Mendiants were one of my mother's favorite chocolates. Mendiants are little dark chocolate disks delicately studded with fine dried nuts and fruits; including candied orange, pistachio, hazelnut, currant. Though I am not a huge chocolate eater, I love their refinement. They encompass the definition of less being more. I thought it would be nice to do an interpretation of a Mendiant in a cheesecake version. I had read that Mendiants originally represented the robes of the four main monastic orders, but have since been reinterpreted to vary in what fruits and nuts are used. We top our cheesecakes with dried ginger, candied violet petal, cocoa nib, and pistachio. The flavors of spice, floral, bitter, and nut are common themes here at the shop; a Victory Garden potpourri. The cheesecake is lightly scented with rose; to give it a delicate base. I think the next time I will try to do a chocolate base, but then it might be too much. I invite you to see for yourself.