Food. We all need it.
Dessert. None of us need it, most of us love it, and nearly every culture has something sweet on the menu.
I confess, I binged some Great British Bake-Off the other night and got to thinking. Why do we like sweet things so much? Is it the animal part of our brain that is pleased with treats? Is it the indulgence of something decadent or, in some cases, forbidden? Maybe it's just that we like to feel special for a moment in time. We all have our likes and dislikes on the topic of dessert, too. My own Mom was not a big fan of chocolate and loved maple-flavored things. I don't care for maple, but a Black Forest cake will get me every time. I have a dear friend who doesn't like pumpkin pie. I used to know someone who would take blueberries in nearly any dessert they could get. If you're not a big sugar hound, I recommend searching for Asian snacks and desserts. They don't normally use the amounts of sugar that are in American and other western desserts.
I wondered once why painters paint bowls of fruit. Surely a plate of dessert would be more fun to paint? But then, I also figured it wouldn't last long enough. Hah! I can imagine it now:
Gallery owner: "Vincent, where is the painting of your favorite pistachio cake?"
Van Gogh: "Ummmm.... About that..."
How can dessert inspire you? How can you express either the image of your favorite dessert or how it makes you feel? Does it bring back any particular memory that can spark your imagination again?
Pardon me, I'm going to go be creative with a cup of green jasmine and some Japanese tea cakes.