The Benevolence of Sweets

September 12, 2009

A few of the treats at the Coral Princess's Pastry Extravagnaza

A few of the treats at the Coral Princess's Pastry Extravaganza

My favorite cruise treat, a fruit tart

My favorite cruise treat, a fruit tart

Spun sugar taken to new heights

Spun sugar taken to new heights

You could assuage your guilt by partaking of sugar-free desserts.

You could assuage your guilt by partaking of sugar-free desserts.

Choice of pastries at the Coral Princess's afternoon tea

Choice of pastries at the Coral Princess's afternoon tea

Cruises are well known for their excess of food.  We found this to be the case on the Coral Princess.  The abundant choices and excellent cuisine were certainly an indulgence.  My response was to give in to this pampering as gracefully as I could!

I think this passage from Muriel Barbery’s Gourmet Rhapsody captures the feeling of this abundance:

“No one was the least bit hungry anymore, but that is precisely what is so good about the moment devoted to pastries: they can only be appreciated to the full extent of their subtlety when they are not eaten to assuage our hunger, when the orgy of their sugary sweetness is not destined to fill some primary need but to coat our palate with all the benevolence of the world.”