Most of you already know this: I hate desserts. Really, I do. Not to say I don’t like baking them, or staring at them through the clear glasses in a bakery. Gleaming fruit tarts; tall, intricately-designed wedding cakes; adorable, pretty-in-pink cupcakes; dense and dark brownies. They’re lovely to look at, but not so much to eat.
First of all, well, they’re boring. They usually just have one dominant flavor: sweet. And second of all, they get cloying and sickening really fast.
Wouldn’t you say that’s the same for life? I used to dream of that perfect life: I’d be popular and smart in high school, graduate with honors and fabulous job offer from college (and find me a gorgeous boyfriend), get a fabulous career, be the life of parties, get rich, retire, spend the rest of my days in the Bahamas with a permanent suntan. But by now I’ve long since realized that life is just not about green meadows with lollipop flowers and cotton candy clouds.
Not only is a perfect life not possible, it is not…feasible. Seriously. Let’s pretend you got all you wanted in life. Then what? There’s nothing more to achieve, nothing more to fight for, nothing more to run towards. Life will then become a meaningless empty hole, where you just fall and fall and fall while getting fat sipping on martinis.
No. Give me the challenges in life. Give me trials to face, problems to solve, battles to fight. That way I won’t stay stagnant, but continue to grow and experience and learn. Life is not Candyland. I don’t want sweetness after sweetness, to the point that it just gets sickening and saccharine. Life is a battlefield. It’s tough and gritty and sometimes rather horrible, but exciting and thrilling and sensational at the same time.
I would like to say I’ve been through a lot, but I’m only 21 and there’s more shit ahead of me. Well, I’ve got my boots ready and my belt strapped tight, so bring it on.
So desserts? No thanks. I’d like a bit more interesting and savory substance in my dishes. Thus I introduce to you my own take on carrot cake (and life).
“Carrot Cake” Sandwich
- carrots, shaved (I didn’t have a vegetable peeler, so I had to shave it by hand with a fruit knife)
- 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
- 3 tablespoons cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 thick slices of cinnamon raisin bread
1. Get a nice thick slab of cinnamon raisin bread. This is the base, your foundation: your family, your values, your beliefs, your friends.
2. Meanwhile, mix together the cream cheese, cinnamon, and honey. This is the tangy and sweet cream spread. It’s your daily life, your daily routine, your daily encounters. Sometimes it’s sweet, sometimes it’s tangy, sometimes it’s got a hint of spice, but altogether it sails through nice and smooth.
3. And then pinch in the walnut pieces. These are the bumpy roads in life: crunchy, nutty, gritty, but altogether bearable.
4. And then layer on the shaved carrots. Sprinkle with a bit of coarse kosher salt. These are the layers and layers of new experiences, new lessons, new relationships, new struggles you face each day. Take them with a grain of salt. With the right perspective, these add dimensions of wisdom and insight into your life. And the salt notches up flavor.
5. And because life can get a bit hot (and because bread tastes so much better toased), toast them up on a skillet. They develop a nice crust on the bottom, a “know-how” into life as you weather with age.
Now, for the finale: Bite in and savor! Or not. Ah, the woes of food blogging. My mouth was watering at that tantalizing aroma of the caramelized raisins and the warm cinnamon, but I had refrain myself to take a few quick shots…
Okay, I know this is a far cry from real carrot cake. But it’s got all the components! The carrots, the raisins, the nuts, the cream cheese “frosting” and the spices!
Freaking yum. Crunch, chew, creamy, all in one savory-sweet bite. This totally beats carrot cake, in my opinion.
Won’t you try my carrot cake, the deconstr
ucted and savory version?
Oh and did you know sometimes you get a little bonus is life too? Guess what popped up at my doorstep:
The amazing giveaway I won from Lauren at Say What You Need to Say!!
Let’s see what I’ve got here: Puffins, Annie’s Mac & Cheese, Chocolate PB2, an August edition of Self, Kind bars, Fruit Leathers, Barney’s Butter packets, Trader Joe’s Bananas, Flattened, a Trader Joe’s bag, and a freaking sweet card!
I dug into the flattened bananas right away:
Instant LOVE! I hate bananas in raw form, but I love them in these interesting ways, whether dried, or cooked. They were chewy, slightly sweet, and intense!
Thank you so much for the generous package, Lauren! (I went to Trader Joe’s right away today to use that bag but ended up forgetting it, but I will use it the next time I visit!)
Question of the day: Are you a sweet or savory or combo?