Sugar, Sugar, Sugar
To join in with One Word Sunday – here are some sugar treats to start off with:
I have written about sugar before:
Here with some yogurt treat highlights and a sugar rant
TODAY’S SUGAR STORY
We recently had a birthday party and any time my husband and I have an event (or bring food to a party) – we have to talk about what the people want and not necessarily what we would eat.
My husband and I have both stopped eating sugar (shooting for low to no sugar 95% to 100% of the time). He did this by choice (2017) and I did this in order to rebuild my immune system (2014). It has been an adventure and learning process.
We sometimes consume small amounts of sugar – like from berries, or from the sugar in the 85% cocoa bars from Aldi, or from foods or dinner recipes that have sugars with the acids – but not having everyday sugar is “going against the grain” in our current culture. I need to post more about how I got off sugar – but this post shares some of our everyday experiences with sugar in our culture.
getting back to hosting an event or bringing food to places.
My spouse learned a tough lesson when he brought some keto-friendly, low-sugar desserts to a small group. Many folks spit the items out and one said, “Yuck.”
I once brought some bitter dark chocolate candy bars to a class for snacks and the students tossed them with disgust (money in the trash). A few students in a different class loved the bitter, but lessons have been learned about how not everyone has the same sweet threshold.
We have learned that you must CONSIDER your audience and think of them when you serve food. Similar to the way a writer must think of the audience with word choice, readability, and writing style.
So in mid July we hosted a birthday party and one of the questions that came up —
Do we serve sugar?
Seriously, this question came up and was quickly answered with a, “Yes.”
There must be cake at a birthday party.
Even if “birthday cakes on birthdays” is a tradition that is old and maybe not the healthiest – cake was on the list for this b-day party!
A simple classic b-day cake (vanilla-cream sheet cake) and then we ended up having a sugar table. LOL
Long story – but the table had the sheet cake, cupcakes, biscotti, and a small lemon cake for Jennie (she had a birthday a few days after the party).
However, Jennie’s 3-tiered lemon cake fell over on the way to the event – oops – but it was the only casualty of the night.
And one sweet guest (pun intended) looked at the cake and said, “Now I bet that tastes wonderful,” and she sliced right in.
I just started a “cake category” for my blog.
The cake topic seems to come up a lot.
Also, I have an idea for a blog post – about how “we cannot always have our cake and eat it too” – because sometimes we need to realistically accept cannot have it ‘all’ – (certain choices will limit other realistic options).
But today’s post is about how SOMETIMES WE JUST NEED TO SERVE CAKE!
I have shared before about how we went to a wedding (in 2006) that did NOT serve cake, which was quite the disappointment. Our little group acted like big babies when we all squawked, “No cake, what?” It felt wrong. It was wrong. Have you ever seen the little signs with the phrase, “I am only here for the cake.”
That was not exactly us – but the conditioning was there:
wedding = cake
(wait, make that – wedding = cake with frosting)
Of course not everyone agrees that we should continue to serve cake for events like weddings and birthdays. For example, some of the “die-hard non-sugar eaters” might remind us that “sugar is always a negative food and when we eat sugar it briefly arrests the immune system.” Some might also add that “sugar can feed pathogens that might be contributing to illness of leading to malaise.”
However, there are times when we NEED to serve cake. Just my opinion.
Please note that I did NOT say we need to have sweets all the time in moderation.That is a terrible phrase. Daily sugar foods will pull from health. I apologize if you are feeling defensive. If you are in stellar health and have the energy, zest, and mood you desire – please keep doing what you are doing. But if you feel like shit all of the time and have health issues – let me tell you the emperor is NOT wearing any clothes and SUGAR IMPAIRS IMMUNITY and so no, you canNOT eat it in moderation if you want to get well.
I think it was Mark Sisson who said that, “If you eat refined sugar in moderation you can expect moderate health.” Mark also shared how sometimes he enjoys sugar treats and to not do so would be to miss out on some fun in life – like when he is at a speciality place in Florida – to not have Key Lime Pie would be missing out. (Something like that… and this week, Mark’s blog has keto- coffee popsicles here)
Not only did we serve cake – we ended up with a Sugar Table
The Sugar table had the cake, cupcakes, the recovered lemon cake, and more than 200 Biscotti:
To wrap up the post, wanted to share the ultimate Biscotti recipe. Maybe for times when sugar IS on the menu.
4 cups of flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of grape seed oil (or vegetable oil – do not use butter they will crumble)
4 large eggs
2 tsp of almond oil (or vanilla)
1 1/2 cups of sliced almonds
Topping can be melted chocolate, frosting, nut cream, etc.
Preheat over to 350
mix flour and baking soda and set aside
Mix oil, sugar, eggs and almond oil (use a wooden spoon because tradition says it mixes with more flavor this way)
Slowly add the flour mix until dough is formed.
Roll into logs and bake (at 350) until halfway or a little done.
Cut into slices and bake some more – (maybe use a cooling grill to get them even toasty)
Let cool and add toppings.
The biscotti will not have preservatives so freeze after a few days (or give some away or just toss leftovers).
Recipe adapted from Chef Cohen via Denver Post (1997).
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