I am going to bake a cheesecake. It is going to be delicious. I am going to get to eat it.
Over the last two months of culinary famine, my days have been dominated by the three major food groups discussed in the previous post - gatorade, jello and plain pasta. I am hereby going to begin to enjoy my food, while attempting not to gain back all the weight that I lost. It is most likely a futile endeavor, but it would be nice to think I've actually taken the baby weight off for good. Which brings me back to our title:
A girlfriend of mine from high school, who has become a triathalon runner, posted a status about her dessert for the evening. She had strawberries and blueberries with flax seed. She stated, without irony, that it was the best dessert ever. She even defended her position against an onslaught of whipped cream, chocolate and ice cream. She preferred her flax seed.
I've been on weight watchers and diets on and off for many a year. I understand the pride that goes into eating good for you food, and I know how good those first berries of a season can taste. However, call me decadent, but I'm just not buying the "best dessert ever" title.
Now, this begs the question, what IS the best dessert ever? My nominees are:
Our family's standard birthday cake(s). It doesn't matter whether you like it or not, and you can have a second cake besides if you don't, but you're getting Angel Food cake for your birthday. It shall be served with the ice cream of your choice, you get the first piece, and then the rest of the family is served in age descending order (i.e. grandparents, aunts, uncle, kids). Via this method, children are taught patience and the ability to remember ice cream flavors.
It's all in the tapping of the spoon on the caramelized sugar. It cracks open and a bite is pulled out of cream custard, melting on your tongue as the sugar crunches against the roof of your mouth. A sensual dessert if there ever was one.
Che Dau Trang - Vietnamese Black Eyed Pea and Rice Pudding with Coconut Milk
The creaminess of the hot rice pudding smooths over the sweet beans, all of which carries a taste of the cool coconut milk with it. A truly extraordinary dessert, which I craved throughout my last pregnancy. The best place to get it locally is Van's.
Another exercise in texture, with the crunch of the nuts and the almond paste center, all encapsulated within a perfectly crisp cookie.
A Cheese Tray
I worked at the Cheese Counter at Honest Weight Food Co-op for a year as my volunteer hours, and gained an unbridled appreciation for all cheeses stinky, smooth, crumbling, creamy. I am an addict for a good piece of runny cheese.
So, YOUR nominees for the best dessert ever are...