A dessert to please the whole family

My brother and his family are coming tomorrow and Mom asked me to bring a cheesecake.  My first cheesecake thought is chocolate, but my brother isn’t a big chocolate fan (one of us is adopted I think).  So, I was searching for a cheesecake recipe that didn’t have chocolate and it just made me sad.
But then I had an idea.  A wonderful idea.

Here’s what I did; I made brownies in my cheesecake pan then I found a super easy no-bake cheesecake recipe and modified it to this;
1 (250g) pkg cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp sugar
1 cup of whipping cream, with 1/4 cup icing sugar, whipped to soft peaks
Beat the cream cheese with the sugar until it’s smooth and fluffy.  Fold in the whipped cream.  Spread the cheese mixture on top of the brownie.  Refrigerate overnight to let it firm up.

A classic topping is a can of cherry pie filling, but I’d rather make my own filling.  I bought a bag of frozen whole strawberries.  I put half of them in a small saucepan along with about 1/3 cup of water and 2 Tbsp brown sugar.  I let them simmer until they were soft, then I pureed them with my immersion blender.  Let the mixture simmer until it’s thickened.  You can thicken it with cornstarch if you like.  Meanwhile, I chopped the other half of the strawberries into large chunks.  Stir the strawberry chunks into the strawberry puree.  This would work with any frozen or fresh fruit.  Mangos, peaches or mixed berries would be delicious.

I will serve it tomorrow and post pictures and reviews from family members.

Fast food

 Ugh!  What a week!  What a day!  I’ve been tired and grouchy and stressed out.  And I’ve had a tummy ache for a day and a half.  With a night of studying ahead and a sore belly I wanted something light, healthy, easy and quick.  This was an experiment that went very well-I give me an A+.
First, I turned on the oven, then put my skillet on medium heat and added a splash of oil.
Then I threw in a handful of green beans right out of the freezer and about a tablespoon of curry.  If you don’t like curry, don’t be dissuaded-use whatever spice or spice combo you like or just salt and pepper.

 Then I added half a cup of rice.  I have Jasmine on hand, but basmati or long grain would work too, but not minute rice. 
I gave it a good stir to coat the rice in oil and coat everything in the curry.
Next I added a cup of water.  I wanted to add chicken broth but it’s frozen solid, so water it is, but you could use any liquid.
(idea!  add ginger when you put in the beans and use orange juice as your liquid)

 I put a frozen salmon fillet on top, added a little salt and put the lid on.  I put it in the oven at 350F and, since I didn’t really know what I was doing, checked it after 20 minutes.  It needed more time, so I set the timer for 10 minutes.  Next time I’ll check it at 25 minutes because the salmon was a touch on the dry side. 
Having said that, it was fantastic!  I like sauce so I added a little teriyaki I found in the fridge and it was a beautiful dinner.  There’s no reason you couldn’t bump it up a little and make it for 2 or 4.  You’d need a larger pan if you were doing 4 I think, but you can figure it out.

And look at the cleanup!  One pan and a rubber spatula.

I am a genius. 
Now to rock the accounting studying just as hard.

Enjoy!