When God invented sugar it must have been a very good day. Even though we all consume larger quantities than we should, there is no question we would do anything to experience its rush of pleasure. We serve it at all the most important life events. Even the saying, "life is short, eat dessert first!" proves we would rather have sugar than almost any other food. We call loved ones, "sweetie." People who talk nice to us are "sugar coating it." And adding sugar to cocoa beans has literally changed the planet! Oh, sugar, sugar, sugar! I worship sugar!
Which, I'm thinking, is why God probably kept it to himself for millennia.... no doubt leaked by the dark forces.
Um, thank you dark forces? Oh dear...
The sugar beet and sugar cane are the two main sources of refined sugar production, which seems trivial. However sugar itself has become one of the key commodities of modern times. I actually grew up near a small town where there was a sugar beet factory. Constructed in 1903 in Garland Utah , the Utah Sugar Company was in operation until 1978. I will tell you. The smell from that plant is nothing like the sweet final product. Odd, eh?
Want to know more? Here are some interesting facts published on sucrose.com about sugar:
"It was the major expansion of the Arab peoples in the seventh century AD that led to a breaking of the secret. When they invaded Persia in 642 AD they found sugar cane being grown and learnt how sugar was made. As their expansion continued they established sugar production in other lands that they conquered including North Africa and Spain. However, it is thought that cane sugar was first used by man in Polynesia from where it spread to India. In 510 BC the Emperor Darius of what was then Persia invaded India where he found "the reed which gives honey without bees". The secret of cane sugar, as with many other of man's discoveries, was kept a closely guarded secret whilst the finished product was exported for a rich profit."
Let's talk about some of my latest sugary treats. They have produced so many happy tummies so it is hard for me to think about being a perpetrator of dark arts. Really, how could a candy sprinkle be evil?
It turns out we do need to be a bit mindful of the stuff. The Huffington Post has published a very interesting article explaining what happens when we become sugar addicts. It is worth the read. I find that between the lines the logic lies in understanding that we must have balance. And that a lot of our sugar and other unhealthy items are found in processed foods. I work very hard to avoid a processed food diet and find that if you eat naturally you can probably imbibe responsibly without too much harm...
But I will let you decide with every, delicious, crystallized, sparkling, happy bite...
RECIPE: Quick Watermelon Ice Cream
6-7 C of ripe watermelon, cut into chunks
1 C sweetened condensed milk
Dash of salt
Place watermelon chunks on parchment paper on baking sheet. Freeze for 4 hours. Then take watermelon and put into a food processor. Process until smaller chunks. Add the sweetened condensed milk and the salt. Blend until very creamy. Pour into a dish and smooth out top. Cover with cling film. Return to freezer for 3-4 hours until firm. Serve!
Recipe inspired by several online posts.
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My name is Camine Pappas and I love to create beautiful and delicious food that anyone can make. My signature style centers around a love for combining things in a way you might not expect as I work to find a hidden combination of colors, textures and flavors from the things that are in my pantry and/or easy to obtain.