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Food Friday: Yogurt 
5th-Dec-2008 09:31 am
I'll be honest. I have a sort-of love/hate relationship with yoghurt.

As a vegetarian since birth, I've eaten a lot of yoghurt in the quest for protein.

The yogurt available in the 80s (at least in our neck of the woods), seemed to come in two varieties: plain and fruit at the bottom. As a child, I was very unimpressed with plain yoghurt. I wouldn't refuse to eat it, but if I could get out of it, I would.

At some point, I discovered Yoplait's custard style yoghurt and became a big fan of the strawberry variety, refusing to eat anything else. This drove my Gram slightly crazy as then my yoghurt choice was very caloric. For her, yoghurt was good because it had less fat and calories than cheese.

When I was in Greece, I was only in the position to get Greek yoghurt once, while in Naflion. I wasn't too excited, but since I'd had next to no options for vegetarian food in Thebes, I ordered everything vegetarian on the menu. When the yoghurt arrived, I was disappointed to see that it was plain yoghurt, which was still filed under 'Ick' in my mental recipe book. However, I discovered that when combined with the local honey, it became an absolute treat.

I'm still not a huge fan of yoghurt, but this week I have discovered something brilliant at Tesco, where I buy lunches occasionally.

Rich, creamy, and even better- full of hazelnuts.

They've got other flavours, I'll be trying them over the next few weeks.

Yoghurt fan? Any favourites?
5th-Dec-2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
5th-Dec-2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
I love to use their jars to save change in!
5th-Dec-2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
Okay, that hazelnut looks amazing.

I'm not a big yoghurt fan. When I do eat it I tend to go after the strawberry or raspberry variety (generally pre-mixed, at that). With the lactose intolerance, I've been steering clear of it for a year now.
5th-Dec-2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
Yoghurt good. Black cherry's my favourite, though I also like strawberry, and several other flavours. I'm not too big on plain plain yoghurt, though any even slightly sweetened plain yoghurt I'll usually like (that includes the greek+honey combo you mentioned, but also the muller "plain" stuff too).

I like fresh fruit (eg. bananas, strawbs) in plain yoghurt with some honey or brown sugar. Yummy.
6th-Dec-2008 03:00 am (UTC)
Don't strawberries dislike you?
6th-Dec-2008 09:23 am (UTC)
Yes, but it's not mutual :) (They're usually ok so long as I don't eat too many/eat them with something I'm not allergic to, like yoghurt.)
5th-Dec-2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
I like most of the massively calorific ones that have cream in, but fruit or honey based (i.e. not nut/chocolate/caramel/pie flavour etc) or REAL vanilla (the distinction is important), and preferably with sugar rather than sweetener if I'm having the creamy ones. For having ON stuff, e.g. cereal/muesli (I hate milk) or pie, it's Rachel's Organic Vanilla when it's on offer and Onken Rhubarb & Custard or Cherry when it's not. For dessert/eating on its own, the Sainsbury's Taste The Difference ones, especially loganberry, the Tesco Finest range you picture there and at a push the Muller Amore ones, especially the Greek yoghurt and honey one. All of those are full of cream so are tasty but occasional treats. If I'm near a good deli and have good honey, proper Greek yoghurt and honey.
5th-Dec-2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I don't like Muller Lights or any of those fakey tasting things, but they work quite well as frozen yoghurt as a low-cal treat.

Frozen Frubes (yay for fromage frais) are even better...
5th-Dec-2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
If this isn't the clincher for Sara that brings us back to Scotland, nothing will...
5th-Dec-2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
I like Muller Amore, full of calories! It
s almost impossible to find full fat yoghurts nowadays, they're all low fat with extra sweetener which taste horrid and surely aren't any better for you. I used to eat Onken bio yoghurt, raspberry flavoured with the wheat grains in. Mmmm.
5th-Dec-2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
See, I happen to really like yogurt, but the best stuff I've had recently was probably in the Amsterdam airport this spring where I got a cup of lovely date and walnut flavored/filled stuff. Also, Brown Cow's yogurt is delish and I heart all kinds of Yoplait.
5th-Dec-2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
omg, i adore hazelnuts.


I go on binges where yogurt is the best thing ever and then phases where I can't be bothered to eat them. Right now i'm on a Dannon "Naturals" Black Cherry & Blueberry kick.
5th-Dec-2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
I don't like fruit, so the only yogurt I like is vanilla and that gets old really fast. I'd love to get hazelnut yogurt as it sounds yummy.
5th-Dec-2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Just make your own with plain yogurt, some chopped roasted hazelnuts, n a couple of drops of hazelnut Torani syrup :)
5th-Dec-2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I'm far to lazy to make my own yogurt and I'd never eat enough to make it worth the effort.
5th-Dec-2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting this, as I really need to get back into the habit of yogurt!

Growing up, yeah there was the fruit at the bottom yogurt, which was just too sweet. My grandmother would have that Glenoaks drinkable yogurt, with added acidophilus.

As I got older, I got into the habit of getting plain lowfat yogurt, that I would stir no sugar-added all-fruit preserve/spreads into (again, Trader Joe's had loads, one of my faves being cranberry)

During my last stay down in SoCal, with a gajillion TJ's at my disposal, I got turned onto Fage, as well as TJ's own 'greek-style' yogurts (it's a texture thing, I guess!), inwhich I would get either the plain with honey, or sometimes with fig (YUM!) or apricot.

Now that I have to watch the sugars, I love the Brown Cow 'cream at the top' full-fat yogurt (granted I could've gotten the low fat, but it actually had more sugars n carbs than the full-fat!); when you stir it up, it tastes like you put a smidge of Devonshire cream into it.

To a svg of that, I will add either a spoonful of organic PB, agave, or some Smuckers low-sugar strawberry spread. I'll have to try finding roasted hazelnuts n chop them up to put in, as well as some of our walnuts (which are very good for diabetics!), as it would give me more protein.

PS: Sorry for the multitude of edits ... dial-up is behaving quite strangely today :(

Edited at 2008-12-05 08:05 pm (UTC)
6th-Dec-2008 03:52 am (UTC)
I hated yogurt growing up, but learned to love it when I was assigned to live with a Greek girl in college. I discovered tzatziki, which is one of the great pleasures of the world, and also -- through observation and wonder, as she's a fabulous cook -- learned that full fat yogurt is, to me, the only kind that's a treat to eat. I buy fat free, and make myself eat it in the mornings with quick-cook oats (they soften faster than the regular ones) and berries ... but I never really enjoy it. Then, recently, I made diner of rotini with smoken salmon, capers, and -- since I couldn't find creme fraiche, which is wht I really wanted -- full-fat greek yogurt.

OMG. I could have eaten the whole carton of it with a spoon, plain and unadorned. Sprinkle in a few dried cranberries (I hate raisins, and that was the sweet fruity things we had in the house), and OMNOMNOMNOMNOM favorite thing EVAR.
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