Tuesday, August 19, 2014

second-time bride: little black dresses

It's definitely not a traditional choice, but why not get married in a fabulous LBD?  Aside from the fact that we're getting married at one o'clock in the afternoon, I can't think of any good reason to not go for classic Audrey Hepburn style Breakfast at Tiffany's retro glam!

Here are my top little black wedding dress contenders, nearly all of them lack designer pedigree, but does the perfect little black dress need a pedigree?

Little Black Wedding Dress
This dress screams, "Holly Golightly..."  I might even need a tiara for this one!

Little Black Wedding Dress
Another no-name dress... doesn't it just ooze 50's glamour?

Little Black Wedding Dress 
A classic, no-name LBD...

Valentino Wedding Dress 
It's a Valentino!

Little Black Wedding Dress
I saved my favorite for last...  a classic bombshell dress by Ermanno Scervino.

This is my final dress post.  We're headed to London tomorrow to visit our jeweler, to buy my wedding lingerie, and to have the dress fitted.  I won't tell you which dress I've chosen, but I will tell you it's one that I've posted, though not necessarily in this post :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

easy cheesecake

Robert asked for panini and cheesecake for his birthday dinner and since he took me to Lake Como, gave me a vintage diamond and sapphire ring, and asked me to be his wife for my birthday, I figured I should indulge him ;-)

I can do panini backwards in 140mm Louboutin stiletto heels, but I hadn't made a cheesecake in years.

Luckily I had made lots of cheesecakes once upon a time, so after I dealt with the fact that you can't get graham crackers in Denmark, I was pretty much in business.

I'm not a fan of fussy recipes.  I don't like cheesecake recipes that call for a complicated filling, a waterbath bake, or fancy sour cream topping.  I like simple cheesecake... a butter, sugar and graham cracker crust filled with cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla.

the crust
1 1/4 cups crushed digestive biscuits
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup melted butter

When I lived in the States, like most people, I used a crushed graham cracker crust. But I've never seen graham crackers in Denmark and I wasn't motivated to try to make my own, so I used digestive biscuits, which are the American expat go-to substitute in pretty much all graham cracker situations.

The crust is very straightforward... mix together the crushed biscuits and sugar, add the butter, stir to combine, then press the mixture into the bottom of a greased spring-form pan... I suggest also lining the bottom of the pan with parchment.

I pre-bake my crust at 175 degrees (350 fahrenheit).  If you're short on time, it's ok to skip this step, but it helps to prevent a soggy crust.

the filling
600g cream cheese
(approx. 24 oz)
3/4 cup sugar
1 t vanilla
3 eggs

It's best to start with room temperature ingredients. On the lowest possible speed, cream together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla.  If you whip too much air into the filling, it will crack during baking/cooling.  Add the eggs and mix just until it's all combined, then spread it into the cooled crust.

Bake it at 175 degrees (350 fahrenheit) for about 40 minutes.  It's done baking when there's a 2-3 inch bit in the middle that's unset.  At that point, turn off the oven, open the door and leave the cheesecake to cool in the open oven.  Cooling it gradually will make it less likely to crack or sink.

I've always made my cheesecake a day ahead of time so it can chill overnight for the best texture.  I take it out of the fridge 15 minutes or so before serving, and top it with macerated strawberries.
Loved by Robert, and enthusiastically Oik Approved :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

second-time bride: something blue


 Remember that Gucci dress?
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I hadn't considered blue, but isn't it a beautiful shade?
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