Marvelous Marble Cheesecake Recipe!

Last night I hosted a Pre Shavuot evening for ladies. We heard an inspiring Shiur on the 'Spirituality of Shavuot' from Rebbetzin Chanee Shlomo of the Sinai Academy in Cape Town, a hands on talk by florist Manon from Okasie Flower Shop in Stellenbosch who showed creative ways of presenting flowers and I gave a Marble Cheesecake demo. We also explained the deeper significance behind the custom of eating dairy on Shavuot and decorating the Synagogue with flowers. A quick thought on the flowers: According to tradition G-d miraculously adorned Mount Sinai (situated in the desert) with beautiful flowers in celebration of the giving of the Torah. This reminds us that in life if one feels lost in a Spiritual wilderness, through the study and observance of the Torah one transforms that Spiritual emptiness into a blooming garden of flowers; bringing beauty, direction and meaning to one's life.    

Now while I don't usually eat dairy I don't  mind observing the custom on Shavuot and having a bite - in general I go by the 80/20 rule, and this marvelous marble cheesecake recipe will have your Shavuot guests begging for a second portion!

It is super easy and shouldn't take you more than 15 minutes to prepare.

Here's the recipe:

Crust:

    3/4 cup coconut oil

    3/4 cup brown sugar

    1 egg

    1 tsp custard powder

    1/2 tsp vanilla essence

    1/2 tsp baking powder   

Mix all ingredients together and spray a Pyrex dish and press dough in the bottom and sides of the dish to form a base.

Filling:

    3 containers of smooth cottage cheese / cream cheese

    1 cup brown sugar

    2 whisked eggs

    1 lemon squeezed

    1 tsp vanilla essence

    pinch of salt

    1 tablespoon cocoa

Mix all ingredients together except for the cocoa and leave 1/3 of the batter in the bowl and add the rest into your dish.

Add 1 tablespoon of cocoa to 1/3 cup of batter and pour along the centre of your dish.

Ypu can use a knife or toothpick to design your marble cheese cake.

Bake at 150 c for an hour or into cupcake holders for 45 minutes.

Enjoy!

Wishing you a meaningful and inspring Shavuot!

Dressing Denim!

 

On my recent visit to Joberg I stopped by the 'Star Showroom’ to see their winter 2016 collection. Having recently moved to the 'Emperor' in Sandton , this stunning boutique offers great fashion brands like Minimal Threads, One Teaspoon, the 5th, Cameo, Keepsake and Finders Keepers. They have a variety of trendy modest clothing on offer from brilliant basics to knits, jackets and great pieces for layering.

I found this comfy versatile denim dress (I couldn’t leave empty handed!) which comes in a few different styles. To check out their full range - by appointment only - contact Taryn Hoffman on 082 853 0477. The address is 8 West Road South Sandton. You won’t be disappointed!

SPECIAL: Mention Rabbis Wife and you’ll get 15% off your purchase!

It was great spending time over Pesach with my brother Yisroel aka Izzi who lives in Melbourne and is a great photographer. Before I headed to the airport back to Cape Town he took a few shots of me in the garden wearing the dress (which was great for travelling!). To see why Izzi’s photography has become so popular check out his website www.izzinizm.com or on Facebook. Those of you living in Melbourne, I’m jealous that you have him on your doorstep - he is uber talented and can do stunning family portraits as well as all types of Simchas.