Sweet temptation of King Cake... sadly disappointing!
Monday, January 14, 2013
It's Mardi Gras season in New Orleans.
Each Friday, as a teacher, I am given the task of cutting up and distributing king cake to the kids. The person with the baby brings the cake the following Friday. It's an endless cycle of sweets in the classroom until Mardi Gras vacation. The king cake was forgotten last Friday, yeah! But, it showed up today, boo!
Drippy sugary glaze sprinkled with sparkling purple, green, and yellow sugar atop freshly baked cinnamon brioche... Sounds decadent to many, doesn't it!? I cut the cake into 19 pieces one for each child in the class. As I passed them out I remembered that one of my students was absent. There was one lonely piece waiting in a big box yellow sugar staring back at me like the sweet longing eyes of the runt of the litter waiting to be chosen and brought home. Well, I brought that creamy, yellow puppy home!
What's interesting is that I ate that piece of king cake even though it really wasn't that delicious. Sure, that first taste of sweetness exploded in my mouth. But the subsequent bites weren't as euphoric. Yet, I ate it - all of it. Shame on me! Upon finishing the final bite and licking the last bits of sweetness from my thumb and forefinger I realized that the cake was not all that amazingly tasty. I kept eating each bite searching for that satisfaction and trying to savor a sweetness that I was convinced I'd find. It was sweet yes, but it didn't really taste "good." It didn't have flavor - just sweetness, sugary sweetness. I know that there is a science to the brain and what sweetness triggers. Our bodies crave sweetness, but this piece of king cake didn't satisfy any craving whatsoever...
Next time I have a craving for sweetness, I will absolutely choose something that is sweet and flavorful and good for me too. No more king cake for me... I love to cook and enjoy being creative in the kitchen; I can come up with a better option than a mere piece of king cake. I am disappointed in myself for eating the piece of king cake, but I'm not going to beat myself up about it. Instead, this teacher will chalk it up as a lesson learned. The taste of sugar in my mouth might help medicine go down, but that's just about it...