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When was the last time you had a real, face-to-face, no holds barred conversation with someone?


One where you’d completely lost track of time?


One where you could keep going for hours and feel the lightness of only minutes having passed you by?


One where the next morning, when you try to remember what you spoke about through the night, all you can recall is a warm feeling.


Conversation


It’s a magnificent thing – being able to talk about just anything with someone in a fearless, honest and crazy way.


Knowing that nothing you could possibly say would ever result in judgement. That exquisite feeling of being bound by nothing – just indulging in an unrestrained spilling of words.


Swimming in and out of a million different ideas and stories with someone.


Being wrapped up in their lives and minds for a moment, and letting them step into yours.


It’s so beautifully detailed and intricate in some ways, and yet so simple at the same time.


Throw a slice of cheesecake like this one into the mix and you will probably make a friend for life.


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A spoonful of this fluffy cheesecake will make you feel like you’re eating a piece of light yellow cloud.


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Using just 3 ingredients also makes this a super simple dessert to put together without having to run to the store.


There is something about its delicate, pale yellow, billowy surface that just relaxes me. Do you feel the same? 🙂


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3-ingredient Japanese Cheesecake


Recipe from: Happy Home Baking


Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 30 mins, plus cooling
Serves: 6-8


Ingredients:


120 g white chocolate, broken into pieces (I used Meji – a Japanese brand)
120 g cream cheese, softened
3 eggs, separated
sprinkles (optional)


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Method:


1. Line the base of a 7-inch round cake tin with parchment paper and grease thoroughly. (I used brown paper parchment.)
2. Place the white chocolate pieces in a double boiler, and stir until melted and smooth. Add the cream cheese and mix until incorporated. Remove from the heat and mix in the egg yolks.


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3. In another bowl, whip the egg whites until stiff and then very gently fold into the chocolate-cream cheese mixture.


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4. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and place on a baking tray. Fill the tray with some hot water – it can come upto half the side of the cake tin. Bake at 170º C for 15 minutes and then reduce the temperature to 160º C for another 15 minutes. Then turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake inside for a final 15 minutes. Let the cheesecake cool completely before removing from the tin. Cut into slices and top with sprinkles if desired.


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Simple is always best. Now grab a friend, make some cheesecake, crack open a bottle of wine and let the words flow 🙂


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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! 😀 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 😛 )


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? 🙂


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.


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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.


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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.


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It was sinfully smooth and creamy.


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


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


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Chocolate cheesecake with balsamic-soaked strawberries


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


Ingredients:


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


Method:


For the cheesecake


1. Preheat the oven to 160º 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.


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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 😛


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 🙂


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


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


Love and hugs,
Storm


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In my baking life, long before there were cakes and pies and cupcakes, there was cheesecake.

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Crunchy, buttery, biscuit base.

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White, beautiful, luscious, decadent cheesecake.

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I will attempt to convince you of its greatness in five points.

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1. I promise you, nothing creamier has ever been in your mouth.
2. You don’t need your oven.
3. You don’t even need gelatin.
4. Your friends will fall to your feet, singing odes to your epic cheesecake-making skills.
5. You can make them in the most darling little cups, like I did! (Yes, this counts!)

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Convinced? Good 🙂

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This is a really easy recipe. I’m sharing the basic recipe, but you could change/add toppings or even flavour the cheesecake itself. Lemon works well, as does coffee. Fruit compote over this cheesecake is bliss.

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Make some and drown in creamy cheesecake happiness.

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Easy no-bake cheesecake

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Prep time: 30 mins, plus overnight (yogurt) and setting
Makes: 10-12 mini cheesecakes or 1 big one

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Ingredients:

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250 g digestive biscuits
2-3 tbsp butter, melted
250 g yogurt or dahi, hung in a muslin cloth overnight (to drain the excess water out)
250 g soft cottage cheese or malai paneer, mashed up with a fork
100 ml heavy cream
50 g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

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Method:

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1. Put the digestive biscuits in a zip lock bag and crush well. You want a mixture of fine crumbs and small pieces, rather than a powder. Put this in a bowl, add the melted butter and mix well with your hands.
2. Press this biscuit mixture down firmly into either small bowls or 1 large one to make an even base at the bottom. Put the bowl/s in the fridge.
3. In a mixer, add all the yogurt, cottage cheese, sugar and vanilla. Add half the cream and give this a good whizz till you get a smooth consistency. If it’s too lumpy add the rest of the cream slowly till you have a thick mixture. It should be smooth and creamy, but moderately thick. Remember the thicker it is, the faster it will set.
4. Take the bowls out of the fridge and pour this mixture over the biscuit base. Return to fridge for 4-5 hours. Then eat 🙂
Note: I served these with fruit compote. To make a compote, just chop up fruit of your choice, add sugar and cook over low heat for about 5 minutes, mashing up the fruit with the back of a spoon as you do.

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There are so many movies that celebrate food.

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Julie and Julia.

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Ratatouille.

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Chocolat.

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The Waitress.

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And there are so many lists on the web that remind us of these wonderful movies.

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Here is one.
And here is another.

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I don’t know about you, but the number of movies I’ve watched recently has drastically plummeted from earlier.

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This is because I’ve fallen in love with tv-shows.

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I like the continuous engagement, the time taken for character exposition, and the languorous days spent in bed watching episode after episode like a person who has no life whatsoever.

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I enjoy watching vampires, islands, chefs, detectives, housewives, doctors, and high school kids to name a few.

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Yes.
I know.
I am an addict.
A crazy addict.

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So celebrating my love for tv-shows, I’ve put together a list of my top 8 food moments in them.
Yay!

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# 8 Modern family
Season 2/episode 1 (The Old wagon)
The chocolate milk scene

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This is the classic choice a few unlucky boys are forced to make at some point in their lives- mother versus “the other woman in his life”.
Regular chocolate milk versus chocolate milk with a pinch of salt to “bring out the flavour”. And Sofia Vergara’s accent is plain delicious!

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#7 Lost
Season 1/episode 8 (Confidence man)
The peanut butter scene

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Even though there is no actual peanut butter involved in this episode, the whole scene is really heartfelt. Charlie tries his best to get some of the real stuff for Claire, but when he can’t find any, he wins her over with an empty bottle and his charm. He says- “It’s full, full to the brim, with stick to the roof of your mouth, oh, god, makes you want a glass of milk extra smooth. It’s the best bloody peanut butter I’ve ever tasted.” I can practically taste it myself.
(Thanks a ton Charlie- now I’m walking towards my jar with a spoon.)

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#6 The Mentalist
Almost every episode
The tea scene/s

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Patrick Jane loves his tea. He describes tea as “a hug in cup”, and frankly I couldn’t agree more. He usually makes it himself, swiftly dipping the tea bag in a warm cup. It’s most interesting however, when he drinks it under great stress or immense calm. If you’ve seen the season three finale, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
P.s- How painfully cute is he?

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# 5 Desperate housewives
Season 7/episode 19 (The lies ill-concealed)
The pineapple upside-down cake scene

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Gaby (the woman who ordered chinese for Christmas) hides a headset in her lustrous hair (I would KILL for hair like that), and has Bree give her instructions for a cake that her husband (Carlos) knows she didn’t make herself. When he asks her to replicate it and she fails, Bree secretly replaces it with a perfect cake. Gaby then presents the cake to her husband, and says (very dramatically) “If only trust were as easy to make”. It cracks me up! 🙂

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#4 Glee
Season 2/episode 3 (Grilled cheesus)
The grilled cheese scene/s

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This is the one where Finn sees the face of Jesus in a grilled cheese sandwich and prays to it. Puck is at his charming best in this episode, singing Only the good die young. The sandwich itself looks really delicious by the way- perfectly crispy brown and cheesy. It makes me hungry.

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#3 Sex and the City
Season 3/episode 5 (No ifs, ands, or butts)
The cupcake scene

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When Carrie and Miranda ate those delectable cupcakes outside Magnolia Bakery, it was a big moment in cupcake history. Many say the hysterical popularity of the cupcake began as a result of this episode.
Such is the power of television.
And cupcakes.
I rest my case.

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#2 Friends
Season 7/episode 11 (The one with all the cheesecakes)
The cheesecake scene

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For those who have seen this episode, you must remember that creamy, smooth mess that Chandler and Rachel ate off the floor. Rachel described it as “a buttery, crumbly, graham cracker crust, with a very rich yet light, cream cheese filling…”. Does that not sound heavenly? And don’t you just love it when Joey walks in, pulls a fork out of his pocket, and asks very matter-of-factly- “All right, what are we having?”

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#1 How I met your mother
Season 4/episode 2 (The best burger in New York)
The burger scene/s

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The gang travels all over the city looking for what Marshall says was the best burger he’s ever eaten. And the description of the burger…sigh…”The bun, like a sesame freckled breast of an angel, resting gently on the ketchup and mustard below, flavors mingling in a seductive pas de deux. And then… a pickle! The most playful little pickle! Then a slice of tomato, a leaf of lettuce and a patty of ground beef so exquisite, swirling in your mouth, breaking apart, and combining again in a fugue of sweets and savor so delightful.”
I’m drooling. Right. Now. (please say you are too)

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I feel bad for leaving out vampire shows (I LOVE them), but I couldn’t for the life of me think of a food moment in any of them!
Can you?

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Images courtesy:

Modern family
Lost
The Mentalist
Desperate Housewives
Glee
SATC
Friends
How I met you mother

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