General updates 2011: May


I invented a new dessert and recommend it to others. The main ingredients are yoghurt, mulberries, and chocolate-coated honeycombe. Here’s a photograph [update: replacement photograph uploaded in 2015], followed by details.



  • Yoghurt (I suggest honey flavour, but alternatives are fine).
  • 3 Chocolate-coated honeycomb cubes (link provided for benefit of Americans).
  • Mulberries.
  • Mulberry juice.


  1. Pour a modest amount of yoghurt into the bowl.
  2. Use a short, sharp knife to cut the three honeycomb cubes into quarters, as cleanly as possible.
  3. Press the quartered honeycombe cubes into the yoghurt one by one, chocolate sides facing down.
  4. Carefully spoon mulberries into the bowl, ensuring an even distribution.
  5. Spoon some mulberry juice around the edge of the bowl, framing the contents with a thin dark ring.

In my opinion the balance of flavours (sweet vs sour) and textures (smooth vs rough) is very pleasing.


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