Friday, May 16, 2008

Breakfast #19: Mixed Fruit Yogurt Parfait

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I didn’t want the week to end without showing you what I did with the rest of my blueberry syrup. You may want to make a nice breakfast over the weekend after all and I want to make sure you have not one, but two suggestions from me :) One rich and decadent, the other lighter, though certainly no less decadent (or less pretty).

Layering in a glass has been all the rage for a while now, and as usual, I am quite late in jumping on the bandwagon. But that has not stopped me before, and it certainly won’t stop me now, or ever :) Call it what you will…verrine, parfait…serving sweets or savories this way gives you a great visual representation of flavor/texture contrasts. Plus, it’s a pretty nice way to have your yogurt :)

It’s no secret that I love yogurt, and that I am always on the prowl for the thick creamy variety I used to have in Greece. I was over the moon when found this one. I was even more thrilled to find a local dairy farm** that makes their own Greek-style yogurt!

And did I mention that mangoes are in season?

So this may look like a simple mixed fruit yogurt parfait, but really what you are looking at is fate in a glass: a brilliant surprise from the market, the season’s darling in fruit, a creamy yogurt long sought-after, and my favorite granola to make things interesting. Seek and you shall find they say…I certainly did :)

No recipe here. Just go to your farmers market. Find some fruit in season – one to make into jam or syrup, one that begs to be eaten fresh. Chat with the purveyors. Get the best yogurt you can find. If you live in Greece say a prayer of thanks to the yogurt deities. Make your own granola (it’s easy!). Pat yourself on the back. Showcase all this in the way they deserve – so that each brilliant layer can be admired (syrup/jam, then yogurt, then fresh fruit, then yogurt, then granola). Sit somewhere where you can see a little sunshine (I live in a little 3rd floor flat in a cramped city, no garden, no balcony, so no excuses…even the tiniest ray will do!). Dunk your spoon in all the way down. Enjoy. Really, I mean it. Stop thinking about what you are going to wear tomorrow or if you have time to gas up the car. Enjooooy.

Happy weekend everyone!

**Rizal Dairy Farms makes Greek style yogurt. It’s thick and creamy and delicious! You can find them at the Saturday Salcedo Market in Makati, or at the fresh produce open air section at Market! Market! Taguig.

I just remembered! I have made a layered dessert before! :)

32 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A healthy and fresh breakfast treat! Wonderful!

Cheers,

Rosa

Jescel said...

wow... this is yummy.. thanks for the idea..thought i wish i can get hold of the rizal dairy farm product myself.

kosenrufu mama said...

i would like to have a cup of this to eat it rightaway.....

katrina said...

That is such a cheerful, summery-looking breakfast! Perfect for the gray, dreary, stormy, rainy "summer" we've been having. And that granola looks just delicious. I heart crunchy food!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Yes Joey this is a breakfast treat or snack treat. Love the Greek yogurt! Making it pretty this way does make it a visual treat.
I also just made my own granola for the first time and oh it is so much better than what I've found in any bag or box.

Peabody said...

The layers are so beautiful.

zlamushka said...

Joey,
If this was on my breakfast table, I would get up lot faster than I usually do.

katiez said...

I have fruit and yogurt almost everyday for lunch - it never looks this pretty, though....
Happy weekend to you, too!

Barbara said...

Only four months to mango season here. Mango and yogurt is my all time favourite breakfast.

mtan said...

First Katrina and you had french toast serendipity, now it's my turn! I just had a brekkie of fruit, oats and Rizal's greek yogurt - i have late season chicos, i found dried figs in the supermarket, and some of MMs jams thrown in the mix. It was an explosion of flavors!

Gattina said...

always a pleaure to see your beautiful dessert/ breakfast!

Kelly-Jane said...

Healthy and delicious - pretty too :)Mmmm.

P said...

loving this, joey. i've been on a yoghurt bender myself. but it's almost always in a smoothie.

Manggy said...

Hmp, you are flaunting your bounty again... Although to be fair, it's my bounty too... I just haven't taken advantage of any of it, haha!

Well, that looks totally delicious! You're right, those glass-ed desserts are all the rage these days, I wonder when I'll make one.. :) Maybe I can strain some yogurt since I can't get my hands on Greek yogurt... yet. :p

Suzana said...

Parfait indeed! I so love Greek yogurt, can't stop imagining it along with the berry syrup...

ChichaJo said...

Hi Rosa! Thanks :)

Hi Jescel! You are welcome :) I love Rizal Dairy Farms! They make a whole slew of yogurt, plus fresh cheeses! I’m sure you can find great products where you’re at too :)

Hi Ester! Wish I could send you one!

Hi Katrina! I know what you mean…it seems like rainy season is sneaking up on us…and then it stops and it’s hot again! Sigh…well, we should be used to weird, “moody” weather by now :) The granola is super easy to make and very flexible :)

Hi Tanna! Greek yogurt is the best…so creamy! I love it and can eat it until the cows come home :) Isn’t home made granola awesome? Especially considering how easy it is to make!

Thank you Peabody!

Hi Zlamushka! I find myself quicker to rise also when I know I’ve got a yummy breakfast waiting for me :)

Hi Katiez! Aw! Thanks :) I can have yogurt anytime of day :)

Hi Barbara! I love mango and yogurt too! Aside from this parfait I’ve been having plain mango and yogurt almost everyday!

Hi M! Isn’t the Rizal Greek yogurt such a find? I’m pleased as punch with it :) Your mix sounds fantastic!

Thank you Gattina! You are a sweetie :)

Thanks Kelly-jane! It’s always wonderful when “healthy” and “delicious” intersect :)

Hi P! Loooove yogurt! So many ways to have it :) Have you tried it in savories? Like pasta! Caramelized onions and yogurt pasta…it’s good!

Hi Manggy! Don’t worry, the markets will be waiting for you when you are finished studying :) Glass-ed or not, your desserts are gorgeous! Let me know if you want the number of Rizal Dairy Farms…

Hi Suzana! It’s a very good combination :)

Dhanggit said...

i wanna wake up everyday with moring like this!! yummy

Patricia Scarpin said...

Joey, that is so beautifully presented! I love all the layers.

oggi said...

It looks 'berry berry' good and with mangoes, even yummier!

Meeta said...

This is a very elegant breakfast. I love the wonderful colorful layers and the fact it's soooo healthy!

Betsy G said...

This looks really, really yummy. Got to get my hands on some of that greek style yoghurt. I've made granola (used your recipe, too) two times already and it truly is tasty.

Belinda said...

Hi Joey! I have just caught up on the past few months of your blog (I know, I am way behind in visiting!), and its been a delightful way to spend a part of my morning. This fruit yogurt parfait is just so darn pretty...beautifully photographed too, as always. Your blog never fails to delight. Reading it feels like catching up with an old friend. :-)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Dhanggit! I'm sure there are gorgeous treats to be had on your breakfast table :)

Thanks Patricia! To think that my usual yogurt and fruit in the morning has all this stuff...what a difference some presentation can make :)

Thank you Oggi :) Mangoes are so great with yogurt...mmm!

Hi Meeta! So lovely when something yummy and pretty is also healthy huh? :)

Hi Betsy G! Glad you enjoyed the granola! If you are in Manila try Rizal Dairy Farms...look for the Greek style one :)

Hi Belinda! So nice to "see" you...and to catch up! :) Thanks for the sweet words :)

canDIshhh said...

I wish someone makes my breakfast that way!! Looks super appetizing! Hahaha... :)

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Candishhh! :)

Bearbrick Lover: said...

I never thought yoghurt and granola can look so sinful! :-P

ChichaJo said...

Hi BBL! Oh they can! You won't believe how deviant healthy food can be when you push the right buttons ;)

Joe Horn said...

As always, great post, great work. I just did a summer fruit with cream parfait with simple syrup. If you have the time come by and take a look. I made a quick cream with whipping cream, sour cream and honey.

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Thanks so much and thanks for the great ideas all the time!

Joe

Mark said...

Wow, this is one of the best blog I've seen. And now I'm hungry. I'm on a diet. Thanks a lot. ;)

brijesh said...

What a delicious breakfast !!

princess_dyanie said...

Hi Joey!

Was this the one you presented in "Us Girls" episode? Yay, I'm drooling to it when I saw Angel's reaction when she tasted it. May I know the brand of granola you used?

Thanks Joey! I must try this soo soon. :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Princess Dyanie! Yes, this is what I prepared for Us Girls :) I actually make my own granola...the link to the recipe is on this post :)