Before I begin writing this post, let me just introduce to a good friend of mine. Her name is Patricia Dean-Escoto and a couple of weeks back, she introduced you to her, her story and her tips on how to combat cancer! :)
Thanks to her, I was able to give you all the opportunity to try and win her wonderful cookbook, Top Ten Superfoods For Preventing Breast Cancer!
That’s right, Sonali you are the lucky random winner of this wonderful cookbook! Congratulations :D
I have sent you an email and if you reply within a week, it will be on its way – YAY YOU! :)
Enhancement. In today’s society, technology can do so much. It can make you look perfect. Humans looking perfect…?
Whether it be through plastic or through a computer paintbrush, it is amazing the smoke and mirrors effect it can have on a person. I found this slideshow on the internet the other day and it showed celebrities in their before and after photos. It just really got me thinking…
They may have gone from pretty to glamorous, but is it worth it?
Is it that everyone is in competition with everyone else to just look more attractive? I am sure for celebrities especially this is crushing pressure all the time! But does it have to be like that?
Don’t think I am bagging out people’s choices here, saying plastic surgery or photoshopping is wrong and going all extreme on you, no way. I would be an utter hypocrite if I did because like any normal human being, I can’t help wondering how I would look with an hour glass or slimmer thighs, trust me!
I am just thinking out loud to you about it, considering that it lately, cosmetic surgery has surged in our markets and become so popular.
What once started out with the more profound basis of helping those with disadvantages, deformities, burns or injuries from unfortunate incidents, seems to have lost its true purpose to me, now becoming more like shop for body parts.
What do you all think? And seriously, I am not going all ‘politically incorrect’ on you, just a query, let me know your thoughts :)
There is one thing which is even tastier when it is enhanced. Oh yeah, this piece of beauty just goes a whole new level when you alter this and add a little of that ;) – Obviously you know by now, I mean the photos are a dead set giveaway :P but I am going to spell it out regardless!
Brownies. With a little surgical operation I called ‘being cheesecaked’. Oh my god.
Each bite holds the fudginess of a brownie with the creamy density of a cheesecake, resulting in a flavour explosion in your mouth and a rock in your stomach later. No seriously, only eat one, I promise you will regret it later. No? Ok, who am I to judge, grab a spoon and go eat that newly cooked brownie cheesecake BD (that is a smiley face with sunglasses, in case you guys think my type has gone berserk from the sugar rush :P)
Enjoy mes cheris!
Cheesecake Swirled Brownies
Adapted from: Taste
- 150g butter, chopped
- 300g dark chocolate
- 3 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla essence, divided
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup caster sugar
- 1 1/2 cups plain flour
- 80g sour cream
- 250g cream cheese, room temperature
- Chocolate chips to sprinkle on top (optional)
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees C. Line a 20cm baking tin with baking paper, letting it overhang on the sides
- Combine butter and chocolate in a saucepan over low heat and cook until they are melted and combined, the mixture being smooth – let cool for 5 minutes
- Meanwhile, whisk two of the eggs with the 2/3 cup of brown sugar and 1 tsp of vanilla essence’
- Add into chocolate mixture
- Add in sour cream and flour then stir to combine until a thick brownie batter forms (YAY!)
- Use an electric beater and beat the cream cheese in a separate bowl until it is light and fluffy
- Add in the remaining egg, 1 tsp vanilla essence and 1/2 cup caster sugar and beat until combined and liquidy
- Spoon into the tin half the brownie batter than half the cheesecake batter and swirl it through (I didn’t do this and believe me, swirling it all at once is too hard :P)
- Spoon in the remaining brownie batter than cheesecake batter to make a swirling marble pattern on top
- Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the brownie comes out with a few gooey crumbs (completely clean means they will not be fudgy and will be a tad over baked!)
- Immediately sprinkle over chocolate chips if using
- Let cool to room temperature and then refrigerate, loosely covered by a tea towel
- Remove and cut into squared before devouring!