I may be late to the party (I know the movie was released in 2014), yet there are still things about it that urge me to type this. Is there something that feels wrong about this film for you, too?
That Sugar film is a documentary of the Australian director-actor Damon Gameau who decided to go on a high-sugar diet for 60 days. He was not eating Victoria Sponges and Snickers, but the products labelled as ‘healthy’ – cereal bars, ready-made smoothies, sugar-ladden sauces etc.
As a result, he gained quite some weight, experienced fatigue and mood swings. As soon as he got back to ‘normal’, his body steadily recovered.
Sounds cool, eh? One man’s crusade against granola. We salute you?
Who is this black-veiled, er, matriarch? Who is this femme fatale, who looks similar to Monica Belucci in her 2000 hit movie Malena? Wait, it is the housewife and first lady of the United States of America, Melania Trump. Not fearing the ‘trying too hard’ effect, Mrs Trump pulled off a cinematic and a gothically dramatic look – a long black dress with the Lady Macbeth-ian lace veil. Is it how the first lady pictures the Italian church attire?
Pope Francesco eased up the atmosphere by asking the terrified women on her European trip – what is she feeding her Trump husband. Pottizza (or Potica, the Slovenian pastry – the country where Melania is originally from. See the picture below on the left) or a global favourite, pizza (no introduction needed, the indulgent one on the picture below, on the right)?
Funnily, this joke – and the food mentioned – serves as the common page for conversation and, hopefully, a point of agreement between tastes and cultures. Get off it, Melania. Get off it, Donald. Be nice to the world. Don’t try too hard to impress.
When you think of the old debate – what was first, a chicken or an egg – it occurs me that it does not matter what was first. What really matters is that without either of the two (or both), we would have never had the best desserts in our culture. Think: Victorian sponge, Pan di Spagna, Crema Pasticcera, Tiramisu, cupcakes and muffins, brownies and meringues – all these bites of indulgence demand an EGG. Continue reading “Chicken or Egg, or Tiramisu?”→