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I’m Bella, a 21 year old food fanatic and I have big plans of eating my way around the entire world! I was born in Java, Indonesia – so I am a ‘cappuccino’ as one Indonesian man called me (a mixture of brown coffee from my Dad and white milk from my Mom…) or just simply put – half Irish / half Indonesian! I live in the west of Ireland with my Mom, Bernie and twin sister, Ayessa.

My Moms dream was to travel around the world – and that she did. I have an inkling that I am following in her footsteps. As for my twin, when we are not fighting –  I spend time cooking for her and she spends time practicing her artistic makeup ideas on me!

Mangetout, my food and travel blog is a place for me to write about the things I have come to learn about food and the world. I have just come back from living in the south of France for 1 year and a half. I was an intern, studying abroad for college. In 2014 I took a gap year from my studies to embark on a 7 month food and exploration expedition around south east Asia. At the end of my first major trip I decided to leave college and work towards a career in the food industry! This blog is going to be my cyber journal of all the things I discover both foodie and travel wise.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Apple & Peach Poach with Sweetened Natural Yoghurt



Apple & peach = a pretty strong marriage! They are both as sweet as a sunny day but have completely different textures. The crunch of the apple Vs the smoothness of the peach is just as good as watching a scene from your favourite film! (I’m not over reacting! I was going to use the all-time ‘match made in heaven’ line but didn’t want to ‘over cheese’ the situation ;) ha ha) 

Trying to think on the lines of using fruits and being extra healthy ;) I came up with this simple poached apple & peach breakfast mix! It’s a layered glass (or however you like) of the fruit & natural yogurt with toasted flaky almonds scattered on top. It’s easy to make and takes about 20 minutes.

 
It’s a great recipe if you’re trying to stay in shape and be that little bit healthier!  The fruits offer a great source of vitamins, the natural yogurt gives you the calcium kick-start to the day while the toasted almonds give you that extra hit of fibre which is all good in the general running of the body!

This breakfast recipe can easily be turned into a dessert favourite. Mixing the almonds with a crumbled digestive biscuit & toasting in the oven will leave your guests warm and yummy inside!



Ingredients:
1 apple (I’m guessing the best would be a crunchy & slightly bitter Granny Smith but I just used a Pink Lady as it was what we had laying around!)
1 fairly ripe peach
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon water/ orange juice
2 pots of natural yogurt + 2 teaspoon brown sugar for a sweeter flavour
Handful of flaky almonds


Method:
  • Cube the apple & peach, add to a saucepan (for presentation: thinly slice some apple and peach, leave until the end)
  • Add the tablespoon of brown sugar + the tablespoon of water
  • Poach until soft
  • In the meantime, mix the natural yogurt with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • Toast the almond flakes on a low heat. Just until brown. When they go dark brown they become bitter and we don’t want that!
  • Get a glass of your choice and start to fill with a dessert spoon of the fruit mix, then a dessert spoon of the yogurt. Do this twice.
  • Sprinkle the top of the mixture with the toasted almonds.
  • For the wow factor stick thinly slices of apple & peach onto the side of the mixture.

If you are a Marvin Gaye fan like me, blast this out of the stereo while preparing this recipe! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdIF1lrIxXc 
  
He has the power to wake up any kind of sleepyhead and get your day on the right track!!! ;) 

Enjoy & Bon app├ętit,
Bella :) x