Monday, October 21, 2013

Candle Cafe's vegan pumpkin cheesecake

Pale tangerine offset by ruby red
And studded with pepita jewels
Cleaved by fork; ethereal lightness
Beauty and perfection.

Anticipatory first bite, and then!
Eyes open and taste buds dancing
Flavour and texture evolve, dissolve
Balanced contemplation.

Faint pumpkin, warm spices, sweet creaminess
Tart cranberry in gleaming contrast
And well-partnered delight.

Satisfying beyond imagining
Epitome of vegan bliss
Also, as served, well balanced in form;
Golden dessert dinner.

Vegan pumpkin cheesecake with cranberry coulis
and candied pepitas; Candle Cafe, New York

I am not often moved to poetry by food (which is just as well, given the quality of my poetry), but this vegan pumpkin cheesecake from New York's Candle Cafe demanded it. 

The best part? I'm not just taunting you with food memories - I'll be back in my next post with a recipe for how to make a version of your own.

What foods / meals have moved you to think in poetry (if any)?!


  1. gurrl, you're a poet and you know it!! SO looking forward to the recipe!

  2. Yum can't wait for the recipe, it looks so so good!! My boyfriends favourite dessert by far is definitely cheesecake :)

    1. I actually don't like regular cheesecake much, so it was a revelation to discover vegan varieties. I adore them!

  3. YES. I'm so glad you guys got to go to Candle Cafe! And that you recreated this masterpiece!

    1. I think it was my favourite food of the whole trip :D

  4. I am looking forward to your recipe - sounds amazing (reads amazingly) - and now all over again I wish to be in new york eating all their good food!

    1. It is dazzling just how much good food there is. It's such a shame things like this don't ship well!

  5. You clever girl. A wonderfully cheesey poem in honour of this beautiful dessert

  6. It's hard to believe it's possible to make a vegan cheesecake. The very word, 'cheese' would surely make it seem impossible. And that cheesecake looks so authentic. I can't wait to see your recipe. And that was a fantastic poem - I'm hopeless at poetry xx

    1. My sister's boyfriend recently had a mini rant about this very topic - she took him down to The Raw Kitchen and when he saw their raw, vegan cheesecake he thought it was completely wrong to label a dessert that when it has no cheese. I can see his point, but after he'd tried their desserts, he decided to forgive them ;)

      This is a long winded way of saying that this, as you rightly guess, has no cheese but does still do a rather wonderful job of being cheesecake like in all the ways!

  7. Can't wait to see your version.


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