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cheesecake recipe

1 (6 grams) pack gelatine
½ cup white sugar
1 cup boiling water
8-12 ounce cream cheese, softened
8 ounce sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 graham pie crust (9-inch)
1 egg (optional)

Mix gelatine and sugar in small bowl. Add boiling water, stir for 5 minutes until gelatine is completely dissolved. Set aside.

Beat cream cheese, sour cream and vanilla in a bowl until creamy. Slowly add gelatine mixture. Refrigerate for 45 minutes or until thickened, stirring every 15 minutes. Pour into pie crust.  For a brownish crust, brush with beaten egg and bake in a 375 oven degrees for 5-7 minutes.

Refrigerate for 3 hours. Serve with fruit toppings. I used diced fresh raspberries.

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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in FOODIES

 

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Aside

My hubby thinks I am crazy and I drive him nuts.  And I cannot disagree.  I love him, he loves me. Every word whispered, every giggle, every caress, kisses, hugs, every moment, everything, is treasured.  And last Sunday, he surprised me with this:

Romantic Candlelit dinner at home. – slices of Prosciutto (wild boar), French bread and olive oil with herbs dip, Manchego Cheese, Classic Vermont Cheddar Cheese (sharp), Old Amsterdam and Jam Jar (Sweet Shiraz, 2011).

Romantic Candlelit dinner at home. – slices of Prosciutto (wild boar), French bread and olive oil with herbs dip, Manchego Cheese, Classic Vermont Cheddar Cheese (sharp), Old Amsterdam and Jam Jar (Sweet Shiraz, 2011).

Prosciutto is a dry-cured ham, sliced and served uncooked.  A pig’s or wild boar’s ham is cleaned, salted, washed, drained with all the blood and hung in room temperature for up to 18 months depending on the size of the ham.

Olive oil dip is mixed with oregano, garlic, black pepper, balsamic vinegar.

Manchego cheese (officially Queso Manchego) is a cheese pressed in barrel-shaped mould, traditionally in plaited esparto grass baskets, which leaves a distinctive zig-zag pattern (known as pleita) on the rind. Manchego Cheese has been granted Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status by the European Union. To be designated as Queso Manchego, the cheese must satisfy the following requirements:

  • It must have been produced in an area that is restricted to designated parts of the provinces of Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, and Toledo that lie within the La Mancha region.
  • It can only be made with the whole milk of sheep of the Manchega breed that are raised on registered farms within the designated area.
  • The cheese must have been aged for a minimum of 60 days (30 days for cheeses weighing up to 1.5 kg) and a maximum of two years.
  • The cheese must be produced by pressing in a cylindrical mould that has a maximum height of 12 cm and a maximum diameter of 22 cm.

Cheddar Cheese on the other hand is widely used and has no Protected Designation of Origin (PDO). Vermont Cheddar is a white, semi-hard, cheese made from any raw or pasteurized cultered milk. To be considered cheddar – the cheese from the milk of cows must go through the “cheddaring process” which is the repeated flipping and stacking of curd slabs until the desired acidity level is reached.

Old Amsterdam is made from cow’s milk, named after the city of Gouda in the Netherlands, but its name is not PDO protected.

Jam Jar, a South African wine, suits the need of the consumers who are seeking for quality sweet wine. It is best served slightly chilled.

I am in love, and these are the things we do for love.

 

 

Romantic Candlelit Dinner

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in love,poetry and notes

 

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Asheville, North Carolina

A four-hour drive from home ( home as of this writing) and we found ourselves exploring Asheville, a city located northwest of North Carolina. After a quick stop at the city’s visitor center, we decided to visit a regional brewery. If you love beer, or just wanted to learn more about brewery, or in my case just wanted to see someone rejoice while feasting on beer samples, then this is the place. Highland Brewing Company is my hubby’s paradise. They offer FREE 45 mins to an hour tour and free tasting (!) – Monday-Saturday 4pm. I do not doubt hubby is even willing to stay at the brewery much longer.

Highland Brewing Company brewery tour in Asheville, North Carolina.

Highland Brewing Company brewery tour in Asheville, North Carolina.

A feast during our Highland Brewing Company brewery tour in Asheville, North Carolina.

A feast during our Highland Brewing Company brewery tour in Asheville, North Carolina.

 

A walk around downtown Asheville exudes a hippie impression, reminding me of the days when life is all fun and everything is cool. Had I continued skim boarding and pursued my dreadlocks, I am sure to fit in. There is more to being hippie in Asheville however. The place is beautiful and there is so much to see.

A Catholic Church in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

A Catholic Church in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Standing in the middle of one of downtown Asheville's hippie streets.

Standing in the middle of one of downtown Asheville’s hippie streets.

Random scenes at downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Random scenes at downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

 

It was nearly sunset and we had a play to catch. Presented in an outdoor theatre in a park downtown Asheville, Shakesperean plays are featured all summer long. “Much Ado About Nothing” as you enjoy it under the stars was awesome. The production was never mediocre, the actors and actresses were excellent at their craft, the audience was great and simply the fact that it was held outdoor where actors and actresses interact with the audience (and my hubby was holding my hand)  was just perfect. There were even fireflies teasing us on our side while watching the play. When you visit Asheville, you sure would not want to miss this!

An excited crowd waiting for Much Ado About Nothing, a play under the stars in an open outdoor theatre in Asheville, North Carolina.

An excited crowd waiting for Much Ado About Nothing, a play under the stars in an open outdoor theatre in Asheville, North Carolina.

The open outdoor theatre for the play under the stars, Much Ado About Nothing, in Asheville, North Carolina.

The open outdoor theatre for the play under the stars, Much Ado About Nothing, in Asheville, North Carolina.

Much Ado About Nothing, a play under the stars in an open outdoor theatre in Asheville, North Carolina.

Much Ado About Nothing, a play under the stars in an open outdoor theatre in Asheville, North Carolina.

Much Ado About Nothing, a play under the stars in an open outdoor theatre in Asheville, North Carolina.

Much Ado About Nothing, a play under the stars in an open outdoor theatre in Asheville, North Carolina.

One of the actors interacting with the audience in Much Ado About Nothing, a play under the stars in an open outdoor theatre in Asheville, North Carolina.

One of the actors interacting with the audience in Much Ado About Nothing, a play under the stars in an open outdoor theatre in Asheville, North Carolina.

Two of the actresses interacting with the audience in Much Ado About Nothing, a play under the stars in an open outdoor theatre in Asheville, North Carolina.

Two of the actresses interacting with the audience in Much Ado About Nothing, a play under the stars in an open outdoor theatre in Asheville, North Carolina.

Much Ado About Nothing, a play under the stars in an open outdoor theatre in Asheville, North Carolina.

Much Ado About Nothing, a play under the stars in an open outdoor theatre in Asheville, North Carolina.

The entire cast of Much Ado About Nothing, a play under the stars in an open outdoor theatre in Asheville, North Carolina.

The entire cast of Much Ado About Nothing, a play under the stars in an open outdoor theatre in Asheville, North Carolina.

 

Everyone has seen a play at least once or twice in their life. But who else gets to say they have watched it in an open theatre right under the stars?

Watching Much Ado About Nothing, a play under the stars in an open outdoor theatre in Asheville, North Carolina.

Watching Much Ado About Nothing, a play under the stars in an open outdoor theatre in Asheville, North Carolina.

 

 

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2012 in N.Carolina

 

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crepes topped with whipped cream and strawberry recipe

~~ CREPE 

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • non-stick spray

~~ TOPPING

  • 1 cup chopped strawberry ( i used left over strawberries from my pie )
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 1 cup white sugar (optional)

crepe:

Mix all ingredients together, manual whisk works. Cover and chill for 30 mins to an hour. Spray a non-stick pan with non-stick spray and pour batter slowly. When cooked, carefully flip the crepe. When ready, take out from the pan and let it cool for minutes. I like my crepes brownish.

topping:

Mix all ingredients. (In my case, I only have a whipping cream so I poured it into a blender and beat it until cream is smooth and fluffy, spooned it to a bowl and combined it with the chopped strawberries.) I wanted a sweeter kick to my cream so I added in a cup of white sugar. Place the filling on top of the crepe. Serve and enjoy.

**preparation good for 2 servingsImage

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2012 in FOODIES

 

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strawberry pie recipe

~~ PIE (8 or 9 inch one-crust pie)

  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 to 3 tbsp cold water

Mix flour, oil and salt until particles are size of small peas.Sprinkle in water, 1 tbsp at a time,mixing until all flour is moistened and pastry almost cleans side of the bowl. (if pastry seems dry, 1 to 2 tbsp oil can be added.Do not add water.) Gather pastry into a ball. Shape pastry into flattened round. Place flattened round between two 15-inch lengths of waxed paper .

Wipe table with damp cloth to prevent paper from slipping. Roll pastry 2 inches larger than inverted pie plate. Peel off top paper. Place pastry paper side up in plate. Peel off paper. Ease pastry loosely into plate. Trim overhanging edge of pastry.

~~Strawberry filling

  • 1 quart fresh strawberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pack strawberry jello
  • 1 1/2  tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • whipped topping

Wash and stem and cut strawberries. Set aside. In a saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and water. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly for 8-10 minutes until mixture turns clear, thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in gelatin, lemon juice and vanilla. Cool for 5 minutes. Fold in berries and pour into baked pie shell. Chill for 4 hours or overnight. Add a dollop of whipped topping to each pie when serving.

** recipe from my mother-in-law Image

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2012 in FOODIES

 

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