....those little desserts that I mentioned (and keeping the weight off - thank you Mireille Guiliano).
I thought I'd share as they're so easy. A small portion is perfect.
Plums gently stewed in water with a little vanilla sugar added (or one drop of almond essence). Served warm with a small spoonful of plain yogurt and a scattering of toasted almonds.
Slices of mango dusted with icing sugar and placed under a hot grill for 5 minutes. Served as above but with freshly grated nutmeg instead of almonds.
Pears peeled and quartered and poached in water and red wine or water, lemon juice and sugar. Served hot with yoghurt and a tiny tiny bit of black pepper.
These take so little time they can be cooking while you eat the main course. Cook in a saucepan without a lid so that the juices reduce and become slightly syrupy.
A baked apple takes longer of course. No need to core it - just half it across the way and top with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Peaches, halved and stoned, grilled till hot - place a chocolate on the centre where the stone was and allow to melt a moment or two before serving. Half a peach each is enough I find, and those shell shaped chocolates are good. At this time of year you can buy very small boxes with just four chocolates - one with dessert and one with coffee.
Then there are those pears in lazy chocolate sauce....