Earlier this week I walked in on Sam watching a repeat of that most educational and inspiring of programmes, ‘Man vs Food’. For those who don’t know, ‘Man vs Food’ was aired a few years ago and involved the presenter, Adam Richman, visiting verified ‘pig out’ restaurants in America to sample super-sized and super-calorific comfort food. He then takes on an eating challenge of some sort- eat a 4lb super burger in thirty minutes, eat a five-foot wide pizza covered in every topping you can think of, that kind of thing.
I always tell Sam off for allowing himself to be taken in by such drivel. After all, such a programme glorifies over-eating and unhealthy obsession with calorie-laden and artery-clogging junk food. Sam claims it’s good to watch it with your dinner because, no matter what you’re eating, it can’t be as bad for you as what’s on the TV! I on the other hand think it’s obscene to fantasise over the sort of food which may be a guilty pleasure but just cannot, cannot be good for you.
However…fast forward a day or so and I just happen to come across an old photo of one of my most favourite puddings. My infamous easy-peasy, couldn’t get it wrong if you tried strawberry cheesecake. We used to make it regularly. Like our own mini version of Man vs Food, a complete comfort eat whose nutritional value is questionable- but boy did it taste good.
Now, over the last couple of years, I went on a complete health kick, lost two stone and banished such things from our lives. But suddenly on seeing this photo, I realised that I was no longer on such a health kick, being pregnant and all, and barely eating enough as it is. So surely it wouldn’t be so bad if I were to make the cheesecake again as a little treat to us both?
I showed Sam the photo, which had the desired effect and we made tracks to Tescos to get all the ingredients.
So, it would be totally unfair of me to post a photo stuffing my face without giving you the recipe. Since writing this post I have since stuffed myself stupid with cheesecake and it was unbelievably amazing. I did though employ Sam’s photography skills, to take some photos of the making process.
It really is so simple and can be made within ten minutes if that.
The ingredients and measurements below are for 4 relatively small, “normal” people sized portions. I, however, double everything and split between the two of us.
We are cheesecake fiends!!!
- one big punnet of strawberries
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- 4 digestive biscuits
- 100g cream cheese at room temperature
- 2 tbsps icing sugar
- 125ml double cream
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- half a tsp vanilla extract
- 4 small glasses (to serve cheesecake in)
What desserts really get your taste buds going?