Chocolate & Coffee Cheesecake

Every year I try to make/bake H. something for his birthday, since he has a huge sweet tooth. πŸ™‚ This year happened to be the first time that we weren’t together on the actual day (and the same will happen for mine, coming up soon!). As he is a huge cheesecake fan I decided to make this one a couple of days before I left for Scotland for a conference. Aside from cheesecake, coffee and chocolate are two of H.’s favourite things. πŸ˜‰

I only made a couple of modifications to the recipe. Instead of 250g cream cheese, I used about 150g and substituted quark for the rest, which made for a slightly lighter cake. I also forgot to dust with cocoa powder, so mine looks shiny compared to the magazine’s photo.

This is a fairly simple but delicious cake. My only complaint is that it did not taste enough like coffee; if I make it again I will increase the quantity of coffee quite a bit.

coffee choc cheesecake

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“Ravioli” with Cavolo Nero & Goat’s Cheese

This recipe caught my eye because it simply looked good in a recent edition of my delicious magazine. It also falls into a category — vaguely healthy-sounding pasta dish — that usually appeals to me. This one was unusual because it uses fresh lasagne sheets as the pasta — the “ravioli” aren’t really ravioli.

The sauce is made in a food processor with a combination of cavolo nero (boiled for a minute to make it soft, then water squeezed out), olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and salt. The accompanying paste is soft goat’s cheese, walnuts (I used toasted almonds), sage, lemon juice, and oil, again made in a food processor. To assemble, you cook the lasagne sheets, and then “layer” the three components, beginning with sauce, then noodles, then goat’s cheese paste. Repeat. Top with Parmesan or Pecorino.

This unfortunately did not pack enough of a punch taste-waste for me. The sauce was a bit bland and watery. The recipe says to squeeze out as much water from the cavolo nero as possible, which I did, but I still found it lacking. I also found the noodles too thick. It was an experimental meal I guess — not a bad one, but one I won’t be making again.

lasagne ravioli

Early Spring Favourites

I missed February favourites, so thought I’d do an ‘early spring’ roundup. I hope to return to more frequent posting very soon. Happy spring! πŸ™‚

β—Œ Two of myΒ favourite things.

β—Œ Goop’sΒ spring fiction guide.

β—Œ Seems very, very impractical!

β—Œ What an experience. Take me there!

β—Œ I can’t stand the term ‘clean eating’ either.

β—Œ My cultural consumption has plummeted over the past few months with the exception of podcasts, which I have been listening to on my way to work: I’ve really enjoyed the short, fictional podcast Homecoming, starring Catherine Keener & David Schwimmer, among others. The Babysitters Club Club has really made me laugh, and I recently began Β season 2 of Undisclosed, and I’m hooked.

β—Œ Love this feature on Alaskan fisherwomen.

β—Œ Meal planning for one.

β—Œ WOAH.

β—Œ Leonard Cohen’s Montreal neighbourhood was also mine. Makes me nostalgic.

β—Œ Amazing.

β—Œ Happy that BroadchurchΒ andΒ Line of DutyΒ are back.

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