I went through happiness and tragedy during the last few days.
It was my sister's birthday last weekend. She planned to finish some of her personal goals - not coincidentally - on her birthday. So, my family and I decided to throw her a celebratory party for her birthday and accomplishments. I made cheesecakes and my mom made good food.
A few days later, my mother received devastating news. My beautiful grandmother passed away on Friday. It was a great loss in the family and I pray that she rests in peace.
|I love making cheesecakes. They're the one thing I can be sure to make and not mess up on!|
So, one hot evening, everybody decided they were going to call a "jinn." This is a Pakistani superstition in which if you put an upside down glass on a table in the middle of candles and cards, and chant these prayers, a demon will become trapped in the glass and answer all your questions. Only thing is, it really works! So, here I was, in the middle of some sort of ritual, shaking from fear. I couldn't tell anyone that I was scared 'cause then I'd be ridiculed. Halfway through it, I gave up. I left the room running and slid into my grandmother's bed where she was resting.
I don't remember the whole story, but I remember that when my grandmother saw me shaking, she became really angry. She went to the room my family was in and shouted at everyone, ordering them to stop their foolishness. I'm sure everyone was really angry at me - and some half relieved themselves - when she ended the fun, but I will always cherish the memory of how my grandmother cared so much about me.
|A personal cheesecake for my sister. She was drowning in cheesecakes that day.|
|A slice of lemon and mint for decoration|
|I made cheesetarts too! (Whatever those are)|
|Even though I made this many crusts...|
|I had enough leftover batter to make two more cheesecakes!|
|The cheesecake after everyone attacked it.|
The recipe I use to make cheesecake is my absolute favorite - The Ultimate Cheesecake Recipe.