Sunday, June 26, 2011

FRUIT WITH HONEY AND MINT FLAVORED GREEK YOGURT


Here's something very simple, quick and really delicious to make:  fruit with a Greek yogurt, mint and honey dip.  


I made honeydew, peaches and strawberries.

I am really familiar with this way of serving fruit.  On a warm summer evening it makes a very nice late supper.  The mint and fruit cool down the palette, and the honey sweetens it up.  It was something my father often requested as his night-time snack.  Eating it reminded him of his boyhood in Greece, when his mother offered similar fare for super.  I was always glad to make this for dad.  I would chop up some fruit and serve it with a side of yogurt onto which a bit of honey had been drizzled.  Sometimes I would sprinkle mint over the yogurt. 


Dad always finished off his meal with a cup of tea.  It didn't matter how hot it was outside.  His habit was to eat the cold fruit and yogurt, and then to sip a warm cup of tea flavored with lemon and honey.  During all of his 87 years, he definitely had a sweet tooth.  Lemon, honey, yogurt, mint and sweet summer fruit:  some of the flavorful gifts the Mediterranean soil offers for our enjoyment.  The earth gives but it also takes.  Father died on June 19, 2011, just one week ago.  He had not been feeling well for a while, but his aches and pains seemed manageable.  Suddenly, he had a mental status change and I rushed him to the emergency room.  He responded to treatment and seemed revived.  The day after he was admitted to hospital his heart gave out.  It was a very sudden passing and it left us feeling great sadness and emptiness. 

My father, shortly before he and mom got married.

Below are the instructions on how to make one of my father's favorite things to eat.  I will miss making it for him.  May he rest in peace.      

A ladybug visited on the day I was picking mint 

Ingredients:

  • nice summer fruit such as cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, peaches or strawberries.   
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt (2% is good) 
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves  
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons honey
Directions:


Clean and cut up the fruit into serving size pieces.  Arrange it on a platter.
Place the yogurt in a serving bowl, drizzle honey over it and sprinkle some mint on top.
Bring the yogurt and fruit to the table and serve it to your friends and family.
I threw this together after we came home from the funeral and memorial luncheon.  I took it into the dinning room where our family and friends had gathered.  Along with the fruit and yogurt I served Greek koulourakia and a few other sweets that friends had brought over.  We sat around the table and talked about dad.  It felt strange to take pictures of food during such a sad occasion, but I wanted to post this for dad.  Rest in peace Sotiris.  Εἰρήνη πᾶσι. Peace be with all.



5 comments:

  1. I am sorry for your loss, what a nice way to honor him, making his favorite! I was happy that you chose this one and will be thinking of you both as I make it. Off to cut some fruit!

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  2. Ana, I'm so sorry about your father. He has such a nice smile in the photo. I agree with Lyndsey that this was a very nice way to honor his memory. The memories of my grandmothers are always close to my heart, but when I cook things they made or liked, it's like they are even closer, so I understand.

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  3. Greek Girl from QueensJune 27, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Dearest Ana, I am so very saddened and sorry for the loss of your father. My heart goes out to you.

    I too agree that your making your dad's favourite dish is truly a special and loving gesture and beautiful way to remember him and honour his life and his memory and keep him that much closer to you. When I make any Greek dishes, memories of my nuna and popu are always there with me. When I looked at your father's photograph, it struck me immediately how much he reminds me of my beloved Uncle Murray, who died many years ago, but was my favourite uncle.

    Please take care of yourself, my friend.

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  4. Ana, I've seen you eat yogurt with honey many times, I guess it was a family favorite. May your father rest in peace. Hang in there. You are in our prayers.

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  5. This was a perfect choice and it seems so very fitting to the memory of your dad. It says a lot that we all enjoyed it too.

    I'm sending you lots of love to you and your family at this time.

    Pru xxx

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