Cooking Makes Life Glorious

There are many benefits to cooking your own food. One of which is controlling the nutrition levels that you consume. Another that I wish to discuss is the sheer satisfaction of eating something that you cooked and that tastes wonderful. I had one of these lovely experiences this past weekend making cheesecake. If you have read my previous posts, you know that I have had interesting experiences trying to make certain foods, cheesecake included. This weekend I made a version that was extremely satisfying.

I am not sure why I decided on making a cheesecake but perhaps I wanted a dessert to celebrate. Regardless, the previous weekend I had bought a spring-form pan as well as a couple of used hand mixers. Although, I didn’t actually use either of the hand mixers for the cheesecake. This cheesecake had a normal graham cracker crust. Side note: I believe that the closest thing to graham crackers in the UK are called digestive biscuits. The filling only required four ingredients: cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and lemon juice. Yes, that lemon juice is noticeable in the final taste. I admit that I am not super fond of the cheesecake plain. However, the recipe I used, which was on the back of the graham cracker box, did require pie filling or fresh fruit. Personally, I ended up using the mix of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries that I had sitting in my freezer. I originally intended the mix for smoothies and some of it might be used for that purpose but I have to say that it was ideal for this purpose. I put the mix into a non-stick pan and cooked the berries with a couple tablespoons of sugar. Which leads me to the result.

Little is more pleasing than a cold dessert in hot weather. What is even greater is the combination of a cheesecake with a triple berry sauce. The fact that I made both was lovely. The result is displayed with this post. I hope that I do not sound like I am bragging. I simply wish to express the bliss I feel when I take a bit of my homemade cheesecake. It was definitely easier to make since I decided to get cream cheese spread rather than the blocks. Basically it means that I had the cream cheese already beaten to a softer consistency. But that is not the point.

Until I started experimenting with lovely foods, mostly desserts, I really didn’t understand the sheer satisfaction there is in making something new that turns out to be absolutely wonderful. I don’t know if you can call it a sense of pride but the sense of accomplishment is heady. Making food that gives you that sense of accomplishment is a rather low-cost way of doing so. If you use simple ingredients and fail, well you didn’t invest too much but if you succeed then the result is so much better than the cost of the ingredients. This theory does translate into other areas of life as well. The cost of what you need to get started is mostly important when you fail. It means far less when you have succeeded in creating something that you have never tried before. For me, this was my first baked cheesecake. For you, this may be something else entirely. What food or activity have you felt that sense of accomplishment? Have you felt a sense of bliss or pleasure when eating something that you made? What was it? Please answer below with your comments and thanks for reading.

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