|Always cook with a glass of wine nearby.|
|Bowl of grilled mango = breakfast.|
So right about now you are probably thinking that complaining about the dessert course of the free gourmet meal that I actively sought makes me an ungrateful food snob; that I had three other amazing courses that should have filled me up anyway; that dessert is not necessary; that if I still had a sweet craving I could find another dessert after. Believe me, I was thinking the same things myself. But, my philosophy of “dessert = ridiculously indulgent” got the best of me. Fruit for dessert?! Really?! A bowl of fruit is a breakfast or a snack, NOT a dessert. Fruit is a dessert only if it is baked into a flaky pie crust, topped by a warm crumble and cold ice cream, or topping a fluffy cheesecake. Not even this lemongrass whipped cream concoction could save this dish: it contained no sugar, reminding me of a whippier version of the yogurt that tops my breakfast fruit each morning. The toasted coconut was good, but again, no savior. While I understand that lighter-feeling desserts are often desirable, especially in hotter weather, a dish such as this just was not satisfying, and therefore not even worth eating, as whipped cream is not exactly good for you. I’ll take my calories in a slice of cake.
Stephanie agrees with me. While an overall healthy eater, his girl has no limits when it comes to dessert. During Halloween time in college, we had a small candy trunk in our apartment kitchen that emitted a witch’s cackle when opened to grab a piece of candy. For the several weeks that we had that trunk sitting out, a witch cackled daily at 8am as Stephanie tried and failed to discretely select her nutritious candy breakfast. So, I had a feeling she would not consider fruit a dessert either, and was correct in this assumption.
|Does this look like dessert to you?|
Another woman at the communal dinner table likened the fruit dessert to a certain brand of lemon cookies she buys that she claims are “just okay”: that way, she eats only one, and has no desire to eat another after that. Perhaps some people have more self control, but if I ate one cookie that was “just okay,” immediately upon finishing I would be searching for another dessert that was really good and exactly what I wanted before trying to fool myself with a “just okay” cookie. Why not have one square of chocolate that packs a punch? Or even a small amount of a dessert that blows out your taste buds, leaving you savoring the experience, thinking, “Damn, now that was DESSERT.” This just further confirms my philosophy that ridiculously indulgent desserts are key to a happy, fulfilled life. If you are going to have dessert, have DESSERT. I would much rather waste 1,000 calories on something indulgent and satiating than 500 on something that is “just okay” and not satisfying in the least. And I would rather waste zero calories on grilled fruit with lemongrass whipped cream and toasted coconut. Hence, my business model.
Leave comments below letting me know your thoughts on this topic. Also, take the poll at the top: Is fruit a dessert? I am interested to see whether people agree.