Sometimes you just need to focus on the good stuff. Like birthdays and strawberries and brownies and cheesecake. And sometimes you just have to wham bam them all together. And get something a little like this:
Let’s break it down shall we?
- Fresh strawberries coated in a red currant jelly so they are lovely and shiny.
- A tangy creamy cheesecake filling
- A base made of white chocolate and macadamia nut brownies.
Did I hear someone say cheesecake heaven?
Well, yeah, it was me. But you will too when you make this. Which you should. It’s very decadent but hey, you only have one birthday a year right? And if you can’t have a Strawberry Cheesecake with a Macadamia & White Chocolate Brownie Base on your birthday when are you going to have one?
In a week of average meals, The Birthday Strawberry Cheesecake was a welcome highlight.
The River Café Spinach Rotolo was disappointing. I had a very specific idea of how I wanted this to taste (which was EXACTLY like the Spinach Rotolo I ate at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant many years ago). And it didn’t meet these high expectations. It was a weird recipe too. You had to wrap the pasta rolls in a tea towel and place that in a fish kettle. I cooked mine in a big roasting pan because who on earth has a fish kettle? Maybe that’s why it didn’t work.
I cooked it for longer than they said but it was still half raw when I took it out of its tea towel wrapping. I couldn’t be bothered wrapping and tying it all up again so I put in a baking dish, made a quick tomato sauce and baked it until it was cooked through. It tasted fine but it was not at all what I wanted.
The duck meatballs were a disaster. I had borrowed the Kitchen Aid mincing attachment from a friend and minced my duck. Let me tell you, there is not a lot of meat in two duck breasts. Which was kind of okay because the five meatballs that came out of that process weren’t great. It was a good thing we had lots of brownie left over from making the cheesecake because that dinner of 2.5 meatballs each wasn’t what you would call hearty!
This week I am looking forward to cooking:
Turkey and Cranberry Meatballs with a Camembert filling from The Meatball Book. Let’s hope it works out better than the duck!
Black And Blue Berry Chocolate Almond Crumble adapted from my list of the year.
A Kahlua Cocktail for another new segment on the blog. Stay tuned. This one is going to be fun!
In Other News I Am
- Orphan 8 by Kim van Alkemade for bookclub – have only just started but looking forward to getting stuck into this.
- 253 by Geoff Ryman, not sure about this. Very concept driven but, so far not not greatly compelling.
- Hello From The Gillespies on audio. I am enjoying this.
- I found a new podcast! Billed as a cross between Serial and The X Files, Limetown is hitting all my buttons. Don’t listen to this alone. Or at night. Seriously creepy stuff. I can’t wait for Episode 4!
- This one is old but I have just discovered and am mainlining a British TV Series called Line of Duty. Excellent gritty police drama. I inhaled Series 1 and cannot wait for the weekend so I can start (and finish) Series 2.
- A new Australian drama called The Principal. Have seen the first 2 episodes and it is shaping up to be a winner!
- And I watched The Imposter. I tell you, if this wasn’t true, you could not make it up!
Now over to you. What was the best thing you made this week?
What are you looking forward to making next week?
What are you reading, watching, listening to?
Have a fabulous week everyone!