What a week it has been, and I have so much to write about. Starting is always the hardest part. Well, rag is over, and as with every performance there is an inevitable sense of emptiness that follows in the days after. It's bittersweet, really. But I couldn't ask for any better way to end this 8 month holiday.
I kinda can't believe just how quickly 8 months flew by. SJII days feel like a lifetime ago, although it hasn't actually been that long. In these 8 months, I've held two cafe jobs - and I am glad that I had the experience working in f&b. I feel as though working in the service industry is something that everyone should go through at least once when they're young. It really exposes you to different types of people and you do pick up some people skills along the way. I think I've become more outgoing since working in the cafes - at the very least, I'm a lot more open to talking to strangers.
I've also interned in a law firm, an internship I initially undertook to "experience boring CBD life" but eventually opened me up to the possibility of actually doing law and led to me being where I am today. I've travelled, both to new places and revisited some old ones with some of my favourite people. I've written for a website (which I need to get around to updating soon), explored, embarked on a little film project, baked, and ate a lot. And to cap it off, I ended my holiday doing the one thing I swore that I would never do - rag. But that's a story for another post.
Looking back, it feels as though I haven't done or achieved much with the time I had. But I do feel that I've learnt quite a bit, and I've also grown in certain ways - which is something, I guess. We will always feel like we could have done more, anyway. I've also come to realise that everything is part of a journey, and the passing of time doesn't necessarily have to close doors. School begins tomorrow, and it's the real deal - I'm starting the day with a torts lecture, to be followed by an SLIC class. In a way, I'm thankful for rag as it's gotten me used to going to school on a regular basis, so going to school tomorrow doesn't feel like such a jump from my lazy holiday life. School hours are about the same as rag's anyway, just that what I'll be doing will be vastly different. I am equal parts terrified and excited.
This past National Day weekend has been so busy and exciting; spent with both new and old friends. I'm really glad that my sjii cru got to meet up during this weekend before us girls start uni and the guys continue with their NS stuff! It was so much fun catching up and watching the parade with them, laughing at the most retarded things and eating pizza and playing lots of bridge. It's hard to get all of us to meet up together, so it was nice that we almost had full attendance. Although we're all in different stages of life, I'm thankful that we're still close and when we meet, it really feels like nothing has changed at all and it just takes me right back.
So I promised one of my friends that I would bake him a birthday cake a month ago (his birthday was almost a month ago), and as he was coming, I decided to bake a cookie butter cheesecake with an oreo base! My sisters who tried the cake said that it probably would have gone better with a digestive base, so feel free to substitute the oreos with digestive biscuits! I would have used lotus/biscoff cookies but somehow the pack I bought a few weeks ago went missing. Probably disappeared into someone's stomach.
I didn't have sour cream on hand at home, so I substituted whipping cream in for it. One has to make do with what one has! It added the same amount of creaminess to the cheesecake, so the texture was just nice but the cake lacked the tang that sour cream tends to provide. I should have probably added a bit of lemon juice to make up for it, and to balance the sweetness of the cookie butter. A few tweaks here and there could really make all the difference. But it was still a creamy dream, especially with the addition of the luscious cookie butter.
Cookie Butter Cheesecake
✿ 18 oreos, crushed in a blender/food processor
✿ 45g butter, melted
✿ 400g cream cheese, softened
✿ 60g granulated sugar
✿ 100ml whipping cream (1/2 cup)
✿ 1 tsp vanilla extract
✿ 2 eggs
✿ 120g cookie butter, heated in a microwave on medium heat for 30s
Preheat your oven to 162 degrees celsius. Liberally grease the cake pan all around with butter. (note: I used an 8" cake pan for this as I had left my springform pan at my friend's.)
For the crust: Mix the crushed oreos and melted butter together, and pat it down onto the base of the cake pan. Bake for about 7 minutes.
For the cake: Start by creaming the cream cheese and sugar in an electric mixer on medium-high for about 3 minutes. Add your whipping cream and vanilla extract, and continue until well-blended. Add the eggs one at a time, adding each additional egg after the previous one has been blended in. Pour the mixture into the cake pan, atop the oreos. Dollop the cookie butter onto the cake and using a chopstick, swirl to make some nice patterns hehe.
Bake in your preheated oven for 55 minutes, preferably in a water bath to reduce the likelihood of your cheesecake cracking. Let it cool in the oven for a few minutes before taking it out to cool even more! Best served the next day, after chilling in the fridge overnight.
To everyone starting school today, have a great first day x