Wednesday, March 21, 2007
When Do You Eat Dessert?
I do believe this is my last dessert for Eat, Drink and Be Vegan. Sunny Pineapple Cake with Orange Glaze.
This is a one-layer cake, the type of thing you can serve for a light dessert, or as an afternoon tea cake. It is supremely moist and not overly sweet. The entire recipe uses only 3 tbsp of oil, and yes, it's wheat free. What could be better?!
When to eat dessert? Well, I no longer enjoy dessert straight after a meal. Years ago I read (in a couple of sources, Fit for Life being one) that eating sweets right after a meal is the worst time. Simply put, the stomach is busy digesting your meal, and the sugars from your dessert sit on top of all that food, 'fermenting' in your stomach. Ditto for fruit. While I add fruits to smoothies and in certain recipes, I never eat a piece of fruit after a meal. Once I stopped doing so, I felt much better eating fruit, and now eat in the morning before other foods or later on an empty stomach. Fruits, and even desserts, are better digested on an emptier stomach. I realized at restaurants that if I didn't eat dessert at the end of my meal, I felt much better within the hours following. Mind you, I don't overlook the dessert altogether... that's what takeaway is for!! When dining with family, we usually wait at least a half-hour or hour to have dessert, but even then it's not the most enjoyable for me. I much prefer my sweet treats in the afternoon, or dare I say... in the morning! (shhh, don't tell anyone, just between you and me, okay?!) Or, later in the evening if I've had an early dinner.
On to other ramblings, but still with desserts. I've been in touch with EarthSave Canada here in Vancouver about booking a cooking demo for this year's Taste of Health festival. I will let you know more about it once I have the details. But, the gal that contacted me mentioned that at a recent potluck, she brought my Lusciously Light Tiramisu from TEV. She won 1st place with the Tiramisu, out of about 50 dishes at the potluck. Cool! Now, it's been years since I've made that dessert myself! But, once I finish this manuscript, I'm going to make it again and post a pic for you. I'll have to get back to some 'oldies but goodies' recipes for you... and this is one of them!!
I'm going to break for a little bit. Crunch time is on, must finish my manuscript, and also have my next VegNews article to write, and a few other pressing details to attend to. Oh, and for those of you e-mailing, I apologize for my late replies. My blog traffic has increased, and I'm hearing from more of you. Which I love! So don't stop, I truly love to hear your feedback, comments, and questions... it just may take me a day or two (or three) to get back to you. :)
When I do get back to blogging I will have a giveaway or two! First, after posting about Salba, I e-mailed the company to let them know I had done so. They called within an hour to thank me, gave me more info about Salba, and offered some samples for a blog giveaway. What beautiful customer care! So, I will be back with that.
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Long post, but it'll give you enough to read over a few visits when you come back to click... right?? :) Stay tuned... stay vegan.