So sorry for my long absence! Morning sickness is currently hitting me hard which means no cooking, no baking - and therefore no blogging! I didn't feel sick at all when I was pregnant with Zoe so this is a huge shock to the system. Most of the day is spent lying on the couch praying that I won't be sick. I am just hoping that by the end of the first trimester all of this yuckiness will be behind me and I will be back to my baking self.
I am feeling...
Sick! . Tired! . Gross in general
I am thinking...
That the jelly bean must be okay if I feel this sick . That I can't wait to feel better again
Well we had a major scare last Friday, I started bleeding and went to emergency. My HCG level (hormone level) was taken and it indicated that things might be okay. After a two day wait we got my HCG levels taken again on Monday and they had doubled - which is what is expected if the pregnancy is progressing. I also had my first ultrasound on Tuesday and got to see that gorgeous heartbeat! So it seems that everything is okay :)
I am feeling...
Ecstatic and scared at the same time . So happy after seeing that glorious heartbeat . Very nauseous - blergh, and toast is definitely the most appealing thing for me at the moment . Very tired and totally lacking any kind of energy
I am thinking...
That I must get around to weaning Zoe at some stage . (Or hoping should I say) that nothing happens to my precious bubba . About how I am going to manage with 2 littlies keeping me busy!
Okay you voted and I baked. The very first sweet treat - a baked New York Cheesecake, and may I say it is very, very tasty! I am slightly bias because 1) I love cheesecake like no other sweet in the world and 2) I made it. But seriously this cheesecake is not too sweet, is not too dense and has a very subtle flavour. It is also the very first baked cheesecake that I have made - and it wasn't as scary as I thought it was going to be, quite easy really. I think the only slight issue I had with this was that I totally hacked it when I cut my slice - so it doesn't look super pretty, but don't worry the taste made up for that.
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a 23cm round springform pan. Place 2 layers of aluminium foil on the outside of the pan (this prevents water seeping into the pan while cooking in the water bath).
Crush the biscuits in a food processor. Combine melted butter with biscuit crumbs and press into the base of the pan.
Place the cream cheese, 170g caster sugar, eggs, egg yolks, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and the lemon juice in a food processor. Process until smooth, then pour over the biscuit base. Place the cheesecake in a large roasting pan and pour boiling water into the roasting pan to come halfway up the sides of the springform pan. Bake in the oven for 1 hour.
Beat together sour cream, remaining sugar and vanilla and pour over the cake. Return to oven for a further 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside in the pan to cool, then refrigerate for 4 hours. Serve dusted with cocoa powder.
Yep a lovely perk of having this little blog of mine, I was sent a whole heap of cheese from Mainland to sample. And sampled we have. These fantastic little resealable packs contain pre-cut slices of cheese that are perfectly sized for a cracker snack, or if you are like me just to have a bit of cheesy goodness through the day. We have been given 4 different flavours - mild, tasty, extra tasty and light. I personally love the tasty, Mat loves the extra tasty and little Zoe loves the mild cheese. I can thoroughly recommend these packs - definitely convenient and very delicious!
And do you know what else?
Not only have mainland sent me some yummy cheese to sample, they are also giving one of my readers a $50 Coles voucher!
To enter just leave a comment telling me what your favourite afternoon snack is. I will a draw a winner next Wednesday the 10th of March at 12pm. (Sorry only open to Australian residents)