Thursday, January 14, 2010

Fage Greek Yogurt with Honey and Almonds

I discovered Fage Greek strained yogurt about a year ago, I guess.  Where had it been all my life?  I was investigating yogurts after a trip to San Francisco to see my dear friend whose husband makes me these gorgeous breakfasts when I visit.  He had given me a bowl of the silkiest, lightest, most incredible French style yogurt with a fruit fool that was haunting my breakfast dreams and I was trying to find a similar style yogurt back here in New Orleans.  I was unsuccessful.

What I did find, however, is Fage (pronounced Fay-eh) Greek yogurt.  It's the opposite, really, of what I was looking for.  Rather than silky and light, it is dense and creamy.  Strained to remove the whey, it is thick, like an extra heavy sour cream before anyone messes it up by stirring.  And the taste!  So, so delicious.  There are no stupid flavors, no additives... just really good yogurt. Tangy without being bitter, sweet without being cloying, it is the perfect backdrop for small additions... my favorite being honey and almonds.  I buy it in the large containers and have it for breakfast, adding different things according to my mood.  A bit of cherry preserves is great, sliced banana and granola is lovely, berries are wonderful.  It's hard to go wrong.

You can get it in whole fat, 2% or fat free, and I've tried all three.  They are all good and all taste decadent so get whatever your waistline dictates.  I buy it at Whole Foods or Robert Fresh Market on Carrollton and Claiborne. You can also buy single serving containers that have a side well of topping.  I have only bought the cherry version of it, but I'll tell you it's really delicious.  Honestly though, a little drizzle of honey is all you need.

Which brings me to another of my favorite things: honey from Jay Martin, beekeeper on Short St in New Orleans.  Been eating it for years.  It's my favorite honey.  If anyone knows Jay Martin, please give him and his bees my compliments.  It's such a gentle, yet flavorful honey that I could eat it by the spoonful.  Also available at Whole Foods and other local spots.  Very good stuff.


Lisa M,  January 14, 2010 at 1:11 PM  

That looks really good. I tried greek yogurt once, but I didn't like it. Maybe with honey and almonds it would be tastier.

NOJuju January 14, 2010 at 1:24 PM  

You need some sort of sweet to offset the tang. By itself, I think it wouldn't be enjoyable. With honey, it's magic.

Celeste January 14, 2010 at 1:48 PM  

My favorite yogurt in the world: St. Benoit, made in Sonoma.
I first had it at the Ferry Bldg farmer's market in SF....

NOJuju January 14, 2010 at 1:51 PM  

Celeste, that might be the one I was searching for! Well, I know it was bought at the Farmer's Market at the Ferry building, so I'm not positive, but it sounds an awful lot like it. Was it like eating a wet, silky cloud? If so, that's it. Is there a local source for that? Too much to ask for, I know.

lafille January 14, 2010 at 2:55 PM  

Yum!! My mom just recently told me to check this stuff out, also. She makes a cucumber-dill salad with it. Now that I have two palates I trust recommending it, I'll be sure to get some!

Lisa January 14, 2010 at 9:45 PM  

I adore greek yogurt! I was really thrilled to find that the fat free is just as tasty as the full fat version. I have it for breakfast and it is a great way to use up that last little bit of good preserves at the bottom of the jar.

Annie Bleecker January 15, 2010 at 9:51 AM  

I think they sell that honey at Zara's too. Apparently if you eat honey produced in the area where you live, it'll help with allergies.

Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin March 18, 2010 at 3:18 AM  

I agree with you about the Jay Martin Honey. Simply the best!
I picked up my supply tonight (large quantities) directly from Jay Martin
and show him your blog & thanks! He's very humble and said, "Wow, you mean I'm on the internet?!" His honey is really outstanding, I've been using it for years & it has a very high vibe as well as tastes good & is good medicine!

NOJuju March 18, 2010 at 10:08 AM  

That's so great, Elizabeth! Thanks for passing on my compliments. I appreciate it.

Anonymous,  March 30, 2011 at 12:39 AM  

speaking of Jay Martin, I am a friend of an old friend of his. Was specificaly looking online for any information on him on her account. She lives in a remote village in Mexico since 1992 and was wondering what may have happened to him. If anyone out there has any information on him or could pass on this message, please, she would be greatful. The last name is Ferbee, he`ll know.
Since she`s away from civilization, without electricity, phone lines, internet , etc. she asked me to do this search. please contact me at email listed. thanx

NOJuju March 30, 2011 at 8:29 AM  

Hi Anonymous,

I don't know Jay Martin, but if any of my readers do, they will want to know where to reach you and your email address doesn't publish to my site. It was just for verification to post and doesn't get kept. Please email me at so that I can hold on to your contact information in the event that someone is able to let him know that your friend is asking after him.

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