Tuesday Photo Challenge: Treat

If you were to ask me “Do you like dessert?” I would definitely say “Dessert is OK, but I can take it or leave it. My real preference is for savoury foods.” And yet, when I looked through my photos for this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge at Dutch Goes the Photo with the prompt “Treat”, I saw that perhaps I like sweets more than I think I do…

When I travel in the southern US, there is nothing like a piece of pecan pie and coffee to end a meal.
This is how I’ve been known to eat on a long bike ride. This was taken 150 km in to a 170 km ride. At the end of the ride, my estimated calorie burn was over 5,000 so replenishing calories quickly with sugar and simple carbohydrates isn’t just tasty, it’s necessary.
A year or so ago Daegan and I went out for chocolate and peanut butter “pizza”. It’s served with fruit so it’s healthy, right?
Newcomer Kitchen is a project run by a local restaurant giving space to Syrian women to cook food that they then sell. The meals they sell are all traditional Syrian dishes. One day I got to cook alongside them. It was a fantastic experience and I learned a lot. Here are some dumplings I helped make that are served with a yogurt sauce. Behind it is a cake that is being soaked in sugar syrup. Both were delicious.
bike tri
This one’s from another bike trip Daegan and I took in Quebec a few years back. I definitely eat more sweets when I’m bicycle touring.
gulab jamun
Gulab Jamun is my favourite Indian dessert (Gajar ka Halwa is my second favourite). Just before leaving India I stayed in a hotel in Mumbai with a buffet and this was part of it. They were served hot, just the way I like them. I only had a couple but I think I would have been happy to bring the entire pot of them back to my table. I could leave a couple behind in a bowl for other people to have. I shouldn’t be greedy, after all!
GJ with IC
In a restaurant here in Toronto I ordered gulab jamun and they brought it to me warm with ice cream and a khari biscuit. Heavenly!
There is little more beautiful than a box of mithai. These were given to me by a coworker after I visited our Bangalore office. They tasted as good as they look.

What are your favourite treats? Do you prefer sweet or savoury sweets? Let me know in the comments.

20 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge: Treat

    1. Wow – how bizarre – this was in the spam folder. I only found it because another blogger was talking about their comments ending up in other people’s spam folders. It may be good to have a look in your own just to see if there’s anything there that shouldn’t be!

      1. Todd I am extremely sorry! I am requesting again and again to everyone please check their spam folder! I don’t have any idea about this WP glitch but yes it’s happening with many bloggers! I am continuously keeping a close eye on my spam folder as well! Thank you so much for your concern! I appreciate it! 😊

      2. No need to apologize at all – you didn’t program the spam detection software, did you? If you did program it then there will be gulab jamun for everyone here but you. 😉

        I’m just glad to learn that that’s a common issue so I know now to check. I wonder how many others I’ve missed over the months…

      1. I dont have control over sweets. I badly eat them when i crave. I love the milk pedas and rosgolla..

      2. Oh delicious. I saw a recipe online recently for chocolate covered rosgolla – I can’t even imagine! So for me my self control is that I remain faithful to my true love, Gulab Jamun. Except in the winter when the carrots are in season… 🙂

  1. We do love sweets 🙂 Gulab jamun is our grandson’s favourite. Last month we tasted balmithai in Almora. A speciality of the Kumaon region. It was very nice.
    These days we make gulab jamun from gulab jamun mix. My father-in-law is 93. He loves sweets and used to make them too in his younger days. He used to boil milk it became very thick like khowa. He made gulab jamun using that . It must have been so tasty. Now I don’t think we would like to spend so much time 🙂

    1. Ooh – I just looked up photos. Balmithai looks amazing.

      There is something about eating something that someone took so much care to make – to make from scratch – without a bit of mix. For example, I made gajar ka halwa once here using a packet to make it easier. It was OK, but when I stayed with friends in India and one of them made it with no shortcuts it was amazing. That said, I am not sure I’ll ever try making gulab jamun completely from scratch as your father in law did, but I’m intrigued by trying it from mix. I did once make besan laddoo, though. Those were pretty good.

      1. The mixes are good. We get MTR gulab jamun mix. Carrot halva is also our favourite. It has been sometime since I have made it. I grate fresh carrot, cook it in the pressure cooker with milk. Then after removing the lid I keep stirring till the milk dries, then add sugar and cardamom powder. I keep stirring till it leaves the sides. I put one teaspoon of ghee on the top.

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