Friday, 19 June 2015

best. cheesecake. ever.

I made a cheesecake with  O N E   K I L O  of cream cheese

It was so amazing I don't even want to write about it.

I can describe it in one word  -  H E A V Y !

Besides, a picture is worth a thousand words, right?!





M A R S   B A R   C H E E S E C A K E


310g chocolate biscuits
150g butter, melted
4tbsp brown sugar
40g butter, extra
3 cups cream
3 tsp gelatine
½ cup water
1kg cream cheese, chopped, softened
1 cup caster sugar
10x mars bars, finely chopped


B I S C U I T   B A S E
Process biscuits until fine. Transfer biscuits to a medium bowl, stir in butter. Press mixture evenly over base of 20cm springform pan. Refrigerate while preparing filling.

B U T T E R S C O T C H   S A U C E
In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, 40g butter and 4 tablespoons of the cream. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Simmer 5 minutes.

C H E E S E C A K E
In a small heatproof jug, sprinkle gelatine over the water. Stand jug in a small saucepan of simmering water. Stir until dissolved.
In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese and caster sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. In a small bowl, beat remaining cream with electric mixer until soft peaks form. Stir slightly warm gelatine mixture into cream cheese mixture with half of the chopped Mars Bars; then fold in whipped cream.

A S S E M B L E
Pour 2/3 of the cream cheese mixture onto the biscuit base in pan. Drizzle over 2/3 of the butterscotch sauce. Swirl the mixture to distribute the butterscotch sauce. Repeat the process with remaining cream cheese mixture, butterscotch sauce.
Refrigerate for 5 hours or until set. 



xx

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

vulnerability is not weakness

I'm not good at being vulnerable;
showing vulnerability;
or even pronouncing the damn word correctly (if I'm completely honest).


vul·ner·a·ble  (vŭl′nər-ə-bəl) adj.

a. Susceptible to physical harm or damage: 
trees that are vulnerable to insects;

b. Susceptible to emotional injury, especially in being easily hurt: 
a lonely child who is vulnerable to teasing.

c. Susceptible to attack: 
"We are vulnerable both by water and land, without either fleet or army" (Alexander Hamilton).

d. Open to censure or criticism; assailable: 
The mayor is vulnerable to criticism on the issue.


VULNERABLE  =   SUSCEPTIBLE   =   DISADVANTAGE  =  EXPOSED  =  WEAK


Via Instagram  @TheGoodQuote


I blame Beyonce, Christina and Britney for their incessant singing about being a Survivor, Fighter and Stronger than yesterday for making vulnerability seem undesirable.




Their music taught girls (ok.. maybe just me) that we must we must be independent, fierce AND dirrty.

How come no one is singing about the strength of showing vulnerability ?

The raw truth of allowing the world (or even just that special someone) to see you for exactly who you are ?

Maybe if I had grown up with anthems that taught me that vulnerability is what connects one human to another, I wouldn't resist it so damn much!

OK.. probably not.

The walls I have built around me; and the barriers I have created have become somewhat of a joke among my closest friends.



- - -

"Her heart was a secret garden; 
And the walls were very high"

- - -



And whilst it may not be a direct result of singing pop lyrics into my hairbrush throughout my teens (and for many years later) -

My abstinence of vulnerability is real.

We should be teaching young girls that being ambitious, confident and intelligent is not mutually exclusive to showing vulnerability.

We should remind ourselves that closing ourselves off to the world in fear of showing vulnerability prohibits possibility.



We should be making a statement;
And shouting from the rooftops -


V U L N E R A B I L I T Y   I S   N O T   A   W E A K N E S S



xx

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

my new bff

I don't always get into a tv show.. 
But when I do, I binge watch 500 episodes in one day, 
become entangled in the story line,
and feel like the characters are not only a part of my life,
but my very best friends.


Men want to sleep with her;
And women want to be her.

I want her as my bestie.

The woman just gets me.

Like every time she wears her Sassy Pants.

DONNA FROM SUITS



And how she knows that you can kick ass at work and still keep everybody's secrets.




And the way she just calls it like it is.




And how she knows that ice cream has therapeutic properties.




And that alcohol makes everything better.




Basically, I'm in love with her. 
And she obviously loves me too....




xx

Thursday, 28 May 2015

one mermaid tail, please

K I D S   A R E   W E I R D

I don't get them.

If you gave one to me to hold -
there's a good chance I would place it gently on the ground...
and back away slowly.

Just kidding!

Kind of...

Anyway, I digress.

Not too long ago, I wrote about childlike wonder in relation to playfulness.

Remember?
The one about jumping on trampoline's.

Today I am again inspired by these weird mini-humans who have such an incredible view of the world.

Of themselves.

Whilst we adults cannot see past the N E G A T I V E ;
the I M P E R F E C T I O N S ;
the F A I L U R E..

Kids see O P P O R T U N I T Y ;
P O T E N T I A L ;
endless  P O S S I B I L I T Y.


Check out this clip.
If you could change ONE thing about your body - 
What would it be???




So if I were to consider things from a childlike perspective,
I would have just one wish -



xx

Friday, 22 May 2015

;)

This is kind of like a Community Service Post.

An Open Forum.

An inquisitive question to the masses.

Please, please leave a comment; 
or email me; 
or send a Facebook message; 
or even stop me in the street if you have opinions about this topic...

I am always up for a chat if you agree; 
or friendly debate if you think I'm off the charts crazy.

The topic of discussion??


T H E   W I N K Y   F A C E

STARTS WITH CUPCAKES


An innocent emoji to some.

A guilty connotation to others.

I'm was always firmly positioned in column B.

The Winky Face is flirty.

It is suggestive.

It is certainly not to be thrown around with blatant disregard of the consequences.

Don't believe me?!

Just ask Urban Dictionary.


STARTS WITH CUPCAKES

STARTS WITH CUPCAKES


And for the record, these were the PG rated explanations of this seemingly innocuous symbol.

H O W E V E R ...

My opinion is now wavering!

It seems that not everyone shares my understanding of The Winky Face.

Some people do use it in general conversation.

And that's just downright confusing!!!

Because once upon a time, it seemed to be a Secret Code.
ie. "I am sending you a winky face to make sure you are 100% certain that I am hitting on you"

But then Apple got all fancy introducing little cartoon emojis and suddenly there's Winky Face's all over the place!

The Secret Code was breached.

The Winky Face was compromised.

And now the world is in chaos.

So. Much. Confusion.

So tell me.... Do you Winky Face?!


xx


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