12 Apr2007


One of the things I like about long weekends at the beach is the volume and variety of food and the ability to naturally “discover” new and exciting pairings… Somehow we are pear3able to consume far more while on holiday at the seashore (is it the air, amount of activity, the sweat?) and that provides more opportunity to eat, eat and eat some more. On our most recent Holy Week trip, I made two kinds of guava jelly, some mango jam and lots of other goodies. Then friends brought an outrageous amount of ingredients for two Mediterranean style lunches, and oddly some of the ingredients somehow fell together in this one “aha!” moment. The simple, new and spectacular pairing for the weekend? Good Greek style yoghurt and some homemade guava jelly. Sounds odd? Not at all…

I sliced up a green Anjou pear one morning, added two dollops of smooth and creamy pear2Lemnos Natural unflavored yoghurt, a couple of tablespoons of homemade granola and drizzled a tablespoon or so of thinnish homemade guava jelly flavored with kalamansi and sat down to enjoy this concoction. It was really, really good! The yoghurt and jelly were similar to eating yoghurt paired with good honey. The pear and granola on the side just made the whole thing more nutritious and gave it both crunch and chewiness. The yoghurt is from S&R Price and while pricey, definitely worth it. And it only comes in these huge tubs…but not to worry, it is so good you will have little problems consuming the whole tub in a few days.



  1. Maria Clara says:

    Good company perks up the appetite. Thanks for sharing this fabulous match of yogurt and guava jelly. It will not occur at the back of my head that they would work well and the addition of granola and pear great medley and dieter’s delight! You hit the jackpot!

    Apr 12, 2007 | 6:44 am


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  3. joey says:

    My favorite yogurt!!! :) For me, it is the best you can get around here (I don’t take flavored yogurt as I like to add the stuff myself, so I can’t speak for the flavored brands). And I don’t think it’s pricey at all considering the bucket is 2 kilos! You cannot imagine how many happy, yogurt-eating moments I have had since you found it in S&R!

    Ok, now for the strange coincidence. I recently also discovered the magnificent pairing of yogurt and guava jelly…and I am actually having some right now as I read this post!

    People! It’s really good! The type that makes you go “mmm-mmm!” when you eat :)

    Apr 12, 2007 | 10:27 am

  4. audball says:

    i thought that was liquefied nata de coco (if there ever is such a thing)on the yogurt before i started reading. but fruit + yogurt + granola does sound fantastic! that’s something to remember on my next trip to the grocery. thanks! hey, i reckon you must be losing weight already on that meatless diet of yours….

    Apr 12, 2007 | 12:12 pm

  5. Rowi says:

    What a great AHA moment you found, Marketman! Makes you feel so good to have discovered scratch combinations so yummy and yet so nutritious as well, isn’t it? Now, if only i could find a similar guava jelly-like sweetener for my greek yogurt…

    Spring greetings!

    Apr 12, 2007 | 6:50 pm

  6. elaine says:

    Hello marketman! I’m new and read about you in YUMMY magazine. I enjoyed reading your blogs and I can’t wait to get to the nearest S&R to try the yogurt. I’m a big fan of guava jelly which I pair with cheese on top of sunflower crackers…..hopefully you can share your recipe for homemade guava jelly and let us know where to get guavas!

    Apr 12, 2007 | 8:24 pm

  7. Bubut says:

    we went to Sagada after Holy week and there found the famous restaurant called Yogurt House. The food they serve is a bit spicy on the Indian side cuisine and we had yogurt for our dessert. Yogurt with slices of bananas, granola and strawberry jam. The way they cook their strawberry jam is not so sweet that you can still taste the original flavor of fresh strawberry. Good food and the price is very reasonable.

    Apr 12, 2007 | 8:46 pm

  8. Jason says:

    If you want to make your yogurt sweeter without adding sugar or sweeteners, try eating a ripe miracle fruit. Coat your whole tongue with the pulp of the fruit and anything sour you consume will turn sweet for at least 30 minutes. I tried it with lemons, strawberries and kiwi fruits and it was quite a kick.

    Apr 13, 2007 | 1:58 am

  9. Marketman says:

    The 2 kilogram tub was PHP599. I take back my pricey comment, its not bad at all considering that if you buy yogurt in smaller servings, you would end up paying far more, and it won’t be as good as this one… :)

    Apr 17, 2007 | 11:46 am

  10. Mokongbugoy says:

    Hello, Marketman! What a great site! I just recently stumbled onto your blogspot, and i must say, you’ve turned me into an instant fan! Thank you so much for making food (and travel, and people-stories, and trips to the market, supermarket, etc., etc.) PERSONAL again. It’s great that you’re keeping this all up for reasons other than financial gain, which is so refreshing in this country where so many of us just do what we do for the “raket” (I know it sounds a little jaded, and I’m not trying to judge anyone – especially with the economy we have! – but that’s the reality we live in, and it does get to me at times). Being the mom of kids who are allergic to almost everything, reading about food (recipes included) has become a weird kind of pastime for me (if I can’t cook ’em, I “read” ’em). Anyway, I’ve finally mustered the resolve (and the courage!) to try out alternatives, so my kids don’t grow up forever scarred by the constant deprivation and blaming their parents for their defective genes.:) And I’m hoping my husband & I will have the willpower to try a cardiologist-formulated mostly-meat-free diet that will (hopefully) keep us up & running for as long as our kids need us (and so my point is…?). My point is that given all this, I will therefore probably be a regular “inquirer” on “where can i find…???”. So be forewarned, and prepare to be challenged!!!:) But here’s an easy question to start off: the yogurt – does it come in nonfat too? :)

    Apr 19, 2007 | 3:16 am

  11. Marketman says:

    Mokongbugoy, the greek style yogurt is full fat. I haven’t seen it in low or non-fat versions. It is creamy and smooth and delicious and tart in its regular form… I wonder if they manufacture it in a non-fat version…

    Apr 19, 2007 | 6:33 am


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