My Beautiful Bahrain & a No-Bake Blackberry Cheesecake

5th of May, 2012, is a date that shall go down as one of the most defining days of my life. This day, a book was launched by the Bahrain Writers’ Circle, called My Beautiful Bahrain.  I am one of the co-authors along with Namit Bhatia, whom you all recall being mentioned on this blog innumerable times. Our article – Bahrain, A Culinary Oasis got accepted as one of the 40 articles written by 50 authors, all of different nationalities.

Co-authors of Bahrain: A Culinary Oasis

My Beautiful Bahrain is the brain-child of Robin Barratt, who is the founder of Bahrain Writers’ Circle, the first of its kind – writers’ club in Bahrain. He encouraged every single one of us, members to give out our story that talked about Bahrain and how beautiful this island is. He kept at us for months together when members like me thought, we weren’t good enough to have our names printed as authors in a book. He motivated, compelled and even bullied to have us write. Finally the book is out and we can’t be proud enough. Atleast for me, it means the world to have my name in print for the very first time. I was over the moon when Robin asked me to read out a passage from the book at the Launch. I was filled with trepidation but I practiced my speech couple of times and felt prepared.

Robin Barratt presenting us the copy of My Beautiful Bahrain
Reading a passage from my article
With Hubby..
A baby who didn’t care about the book launch

My Beautiful Bahrain in Robin’s own words,

With lots of fascinating personal ‘life’ stories, quite a few tourist-type information and fact based contributions, some wonderful poetry, an occasional piece of fiction (set on the island) and a mixture of other diverse and captivating prose, with fifty contributions from forty writers from fifteen countries (almost 300 pages), My Beautiful Bahrain is both varied and unique, and an undeniably indispensable guide for travellers and visitors to the island, as well as a ‘must-read’ book for people living here, doing business here, or just interested in what life is like living on this tiny, tiny island in the Arabian Gulf. 

The aims and goals of this book are to show the world that; firstly, there are a great many terrific and talented writers on the island that most definitely should be read and heard and secondly, for most people here, Bahrain is a wonderful place to live!”

As simple an agenda as that wasn’t the easiest to manage since finding a publisher who would do it for absolutely nothing was a tough task. But Robin persisted for everybody’s sake and the result is for all to see. The first edition is already sold out and more are being printed as I type this post. To download, you could check this out.

My parents were able to attend this mega-event of my life and that makes me feel super -blessed. My husband, my daughter and friends – Namit ( co-author ), Pooja Rajpal( who has her own article in the book called ‘Newbie’), Gayathri( who came by to wish me luck) made me feel so special.

My Beautiful Bahrain has given me the confidence to not stop with it but to continue writing to be published in the future. It was just the right sort of nudge required.

To celebrate, I made a No- Bake  Blackberry Cheesecake with some blackberry sauce. The cheesecake looked devastatingly gorgeous ( coming from the creator, it seems narcissistic, but it was stunning to look at). I am in love with the deep purple colour and now I know what color I am going bring into my wardrobe soon. The cheesecake is entirely my concoction, ingredients, proportions and all. I just kept adding ingredients whilst mentally noting down the proportions in order to write down the recipe later.

Mimi has special fondness for dessert in Ramekins and thinks of them as ice creams. So I spared some from the total batter to fill her ice cream -ramekins

The biscuit base was crumbly, just the way we like it.We aren’t a big fans of the snappy sort of base that usually comes with bakery cheesecakes. As for the cheesecake, the flavour was spot on.  The tart blackberry flavour and the smooth creamy texture on my tongue reminded me of a purple satin dress that I had once and how it felt against my skin. It is indulgent, celebratory and gorgeous ( did I mention that already?) to look at.

From here on, as I dip my dessert spoon into a heavenly slice of the blackberry cheesecake, I reflect on how My Beautiful Bahrain is just the beginning. There is so much more coming in the near future.

I can see it.

55 thoughts on “My Beautiful Bahrain & a No-Bake Blackberry Cheesecake”

  1. Big big congratulations !! I couldn’t be happier for you and am so proud of you..and that it’s “Bahrain” which made this happen and our friendship happen just makes this whole thing even sweeter ! 🙂 🙂 Here’s to many many more !

    The cheesecake looks divine…love the hint of purple in the main layer as well..

    yippie I am the first to comment !!! 🙂

  2. congrats anita, nobody deserves it more than u 🙂 looking great in the pics, im sure it must have been the most thrilling experience… the blueberry cheesecake looks amazing, the perfect way to celebrate! 🙂

  3. Well done!! What a wonderful achievement! I do love your style of writing and wish you much luck in your chosen path. This cheesecake looks very celebratory. I adore no-bake cheesecakes, first because of their creamy texture and, second, because I can’t seem to make a baked cheesecake work!

  4. Hi Anita! Congratulations! 🙂 and your cheesecake looks so delicious!! What a yummy recipe. I’ve yet to try a no-bake cheesecake! haha.. beautiful photography too!

  5. Anu..big congratulations and best wishes always..and yes your cake looks real YUM!!I I want to make it..mimi looks cutie pie.

  6. Woohoo…Big congratulations Anita…this is a great news. I wish that this new chapter of your life opens many more wonderful doors of opportunity for you. Keep rocking gal !

  7. This is so great… you found a job, you got a book published and the gorgeous cheesecake is the topping… not to forget a beautiful family. Touch wood. The best part is you have described it so well, I am feeling happy sitting in office. In your low moments, you can turn back and read this post and feel happy again. Please don’t stop here. You have to… absolutely have to get your own book published.
    Congrats..
    I have been in a limbo when it comes to cooking. Your post has inspired me. I am going to make this cheesecake this weekend… maybe even today. Fingers crossed.
    🙂

  8. YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE!! This is a mega achievement, congratulations! I am so proud of you! How do I buy my copy in Dubai? Is it being sold here, any idea??

    I’m not just in awe of the book, but at the fact that you made up your own cheesecake recipe. This is incredible Anita, really, really inspiring. Congratulations, you deserve a gigantic slice of that cheesecake!

  9. A huge congratulations and the biggest hug ever. Really happy for you!!! wish I could meet you sometime 😀

    I agree with you on the stunning looks of the cake – 100%. the color of the berry fascinates me, even when it just stains my hand.. even better smashed, cooked or whatever way brings out the deep purple. and she will care for the book launch and be very proud of her mommy in a few years!

  10. Congratulations to you, you’re famous!!!! Really though that is so cool to be a part of something you believe in, just great.

    And the cheesecake? Divine. Perfect for the heat that’s upon us.

  11. Congratulations Anita on the book…. having read your blog posts for sometime, I am not surprised that you were selected. You do write beautifully. I am sure this will lead to many more blessed things 🙂

    The cheesecake looks scrumptious….I am yet to do a no bake one…but for now I am ready to dig into this one 🙂

  12. Beautiful Anita! Just saw this post too. Many Congratulations on the book launch. So proud of you being on the print of the beautiful book. The cheesecake looks incredibly light, fluffy and indulgent all the same!!! amazing recipe. I must try this

  13. Every Friday, I share my favorite food finds in a series called Food Fetish Friday. I love this post so much I’m featuring it as part of the roundup (with a link-back and attribution) and I hope you have no objections. It’s a pleasure following your creations…

  14. Really glad I found your blog.. love this recipe! Been wondering what to do with gelatin I bought a while ago and never used, think this may be perfect! and congratulations on book!

  15. CONGRATULATIONS ANITA!!! Very very happy and proud that you have taken your first step as a PUBLISHED WRITER!!!! Wow. This is really big. I do not have a kindle but my dad does, so when I go to Kerala next week I am going to download it there! Hope to see your next work real soon ;p

  16. Been missing your wonderful posts too long, sorry! Congrats again on the publication, so sooo proud of you my friend! And that cake looks amazing, simply beautiful! Love!

  17. Lady no harm in being narcissistic !! Your stuff is neighbour’s envy owner’s pride !! I feel like a fool not visiting your blog earlier !! Loved the pita bread recipe , I never knew it was this simple . And the blueberry cheesecake is perfect , no eggs and this makes a perfect surprise for my husband !

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