100th post: How to be irresistible to women and a Masterchef giveaway!

This is my 100th post.

That means I have sat down in front of a computer exactly 100 times, writing and sharing my recipes and life with you all.

This post is a big, big thank you to all of you for reading, and commenting, and chatting, and being so encouraging. I love you guys!

Now when I asked everyone what they want my 100th post to be about, most said a decadent recipe, others said an embarrassing story, and still others said a top ten list of something fun.

A 100th post is a pretty big deal right? So what do you say we do ALL 3! And I’ll throw in a giveaway for good measure! πŸ˜€ yay!

First up, since we’ve just had Valentine’s Day and all that, I present my romance-themed top ten list.

Here’s my top ten list on How to be irresistible to women. (Since I’m a woman, clearly, I am an authority on this subject. Men I hope you’re reading πŸ˜› )

1. Cook us a meal. Even if it’s just once in a while. Men who cook are sexy.
2. Be clean. Like not just fancy clothes, but the parts you think no one notices, like your toes and behind your ears.
3. There is no such thing as too much cologne. There is however, a thing as too little.
4. We may pretend we don’t care about things like flowers and chivalry and little surprises, but we secretly do. So be a gentleman.
5. Be good at something. Writing, dancing, being funny, mountain biking. Anything. But definitely something.
6. Love animals. Especially puppies. Don’t cringe when they lick your face and give you kisses. Smile instead.
7. Be an excellent hug giver. Hugs are important. Hugs are crucial. Just hug. And lots. Okay?
8. Read. Non fiction, Game of thrones, Asterix, 50 shades of Grey. Just read. (Don’t pretend you’ve not been tempted to read that last one there.)
9. When we ask you to sing us song, just sing it. We know you’re not Michael Buble. Just sing anyway, won’t you?
10. Be honest. Bare, naked honest. There is nothing we want more.

Ladies, do you agree?

Men, are we asking for too much? No, right? πŸ™‚

Okay, now for the decadent recipe you wanted. When my friend Stuti brought me back this divine Balsamic vinegar from Modena, I knew I had to do something special with it.

Balsamic vinegar

What did I do? I soaked some strawberries in it and used them to top this Chocolate cheesecake.

Chocolate cheesecake 1

The cheesecake has an oreo base, a chocolate cream cheese centre, is topped with cream, and then balsamic-soaked strawberries with their juices over that.

You ask for decadent, and I deliver decadent baby.

Chocolate cheesecake 2

Eat only one sliver at a time, unless you enjoy passing out from over-eating in the middle of the day.

Mostly I just stared at this gorgeous thing.

Chocolate cheesecake 3

It was sinfully smooth and creamy.

Chocolate cheesecake 4

And the slightly tart and sticky strawberries were such a wonderful foil to the rich, dense, cream cheese.

Chocolate cheesecake 5

Make it on a special occasion and watch it vanish before your very eyes.

Chocolate cheesecake 6

Chocolate cheesecake with balsamic-soaked strawberries

Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 65 mins
Serves: 10


For the cheesecake

2 packets of Oreo cookies, cream removed
2 tbsp butter, melted
250 g dark chocolate
900g cream cheese
225g caster sugar
2 tbsp flour
1 tbsp vanilla extract
4 eggs

For the topping

200ml thick cream
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp caster sugar
about 15-20 strawberries


For the cheesecake

1. Preheat the oven to 160ΒΊ C. Put the oreos in a ziplock bag and bash with a rolling pin until you have crumbs. Pour into a bowl, add the melted butter and mix well. Layer the base of a 9-inch springform tin with the crumbs, pressing down well so they are packed tightly. Bake for 5 minutes.
2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or double boiler and set aside. Using an electric whisk, mix together the cream cheese, sugar, flour, and vanilla extract. Add the melted chocolate and continue mixing. Then add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until everything is well blended. Do not overmix.
3. Pour the cheesecake batter into the tin and bake for 1 hour. Switch off the oven and leave the tin inside until the cheesecake is completely cool. Run a knife around the inside edge of the tin to loosen the sides of the cheesecake and then refrigerate for 2-3 hours once cool.

For the topping

1. Thicken the cream by whipping it well.
2. Mix the balsamic vinegar and caster sugar together. Pour over the strawberries, give it a gentle mix, and set aside for a few minutes.

To assemble

1. Remove the cold cheesecake from the tin carefully and place on the serving plate.
2. Top with the whipped cream and balsamic-soaked strawberries. Pour the juices over and serve in slices.

Chocolate cheesecake 7

For those who wanted to see something embarrassing, I’m sharing this video of my colleagues and I doing the Gangnam style. We performed in front of the whole office and it was crazy amounts of fun. I’m the one in a dark pink tee πŸ˜›

And now for the **GIVEAWAY**!!! I thought long and hard about what to give away this time, and I finally decided on this book by my most favourite chefs in the whole world.

Your Place or Mine Book

I still can’t believe I cooked for them a few months ago.

The book is full of easy recipes and really cute cartoons, and it’s written in George and Gary’s inimitable style.

To win this wonderful book, just comment below and tell me which is your favourite post on my blog. Yup, that’s it.

I’ll announce the winner by a random draw in 2 weeks time, so comment away πŸ™‚

Now here’s one last look at the cheesecake. You know you want to.

Chocolate cheesecake 8

Thank you for being so wonderful. Have a happy, happy week ahead!

Love and hugs,

16 thoughts on “100th post: How to be irresistible to women and a Masterchef giveaway!

  1. Hi! Another delicious recipe! I’d like to try this one day πŸ˜€
    I love all your posts, and my recent fave is the strawberry pavlova post. I just could stop thinking about the pavlova that I tried making one, but used bananas instead, because that was what we had available πŸ™‚ Didn’t turn out perfect but I loved it! πŸ™‚
    And congratulations on your 100th post! ❀

  2. Wow, that’s a lovely blog that you have here!

    Just stumble upon from Sangeeta Khanna’s blog and delighted that I did that.

    A giveaway? Interesting. let me try my chance. So far whatever posts I could manage to read in ur blog, my fav is- Strawberry Pavloa, good things and a give way (https://culinarystorm.com/2013/01/14/strawberry-pavlova-good-things-and-a-giveaway/.)

    I loved the fact that- Family that bake together, eat their cake together and then all snuggle up on sofa to watch a movie- a la wholesome home entertainment. Since home is where heart is, that’s my fav post so far (incl this as this commensurate 100 facets of ur blogging journey). Ah that Strawberry Pavlova was to die for. Brilliant!

  3. Century! Bah! BTW, I have been reading your blog, on and off, for quite some time now, and I don’t think that asking to pick only one post is enough. However, I did try your pizza base and love it and it was the first thing that came to my mind.

    Also the veggie cous cous, because I intend to make it very soon.

    that would be cheating. Two posts mentioned. I am sorry. But I cannot really decide, because I love love love your posts.

  4. Hey Charis! Congrats on your 100th post. I just completed my 100th post some weeks ago, so I can imagine all the hard work and toil and above all the amount of love that must have gone in while writing your posts. Keep up your passion and continue cooking up a storm!! I loved your Peach Frangipane tart. Your step-by-step pics makes it look wonderfully easy to try and it just helps that I have a peaches tin lying with me. πŸ™‚

  5. congrats on the 100th!!

    its always pleasure to see your posts and talk to you in person too on food πŸ™‚

    Gary and George!!! yeah even I cant get the fact that I got to meet george πŸ™‚

    coming to the giveaway – Well, my most favorite would be easy chocolate brownies, which you made from donna hay recipe, the reason being I was lookign for an easy chocolate brownie recipe for my ananda mela bake and though I had seen the DH recipe, your trial gave me confidence and i went for this….my brownies turned out awesome and it was a sold out stall in 15 minutes flat for me πŸ™‚

  6. hearty congrats on 100th post- i have been a recent follower of all your culinary adventures . Rock on ! I especially loved the Peach Frangipane Tart- it looked swell and must have tasted heavenly (drool). Any mention of George & Gary and I am all ears and this book is on my to buy list. So do count me in for the giveaway. BTW- all the 10 points are worth its weight in gold πŸ™‚

  7. Dear Storm
    I have been following your blog but recently subscribed to it. My love for baking cupcakes are reinforced by your lovable recipes.
    Congrats on scoring a full century Its a GOLD.
    By the way …..my favorite is lemon merigue cupcake..

  8. Hello! Congratulations on the 100th post. Indeed a landmark event for any blogger πŸ˜€
    And, you’ve actually mentioned my favourite post in this post of yours. It’s about the time you met George and Gary three times! I love them too, so that’s the post I like the most πŸ™‚

  9. Congratulations on a 100 posts and what an awesome dessert to celebrate the same! Would have never thought of balsamic vinegar in a dessert. Love the top 10 list for men.. maybe i’ll pass it on to hubby with some points highlighted! And P.S. I want that book and am willing to bribe my way to it!

    Lots of love… Swapna.

  10. Manyyyyy congratulations to a person who inspires me…never fails to make me smile…is my fave gossip buddy….and one of my best friends ❀

    Wish you all the success and happiness now and always.

    Love u.

    PS: My fave post was "Easy mulled wine", and I know you know exactly why πŸ™‚

  11. Congratulations sweetie for the 100th πŸ™‚
    I am loving that you included mountain biking in your list for the desirable man to have πŸ˜‰ This is such a lovely post πŸ™‚

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