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Thursday, January 10, 2013

goat cheese cheesecake

Goat Cheese Cheesecake

about a month ago, i had a colonoscopy.

i've been thinking about whether to share this information with you. it's a private matter, and despite being in a world where sharing has breached comfort zones i figured this particular subject matter was TMI territory. however, talking about our bodies is nothing shameful, and i am not embarrassed to discuss this topic. but if you have no interest or the subject is gross to you, scroll down, there is a recipe for a delicious goat cheese cheesecake.

stomach issues have been a part of my life for a long time. when i went in last month to be put under, i cried. it's a very simple procedure, with a less than 1% chance of complications. yet i was scared, not only about the procedure, but the outcome.

i am pleased to say that nothing awful was found in the annals (haha, get it? omg, i'm sorry, i couldn't help it!) of my intestines but my gastro-doctor confirmed what i've always suspected, i have mild IBS. i now take a daily dose of probiotics and i keep a journal of everything that i eat and how i feel after. i can't shake the feeling that something else is up, that certain things or combinations of things trigger my stomachaches.

because i've been so meticulous with what i eat, i have had far less episodes and i've been much more experimental with food consumption. i read recently that parmesan cheese is naturally lactose free -- i immediately set out to make this lovely parmesan cheese soup, trading out the milks with coconut milk, and can i get an AMEN? the bowl i slurped on was delicious, and happily, my stomach did not begrudge me such an indulgence.

this cheesecake tho, not so much. goat milk has almost the same amount of lactose as cow milk, but the cheese, due to fermentation and a few other scientific jargon i'm not familiar with has less lactose and some lactards can consume it (source). it varies from person to person. my person could not handle it, unfortch.

more for dw and our friends during our nye celebration. i chose to use a 6" spring form pan but an 8" would've probably been better. (i wanted a tall cake) the excess filling i just added to ramekins and cooked along with the cake, tho with much less time. just keep an eye on it.

if you have any questions about colonoscopies, comment below or you can always email me privately. i am no expert but i can certainly commiserate with you. as for IBS, i'm still learning about it, and how it effects me.

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12 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous looking cheesecake, Lan. It always seems that every time I check in, you've cooked something I've been eager to try - Becky and I had made tentative plans to try one of these next month.

    I'm glad you're OK.

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    1. jeff, you are the best, thank you. please do let me know how you & becky like it!

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  2. That's a bummer about the IBS. At least you've set out to manage it. That's the best you can hope for.

    The cheesecake looks divine. I recently had one slathered with apricot preserves. So, so good!

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    1. just knowing for sure what it is really helps in managing my diet.

      the times i've had it has always been with a medley of fruits, this time dw made a lovely strawberry couli that went well with it.

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  3. The cake looks wonderful. I'm sorry about the IBS, what a pain :( I had it years ago and it's no fun.

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    1. i'm thankful to know what it is that ails me and i can go from there!

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  4. Few people could pull off a goat cheese cheesecake and IBS in the same post so effortlessly and with a delicate hand. Well done. :D You're brave to have been able to go through a colonoscopy...it's something I keep putting off but can't keep doing too much longer (my dad had colon cancer). The idea (and potential results, scare the hell out of me. o_O

    Hope you're feeling better soon! xo

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    1. valerie, get checked out. if i have to, i'll go down to NC to take you myself. it's good to know what is up with your body. also, if you want, i'll bring along dw, he is the best nurse ever, and he is really good at reenacting everything you say & do after you wake up.

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  5. sorry about IBS- its never fun but I am glad your colonoscopy came out fine :)Being a lactard myself, i can understand a little bit. BTW cheese cake with goat cheese sounds like an awesome idea because I am too afraid to try anything that could potentially upset my gut.

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  6. Lan, I could kiss your face for this. Goat cheese cheesecake is an all time favorite dessert!

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  7. I believe that all cheesecake should be goat-cheese cheesecake. Bravo!

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  8. I definitely have issues with some dairy- and after reading your notes, I can now understand why Parmesan and goat cheese are safe (yay!). Hope you're adjusting well to new foods/eating rhythm. It'll soon be second nature, just takes time!

    Cannot wait to make this cheesecake though. Yum!

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