I tend to develop cravings for very specific foods that can last for years before, inexplicably and abruptly, they fade only to be replaced by the next craving. In college, it was plain bagels, toasted, with plain cream cheese. This was the beginning of the bagel craze, which, as with most trends, had reached the west coast before my little home town in New Mexico, so I basically discovered bagels in the cafeteria of my freshman dorm. I had a bagel with cream cheese and a glass of orange juice for breakfast every day for three years.
In med school, it was Post shredded wheat--not frosted Mini-Wheats but the giant, rectangular biscuits that come in little paper packets--with sliced strawberries. Hmm, I'm noticing a theme here; maybe my cravings tend to focus on breakfast foods? But the thing is, I find myself wanting to eat these things all day long, sometimes multiple times per day.
Currently, my obsession is Fage yogurt with strawberry.
If you've never had Fage yogurt with strawberry (in which case, you poor, poor thing), it's a Greek yogurt with little resemblance to its watery American cousins. Fage yogurt has a texture more akin to sour cream; it holds its shape on a spoon. And the strawberry. Oh, the strawberry. It comes in its own separate little compartment, shaped perfectly for a teaspoon, and is a perfectly sweetened concoction containing large bits of real strawberries.
When eating Fage yogurt with strawberry, keep one very important guideline in mind, as stated politely on the side of the carton: "Suggestion: Please Do Not Stir." In contrast to how you might treat an ordinary fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt, do not recklessly mix together the yogurt and strawberry, for you will miss out on the full flavor experience. Instead, the sequence that I recommend is as follows:
- Scoop up a small portion of yogurt onto the tip of a teaspoon.
- Next, gently plunge the spoon into the strawberry, thus creating a thin layer of strawberry around the yogurt.
- Place spoon into mouth.
- Slowly slide spoon contents onto tongue, savoring the exquisite juxtaposition of delicately sweet strawberry and luxuriously creamy, velvety yogurt.