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” It is not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to”   Jean-Luc Godard

Today, I read two blogs written by my two sons, the nomadic Chef and The artist and being the proudest mom ever, I like to share it to you all!    on the/edge

with all my love,




Weekly photo challenge: humanity

A friday walk with my camera..Jeddah KSA








Home baked Cheesecake Challenge : Flavour # 42 Nectarine with Peaches and Cream Cheesecake

Countdown..9 to Flavour no. 42 Nectarine with Peaches and Cream Cheesecake

flavour # 42 Nectarine with peaches and cream Cheesecake

flavour # 42 Nectarine with peaches and cream Cheesecake

This friday is a well spent day with my friends ,I did an extra cake , a sponge cake with pineapple,orange and banana flavour ,I used Cheese and butter cream frosting on top. I also practice how to pipe but unfortunately the cake gave in. I guess it was too soft and the icing is quite heavy. that’s only my guess :-)

a beautiful start cheese and butter cream frosting

a beautiful start
cheese and butter cream frosting

Anyhow, my friends and I ate the cake and cheesecakes with delight and laughter. The cheesecake is perfect in taste and texture…must be! considering this is my 42nd flavour.. I’m down to eight more.. more push!

Nectarine with peaches and cream Cheesecake

Nectarine with peaches and cream Cheesecake

I combined the puree of fresh nectarine with the cheese mixture and top it with sour cream and peaches.

I also added a heart-shaped nectarine inside the cheesecake and look who got the first heart?

first nectarine heart

first nectarine heart

Is this a paid advertisement? hahaha whatever it is, he is all into it :-)

And our new taster of the day!

hmmm nice smile!

hmmm nice smile!

You see, even though the cheesecake haven’t reach her palate yet, she is already in full smile!

and my ever loyal friends who survives my cheesecake challenge, thanks goodness, we’re not putting that much weight!!

I think cheesecake diet works wonder :-)

cheesecake diet works wonder!

cheesecake diet works wonder!

ladies and who?

ladies and who?

my ever loyal friends!

were all ready to rumble!

were all ready to rumble!

with all my mishap in the kitchen, good thing to know, I kept my friends or should I say …maybe they just don’t have much choices?




Home baked Cheesecake Challenge : Flavour #41 Dates and walnut Cheesecake

The end is near for the last 10 flavours of  Cheesecake Challenge! Countdown begins now…

Flavour #41 Dates and walnut Cheesecake (food for the gods)

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Huh! What a way to start the countdown.. cheesecake for the gods :-) this recipe is a combination of dates, walnut and cheese for which it is commonly called ” food for the gods”. I am not sure why and how the cake got its name but let me guess. Dates and walnuts are not common in the Philippines, hence, it’s quite expensive to make it.Gods, may denote rich and famous people. Back then, It was only for the rich and famous who can afford to have this kind of cake, middle class people tried to have it at least during special occasion like Christmas. Well, this is my theory of how this cake got the name” food for the Gods”. Am I making sense?

Alright let’s add cheese to the lavish and rich ingredients of this cake, tailored for the King and Queen as well hahaha, kidding aside, this cheesecake is deliciously rich! Try it and maybe you might say, its heaven! :-)

Flavour # 41 Dates and walnut Cheesecake

Flavour # 41 Dates and walnut Cheesecake

Saudi Arabia is the homeland of Date palm trees.It is a must to break their fast during Ramadan with dates and water. There are about 300 types of dates in Saudi Arabia. Oh! let’s not get into detail, let’s bake cheesecake!



For a more beautiful presentation of cheesecake for the gods, I choose a different baking pan, so my cheesecake will look like a “chess” board.

date paste

dates paste


Cake base

1 1/4 cups cake flour

1 cup date paste

1 cup walnuts, chopped

1 cup unsalted butter

1 cup dark brown sugar

3 pcs eggs

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

Cheese filling:

2 pks (300 g each) Philadelphia cream cheese

3/4 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup whipping cream


Pre heat oven Gas mark # 3

Cream butter until fluffy, add sugar slowly while mixing at medium speed. Add eggs one at a time, continue until thoroughly mix. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients, add it to the butter mixture. Add dates and walnuts, continue beating until well combined.

In a separate bowl, combine cheese and sugar,(i used rubber spatula) add egg one at a time. Continue mixing,add sour cream and whipping cream. Mix well until smooth.

spray the pan with butter.

Place the cake batter at the outer part and the cheese batter at the inner side. Repeat the other way on the second set.

Bake for 40 minutes. Let it cool for another hour before decorating.

Serving suggestions:

top with dates and nuts

top with dates and nuts

gorgeous combination

gorgeous combination

heavenly  good

heavenly good

deliciously insane

deliciously insane

Ladies, this cheesecake is for the King and Queen!  Please try and enjoy the lavish treat! :-)



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Home baked Cheesecake Challenge: Flavour # 40 Fig(s) Cheesecake

Yay! it’s the 40th cheesecake, I’m down to only ten cheesecake!

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I like to bake something that is not popular at the market, indeed,it was hard to find fresh fig at the supermarket here! I know there’s dry figs everywhere but I like to use the fresh one with my 40th cheesecake. I was airing my problem to my consultant and he’s kind of …

you’re crazy! why doing all of these cheesecakes! ( nope, there was no eyes movement but I saw some faint smile on his lips)

aha! I think you know where I can find fresh fig? don’t you?

he chuckled !

Oh! please only few pieces will do!


end of conversation…I’m smiling..he is smiling and you’re smiling..I know!

“Fig Cheesecake” the 40th flavour of my cheesecake challenge!

Flavour #40 - Fig Cheesecake

Flavour #40 -
Fig Cheesecake



6 pcs digestive biscuits (crushed)

1/2 cup almond meal

3 tbsp sugar

3 tbsp butter


1 (300g) Light Philadelphia cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup sour yogurt

1/3 cup whipping cream

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

pink violet food colour (optional)

1 tbsp flour

3 pcs figs


Fig puree (3 pcs figs,1/3 cup water and 1tsp cornstarch)

fresh fig fruit cut according to your style

fresh fig on top

fresh fig on top


Pre heat oven Mark Gas #3

Mix biscuits, almond meal and sugar, add butter and mix thoroughly. Press into the pan (any size will do). Set aside.

Mix cream cheese and sugar, add yogurt, vanilla,whipping cream and eggs. Beat at medium speed, add food colour and small pieces of cut fig fruit and flour. Mix thoroughly until smooth. Pour into the prepared crust and baked for 45 minutes if using mini pan. Let it cool before chilling. Chill for 4 hours or overnight. Top with fig puree and cut fresh fruit.

mini fig cheesecake for individual serving

mini fig cheesecake for individual serving

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Ladies, this cheesecake is very light and not too sweet, good for an afternoon tea with friends. Just for the record, I gave my consultant a small slice of this mini cheesecake, like a teaspoon in size (just for a taste) and he still uttered the word “crazy” :-) hahaha I know he likes it! Maybe I should just name this as “crazy cheesecake” ;-)






Weekly Photo Challenge – dialogue

Sisters are different flower from the same garden :-)


Home baked Cheesecake Challenge : Flavour # 39 Cinnamon roll Cheesecake

Seriously, I am running out of ideas what to include in this challenge but knowing myself.. I don’t accept excuses, I like to challenge myself to learn something new , soon I will be fifty-five.., life is getting shorter ( is it?) but more meaningful, getting more beautiful and interesting. I thought life at fifty and beyond will be boring but not for me! at least not to my interest :-)

Searching for more recipes to twist, I came across “” her cinnamon roll cheesecake looks so appetising …

I got interested and tried. The direction was tedious for me, because I didn’t have enough time to do it as a I still have to go back to work. Nevertheless, it turned out ok, not so bad my best friend like it hahaha why I called her best friend for nothing? just kidding!

If you like to watch the video and find out the recipe here’s the add:

Flavour no. 39 Cinnamon roll Cheesecake

Flavour no. 39
Cinnamon roll Cheesecake


mini version

mini version

mini cinnamon roll cheesecake

mini cinnamon roll cheesecake

Ladies, wondering how many kilo did I put on my weight?  Well…. 2 kilo!, I’m sure when I’m done with this challenge, I can’t fit in into my jeans but it’s alright we’re beautybeyondfifty , everything goes!  Enjoy while we can ;-)



Home baked Cheesecake Challenge: Flavour no. 38 Chestnut Cheesecake

What cheesecake will you try this time? My friend started to mention..cherry,raspberry,mango, chocolate etc. ..done!

I already tried 37 flavours and did some Filipino and Arabic twist also like kanafah,baklava,Ube,bibingka,sweet potato…then suddenly she said ..”Chestnut “…hmmm, it taste like sweet potato, isn’t it?

Well, try.. and let us know!

Alright,why not? Where will I get Chestnut?

Suddenly , I remember my trip to Luzern, Switzerland, at the end of the Chapel bridge there’s a small stall called ..Heissi Marroni, I was new to the place and it was raining and cold,I wonder about the name, agh… I can’t resist the urge :-) this little stall are great to sidle up in cold days,like a blast of warmth,to reinvigorate frozen bone and what could be a big bonus? having heissi maronni, yes! ..roasted chestnut …nice!

As expected I didn’t find any chestnut at the supermarket here in Jeddah, so I went to sweet shop and bingo!


Honey chestnut

Flavour no. 38 – Chestnut Cheesecake


Flavour no. 39 Chestnut Cheesecake

Flavour no. 38 Chestnut Cheesecake



12 pcs. Digestive biscuits (crushed)

1/3 cup roasted coconut flakes

3 tbsp. butter

1 tbsp sugar


2 (300g) Philadelphia Cream Cheese

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk

1/2 cup plain yoghurt

1/2 cup whipping cream

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup chopped honey walnuts


orange marmalade

honey walnuts



Pre heat oven Gas mark # 3

Combine biscuits,coconut flakes,sugar and butter. Mix it together and press onto the springform pan (any size will do).

Set aside.

Cream the cheese, add sugar, eggs (one at a time ) beat at medium speed, combine yoghurt .whipping cream and vanilla. Add to the cheese mixture, mix thoroughly until smooth. Divide the batter into two part. Pour first part onto the prepared crust. Add the walnuts and top it with the remaining batter.

Bake for 1 hr (water bath), turn off the heat and open slightly the oven door, leave it for another 30 minutes, remove and let it cool for another 2 hours . Chill for 4 hours, preferably overnight.

Serving Suggestions:

with honey walnut and marshmallow

with honey walnut and marshmallow

i tried to roast the marshmallow with flame torch

i tried to roast the marshmallow with flame torch and this is what i got :-)

Happy birthday to me! hahaha free candle on top!

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Ladies, this is so sweet!  If your watching your weight , you can reduce the sugar to 3 tablespoon.

good luck!









Introducing my Nomadic Chef Kevin…way to go kevs! soon your dream will come true…small steps to success..simplicity and Honesty…good luck my son, God bless.

Originally posted on Nostalgia Knows:

I believe i have lost my sense in cooking. On how I should be cooking,

Ive spent the last two years trying to make something out of this passion. Something I keep on forgetting is that I cook because I enjoy cooking for others. The last two years was spent on trying to come up with some recipe that hasnt been heard of before. I didnt try to appeal to anyone really, more for myself but the constant battles with the number one critic is making it hard to find any satisfaction. Ive gained more satisfaction from serving homemade pizza to my friends than trying to serve something that didnt make any sense. 

I constantly try to make myself believe that i will be the crazy one. I shall have that random click that will make the norm boring. This is all good but i think i was going to…

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