Sweet and Savory Escapes: Weekly Photo Challenge

Peanut brittle with jaggery

Peanut brittle with jaggery

"Modak"style pedhas

“Modak”style pedhas

Rava Ladoo with cashews and raisins

Rava Ladoo with cashews and raisins

Anarasa: The dish takes about four days to make and is a rare delicacy.

Almond fudge East Indian style

Almond fudge East Indian style

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A middle eastern desert platter with baklawa and the works!

Chicago style deep dish pizza

Chicago style deep dish pizza

Cheesy Nachos

Home made Cheesy Nachos

Lasagna

Lasagna

White cake with strawberry cream filling Yummy!

White cake with strawberry cream filling Yummy!

Homemade Peach Pie

Homemade Peach Pie

Cranberry muffins with sauce and butter on the side

Cranberry muffins with sauce and butter on the side

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Homemade thumb print cookies with lemon curd and raspberry jam filling, pecan sandies and Pfeffernüsse cookies.

A visit to Cold stone creamery and this treat disappears in five minutes.

A visit to Cold stone creamery and this treat disappears in five minutes.

Lemon cake

Lemon cake

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May 18, 2013 : Why did I choose food as escape for this photo challenge?

Food is an escape for many of us who are depressed, tired, frustrated and feeling inadequate. Personally, I have found comfort in food when I was tired or in pain.

A few  years ago I read ” Stolen Lives” -the story of Malika Oufkir’s turbulent and remarkable life. http://www.amazon.com/Stolen-Lives-Twenty-Desert-Oprahs/dp/0786868619

On August 16, 1972, Malika’s father was arrested and executed after an attempt to assassinate the king. Malika, her five younger brothers and sisters and her mother were immediately imprisoned in a desert penal colony. During the long imprisonment Malika imagined the foods and feasts that she had experienced in her life before imprisonment which helped her and her siblings survive prison.

We have an estimated 16.7 million children who live in food insecure households in America: one of the most powerful nation’s on earth.  http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-facts/child-hunger-facts.aspx

When one cannot afford it , “imagining food”  becomes an escape for the hungry and starving  “have-nots”.

The first four comments were written before this conclusion was added to the article and the two readers/commenters had only seen the food pictures of the escape photo challenge then.

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12 thoughts on “Sweet and Savory Escapes: Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. It’s a good thing looked at this at suppertime so I can eat my meal first. Chocolate of any kind is my downfall. The week before my neck surgery I was so stressed I ate a whole jar of Nutella by myslef – yep, out of the jar with a spoon, sigh.

    • A little bit of chocolate after a meal keeps me going. …… to finish doing the dishes and clean up after dinner LOL.
      It can be stressful knowing that you will be under the knife and food can be comforting in such times. I hope the chocolate in the nutella helped take care of some of that stress.
      I am glad your surgery was a success. 🙂

  2. Hmm……temptations….. trying foods I didn’t like or foods new to me…… sometimes the results surprised me too. I remember being allured by a dark chocolate mint Ghirardelli bar and now it is my fave after meal dessert.

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