March 22, 2007

Flirting with yogurt

Mmm...yogurt. What can I say about yogurt that hasn't already been said? Yogurt rocks and I am a groupie. Now I love all kinds of yogurt whether flavored or fruit-topped, as a drink (like lassi) or thick like labneh. But I will always prefer it natural where it's like a clean slate or a blank canvass awaiting your creative concoctions. It is so versatile, and the different ideas for what to put on it, mix with it or stir in it are literally endless!

But hang on a minute, this isn't a post about yogurt. This is about one of my favorite things to eat it with - fruit preserves. The strawberry jam I made recently was perfect for this! Another type of jam that I love having with yogurt is guava. Until I make my own guava jam (a personal goal of mine), I am very happy with this one using the "authentic old spanish recipe of Dona Maria Luz from Hacienda Conchita". It is so good I've gone through about 3 jars already this year I think.

But wait, what is this? There's a new kid on the block and she's competing for mr. yogurt's attention, you say? She calls herself Jalea de Manga. Hmmm, pretty fancy name there for mango jam. But does she bring it?

Ohhhh she brought it, alright! She's beautiful, golden like the sunset, and sweet. But don't be fooled by her mild sweetness, she packs a mighty fruity punch! She's not bogged down by too much sugar and is free of preservatives just like Ms. Guava Jelly over there. She's luscious and voluptuous whereas guava jelly is smooth and alluring. Pretty stiff competition don't you think?

Who will the smooth and slick Mr. Yogurt pick today?

Guava Jelly (P190) and Jalea de Manga (P215) are available by order.
Just call 842-1374/75
Pick up at 132 Bunga St. Ayala Alabang


Anonymous said...

I like how you wrote about these jams as rivals for yogurt's attention; very cute! :-)

I recently bought mango and guava jam, both of which I bought because they looked like they'd be very good, but both of which disappointed me. I want to try the ones you have! Where do they sell from?

Anonymous said...

Love it! But as soon as I caught sight of the words guava jam (great stuff!), the song Guava Jelly started running through my head.

Baby, here I am,
Come rub it on my belly
Like Guava Jelly

Errr...nothing to do with this post of course, but today seems to be the day of word association for me.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Guava jam is delicious -- I can find it at specialty markets occasionally, and I buy it whenever I see it. I don't think I've ever had it with yogurt, though. Will have to try it!

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you on both yogurt and jam, and the combination of both! :) Delicious!

Hey, where'd you get the jams? That guava jelly was Miguel's christmas gift to us and I haven't even opened it yet! Now I think I better...tomorrow moring for breakfast without fail!

christine said...

Hehe thanks Katrina. They sell them from Alabang, but you can arrange for them to deliver in Makati if you order enough. Look for Vicky when you call.

Rowena, haha that's so cute! I don't think I've ever heard that song. I love it! :)

Lydia, it's great with yogurt! I like scooping up a big glob on my spoon, then with the same spoon I scoop up some yogurt, slide it into my mouth with a bite of guava jam, and I repeat this until the jam is gone. Then I get a glob again. :) Guava jam has been a favorite of mine since I was a baby I think, thanks to my grandmother.

Hey Jo! Yup, that's the same jam. That was their gift to me too. It's from the Maniquis' in Alabang. The number is at the bottom of the post. :)

Anonymous said...

I love lassis and labne - love! Haven't thought about either in a while, but after reading your entry I'm having a huge craving for lamb with labne and a side of mango lassi!

Ari (Baking and Books)

Sidney said...

So it is jam with a bit of yogurt and not the other way round, right?

SeƱor Enrique said...

Ooooh, I love jams!

BTW, Christine, do you do any catering?

christine said...

Ari, mango lassi is the best kind! That would be so good right about now, the heat is beginning to swelter over here.

Sidney, it's how ever way you want it. :) But I normally have yogurt with a little bit of jam. It's just that with guava jam, I got used to having a huge spoonful for dessert when there wasn't any other dessert at home. SO I like getting globs in my spoon, and working around like it's a lollipop. :)

Yikes, Eric, your question caught me offguard! haha. No no, I'm just an amateur who spends what little spare time she has experimenting with new (and old) recipes in the kitchen. Is the catering for your celebration dinner? :)

Anonymous said...

Yogurt,, You Take My Fancy, Will You Marry Me? Answer Back On xx Ly Yogurt!!!!!!!!!!!:P