Once upon a time I made the mistake of buying a 2 kilo/4 pound block of cream cheese. I actually thought that there were 8 blocks of cream cheese within it so I had plenty of time in which to use them but no, it was an enormous hulking block of cream cheese. Luckily I have friends who happen to love cheesecakes. And it was Belinda's birthday so I set about making one of her favourite things: a Turkish Delight rose flavoured cheesecake!
I was also feeling slightly guilty as I was overseas for her birthday and when I came back we met up where I gave her a present and a cake that I had baked her. I wanted to make a cake for her that suited her personality and her favourite things. Visually speaking, Belinda loves pink and rose flavoured things. She is also a fan of cheesecake and we were recently talking about how just aren't on board with the whole deconstructed cheesecake thing. We love sticking a fork into the tip of a cheesecake and then working our way through to the thicker end, ratios of cheese filling and cookie crumb perfectly regulated.
So this rose cheesecake would include three of her favourite things: 1. a good biscuit base (she adores good cookies I used a pistachio shortbread one) 2. Rose flavouring because she adores it and 3. Ricotta in the cheesecake because that is her favourite kind. I used a home made ricotta because I find it smoother than the kind you buy at the supermarket and smoothness is important in a cheesecake texture. I decorated it with a layer of pale pink rose jelly with little edible rose buds on top to bring the whole pink theme together.
But if you think Belinda is all about pretty pink and roses, she never fails to surprise me with a wilder side. We were talking about an upcoming concert that we were going to and she told me that quite a few years ago she flashed her boobs at a musician. Not any musician mind you, but Keanu Reeves when he toured Australia with his band Dog Star. In 1998!
"Were you wearing a bra?" I asked her laughing.
"NO!" she said. It was 1998 and well, she didn't need to wear a bra back then, then she explained laughing.
So tell me Dear Reader, are we over thinking the deconstructed cheesecake thing? What flavour cheesecake would reflect your personality? And I am going to ask this, but have you ever flashed your boobs at anyone famous or not famous? ;)