I thrive on multi-tasking. Like most women.
In fact many a times I have observed that if I am doing just one thing at a time, I mess it up. And if I am doing multiple things, with arbitrary simulations at the same time, things go well, much to my disbelief. Of course there are stretches of time when there is deep concentration on something at hand, and then I have to disconnect, look for something else, ponder over it for a while, disconnect again and get back to the thing I was initially doing.
So typically my work space, laptop for instance is filled with at least 20 windows or as many as can fit into one screen without having to toggle frequently, and I keep on zooming in and out of each window multiple times throughout the day. And at times I have to de-clutter my working desk, clean of all the items and then begin creating a complex structure with files and papers and notes so that I can begin with a new energy.
And sometimes it is just for appearing busy and important that I keep my desk cluttered. Just to show off how complicated my work is. Which most of the times it is not.
But one thing I am sure is that the multi-tasking chip is absent in the men folk’s brain. Most of the men I have known are absolutely incapable of doing two things at a time. My husband finds it difficult to even eat when he is talking on the phone. And my dad would have a list of things to buy and just go to one shop and come back before embarking on the rest of the list, again one shop at a time.
The flip side to multi-tasking is that you over-estimate your capacity, in areas where you should concentrate fully. For example while unmolding this cheesecake, I thought I could continue talking over the phone being pressed against my ear, but to my dismay this is what happened :
Strawberry Oreo Cream-cheese tart
This is not a tart in the strict definition of a tart, but the crushed oreos baked with butter render a very flaky, crusty tart feeling to the base. It tastes great when coupled with the smooth rich cream cheese filling.
What you will need :
- 28 Strawberry Oreo cookies, ground to a powder in a mixer
- 3 tbsp regular butter
- 1 pack / 225 gms / 8 oz. cream cheese
- 70 gms powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp strawberry jam/ strawberry crush
- 1 egg
- 70 gms fresh cream
What to do :
- Grease an 8 inch springform or tart pan. Pre-heat oven to 130°C.
- Mix together the ground oreo cookies and melted butter and press it into the pan. Smoothen it out with your fingers and press it tightly in. Bake at 130°C for 3-4 minutes till the crust sets. Remove from oven and cool completely in the refrigerator.
- Whisk together the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl until smooth.
- Then add the egg, followed by fresh cream until it forms a smooth mixture.Add the strawberry crush and mix well.
- Pour this mixture over the crust in the cake pan. Tap a few times to release the bubbles.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 130°C for 35-40 minutes. The centre should still be a soft to touch, but the edges should be set.
- Cool in a refrigerator for at least an hour before slicing up. It tastes much better when cool.
Enjoy this mouthful of goodness, sliver by sliver till there is none left 😛
Or share it with a friend while eating it, while taking pictures while writing. Multi-tasking, there you go!