Come to life after one delightful bite of this sweet and nutty black sesame frozen yogurt.
When I was an undergrad, frozen yogurt was my go-to treat (ginger cookies are a top contender, we’ll talk about that another time). Sweet, tart, ice cold- a mirror of my soul in dessert form. Conveniently enough, the deli across the street from my generic underground college apartment served the good stuff. I would pile it high, top it with chocolate chips, then devour it, one spoon full at a time, making sure every last ounce was tended to with care.
Whoever tells you food does not uplift the soul is wrong.
Yes, food is nurturing and nutritious, but there are few things in life as good as a sip of wine after a long day, or a meal prepared with care. Food is not just fuel; it is the stuff that brings us together. It defines who we are culturally and socially- it gives us a reason to come together, talk to each other, and celebrate the good things in life. Food makes us closer to each other and that at the end of the day is more important than any diet or any label.
My husband, who after months of being miserable on a gluten-free diet, became alive after taking a bite off a slice of focaccia. That night, he taught me a lesson we all should take to heart – love your food. Sometimes food needs to be hedonistic and self-indulgent, free from all and any function.
This frozen yogurt is it for me. This is the type of stuff you make, and eat, to deal with all the feelings. It is the type of dessert that will make you a kid again, carefree and joyous- looking forward to what you really want to eat all the time.
Even though we have made a lot of ice cream together, this one is different. It is not too much of one thing or another, teetering at the edge of sweet and salty. This frozen yogurt is bitter, sweet, and decadent- a grown-up version of my undergrad dreams made with really good ingredients. Coconut yogurt and coconut milk serve as the backdrop to nutty-seedy black tahini and sesame seeds. Every bite is silky smooth-coating your mouth with fat, then melting so smoothly you can forget this is kind of healthy.
This frozen yogurt is indulgent and really good. After eating this, you can deal with everything life throws at you, even if it feels temporary. This recipe balances out all the bad stuff and makes everything else worth it. Oh, and we won’t tell anyone if you decide to eat it all by yourself. . Besides, We all went through that fro-yo phase and it needs to come back.
Recently graduated with from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She has recently completed "People in Food-Space", an ethnographic study on the cultural production of taste in space. She has also examined post-soviet food production systems and housing projects in Havana, Cuba. Originally from Puerto Rico, Mariela has been living in the United States for eight years. She has involved herself in both teaching and practice, while writing on food at tastyplan.com. Her goal as a food writer is to cook creatively, using the best ingredients to find new flavor combinations every day.