We all have foods that
"one-bite-isn't-enough", those foods that like a fire-alarm-gone-wild,
just keep assaulting your consciousness. In general, it is not worthwhile
having those things around…..
Now I love cheesecake, and allow myself a
slice every Saturday night. In order to avoid cutting WAY too large a slice, I
cut the cake in advance, on the day I purchase it. Then it hibernates in my
freezer until I pull a slice out each Saturday evening.
Well, I finished my cheesecake last week,
so today I wanted to buy a new one. Entering the bakery I was amazed at the
variety offered: with blueberries, with butterscotch, or with crumbs. The
blueberry version looked like the blueberries were more jelly than fruit, so I
pulled the butterscotch one out of the fridge. I headed to the cashier, and
then stopped short.
"Do you REALLY want to buy that? It has
more calories than plain old regular cheesecake . That butterscotch icing cream
has just got to be loaded with extra calories….."
So I turned around and replaced that
butterscotch confection with something more realistic for my eating plan.
In about a week and a half it will be
Purim, a holiday when people traditionally send "portions" of food to
friends, family, and neighbors. Most people send things like wafers, chocolate,
cake, and wine. I send challot
(braided bread), and containers of home-made
salad. [And sometimes I pass on as well the various sweets I have received from
One year I made the mistake of baking
"nice and fresh" on the night before Purim. I no longer try to do that, as I want to be
awake enough on Purim to hear the scroll of Ester being read, and going to
sleep at 3AM just doesn't allow for that….. So I bake in advance, and freeze. Yesterday
was the day I had chosen to accomplish
the baking marathon, and I baked about
20 small challot.
I used a generous amount of egg yolk to
glaze the top of the breads, and was pondering what to do with the egg whites
which were left over. In the end, I decided to bake a coconut- chocolate-meringue
cake, which not only disposed of the egg whites, but also some coconut that I
wanted to finish off. I had used sweetener instead of half of the sugar, and I
allowed myself a smidgen of a taste, just to see if the experiment was actually
edible. It definitely was. I wanted more, but managed to curb my desire, and
headed out the door for my Wednesday night swimming session. I would pack up
the cooled bake goods on my return.
Late that evening I was still short of my
daily calorie allowance by 200 calories, and I contemplated having some more of
the coconut cake. But in the end, I decided that it wasn't worthwhile to do so:
cake should be saved for special occasions. Besides, I WANTED an apple more!
Gee how my tastes have changed!