Every Christmas, Peter would receive from his patients so many boxes of chocolate truffles, butter cookies, dried fruits and nuts, cheeses and sausages that they would last us for nearly the whole year.
As a child in Shanghai, I used to save up my weekly bus fare to buy candies and other treats. I would walk to the little shop that sold cigarettes and snacks and look into the glass jar for a long time before deciding on which piece to buy. Candy was a luxury that was often purchased one piece at a time during those years of scarcity. I saved all the wrappers after I ate the candies and pressed them in my favorite books. Now and then when there was no pocket money left for candies, I would look at the wrappers and fantasize about the sweetness on my tongue. I probably would have been willing to sell my soul to the devil for a piece of candy back then. That was the reason why my mother repeatedly told my brother and me that all strangers who offered children candies were dangerous criminals to be avoided. Not in my wildest childhood dreams could I ever have imagined to be the owner of so many boxes of candy. I guess I have come a long way.
In the meantime, I have been trying to find creative ways to enjoy the sweets without being filled with too much guilt afterwards. Today, I made a low fat, low sugar fro-yo with ALMOND ROCA and dried tart cherries from Peter’s patients. The texture is creamy with a little crunchy and chewy bits in the midst. It is so delicious that you won’t believe it is actually good for you. Since it is low-fat, it is best if you enjoy it fresh out of the tub. If you decide to leave it in the freezer for future consumption, it will harden and you will need to thaw it for 30 minutes before eating.
Healthy Cherry Roca Fro-Yo
2 cups fat-free Fage
1 cup 2% milk
5 tablespoon xylitol or other sweetener
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
4 pieces ALMOND ROCA, + 1 more to sprinkle if desired, chopped
3/4 cup dried sweetened tart cherries, roughly chopped
Mix all the all the ingredients except for the ALMOND ROCA and cherries in a powerful blender. Pour into the ice cream machine. As the machine is churning, add the ALMOND ROCA and the cherries in with a spoon.