Getting to walk past Buckingham Palace every morning or coming out of the Tube at Westminster, only to look up and see Big Ben standing across the black cabbed road, it can all seem kind of surreal to live here.
And when busy life takes hold it can also be extremely easy to forget where you are or what you can see just by deliberately getting lost. So on Friday night, my friend Pilar and I got deliberately lost after downing an Elvis shake at The Breakfast Club and walked the streets near Piccadilly Circus, through Chinatown and wherever else the narrow streets lead us.
The beauty of living somewhere you didn’t grow up in is the ability to discover a new place to eat or a street with a great little vintage shop. And becoming friends with people who are equally not from here is another reason to deliberately get lost.
Sometimes winging it in the kithen results in a delightful surprise like this slice that I had people at work asking for the recipe for.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Slice
1 packet oreos, center’s removed and crushed
40 grams butter, chilled and cubed
1 heaped tablespoon cocoa powder
1 heaped tablespoon flour
1/2 cup plain peanut butter
270g cream cheese
1/2 cup superfine/caster
30g dark chocolate
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350F and line a baking tin with greaseproof paper.
Place the crushed oreos, cocoa powder and flour into a bowl and stir to combine. Rub the butter into the mixture until no lumps remain. Place the bowl into the microwave and heat on high for 10 seconds to soften the butter.
Meanwhile, mix the peanut butter and cream cheese in a bowl to smooth out the mixture and combine. Add in the egg and sugar and combine to form a smooth mixture.
Place the tin in a larger tray and pour hot water half way up the sides of the tin. Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes or until golden on top.
Place the chocolate into a heatproof dish and melt in the microwave for approximately 40 seconds on high, stir the coconut oil in until smooth.
Slice and serve.