Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Adventures in the kitchen #4: Lime and ginger cheesecake

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You know it's love, especially when it's love at first sight. It all began on a rainy day in July. It was cold - at least as cold as the italian July can allow - and I was snuggled up on the Boy's sofa, letting Pinterest and Blogs be my afternoon best companions. When all of a sudden, I came across this beaut on the lovely Lisette blog. Since I would have had quite a long afternoon ahead, and a solo one, I decided to give it a try. I had to make some tiny changes, just to avoid to go to the supermarket under what can I just compare to The Flood, but here's the recipe, it's again (as my previous Lemon meringue tartles ) really easy, minimum amount of ingredients, and no bake:


Ingredients:

300 gr biscuits
1 tsp of powdered ginger
60 gr butter
500 gr mascarpone cheese (I used 250 of mascarpone and 250 of ricotta cheese as that was what I had in the fridge at the moment)
45 gr icing sugar
2 limes (zest and juice)

dark chocolate to decorate the top

Method

Put the biscuits into a food processor and whizz it up until it resembles bread crumbs. If you haven't a food processor like me -uni life- put the biscuits in a bowl, and smash them with the bottom of a glass. If you are a little bit fancier than me, then you can put the biscuits inside a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to make them bread crumble like.

Melt the butter either in a pan or in a microwave. Add into the biscuits mixture.

Line a loose bottomed cake tin with the biscuits. Make sure you press the buttery biscuits down and tightly -as Lisette suggested, use the back of a spoon. Chill in the refrigerator whilst you proceed baking.

Zest first, and then juice, two limes. Pay attention and stop grating as soon as you see the white 'skin' of the lime. Trust me, it won't taste any good. Add to the cheese mixture.

Sieve in the icing sugar and continue to mix until light and fluffy.

Spread over the biscuit base and smooth the top with the back of a slightly wet spoon or spatula.

Again, chill in the fridge. It's usually better to leave it to rest overnight, but even anything more than 30 minutes is fine. What I do, if I'm in a hurry, is to place the cheesecake for 30-ish minutes in the freezer, and then move it to the fridge.



Love,
Lucia xx

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Thankful Thursday


Hasn't this week gone in a blink of an eye? Happy Thursday everyone!
I'm currently in what I once called my bedroom and what is, now instead, a real mess. 
Mum M is not the happiest bee at the moment, but, at least I started packing.
Let's throw it out there what I'm thankful for this week:

The big size suitcases
Sunshine (taste of summer, at last!)
Daddy M being less stressed
Pre Birthday Surprise party with best friends from school
Pizza
Sunflowers 

What are you thankful for this week?

Love,
Lucia 
xxx

Monday, August 04, 2014

DIY | Sailor Knot Bracelets


I've been feeling quite crafty lately. It may be the pouring rain, it may be the suffocating heat wave coming straight after the storm, but  the thing is I'm enjoying my time at home in a less technology-ish way (and, believe me, I'm a tv junkie, especially for everything concerning One Born, Call the midwives, or anything by Agatha Christie. Call me wild).
So, this afternoon, I turned off the telly, and decided to make a little piece of 'jewellery'.

The idea came from my forthcoming departure for the Great North (read: Scandinavia) where I'll be attending my last year of university. I wanted something to give The Boy and my bestie F to remind them of our special relation-friend ship.
So the knot explains the idea of bond and connection, while the airplane can be seen as a symbol of travelling or something to remind them of me, since what I study is basically air and airplanes.


Start by cutting the cord depending on your wrist diameter and how many strands you want. I went for two.

Make one, or more, knot in the center. I opted for a sailor one: once done it resembled a sort of infinity symbol, perfect for my purpose. You can go for fancier ones, but in this case, I learnt how to sailor knotting here.

Insert the pendants. I put one in between the two knots, for my best F, and near the clamp for The Boy (I felt that for a man, the pendant should be more hidden).


Measure it around your wrist and cut the excess.

If you decided for the one strand, you can easily knot a loop on one end of the bracelet (I did that also for a two strands one, for the Bestie F one), or glue or clamp the ends and attach the lobster clasps using the jump rings. My very personal advice is, if you can, avoid the glue or the mastic. I'm very messy and clumsy, so I don't really count, but I find that the reliability of the glue option is not huge. Clamp it if you can.

This is the one for my best friend. Two knots and a knot loop to close it.

Love,
Lucia
xx