Let yourself eat cake
Jan 07, 2018 04:14 am
A lot of pressure is put on girls and women and people, in general, to deny themselves pleasure for the sake of appearances. But do we have to sacrifice all the good stuff in order to be good people? What if we learned to decadently indulge ourselves in moderation? What if, instead of binging on factory-made chocolate bars after depriving ourselves sweets for a week, we took an afternoon to bake ourselves a cake?
In her novel Chocolat, Joanne Harris captures the self-indulgence that can be found in the kitchen:
…it is partly the transience of it that delights me; so much loving preparation, so much art and experience, put into a pleasure that can last only a moment, and which only a few will ever fully appreciate.
While I consider self-indulgence to be reason enough to bake yourself a cake, being able to nurture yourself is also critical to being a liberated person. If you have to rely entirely on pre-packaged pleasures to nourish yourself, you’re dependent on a system that doesn’t necessarily have your best interest at heart. That’s not to say a girl can’t enjoy a Twinkie in its cake-stained plastic wrapper when it’s what she wants, but knowing your way around the kitchen equips you to get exactly what you want rather than a product you’re willing to settle for.
Today, stream your favorite playlist (or listen to one of mine) and bake yourself a cake or a pan of brownies or a plate of beautiful cookies. Whatever you’re in the mood for, sis. Eat what you want, and give the rest to someone who will appreciate the gesture of love and appreciation. Or invite a couple of girlfriends over to help you with the baking and with the indulging! I’ve included a link to a deeeevine chocolate cake recipe from The Food Charlatan – who fully endorses baking oneself cake, btw.
This particular treat may make your eyes roll back in your head!
P.S. While you’re over there, take a look at Karen’s About page. I love this food charlatan’s joyful embrace of mistakes and messy beginnings. She wasn’t at all sure whether she had what it took to be a food blogger, but she took a risk and taught herself the ropes. She’s been at it six years now, and her site is beautiful! How cool is that?
If you’re so inclined, share a picture of your homemade cake with me on Instagram. Tag @perilous.and.sparks and use the hashtag #PSmission. I love being inspired by the creations of clever girls like you!
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