STRAWBERRY SWIRL CHEESECAKE

The baking bug has got me going! So I thought I would give I Love Baking SA a browse for something delicious. As luck would have it, a Cheesecake! No I am a baked cheesecake girl through and through, but I accepted the challenge…and it looked too good to pass up on!
Stork's Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake1 | Just Rosemary BlogStork's Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake | Just Rosemary BlogI went shopping for the ingredients and decided to go Gluten Free for the biscuit base, as I am trying be better with my Gluten Free Life (blushes). I chose to use Gullon’s gluten free, vanilla biscuits. You can buy these at most super markets now and Dischem.

Cheesecake’s are not a cheap treat to make and so I was having a little indulgence making this one. I got baking and followed the instructions to the ‘T’, as this is why I love baking, it requires structure and the right measurements, order really.

This is what I noted:
* The instructions ask for you to push the biscuit mixture up the sides, which I do for my baked cheesecakes, although the picture shows otherwise.
* For a first time gelatine user I didn’t think to make sure my cream cheese was at room temperature before folding it in, oops! A few lumps but not a train smash!
* They suggest 250g of Strawberries, some for boiling and some for decorating, although I think you can use even less strawberries when boiling. (just my opinion)

That all said, I found it fun to bake and my family thoroughly enjoyed every piece down to the last crumb! So before I reveal this beauty please note, this is not one if you are watching that waistline *wink*
Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake by Just RosemaryStrawberry Swirl Cheesecake top view by Just RosemaryStrawberry Swirl Cheesecake slice by Just RosemaryWhy don’t you give her a go!

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A LOT OF THINGS…ALL AT ONCE

Adventure, bad news, eyes opening, new prospects, an overwhelming sadness and new found joys…
Rosemary of Just RosemaryIn August, with a suggestion from a friend, a birthday gift from my parents and a generous offer from another old friend, I took myself off to the UK for a 3 week holiday! A trip that was completely amazing, and that I will get to blogging about after I filter through the 1000’s of pictures!

In the matter of two months I have lost my dearest kittens, my children and devoted companions. This is a pain that I have not been able to shake. I am filled with a heavy sadness, and anger.

I have found it interesting that when in such a state of grief that you take up small enjoyments that you might have forgotten about, like cooking, baking and reading…well for me anyway. In one week I cooked a corn chowder, and vegetarian lasagne and baked a banana bread. All gluten free of course, and to note I was home alone, so this food was perfect for the next week of dinners.

I bought a book, which I found at a second hand book store (which also sells vetkoeks) which I discovered while spending time with friends at a hair dresser. The book store was next door. Needless to say I have gotten stuck into it and subsequently bought another book, a week later. Both to do with art, one a fiction and the other a biography.

I start a new job next month. The same field as my current job but with the opportunity to branch out in the industry at the speed I would like, and the possibility of relocating. I feel that a drastic change in scenery is in order!
Rosemary of Just RosemaryWith all that has happened in the past few months I feel that I have found a new voice, or rather a more profound voice. My eyes are wide open and I am not going to stop!