|A lovely mound of yogurt, drizzled with honey & coconut, surrounded by fruit|
Presentation, presentation, presentation. I may be ordinary :) but I love a pretty plate as much as the next person. With an extra thirty-second investment of my time, yesterday's lunch - a simple serving of yogurt and fruit - became a gourmet dish. What humble fare have you made glamorous meal just by presenting it artistically? Post your comments below.
I want to take just a moment to wax eloquent about yogurt before I share my recipe with you. It's one of my very favorite foods in the world and it pains me to see it abused the way it often is. Here is my advice for enjoying the taste and health benefits of yogurt. 1) Please don't use sweetened yogurt, especially not artificially sweetened stuff. Buy ONLY plain yogurt, and buy organic if you can. (I like Stonyfield Farm brand.) Try it unsweetened. If you do prefer it sweetened, add some dried or fresh fruit, or a little drizzle of honey or maple syrup. 2) If at all possible, drain your yogurt before eating it. This requires a bit of advance planning but is well worth it. Line a colander or strainer with a piece of cheesecloth or a paper towel. Put the colander over a large bowl. Put the yogurt into the prepared colander and cover it with plastic wrap or foil. Leave the yogurt in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. The liquid will drip into the bowl and your yogurt will become thick and lovely. Discard the liquid and enjoy your Greek style yogurt.
Yogurt and Fruit
1 cup of plain yogurt
1 ripe mango (or other fruit, like peaches, melon, or anything that strikes your fancy), cut in chunks
a handful of toasted or candied pecans
some unsweetened shredded coconut
Place the yogurt in the center of a pretty, large plate. Surround the yogurt with the mango. Lay the pecans carefully around the mango. Drizzle some honey over the yogurt and then some coconut over that. Enjoy immediately.