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Do you ever have one one those days, when you’re feeling a bit low, and you start wonderingΒ … why on earth is this happening to meΒ ? Well last weekend I was feeling exceptionally low, and started asking myself “What is happiness ? How do you define Happiness ?” I started asking everyone I met for the rest of the week, about their thoughts on happiness and what defines happiness. Here is what they said …

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– Happiness is exploring new places, tasting new things

– Happiness … depends, right now drinking tea and enjoying the cool weather is happiness. I wouldn’t change for anything.

– Happiness is … (profound) knowing that sadness exists … (practical) Sharing a great meal with someone you love

– Happiness is with Friends and Family

– I define happiness as … sitting quietly on my front porch, watching a rainstorm dance by, observing all of nature joyously celebrating it’s abundance

– I define happiness as … walking through the dewy summer grass barefoot, the smile on a person’s face upon seeing you, the warm sun shining on your face, the feeling of being completely loved faults and all

– Happiness is … having the freedom, health and opportunity to do great things for myself and others

– Happiness is in serving others, a kind gesture, being selfless, making someone else’s day when they least expect it

– Happiness is being at peace with myself and with those around me and being able to give

– I define happiness as … standing in the rain and really feeling every single rain drop that touches you, and knowing that each drop is a not a tear from God above but a drop of his everlasting love falling sown on us.

– Happiness is … comfortable shoes …

– Happiness – Simple stuff: a child laughing, sun shining, flowers blooming, art, feeding people, helping others in need … all make me happy!

According to me there is no perfect definition for happiness. Everyone has their own meaning to it. For some its a long time achievement for some its momentary happiness. I believe happiness is based on happenings, its a fleeting emotion that comes and goes. Takes you up high and at times, low below. Happiness to me comes from little things, from simple joys of day to day life. To me its not a goal … but a feeling of Joy. Joy comes with happiness, you can’t have joy and at the same time you’re unhappy … How do you define happiness … What makes you happy ??

Matcha Green Tea Mascarpone n Dark chocolate Cake

And if you ask me right now what is happiness – its making this delightful Japanese Matcha Green Tea cheesecake, for my son’s six month birthday. Its always a good thing to have some layers of cake in the freezer. They’re veryΒ handy and can reduce your prep time. I always have a layer of genoise n chocolate cake for emergencies … ‘cuz sometimes I get irresistible pangs of sweet cravings, and so, Β have to be prepared πŸ™‚ With the cake at hand, making this dessert cake becomes extremely easy.

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1 + 1/2 tsp Matcha green tea powder
1-2 tbsps hot milk
4 tbsps mascarpone
4 tbsp cream
2 tbsp caster sugar
1 + 1/2 tsp gelatin powder dissolved in 3 tbsp water
1 layer of chocolate cake

If you want to make them in individual molds, start with cutting the shapes out in the chocolate cake, 3 layers for each mold. If using one loose bottom round tin, then double the quantity of the ingredients, and take 3 layers of cake. Dissolve the Matcha with the hot milk. Let it cool. Loosen the mascarpone with the cream and beat it up together. Add the sugar, matcha and the gelatin mixture and mix well. Place the bottom layer of the cake in the tin, and pour some of this mixture on the top. If you find it too thick then add some more cream before you pour it on top. Put this in the freezer and let it set. The gelatin will make it set quickly. Once you think its firm enough, repeat this step with the second layer, and then the third. Finally let it set overnight. When you’re ready to serve, loosen the cake and remove from tin. Sprinkle with grated chocolate. Alternately you could just make it in a glass. I cut the broken corners of the chocolate cake and set this dessert in a glass. And the glass version does not need gelatin. Just keep the mascarpone mixture thick, and pour it over the top. This would make for more of a Matcha n Dark Chocolate dessert smoothie πŸ™‚ Enjoy !

Matcha, Mascarpone n Dark Chocolate - Pure Bliss !!
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Comment :

noreply@blogger.com (FFichiban)

Hee hee^^! Btw I just saw Wall-E and it has become one of my favourites!!! Sooo CUTEE and AWESOMMEE! Good story/underlying theme about saving the planet and obesity and smooth graphics. I love Pixar haha.

noreply@blogger.com (daphne)

Happiness is when you see another blogger loving green tea and dark choc too! I love your photos-they have a “sunshiny” feel to it!

noreply@blogger.com (Proud Italian Cook)

I’m happy right now just looking at your art Kate!

noreply@blogger.com (My Sweet & Saucy)

I love the shot of the inside of the cake…simply gorgeous layers!

noreply@blogger.com (Foni)

i imagine this cake in my mouth now,no doubt it gonna makes me happy..
nyummmmmmmmmmm

noreply@blogger.com (janelle)

I love your notion that happiness is unique to the individual and fleeting at the same time. My son the other day says outloud, mid-homework: I am at peace right now, I feel so happy just doing homework and I don’t even know why. Those moments are beautiful.

noreply@blogger.com (Beachlover)

my goodness!! your matcha cake really look stunning.I always …oooohhh…..aahhhh when I see your beautiful photo!.I don’t think I gave the skill to make this delicious cake

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Sara, you must try it sometime. Its lovely.

Shantanu … nope not read it , but i'm pretty sure everyone knows what makes them happy πŸ™‚

Rita ..haha thnx babe ! i agree too !!

Julia … well i did now did'nt i ?? hehe … n yup happiness is there everywhere … just have to see it πŸ™‚
And i'm pretty sure you can make this … its so simple !

Fichiban … i think you left this at the wrong place πŸ™‚

daphne … πŸ™‚ thanks πŸ™‚

PIC .. thank you !

My S&A Saucy … thnx !

Foni … hehe i'm sure πŸ™‚

Janelle, awe that is so sweet. Thanks for sharing.

Beachlover … oh c'om … its not that difficult …look at the wonderful stuff u make … u can easily make this πŸ™‚

noreply@blogger.com (bee)

happiness, dear kate, is seeing your gorgeous creations.

noreply@blogger.com (kim)

i love the cross section photo! wonderful looking cake πŸ™‚

noreply@blogger.com (dandysugar)

What a darling little cake. Always feeling inspired is what makes happy.

Thanks for the inspiration and sharing your gorgeous photos and words! Beautiful!!

noreply@blogger.com (Gattina)

today I am happy because I come to your blog :D, see this divine and creative cake! All photos are superb, the last one is my most favorite!

noreply@blogger.com (Pearlsofeast)

Awesome and fantastic!,U have done it like a pro and the pic of the flowers are really stunning.

noreply@blogger.com (Sia)

happiness is also seeing these gorgeous creations πŸ™‚

noreply@blogger.com (Brenda P.)

Well, I’d pretty happy if I had a craving and there was some cake just waiting for me in the freezer.

Foodwise, what makes me happy is having a nice pile of ingredients to chop for something tasty, time to do it, and two little boys happily keeping themselves busy in the living room.

Not too much to ask, right?

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

bee, thanks so much πŸ™‚

kim … thanks !

dandysugar … i know .. !

Gattina, thanks.. glad i could make u happy !

Pearlofeast .. thank u πŸ™‚

Sia πŸ˜€ thank you πŸ™‚

Brenda … hehe sure πŸ™‚
oh yes a well stocked pantry n fridge always makes me happy too !
And nope its not too much … its the least you can ask πŸ˜›

noreply@blogger.com (Aissa Galoso)

Yes, happiness is 4 tbsps of mascarpone. No, better make that 5.

noreply@blogger.com (Nora B.)

Hi Kate,
Great “research” you did there with happiness. πŸ™‚

And this just look so stunning. Makes me happy looking at it.

x Nora

noreply@blogger.com (white on rice couple)

goodness Kate, it feels so good to be back and see all the delicious and beautiful things you’ve created!

I just love matcha and you’ve totally convinced me to try it with chocolate!

noreply@blogger.com (Sig)

Aha… happiness project πŸ™‚ Happiness right now would be to have a piece of that cake…oh and comfortable but good looking shoes too… πŸ™‚

noreply@blogger.com (dongyeon)

Fabulous. Not only the cake, but also the photos are very well taken. they are precious. THanks for sharing your recipe, and HAPPINESS.

There is an on-line Best Homemade Food contest, and was wondering if you would be interested.

Click here and take a look.

Thanks!!!

noreply@blogger.com (dirtykitchensecrets)

Happiness is appreciating the moment no matter what it is without a care about the past or the future! Always trying to get the art of it down πŸ˜‰ Again great photos and fantastic combo

noreply@blogger.com (Chris)

Happiness is returning back to Aaplemint when I have been a blog reader slacker! This is a beautiful dessert….one I would welcome to my table any time!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

sig .. hmmm i could’nt agree more !

dongyeon , thanks, πŸ˜€ i’ll chk it out.

dirtykitchensecrets , you’re absolutely right !!

Chris, yeah welcome back ! havent seen you for long πŸ™‚

noreply@blogger.com (Anna)

This just sounds incredible. I love green tea and I’m just impressed that you happen to keep cake in your freezer, just in case. I’m definitely going to start doing that πŸ™‚

noreply@blogger.com (Soma)

Hi this is my first time here and i am just overwhelmed by the delicasies u have here. This is just sooo awesome.

I have to be visiting very frequently here, just feasting my eyes even if I cannot cook all of them.

noreply@blogger.com (luv0food)

Feasting my eyes on these beautiful pictures of magnificent desserts makes me happy. Wow, I’ve visited your site a few times before and every time I’m always impressed. I’m putting a link to your site on my very modest blog so I can visit yours more often and get inspired.

noreply@blogger.com (Helene)

Superb pictures. To answer your question, yes I do feel down sometimes too. I guess that’s life.

noreply@blogger.com (diva)

awww. what beautiful responses you got! happiness is for a me – a quiet or larry, depending on the occasion, sitdown with friends and family for a homecooked meal. and if this sexy pudding was served up, my happiness will skyrocket through the roof! i heart matcha. xxx

noreply@blogger.com (rhid)

I love the presentation: the little choc leaves, the hexagonal design. Really nice.

Wheeee!!! your new home is so beautiful Kate!!! Congrats on such an amazing blog !
You are such a talent. Can we celebrate by having you send of some of this beautiful dessert?!!! πŸ˜‰

All I can say WOW and WOW. Three different components that I love so much.

the cake looks amazing – as well as your photography!

& i totally agree with this one : Happiness is … having the freedom, health and opportunity to do great things for myself and others.

I shouldn’t be surprizing so hard at that.

I absolutely love mascarpone cheese. So smooth and velvety with a hint of sweetness. It goes so well in sweet dishes. I think my favorite application was in a pumpkin mascarpone cannoli I had at a local restaurant in Pittsburgh. http://bit.ly/hQ9C1X

It looks extraordinary!

I have first tried mascarpone when I was in Italy a few years ago, and I liked it very much. The first cake with mascarpone was the well known tiramisu.

I will definetly try to make a special surprise to my sweet husband these days with this cake, in the first picture it looks like a picture from a book with a cake that shouldn\’t be eaten.

May all the beings in the universe be happy!

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