By Saara Musadick, Graduate Associate

‘Desserts of the World’ returned to the Pevensey 1 building for One World Sussex Week!

Hosted in the Bridge Café, the event celebrated our diverse student and staff population. Desserts were used as a way to learn about different cultures, traditions, and countries in a language that everyone understands: good food!

Staff and students were encouraged to make or provide dishes from their home country, as well as provide information about what their dessert was and why they were making it. Countries represented included Brazil, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Romania, Italy, and England!

Due to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, this event was also an opportunity to fundraise for the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

The event was a huge success, with both staff and students turning up to sample the amazing food. Not a single dish was left! We also raised an incredible £196 for Ukraine, which will make such a difference!

A prize was awarded for the Most Inspirational Dessert, with 3rd Year student Semini Karunasena winning by popular vote with her milkmaid caramel pudding from Sri Lanka. We asked Semini why she made this dessert, and this is what she had to say:

“I was really excited when I heard that the Psychology department was hosting ‘Desserts of the World’ for One World Week. I’ve never really made any Sri Lankan desserts (I’m more of an eater), so I decided to make something relatively easy and went for a Sri Lankan caramel pudding. This is a great dessert to eat, especially after having spicy food as a main meal.  I used my mum’s recipe which was passed down to her from her mother, so I knew it was going to taste great! My mum would always make this for me as a kid (and still does!) for special occasions and now she makes it for me when I leave home for uni after the holidays.

I want to say a huge thanks to my Mum and Dad who I face-timed at 10pm because I was struggling to steam the caramel, couldn’t have made this without your help!”

If you would like to try and recreate Semini’s winning dessert, follow her recipe:

Thank you to the Student Experience Team for organising this event, and to everyone who provided a dessert and donated!

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