It’s been a while, huh?
The last three months have been a bit rough. We had a few deaths and a bit of uncertainty that caused a lot of stress. Hopefully the Christmas and New Year period will give us all a chance to reset and come back in January feeling fresh and renewed.
I’ve also been at a bit of a cross roads with my blog recently. You see I decided to make a pretty massive change in my life. I joined Weight Watchers in September and to date I’ve lost around 10kg which is a really good amount of weight to lose. So far that’s meant restricting my dessert consumption and the gay abandon that I used in the past when it came to eating. I’ve decided to not this let get the better of my blogging though! So from now on you will start to see quite a few more health conscious recipes.
Obviously that does not mean exclusively salads and bliss balls because today’s recipe is a pizza.
Auckland has attracted a lot of famous and unconventional food outlets as of late. One of those outlets is Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tarts.
You’ll find it just opposite Aotea Square, nestled among a hive of churro, donburi and cookie stalls that are no wider than a metre. What sets Hokkaido apart from its neighbours? Firstly, it’s kitted out in cheerful yellow; the staff have the biggest smiles on the block and inside a large glass cabinet are the most beautiful tarts.
Urban List ran an article on these little discs of happiness not that long ago, warning Aucklanders to keep “your taste buds fuzzing”.
If you haven’t made it into the city to try these tarts yet, I would suggest you hurry on up.
For those of you who have never met me, let me give you some context. I am not a small woman. I mean that in the sense that I am tall (not excessively but definitely above average height) and I am round. While I have chubby arms and chubby thighs, it is my belly that offends people the most. It sticks out and wobbles when I walk. Sometimes it juts out at odd angles depending on how I position my body or what I’m wearing. In some outfits it makes me look like a mother-to-be. I know this because I have had questions about my due date from complete strangers in awkward situations.
I have had medical professionals shame me about my weight. I have had them suggest that a sore throat is somehow a symptom of obesity. There have been nurses who look at me strangely before asking me to remove my shoes when being weighed, as if this will make a sudden and miraculous difference of around 30kg.
In summary, I am fat.
I did a cheat’s guide to banoffee pie a little while ago and people loved it. I loved it. It was so easy to make and you can serve them at a moment’s notice. So I decided to do a couple of cheat’s guides to desserts that are super tasty and impressive but take little to no prep at all.
These pies are particularly good in summer for a dinner party because they don’t take long to cook and can be served with ice cream and loads of sauces. My husband ate his with no sauce. He pushed almost an entire half into his mouth and seems satisfied so I think the verdict was positive.
These pies can also be changed up a little bit with different fillings. You could pop some chocolate spread and banana inside or go for a savoury option like cranberry sauce and brie. The world is your oyster with these pies. They are so versatile and the best part is that you don’t need to mess around with pastry. After all, no one is going to complain about store bought pastry. And if they do? They don’t deserve dessert anyway.