Before last night I had never heard of chocolate popcorn cheesecake, let alone tasted its tantalising delights.
Perhaps it’s a common delicacy in other parts of this world? Maybe I’ve had my head in the clouds when it came to cheesecake varieties, but I've never noticed it in the supermarket or on a restaurant dessert menu before last night. However, this has all changed. Chocolate popcorn cheesecake is now topping my favourite list of desserts!
It was my fathers birthday yesterday. 74 years young. And if I do say so myself, I think he could be mistaken for someone ten years younger. He keeps his mind and body active with walks, gardening, chess games, language tapes, and he plays the saxophone in a jazz band. Oh and he still works, he has a stock taking business, which means he excels in mathematics.
Academically my father is the complete opposite to me. Maths, languages and musical ability are not my strong points. Personality wise I would say I can be the mirror image of him, but unfortunately I can not speak fluent French and German or make any kind of recognisable noise with a musical instrument (apart from being able to play Kum Ba Ya on the piano).
I’d like to think I have inherited some of my mothers creativity. My mother is known for her floral art classes, china painting, copper and pewter designs and dough craft. And we once attended a calligraphy course together.
Between my mother and father there is a fairly big age gap, but my mum often jokes that my dads health and vitality puts hers to shame. Except for his mild case of diabetes, which he controls with his diet, he is in tiptop health for a 74 year old - touch wood!
(Unfortunately my family are riddled with diabetes, both parents have been diagnosed with it, my grandmother had to take insulin injections due to it and my great grandfather had his leg amputated as a result of it. I sincerely hope diabetes does not catch me up, injecting and amputation is not something I want to comprehend.)
Anyway, back to the cheescake. Last night I took my parents out for a meal at a local, family orientated restaurant. It has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, with an open kitchen where you can see your fish / chicken / steak in the grilling process. And the legendary salad cart, with many tasty options and combinations, which you can help yourself to as many times as you like. My salad bowl was overflowing with all sorts of salad bits, but I decided one overflowing bowl was enough thanks.
For my main course I ordered the garlic and mushroom pasta, with garlic bread. Whoa betide any vampires who wanted to track me down. Garlic must have been oozing out of my pores at the end of the evening.
My father ordered a bottle of chardonnay to compliment our meal. And then my mother and I’s taste buds began to work over time when we read the words chocolate popcorn cheesecake.
“I have to try it!” said I, hardly being able to contain my excitement.
“I’ll have to try some of yours,” said my mother. Her heart was set on the upside down pineapple cake, but she was intrigued about this new dessert.
It did not disappoint. Heavenly chocolate and cream smothered the popcorn and cheesecake base, with a swirl of refreshing vanilla ice-cream on the side. Not a crumb was left remaining on my plate. I was one satisfied customer.
For your viewing, I remembered to take a picture, before the demolishing began.
Picture of the day:
Chocolate popcorn cheesecake.