NEW YORK BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE

The reason why I wanted to share this recipe is for you to see how easy is to make a cheesecake: I broke down steps of the baking process in the most time-consuming way possible.

As you can see, the ingredients are very basic and easy to be bought in any supermarket.

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I made this cheesecake so many times – I tried different variation and after many tests I found this particular recipe to be the best one. Other thought so too.

This was always a winner at my work charity Cake Sales. Have fun!

INGREDIENTS FOR THE BISCUIT BASE

  • 80g butter melted
  • 200g digestive biscuits

INGREDIENTS FOR THE CHEESECAKE FILLING

  • 900g of soft cheese
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • finely grated zest of ½ lemon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 200g of blueberries

METHOD

  1. Crush biscuits for the base: I add biscuits in a big bowl and using a heavy glass and I crush biscuits to crumbles.
  2. I melt butter in the bowl in microwave for 1min.
  3. I mix butter and biscuits.
  4. Lay baking paper in the baking dish.
  5. Move biscuits mix into the baking dish and even all to one level with the glass.
  6. Pre-heat oven on a medium heat 180 degrees.
  7. Add soft cheese, sugar, flour, vanilla extract, grated zest of lemon and eggs into a bowl and using hand-mixer beat all ingredients until mix is smooth and lump-free.
  8. Add blueberries – these cannot be beaten with hand-mixer but it will melt/turn into a gem during baking process.
  9. Add cheesecake filling mix on a top of the biscuit base.
  10. Bake cheesecake for 45-50min. I check cheesecake after 35min and then 10-15min afterwards. I use toothpick to check if cheesecake is done – simply stick toothpick in filling and see if it comes out clean (that means it is done) if not, bake it for a bit longer.
  11. Once it has been done, leave it to cool it down. TIP – for a quick cool-down you can leave cooled down cheesecake in the freezer for 20-30min.

I hope your tummy will enjoy it.

With Love, Gitana

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Capucine – A Woman of ‘The Pink Panther’

Capucine was a French a high fashion  model and a successful actress.

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Her beauty and effortless elegance was  unforgettable.

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I know her from the first ever movie of ‘The Pink Panther’ – she played a wife of inspector Jacques Clouseau. My favourite scene from ‘The Pink Panther’ movie is where she is chased by police, runs into the lift and completely changes her appearance and once out of the lift, police did not recognise her.

This woman knew ‘fashion’.

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I thought she was so entertaining and strikingly beautiful. She gave an image of hard working independent woman with healthy ambition.

Despite all her success, her life has ended in a tragedy.

Here are few facts about this truly fascinating woman:

• Real name – Germaine Hélène Irène Lefebvre, (6 January 1928 – 17 March 042-capucine-theredlist1990)
• Before become movie star, she worked as a model working for fashion houses like Givenchy and Christian Dior.
• She was the only actress to act in more than one of ‘The Pink Panther’ franchise movies. She starred in 3 ‘Pink Panther’ movies: The Pink Panther’ – 1963; ‘Trail of the Pink Panther’ – 1982; and ‘Curse of the Pink Panther’ – 1983.
• She played a wife of inspector Jacques Clouseau.
• She was a close friend with Audrey Hepburn.
• The only she married was to actor Pierre Trabaud. Their marriage lasted 8 months only. She has never remarried again.
• She lived in Switcherland for 28 years until her death in 1990.
• On 17 March 1990, at the age of 62, Capucine jumped to her death from her eighth-floor apartment. It was reported that she has suffered from illness and depression for some time.
• She appeared in 36 films and 17 television productions.

With Love, Gitana

6 WAYS TO CREATE ECO-FRIENDLY LIVING ROOM

Sisal-rug-idea  Styling-Contemporary-Living-RoomHave you been thinking how you can positivity  impact our environment? You probably have heard how eco-friendly home can have a great impact our health, improves indoor air, and sets the right example for our future generations. It is a fact, that we spend most of our home time  in the living room. And that is the first place in your house you should make more eco-friendly. eco-friendly-home-accessories-paladium-light-bulb-recycled-e1416859314507-740x510

Here are 6 ways to make it happen:

  1. WALLS – for cleaner indoor air, use plaster for your walls made from clay and natural pigments – these will produce negative ions that repel dust and pollen.
  2. PAINT – chose a paint that contained zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds): chemicals that give paint an odor and can contribute to poor indoor air quality.
  3. FLOOR – Wool carpet it is an easy option to make your living room more eco-friendly. As Stunning-Jute-Rug-decorating-ideas-for-Delightful-Living-Room-Traditional-design-ideas-with-blue-couch-brushed-brushed-and-oiled-oak-bungalows-cabin-designer-colors-Europeanwool is a natural resource, it is very durable and can last centuries. Or choose wooden floor ideally sourced locally, or made from reclaimed wood – to lower transportation costs and a lighter carbon footprint than more exotic rainforest woods.
  4. FURNITURE – furniture is low toxicity: furniture that is untreated or treated with natural substances, like natural wood finishes, or naturally tanned leather. Organic cotton is also less likely to be treated with toxic stuff. Another great way to dodge toxic chemicals is to buy furniture that is vintage or second-hand and has already done most of its offgassing.
  5. ACCESSORIES – choose accessories made from organic fabrics.
  6. LIGHTNING – firstly, make the most of daylight by keeping blinds open. Secondly, choose Energy Efficient Bulbs. And Thirdly, Choose lamps made with natural, recycled, or reused materials. Use motion sensors and dimmers to give you just the right amount of light.

As you can see, eco-friendly house is mostly beneficial to our health and it does not have to cost a fortune.

With Love, Gitana

Heavenly Tasty Buttercream Frosting Recipe

IMG_20150302_181728 (2) Have you been dreaming to make heavenly-tasting pretty cupcakes? Did you have much luck with it?
Well, the secret to these amazing cupcakes I keep referring to, is a frosting. Not a base but frosting. It is because to make a base is a pretty much basic baking job: mix this and that, put in the oven, 15-20min later and cupcakes base is ready.
There is so much more work and skill that needs to go into making beautiful frosting crowns for the cupcakes.

Why cupcakes? Well, we just love these tiny cakes with pretty crowns that make our jaws drop.

I don’t like word ‘complicated’. So, when I struggled with all this technicality of making perfect buttercream frosting for my cupcakes, I tried to simplify and make easy-to-follow steps to reach your dream to becoming Cupcakes Queen.

You need 3 simple ingredients:

• 140g butter
• 280g icing sugar
• 5-7 tablespoon milk

Preparation:

1. Add butter and icing sugar in the bowl.
2. Add 2-3 tablespoons of milk and start beating mixture with the hand-mixer.
3. Add extra few spoons of milk and continue beating the mixture until smooth and creamy.
4. Keep an eye on the mixture and add a bit extra milk if needed but do not over-do it.
5. Cut the end of piping bag and add chosen piping nozzle
6. Get a tall glass/small vase/or tall mug to put your bag in.
7. Fill bag with the frosting mixture
8. Start piping frosting on your cupcakes.

TIP:    MAKE SURE YOUR CUPCAKES BASES ARE COOLED DOWN BEFORE START PIPPING BUTTERCREAM FROSTING OR YOUR FROSTING WILL BECOME MELTED NIGHTMARE.

Now – was it this as hard as you thought? I would love to hear from you.
With Love, Gitana

ACHIEVE GOALS BY SETTING TARGETS

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I don’t know about you, but I achieve more goals when I set clear targets.

96f51ed7ecb45d65d4cbf9f8d85cb382Now, that I have finally fulfil my daily passion by updating my blog, I thought to myslef that my target will be a THOUSAND.

  • My blog visits THOUSAND visits to my blog
  • I will have a THOUSAND followers on my blog.
  • I will have a THOUSAND followers on Instagram.

Eventually, I am planning to set up my targets upto a MILLION – I may never be a millionaire but I can have a million followers. It is achievable.

Have a good day!

With Love, Gitana

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE HAVING A BAD DAY?

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I suppose, Madonna was not the only one who had a bad day today while falling off the stage
during BRITS Award ceremony performance 2015 (I hope she is OK!).

Today I had a bad day too: for starters, I cut my finger quite deep while chopping vegetables for my lunch; secondly, I had a massive row with few co-workers while guest from another branch was visiting us at work. I was extremely upset as I was called in to a ‘naughty room’ by a manager to make matters worse.

All that time I was super-angry and kept thinking I let other people upset me and make a negative affect on me.

Looking back, I can see where I should have done things differently. And believe me, it took a lot of courage for me to make that walk back from bathroom where I tried to cool down (my face was bright red) back to office. I knew other people saw me being taking to a naughty room (I am a star worker in the office and I personally dislike passionless and lazy people). I knew people knew and there will be opinions and whispers. Just like Madonna: people will talk about it. But you have no choice but to carry on!

So, what should we all do when we are having a bad day? There are few lessons I have learned today:

  • DO HAPPY THINGS AS SOON AS UPSETTING THING HAS HAPPENED: You have to distract yourself to stop thinking of whatever upsetting just has happened to you. For example, after today’s incident at work, I was talking to people Ii like and always have a good laugh or hear good story: whether someone bought sofa or funny work-related story. Or get coffee. Anything to take you back to happier moment.
  • REFLECT ON THE EVENT AND EMBRACE IT AS AN EXPERIENCE: yes, things do go wrong in life. And we all make mistakes. But #LIVING IS LEARNING# and you should embrace it as an experience – something you can learn about yourself or others. Make Lemonade Out Of Life’s Given Lemons!
  • AVOID SIMILAR EVENT IN THE FUTURE: now that you happier and learned something new, ideally try to avoid similar situation in the future: you rather not to get upset once again – your mental health is most important.

I hope you had a good day! And if not – please share it: misery loves company!

With Love, Gitana

3 Signs If You Are Ready To Lose Weight

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Pretty much everyone would like to lose weight little bit there or there. The real reason for failure to lose weight is your mind-set: if your mind is not ready to lose weight, your efforts will be worthless.

I have listed 3 signs for you to check if you are ready to take journey on losing weight:

1. MOTIVATION – motivation is directly equal to your weight loss success. Your motivation should be so strong, that no challenge will scare you. Keep your positivity up and continue working on achieving results.

2. HONESTY – how honest are you with yourself? You say that you are doing your best but not able to lose weight? Take time to reflect on your eating habits: how much food and how often or when you eat? Starving all day but eating late at night?

3. PREPARATION – ahead of you is a journey which will challenge you. You will have to work on yourself, change eating habits, move your body more etc. there will be a lot of physical work involved in your daily routine, your body and mind will be challenged because if you won’t make changes, your weight won’t change.

I know how hard is to lose weight: this is something I am going though at the moment myself. Just be honest with yourself. Try to choose healthier options: always try, and If slip out of the way, make sure you will get back on the track ASAP.
Have any thought to share? Leave a comment below!

With Love, Gitana