Saturday, November 1, 2008


Light. You know it when you see it. Literally. For it is what we see during every waking moment of our lives, yet it is taken so for granted that we do not fully feel its presence until we feel its absence. Think, for a moment, of the memorable episodes of light that you have experienced. Was it a billion brilliant stars piercing the blue-black sky? The sunshine sheen of frozen pond waiting for you to carve your skates into it? Or was it the blazing burn of golden fire energizing a hearth? Focus, now, on what is in your direct line of vision. What do you see? The softest white diffusion spilled against a shaped shadow? The wake of frosted water smashing against a shoreline? Or is it the luminous and luscious temptations beckoning you from your local bakery or confectionery window? Did they grab your attention? Good. Keep it there.

For November, Sugar High Fridays, the crazy-popular and long-running event created by Jennifer, The Domestic Goddess, is celebrating every and any sweet that catches the eye, whether as mesmerizingly complicated as spun caramel filament crowning a cylinder of mousse parfait or as simple as holiday treats paved with sanding sugar. The only requirement is that your sweets must irresistibly razzle and dazzle.

Here are some ideas, though the possibilities are truly limitless:

  • Creations decorated with edible pearls or glitter, luster dust, gold or silver leaf, metallic dragĂ©es, sparkling sugars*

  • Mirror cake and other glazed or iced baked goods, candied fruit, nut brittles, hard candies, gumdrops

  • Glossy chocolates and ganaches, shimmering puddings, gelatins, ices

To participate, please...

Create and post about a light-reflecting recipe by Monday, November 24, including links to this announcement as well as Jennifer's Sugar High Fridays post. Archived recipes can only be accepted if they are reposted as current.

Email your posts to me at thewellseasonedcook AT yahoo DOT com with SHF in the subject and provide the following details:


Blog Name (those who do not blog are also welcome to join in – just email your recipes and photos)

Recipe Name and URL

Location (Optional)

Photo – 400 X 300, either orientation. I will resize if you have problems.

Use of the logo is optional.

The round-up will be posted late New York time on Friday, November 28. Given that the last week of November includes the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, I might not be able to accommodate every latecomer. Please consider this when budgeting your time if you are keen to participate.

Should you have any questions, I can be reached at the above email. I look very forward to everyone's recipes and thank you for joining in! Special thanks to Jennifer for allowing me the pleasure of hosting this premier event.


* Various decorations can be found in the baking aisle of your grocer, as well as cake, craft and chef supply stores. Some local restrictions (i.e. California) may apply to the purchase of metallic comestibles. Not all decorations are considered suitable for consumption, but will be labeled "For Decoration Only."


  1. I have something in mind Susan, & am in the process of posting it. Hope you will accept it! Thanks for hosting this great evet!

  2. Oh Susan, I just threw out years-old sparkling sugar and sugar flowers because I didn't see myself using them at all! At least they'd have qualified my dish for your event!

  3. What a great idea, Susan. Count me in!

  4. Wow..thats something I'd love to do.. Let me put my thinking cap on !!

  5. hey Susan, will my recent post work;) If so I can contribute it. do let me know.

  6. GREAT idea for SHF! Cant wait to create!

  7. Dear Susan

    Hi.. I just saw your lamington recipe in the Desserts Mag..
    Congrats ... Am so happy for you..


  8. I just sent you an e-mail with the required details. Hope you have received it, Susan.

  9. I'm so glad you are hosting this. It's been far too long since I participated.

  10. let me see if I can send something in :-)

    Mushroom ambat is a great idea... I made mushroom saung which is a twist from the usual Potato saung.

  11. Thanks, everyone! Be back soon with individual responses to your comments.

  12. A perfect theme for this time of year!

  13. Hi! Man I'm so sad I missed this event! I love sparkly things! Lol. When is the next Sugar High Friday? I'd love to participate. I just started my own first food blog. If you'd like to see me,

  14. Susan

    I was not aware of this event till it was over. would u know when or where is the next one?

    Forgive my ignorance.

  15. Deeba - Your recipe was lovely. Thank you.

    Sra - That's what fancy sugars are for, to toss out just when you think you won't need them. : }

    Vaishali - Thank you! I know work has gotten in the way.

    Thank you, Arfi!

    Welcome, Sheetal!

    Swati, I love what you created for the event. Thank you.

    Sharmi - Your almond halwa is rich and gorgeous. Thanks.

    Thanks, Lori. Good to see you.

    Thanks, Swati. Much appreciated. : }

    Thanks, TBC. I adore your mango burfi.

    Kelly -- Thanks. You offered a great recipe.

    Welcome, Raaga! So glad for your visit! Thank you!

    Hi, Cakelaw! Thanks. 'Tis a good theme. ; }

    Welcome, Soma! You can check on The Domestic Goddess site for future event for Sugar High Fridays.