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Food Phile - Lime and Chocolate Cheesecake

Lime and Chocolate Cheesecake

Once upon a time, probably around 18 years ago, I remember picking up a recipe card in a supermarket after seeing the recipe advertised on TV. This was a cutting edge piece of marketing in the early nineties, before we all had inter-lives and tweet-nests and books full of faces through which companies could court our affections. Not sure if this marks me out as an early adopter or a sheep, but it worked.

What now looks like an essentially simple dish felt like quite a complex ‘occasion’ piece at the time, but that’s probably due to my relative culinary inexperience, the use of the then uncommon ‘Mascarpone’ [daring!], and the flim-flamerous decoration required by the original recipe. The smiley people in the TV advert easily made chocolate leaves and sugared their grapes for the topping, but it was always a bit more of a palaver in my kitchen.

My St Margarets Magazine Looking for Local Authors

2011 summer my stmagarets magazine cover

We are currently planning the next edition of My St Margarets Magazine. The autumn edition is due to be published in September and will feature local authors. We are keen to hear from any local writers who have had their works published and perhaps might like a write up in the magazine.

If you or somebody you know are interested in being included in the feature please contact traders@mystmargarets.com

Food Phile - One Year Older - Any The Wiser...

One Year Older - Any The Wiser...

Well blow me down, but a whole year has gone by since my first post on Independence Day 2010 [so Happy Birthday to America too while we’re about it]. I really had no idea what to expect when I started all this, but to the thousands of visitors I’ve now welcomed along the way I’d like to say a huge thank you for your support during my first year in the blogosphere.

Looking back I find that I’m clearly more interested in purple foods than I ever realised [I’m going to have to add that as a tag now!] and a quick glance at the tag cloud over to the right tells me that garlic, cream, eggs and butter are frequently featured. A quick glance at my waistline could probably have told me the same.