Monday, 18 November 2013

It's a been a while - Passionfruit Cheesecake

Well, I started and stopped blogging in a year.  I have decided to start again but try not keep my posts short and sweet.

I am a fan of baked cheesecakes, I had family over this weekend and they mentioned Passion fruits, so I thought I would try something.




We have a market nearby that sells fruit at great prices so I was able to get 9 ripe Passion fruit for £1, yes, ridiculous in London.

This cheesecake was lovely, sharp, sweet Passion fruit with a light vanilla baked cheesecake and a shortcake crust.

Most definitely a keeper.

Baked Passion fruit Cheesecake

Base

250g of shortcake biscuits
125g melted butter

Cheesecake fillling

500g cream cheese (I always use Philadelphia)
150g Caster Sugar
2 tbsp Plain Flour
1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste or Vanilla Extract
5 eggs
125g double cream

Topping

1 tbsp cornflour
80ml water
170g Passion fruit pulp (I used 9) 
60g caster sugar

Base

Line the bottom and sides of an 8in/ 20cm springform tin.  Preheat the oven to 160c.  Place biscuits in the bowl of a food processor. Process until finely crushed. Add butter. Process until well combined. Transfer the biscuit crumbs into the tin. Use the back of a spoon to spread and press firmly over the base and up the sides of the tin. Cover with cling flim. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill. 

Cheesecake

Use an electric mixer to beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla paste in a large bowl until smooth. Add the flour and beat until well combined. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the cream and beat until well combined. Pour the cream cheese mixture into the biscuit base. Place on a baking tray. Bake in oven for 1 hour 10 mins or until the cheesecake is just set in the centre. Turn the oven off. Leave the cheesecake in the oven, with the door slightly ajar, for 2 hours or until cooled completely (this prevents the cake from cracking).  If is does crack, don't worry, it will settle when it cools. Place in fridge overnight to set. 

Topping 

Combine the cornflour and water in a small bowl. Transfer to a saucepan. Add the passion fruit and sugar. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes or until the mixture boils and thickens. Set aside to cool slightly. Pour over cheesecake. Place in fridge until set.  Once it has set, remove from the tin and peel off the lining paper.

Keeps well covered in the fridge for a few days, if it actually lasts that long...


Sunday, 3 March 2013

Black on Black on Black OOTD

So I have never done on outfit of the day post before; I am not really that confident.  But, I know the way to get over a fear is to do it anyway, so here goes.  

I love wearing black, it's so easy to coordinate! I love colour too but black is my staple during the winter months.  I wore this outfit to work the other day, the pics aren't great but bear with me, I am easing myself into this.








Quilted Sleeve Biker Jacket Primark
Pleated Maxi  Skirt- Primark 
Chiffon Shirt - TK Maxx, 
Black vest - Primark
Black boots - Matalan
Snakeskin print scarf - Marks and Spencer

I love this scarf, I was inspired by Kat over at doesmybumlook40 I bought it in the summer and it is one of my favourites.   

I love Maxis in winter so I was pleased to pick this one up for £14 in Primark.  It is quite lightweight though, so I have to wear it with tights to keep warm.  The jacket was another bargain I picked up last autumn.  I didn't like at first but kept it on a whim.  

Here is a better pic


Finally my boots were a bargainous £22 from Matalan


So now spring is in the air, I am feeling colourful again.  What colours are you channeling for spring?






Saturday, 16 February 2013

It's been emotional......


 Wow, it's been a while.  

Last post September 2012.  Happy Christmas, Happy New Year, Chinese New Year, Valentines Day, did I miss anything.

I have been so busy since I last blogged.  First, we moved house.  They aren't joking when they say buying a house is one of life's most stressful events.  Dealing with the move and moving into a larger house with less storage was painnnfulll.  A lot of my clothes that I stored in the loft didn't make it with me unfortunately.  I am now the proud  confused owner of the least amount of clothes for about 20 years!  Oh well, they do say you only wear 20% of your wardrobe - I just want to be able to rotate my 20% a few times.   

Three weeks after we moved, I was due to attend my Niece's wedding.  My last blog was about my wedding outfit.  I was making the wedding cake and doing a dessert table.  Everything was so lastminute.com that we made the final decision on the wedding cake design (inspired by a pic on Pinterest) and the list of items on the dessert table two weeks before.   Stressful - I can't tell you how much.  Probably the biggest bakefest of my whole life.   Coupled with being a guest, my daughter being a bridesmaid, travelling from London to Nottingham, you get the picture.   

Anyway, all was achieved and I attended the most beautiful stylish wedding of my life.  My gorgeous Niece was a stunning bride, I was dabbing my eyes like a fool throughout the ceremony.  

The happiest Bride I have ever seen







My sister looking stunning in her dress!



One of the few pics of me on the left in the grey




The ceremony all the more emotional as they were married by the groom's grandfather.  We all had the most amazing day.  They had a photobooth in the evening and there were some amazing pictures.  These are some of my favourites - my Mum and Dad, my son and daughter and my Niece with her big brothers.  If you are planning on getting married I would highly recommend it for your reception.  More info at www.vintagebooth.me

Captain Roy and his trusty shipmate of 57 years





My daughter Tia was a bridesmaid, she is growing up to be such a beauty



Finally the cake and the dessert table.  The cake was a three tier of Red Velvet, Chocolate and Vanilla, covered in petals and topped with pink roses.












I hope you like looking at wedding pictures as much as me!   Anyway, hopefully I can start blogging more regularly again.  




Friday, 21 September 2012

Autumn Wedding Fever

I am gearing up for my niece's wedding in November, I am going to make the wedding cake and preparing a dessert table (no pressure).  She is such a beautiful girl, the wedding is going to be amazing.  My daughter is also going to be a bridesmaid; you can imagine the excitement.

I have my outfit already (unheard of).  I am always lastminute.com with weddings, I always want to look a little funky and never traditional and it never really works out for me, I always end up unhappy with my outfit.  This time I decided that I wanted to be quite formal and saw an outfit in John Lewis during summer that I thought would suit me.  Damsel in a Dress is a great label for women of any age, great classic designs with a twist, beautiful colours and cut.  Their range is stocked in John Lewis, some branches of Fenwicks and House of Fraser.

Given the wedding is in November I was mindful that it would be cooler and also I didn't want anything too summery looking.  I chose this beautiful Celine grey silk and tweed dress and matching jacket




The dress has been cut on the bias and so drapes really well and creates a fab hourglass shape.  That would normally go against my grain as I don't like the thought of adding any additional curves but it works really well.   

Not sure about wearing a hat, it might be overkill for me, but am considering a fascinator.  I have never ever worn a hat or headgear before so that will be interesting.   I am considering what colour shoes and accessories to go for, black is quite safe, I am thinking a subtle contrasting colour but nothing too shocking or try hard.  The other alternative is a sparkly shoe.   It also has to be fairly comfortable.  I really do not fancy killer shoes on the day nor slipping into flats.   

I have seen a few pairs that I like the shape of, these are from Zara, not sure about the colour though.


These next ones are from Kurt Geiger and are too expensive at £169 really




and these are my favourites by Carven but at £320 I won't be investing.



  I am going to try and look for something similar, if you see anything be sure to let me know.   



Monday, 30 July 2012

Cake, Cake, Cake....

I have been so busy baking cakes, I haven't had time to blog.  I also had a laptop problem and I had to replace my keyboard on my 4 month old laptop.  Not impressed with a certain very well known 'PC' shop - what did I learn - never ever buy anything from them again and also changing a keyboard is very simple!  Technology tekkers to add to my list!


Anyhow, I thought I would post a few pics of recent cakes


This was a lovely summer berry wedding cake with chocolate covered strawberries  They were so lucky to get one of the hottest days so far this year. They served it for dessert at the reception.



This is an Arsenal Football Shirt Cake replicating their new strip


A triple chocolate cake wrapped in a chocolate cuff and topped with berries


 A two tier cake and a bible cake with a personalised message for a baby boy's Christening




A huge Mickey Mouse cake


Tiger stripes and make up by specific request by my step-granddaughter


Some chocolate and vanilla birthday cupcakes

I have one cake resting before decorating tonight and I can have a well deserved rest this week.  Hopefully I will be able to finish some of my previous draft posts and get some sewing done.  I could actually eat of piece of cake right now but as usual, there is never any cake in the house when I want it!







Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Bargain Perspex Stilettos

Sometimes Ebay comes up trumps.  I saw these babies the other day for a ridiculous price of £7.00 brand new in the box.   They are gorgeous, black patent leather with perspex sides.   They are a little big so I am going to have to get some insoles, but I don't flipping care.





Love em

Monday, 2 July 2012

Summer Clothes Haul

Arrrhhh been so busy and feeling so tired for the last few weeks and the weather has been crap so it has not helped my mood.  I seem to pass my spare time away pinning away on pinterest or coveting items I see on other's blogs.  Ridiculous, given that some of the pieces that I see won't even suit me, but who cares eh.  


I am trying to get a grip, I have been fairly good this month.  I read a great post by Sharron at lookingfabinyourforties  itemising all the clothes she bought in June.  I have a pinterest board called My Wardrobe and when I can get an online pic, I pin it on there.  What gets missed are the little purchases,  some of the ebay finds, vintage etc.


So here are some of my purchases over the last couple of months



Scarf print Shorts Warehouse Sale £15 down from £45

I really like these, the colours are lovely and vibrant and I am sure I will be taking them out for as long as my legs will let me.


Turquoise snakeskin oversized clutch £8 Matalan

Who knows if I will use it, I don't really buy expensive bags for going out because I don't really go out,  I liked the colour so I thought why not!

This pale pink and gold folded clutch from H&M for £12.99.  A woman picked it up in the shop and put it down, I picked it up - she turned around and said to her friend 'that bag is.......  nice - er gone!'   I have already used this one twice (did I say I don't go out?)  The gold chain strap can be placed inside.


Quiksilver Black Jumpsuit £7 TK Maxx.  I got a bit of a bargain with this one.  It was damaged it had been slashed with a knife, I suspect when it was unpacked from a box.  Ten minutes on the sewing machine, perfect.  I wore it with chunky sandals to Sugar B's dance show last night.

Matalan Et Vous Tribal Trousers £14 down from £20
This pic doesn't do these justice, they are navy and the pattern is lovely.  End just above the ankle, nice slim fit.

Zara Woven Thong Sandal £60 now reduced to £39.99 grrrr.  Saw these on pinterest and a couple of blogs and loved them.  Wore them out to a birthday party and got lots of compliments. 


Zara Premium Flared Jeans brand new on Ebay for £20.  I haven't worn these yet as they need tapering slightly


Cross Tee from Project Social Topshop £22 worn and lot and Sugar B has had a few wears too! Little disappointed with the bobbling on the fabric though


Biscuit (pale pink) Jacket from New Look £24.99 This is a great Jacket, a soft biker style with really nice gold zips - unfortunately it is sold out now


River Island Sandals £20 brand new from Ebay.   These sandals were out last year, I loved them and turned them down for one of my birthday pressies as they were too high.  They were £80 full price so I decided to snap them up.  Still really high though, but I have been retraining myself to get back into heels.


Okay so that's just a few of my purchases.  I will try and post some more in few days.  I am going to start keeping a record in July and see how much I actually purchase.  Do you keep a track of your clothes purchases?