Lockdown Recipes

Basic Vanilla Cheesecake

Basic Vanilla Cheesecake

This is a great basic baked cheesecake which uses ricotta cheese to create a light texture. A perfect dessert when topped with fresh berries
5 from 3 votes
Course Dessert


To make Filling

  • Tbsp cornflour
  • 1 ½ Tbsp water
  • 330 grams cream cheese softened
  • 500 grams ricotta
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla

To make Base

  • cup desiccated coconut
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ¼ cup caster sugar
  • 90 grams butter chopped


  • Preheat oven to 150 C
  • Make base- combine coconut, sugar flour and butter in a bowl. Rub with finger tips until a rough dough forms. Press in a lightly greased springform pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes
  • To make filling- combine cornflour and water to a make a paste. Place cheeses , eggs, sugar, cornflour paste and vanilla in a food processor and mix till smooth. Spoon into base tin and bake for 1 hour. Once the timer goes off , leave cake in closed oven for 1 hour to cool. Chill- best left overnight
  • Top with berries and a dusting of icing sugar

Charlie Brown Christmas special

Charlie Brown Christmas is a 1965 animated television special, and is the first TV special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. The program made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965.

It is a true North American Christmas classic and it always felt like Christmas when it came on TV.

Here is the original 1965 version – it has been broken down in 6 parts, possibly to correspond to TV ad? Actually I wish they would have left them in, how fun would it have been to see them though possibly disturbing with cigarette and alcohol ads in a kids show ; )


Arthur Umanoff

Arthur Umanoff was an American designer who studied at Pratt Institute in the 1950’s

His very first furniture designs were produced by Post Modern Ltd a company he was a partner in in the early 50’s. At the very start of his career he was involved in all phases of the design process from concept to prototyping and use testing through to merchandising and marketing.

These Post Modern Ltd designs were marketed and distributed by Elton, along with work by Tony Paul. In 1954 he started designing for Shaver Howard producing the Wrought Iron and Wooden Slat chairs, tables bars and bar carts for which he is best known. He will continue designing for Shaver Howard through to the 70’s.


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