You’ve just gotta love celebration days like this one that are so incredibly specific. Today, we celebrate doughnuts with a cream filling. Not unfilled, not filled with fruit, but apparently just the ones with cream. At least that’s what the day is meant to be about. To me, it’s just a good reminder to enjoy a donut again very, very soon! This is a Boston cream doughnut that I’ve doodlewashed here. It’s really only cream in name, though, since the inside is more like a pudding. I used to love these as a kid, but they weren’t my favorite. I liked a version that had a bright, impossibly white “cream” filling that was known as “fluff.” I’ve no idea what it’s made of and probably don’t want to find out, but it was delicious! There’s actually very little, if any, cream at all in these particular types of doughnuts. Just shortening, oil, and tons of sugar that could satisfy even the most demanding sweet tooth. So yeah, definitely a treat, and when it comes to my diet, once a year is probably just about right.
Though we’re heading into autumn here and the return of cooler weather and blissful sweaters to hide the effects of doughnuts, I’m still trying to limit my indulgences. A couple of shirts wouldn’t button quite as well as I remember them doing previously so that was enough for me to shift my habits a bit. As I get older, little treats like these become more fond memories of the past. A time when indulging in them more regularly didn’t come with ill side effects. But, life is impossibly short, so I still indulge when I can. If anything, these treats have become even more like treats over time. Something special that comes with a bit of rarity is always a bit more fabulous than those things we enjoy much more often. When it comes to donuts, though, there’s really only one that I can’t turn down easily. A simple glazed donut. Sometimes, when a coworker brings donuts into work, most are covered in sprinkles or pimped out in some other exotic fashion. These I can easily pass on, but if, in the mix, there’s a lowly and simple glazed donut there, I grab it on impulse.
I’m just a huge fan of simple things that don’t try to be overly glamorous, but are content being perfectly everyday. The purest and simplest version of any food is usually my favorite. It’s equally a good way to discover if a bakery or restaurant is truly wonderful or not. A perfectly made donut is a beautiful thing and requires no sugary costume to be thoroughly enjoyed. And the simplest dish prepared perfectly can make for the most memorable meal ever. Of all the ingredients an artisan can put into something, the most important ones will always be skill and heart. An eye for detail and a love of the subject matter is what transforms anything made by hand into a work of art. Whether it’s a splash of paint, a knitted scarf, a ceramic bowl, a short story, a poem, or a lovely dessert. It’s bits of daily practice mixed with passion that create the most extraordinary things. That’s why, today, I show up daily to make a little something. And also why I feverishly attempt to inspire others to do the same. There’s always something new and wonderful to experience and discover when we create new things each day. Even if I’m just popping in for a bit, to doodlewash a sugary fantasy treat in honor of Cream Filled Doughnut Day.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Aureolin, Vermilion, and Indigo. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
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