it isn't cheesecake I'm not so impressed with, but rather that I did have not very impressing cheesecake. A huge thank you to this months Daring Bakers hostesses, Elle of Feeding My Enthusiasms and Deborah of Taste and Tell, for challenging me to do this! I'm afraid I'm hooked.

Life is terribly busy at the moment, and this in addition to the fact that I feel quite lonely and not really up to baking with D. gone made me think that I wouldn't do this months challenge. But Friday afternoon on my way home I dropped by the grocery store (mainly because I needed to shop something for dinner) and in the end I bought cream cheese and cream (the two ingredients I didn't already have) and made a batch after dinner. I made a tiny batch, dividing the original recipe into five, and then, feeling a bit sorry for myself all alone on a Friday night I ate part of it as soon as it cooled down a bit. (Yum, that's when I realised I've only had bad cheesecake, and felt much better.) Yesterday, I dipped it in chocolate and som chopped pistagios. So, I don't have time for a long post, but this is my afternoon snack yesterday. And yes, I will have to make this again! The recipe, by the way can be found on Deborah's blog, linked above. I know many people had problems with their cheesecake no setting, but I had none at all. On the other hand, I baked my fifth of what was supposed to be one cake for the 45 minutes prescribed... So I can understand that people who went for the whole batch had trouble. Anyway, thank you again to our hostesses, and sorry about my short not very interesting post this month. Too many deadlines... I'll be back in a week with a report from France!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Trying To Find My Mind Again

So, D. left for France little more than a week ago. And here I am, trying to find out how to live on my own again. It's a bit lonely, but I'm getting by. I can't wait until I get to go down south too, to have a look. In the meantime, I try to keep up my interest in cooking. I still need to eat, and I still prefer to eat good. So I try to come up with things that makes me keep cooking interesting stuff. First of all, I'm trying to clean out all weird leftovers in the pantry and fridge. We did clean out the freezer this winter, the last really cold weekend, when we could safely leave everything out on the balcony while defrosting. Now I'll try to get rid of all things that just got forgotten there. I found three kinds of noodles for example. About one million kinds of sauces and stuff. Four kinds of rice (we regularly eat two of them though). So my new rule is that I can only buy stuff that can be used in a dish with something that needs finishing.

My second thought was to try to take photos of my dinners and put here. Not really writing down all the recipes, but putting the picture here, like a dinner dairy. I took a picture tonight, and I'll try to get it up tomorrow. Let's see if I can make a few posts like that.

Anyway, I haven't posted for a long time, so I thought I should. I'll try to be back with something more interesting soon. :)