Caramelised white chocolate cheesecake.

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I already knew from the moment I tasted the Whittakers west coast caramelised buttermilk white chocolate that if I ever saw it on sale I was going to grab a few blocks and melt it down in a cheesecake filling. Then when Kit Kat came out with their limited edition caramelised white chocolate blocks called Gold? No question about it. This cheesecake was happening.

My local Coles fortunately had a little percentage off Whittakers so I picked up four blocks (SHH MUM, I CAN STICK TO A GROCERY BUDGET… When I feel like it..)

Deliberated for a while whether this creation was to be a chilled or baked cheesecake and in the end I decided it had to be baked.

Ingredients:

  • 2 blocks of caramelised white chocolate
  • 250g of plain biscuits
  • 750g of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
  • 1/2 cup of sugar (caster sugar is better but I didn’t have it this time)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 block of Gold Kit Kat for decoration
  • Gold crystallised sprinkles for decoration (optional)

Method:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Crush the plain biscuits til you have a fine, sand-like texture. Melt the butter and and mix in a bowl with the biscuit crumbs. Press down into a lined springform pan. You can stick this in the warming oven to bake and set  if you’d like but you don’t need to. It will get baked with the filling later on.
  3. For the filling mix all the cream cheese, sugar, and eggs in a large bowl.
  4. Break up the chocolate bars in another smaller bowl and microwave in small increments of about 15-10 seconds and push it around during each gap with a spoon. After it becomes runny let the residual heat melt the rest of the chocolate. Do not let the chocolate burn!
  5. Beat the melted chocolate into the cream cheese mixture until evenly combined.
  6. Pour on top of biscuit base and make sure to scrape the sides of the cream cheese bowl! Can’t waste any of this delicious filling. Tap the cake tin on your bench top to help release any air pockets a few times. Pop into the oven for about 1 hour.
  7. At the 50 minute mark check on the cake and tap the centre of it. If it feels firm you can turn off the oven heat but leave the cake in for longer to ensure the filling has really set.
  8. For decoration I used nearly an entire block of Kit Kat Gold (minus 4 short bars) and a sprinkle of goldish sugar crystals.

Notes:

  • My chocolate didn’t melt into a runny texture so I put a bit of melted butter from my base prep. (I melted more butter than I needed.) I’m not sure if it was because my chocolate blocks had been in the fridge or so perhaps the texture wasn’t as easily meltable or if this is just a thing that happens with all caramelised white chocolate varieties.

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25 things to do during Summer

  1. Cliche… PICNIC
  2. Keep a journal of all the dreams you have. Analyse them later and see if the meanings relate to your life at present.
  3. Get some mini doughnuts and spread Nutella on them. Sprinkle with various toppings like mini mallows, mini Oreos, sprinkles. Take pics.
  4. Find some paid surveys to do online and see if you can redeem any prizes.
  5. Wash your make up brushes. You know it’s time.
  6. Read this article because it is HILARIOUS.
  7. Write out a list of things you are thankful for and stick it to your mirror.
  8. Try learning a dance routine.
  9. Make up a card game.
  10. Post and delete those memes from your camera roll. They’ve served their time in the prison of your phone.
  11. Watch a film in another language. The world of cinema is vast and wondrous.
  12. Try making Ras Malai. It’s delicious.
  13. Collect your old magazine and re-read them. Go down pop culture memory lane.
  14. Make your own facial mist. These are very handy in the summer heat.
  15. Go bowling with friends.
  16. Make a sock puppet. Mine is called Sockbrina.
  17. Do a blind book exchange with some friends. Wrap the books in brown paper or newspaper. Don’t even write a blurb. Just swap them around and get some new reading material.
  18. Host an ice cream party.
  19. Try making your own ice cream. There are heaps of recipes that don’t call for an ice cream machine nowadays!
  20. Make a paper fan. Pretty ideas on Pinterest here.
  21. Try learning a new craft.
  22. Go on a road trip with some friends.
  23. Start a little herb garden. Very handy to grow some herbs at home.
  24. Design your own t-shirt.
  25. Get some beads and gem stones and bling up a pair of thongs.

Cute Costume Ideas For Brown and Black Girls xx

Every time an opportunity comes up to dress as a character I brainstorm for ages but I actually rarely get to dress up as anything exciting. Here are some costume ideas for brown and black girls to use for Halloween or other costume events.

Please take a moment to check out this video from Nabela Noor. 1:40-1:56 is my favourite part, I honestly laughed so hard. I love Nabela’s acting.

All of the pictures and gifs used in this post are sourced from the first page of Google Images of typing the character’s name.

  1. Chel from The Road to El Dorado
    This is one of the most entertaining animated films out there. They don’t make them like this these days. It was one of those movies my brothers and I wouldn’t watch for ages but then when we did re-watch it we were like “YAAAASS forgot how damn good this was!!” Cheeky Chel was so funny and flirty. The clever girl got Tulio and Miguel through their ordeal in the City of Gold.
    I love Chel’s outfit. A cute pink and cream bandeau and knotted cream coloured skirt with slits, paired with some large pale blue earrings and bangles or gold earrings and you’re set! I’d love to dress up as Chel but honestly my mother would have a heart attack if I was out in public dressed that haram. Such a shame considering I look bangin’ with blunt bangs!
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  2. Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    Esmeralda is such a stunning character. She is strong-willed and generous with a good heart. Find a cream or white coloured off shoulder top, a purple maxi skirt and a few accessories and you’ll be look notre-dammmmnnnn-fine.
    Often people gravitate towards Jasmine as their go-to brown girl character from Disney, but Esmeralda is one foxy babe and worth considering! In fact you could probably wear the pieces from Esmeralda’s outfit repeatedly throughout the seasons.Related image
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  3. Martha Jones from Doctor Who
    Literally one of the best ever companions to ever grace the TARDIS. Witty, intelligent, loyal. Martha Jones is a total BAMF. Fucking love her to bits and my heart aches thinking of the hardships her character endured. There are many many costume choices with Martha as she had outfit changes throughout episodes. I dressed as Martha Jones for a fancy-dress party a few years ago. It was my best friend at the time’s younger sister’s birthday bash and I dressed as Martha in the episode “Smith and Jones” s3e1. Photo not included because it’s blurry and embarrassing. 😛
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  4. Lieutenant Uhura from Star Trek
    Nyota Uhura is one of my favourite Star Trek characters! I would get so excited whenever she appeared on screen when I eventually began watching the show. There is the Nichelle Nicholls version to dress up as and more recently the Zoe Saldana version from the film. A simple red dress with some yellow and black accessories will nail your look.
    Fun fact: after the show was cancelled Nichols went on to work with NASA to help minorities and females get recruited, with another company she helped run called ‘Women in Motion’ and one of their recruits Dr Sally Ride was the first female astronaut in America.Image result for nyota uhura
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  5. Mindy Lahiri from The Mindy Project
    Once again there are many outfit options here, as the outfits change from episode to episode. Bright yellows and pinks are key here, as well as bold shoes and accessories like headbands, belts and cute bags. Mindy is a hilarious character. She has a lot of self-love and she tries to support her friends. I think the first couple of seasons of this show are way better than the later seasons, but it is always going to have a special place in my heart.
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  6. Princess Yum-Yum from The Thief and the Cobbler
    I have saved my favourite for last. Also titled as The Princess and the Cobbler, this movie was fucking phenomenal and if you remember it from your childhood then you are cool beans in my book. I loved how Tack (the main man who is the titular cobbler) was super pale in the beginning but got more substantial in colour as the film progressed. This film actually has a really rich backstory and history which is interesting to read about. Princess Yum-Yum is now my nickname between a few of my coworkers now because I keep referring to her as being one of my favourite characters ever. I would love, love, LOVE to dress as her for a costume part with some huge red plastic love heart earrings and tikka. I love her big purple eyes and her gorgeous brown skin. Like with Chel, my mum would have a heart attack if I went around dressed as Princess Yum-Yum. Looking all haram, cleavage exposed and all that hahaha. Yum-Yum indeed. 😉
    I highly encourage all you other dark-skin sisters out there to recreate her look. Bonus points if you can find a tall lanky, pale dude to be your Tack for a couples costume. Pin that Tack to your side. 😛

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I hope all you brown girls enjoyed that if you needed some more ideas. Drop a comment below if you’d like to see a food version of a costume idea list (even though Halloween 2017 is tomorrow).

21/9/15

I found this crappy poem saved as a note on my phone and thought I’d post it. Not gonna bother with a continue reading link.

i am an ocean
filled with the salt of tears
waiting to spill
on your shores
when the winds persuade me
and the currents deep in my heart
are ready to purge my sorrows 

i am a forest
made whole by a complexity of different systems 
burn me down
i’ll grow again

i am the city 
roads, lights, secrets,
peer into my windows 
see my purpose 
hear my calm

i am the sky
listen to the whisper i put into the wind
feel it low, feel it high

i am the dirt
step all over me
i support you from my core 

Reasons to look your best at university.

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Throwback to 2014. My best friend Saira took this photo and I took some of her. I was really into OOTD stuff back then. 🙂

Following the last post which was my first submission to the student newspaper at UWS, here is my second submission the next year that also made the cut. I wrote about fashion at university because I thought it suited the university publication, but most of it is still relevant to TAFE or work environments. This one isn’t available on the Cruwsible site.

I remember I loved creating outfits and uni was a place I went to frequently and could make myself look ‘put-together’ for. I found this secluded brick wall at Bankstown campus I loved ‘posing’ and taking OOTD pictures at. My girlfriends at uni called it “Sabrina’s wall” and it became a thing to our group to take photos there and chill when we were together. If you crawl through earlier posts you might discover photos from that location, if I haven’t successfully removed all my old fashion posts. 

Everyone has their own approach to dressing for university. For school-leavers especially, after a long era of uniforms it’s a nice way to express oneself through their wardrobe. Students of all ages however should make an effort to dress for uni. It’s nice to make yourself presentable for uni because in a way it shows your lecturers and tutors that you respect them and that you take your place of study seriously. To quote the American fashion designer Tom Ford: “Dressing well is a form of good manners.” Continue reading “Reasons to look your best at university.”

Fanfiction: immersion in existing works from readers and writers

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Hi all, this is one of the first articles I submitted in my undergrad to the student newspaper (named Cruwsible at the time) about FanFiction. This piece won me first prize in the publication’s first ever writing competition. I remember writing a lot more at the time, but reducing it to fit the submission guidelines. I wanted to share it here as well. It can also be read on the publication site -> here. I remember sending it to the editor with the title “Literachore” thinking I was making a hilarious joke about worldbuilding. I love a good pun, and even a bad one.

I accidentally and luckily discovered fanfiction back in 2006. Fanfiction is, as its name indicates, fictional writings by fans. Fanfiction can be based upon television shows, novels, video games, graphic novels, plays, films, and even historical figures and celebrities. The stories can utilise the pre-existing characters, situations, and settings of fictional worlds in a variety of ways. The stories can have a great deal or very little in common with the canon of their chosen fandom (fanatic domain). Continue reading “Fanfiction: immersion in existing works from readers and writers”

Online Gaming – an investigation

Online gaming has been around for decades and has transformed a lot in that time. These games can be partially or entirely played on the internet with the aid of a computing device or other console devices that allows the user to connect to a server. The transformation of online gaming mirrors the way computing itself has changed over the years as technology was improved. This paper (yes another piece of homework from me) will aim to clarify the historical and artistic context of online gaming, business, as well as what impacts the medium of gaming has had with other digital and interactive media. Continue reading “Online Gaming – an investigation”