I do not know who started this tag, but undoubtedly everyone on Facebook has certainly been tagged at least once for the "25 Random Things About Me" Facebook note. It seems to have spread across the social networking sphere like wild fire. I am surprised at the way people are prolifically passing this note along with such intimate details about their lives. Apparently Facebook reported that nearly 5 million notes were created by its users in one week!
While I have been enjoying the voyeurism of reading several of theses notes and I have been tagged quite a few times by my buddies on Facebook, it is my die-hard belief that no one will actually get to know the juicy and interesting stuff about me in a random note. Furthermore, I have more than 25 things that makes me the interesting person I think I am and by reading a simple random list of things about someone I cannot consider them as my friend - unless I knew them better before the note!
After having read, in some cases, very personal stuff about my Facebook buddies I did in that instance feel close to them. In one case I actually even cried at the touching details, but walking away I still could not say I felt that they were my friends. Simply because I just did not know them.
After being tagged several times I finally decided to share a few random things about me - they are to be taken with a pinch of salt and trust me the really juicy stuff is not on this list. One day when we really get to know each other and our friendship evolves you will find out those juicy things about me.
- My mother put me in a boarding school at the age of 10 (or so). After 2 days she returned to take me home! It was a elite boarding school where getting accepted was rather difficult but after the entire process of getting set up, buying stuff etc. she could not stand to part from me and to everyone's surprise she came back and took me back home. Thanks mum!
- I am a bit of a crazy girl. At school I was nicknamed "MadMets" by my friends because I was always thinking up of mad ideas and doing mad things. I know a genius is born to be mad but my ideas were not always good and sometimes got me into trouble.
- I have trouble concentrating on something for too long. My dad used to play chess with me to train my concentration. Although today I do sometimes get bored and loose concentration with things, I have found a few methods that help me get back on track.
- I hate bigots! I once got a can of Fanta poured over my head by a bunch of English kids at school because I am Indian. I was 12! It was the first and the last time that someone ever was racist towards me! After that I became very aggressive when faced with such racists comments or by such bigots.
- I am very very sarcastic! To the point my sarcasm can hurt people's feelings!
- I have an enormous willpower. Many people who know me well actually say that if I truly believe in something, my mental strength subconsciously makes me and all those around me react to a situation in such a way that I change the outcome. At the age of 1 1/2 years my dad was leaving Bombay for the US. I cried so hard that he missed his plane - that plane crashed!
- I believe in God - not really in religion. Although I am very proud to be a Sikh, it is only because I find that Sikhism is more liberal in its teachings, which very much fits into my belief. Religion has become an idiotic means for people to shed too much blood!
- The older I get the less patient I get! Why is that?
- I used to smoke. Started at 16 and stopped at 25!
- My grandfather (mum's dad) was my idol!
- Sometimes my heart is still stuck in the 80s. My all time favorite movie is The Breakfast Club and I still get excited when I hear Duran Duran.
- Tom is the love of my life. I hit the jackpot when I married him!
- I went to Hotel Management School and trained as a Hotel Management Trainee at the Sheraton Doha. Food & Beverage was my favorite but also the toughest department.
- I once ate garlic snails! They were delicious but I would never eat them again because I still find the thought of eating snails extremely yucky!
- Tom says I snore! I, of course, do not believe him!
- Soeren is the most precious to me and I can put my hand in the fire for him without even a second thought.
- I seemed to have been a bit of an exhibitionist at a young age. I was always running away without any clothes on. At the age of 4 my grandmother was getting me ready for a bath. As she left the room to get my clothes I disappeared. After about an hour they found me butt naked playing on the roof of our neighbors house. There are a lot of stories like this one!
- When I am bored I twirl a lock of hair around my finger.
- I have a fetish for expensive shoes and handbags.
- I am an organization freak. I find that I can function better and more efficiently when I have organized my day to perfection.
- Even though I plan everything to the last detail I am still quite spontaneous - however, while I am being spontaneous, I am still planning each detail in my head!
- I was 2 years old when I flew alone for the first time.
- I lived in a hotel for the first 2 years of my life. (I've lived in hotels for several years in my life!)
- I am my own worst critic!
- I took guitar lessons from the age of 8 to 10 - but I cannot play the instrument anymore. I really regret it now!
I am presuming that some of you are ready with your freshly made lemon curd from earlier this week and eager to see what we'll be making with it. Here it is - soft quark cheesecake squares topped with tart lemon curd. These were soft little delightful bites I made a little while back for a little tea gathering I was attending. They were a huge hit and very different to the usual cheesecake style desserts.
I chose quark rather than cream cheese because I thought it would complement the tangy aroma of the lemon curd perfectly. Both lemon curd and quark are deliciously creamy but both offer a slightly different tangy note. To finish off the perfect bite a sensational nutty crunch of the buttery digestive biscuits. As you can imagine I had the ladies and the tea party eating out of my hands!
Monthly Mingle Extended Deadline
The Monthly Mingle Caribbean Cooking deadline has been extended to Friday 13th March. I am hoping you will find a few exciting flavors and creations to bring along to our beach party. To inspire you here are a few great ideas:
You can easily send your entries using the all new Monthly Mingle Form, which is super easy and guarantees that your submission will not get lost in my spam folder ;-)
Recipe: Quark Cheesecake Squares with Lemon Curd
Printable version of recipe here.
150 - 200g digestive biscuits
500g fresh quark, substitute with cream cheese
1 cup lemon curd recipe
60g unsalted butter, melted
150g granulated sugar
Zest and juice from 2 organic lemons
- Butter a 20x20 cm square spring form baking pan then line with baking paper. Heat the oven to 165 degrees C.
- Place the digestive biscuits in a food processor and process until finely ground. Pour the melted butter and continue to pulse until the mixture resembles damp sand. Transfer the mixture into the prepared pan and using a flat bottomed metal bowl, firmly press into the baking pan until even. Set aside.
- In the cleaned bowl of the food processor combine quark, sugar. lemon juice and zest and pulse until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl and pulse for a further few seconds.
- Add the eggs and process until the mixture is very smooth and creamy, about 20-30 seconds. Scrape the sides and pulse a few more times.
- Pour the quark mixture into the pan. Bake for about 40-45 minutes until the center is dry to touch and the sides are puffed.
- As soon as the quark cheesecake comes out of the oven pour the prepared lemon curd over the quark. Smooth out the lemon curd evenly with an offset spatula.
- Allow to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate overnight.
- To serve cut the quark cheesecake with a sharp serrated knife into squares.
Food Guide Tips:
Incredibly good and unbelievably delectable. The lemon curd on its own is a true pleasure for me but enjoyed with soft, creamy quark and crispy biscuit base it becomes pleasurable indulgence. Perfect for tea parties and picnics.
You might like these lemon and lime treats from WFLH:
|Lemon Meringue Pie||Lime Brûlée||Lemon Tuiles|
Cheesecake from around the blogs:
- Upside Down Honey Cheesecakes – Rosa’s Yummy Yums
- Cheesecake Bites with Kaluha Chocolate Ganache Drizzle – The Review Lady
- Frozen Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake – Cafe Johnsonia
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