DIY Parfait


With the end of the semester approaching, it’s time for the last Blackboard Special instalment of the year.

It’s funny how quickly a year passes—in fact, I can still clearly remember typing out my first Blackboard Special last September. While I was writing about a dish that I loved (Chinese fried rice), I was also quite hesitant. Who was I to write about cooking and preparing food, when my idea of cooking was tossing a basic salad together?

While I still haven’t found the answer to that particular question, the recipes of this year certainly have given me a greater appreciation for the finer points of the “foodie” culture. I have yet to become the next Martha Stewart—which remains quite unlikely—but at least I now understand the magic behind creating fancy desserts such as an Australian pavlova.

My final recipe for this year is a parfait—or, as I call it, a DIY parfait. No, this recipe is not going to help you recreate the classic French-style dessert. Instead, it’s a healthier version layered with strawberries and a personal favourite of mine, mangoes, that makes for an excellent breakfast when I’m in a rush.

The Blackboard Special will be back again next year with even more mouth-watering recipes, but until then, bon appétit, folks.

DIY Parfait


Serves 1–2
  • ½ cup of Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tbsp of Rooh Afza syrup (concentrated squash)
  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1 mango, peeled and chopped
  • Mixture of berries, chopped (e.g. strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries)
  • Biscuits, crushed (optional)
  1. Spoon three tbsp of yogurt into a bowl (or, if you’re feeling fancy and want to achieve a dessert-like look, a tall glass).
  2. Add the chopped mangoes, bananas, and strawberries.
  3. Mix the yogurt with the fruits using a spoon until the yogurt covers all the fruits.
  4. Add the honey, sugar, Rooh Afza syrup, and remaining yogurt to the mixture.
  5. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or place in the freezer for up to 10 minutes to cool.
  7. Sprinkle crushed biscuits over top of the mixture.
  8. Serve immediately.