Have you ever had times when you want to come up with an impressive dessert but aren't prepared? Or what you had prepared for just isn't up to scratch (or looks a bit bleah)?
This was one of those times.
Strawberries are particularly fine at the moment - redder and sweeter than they've been for a long time. I had bought a punnet on the spur of the moment, and thought "These will make a much better dessert than that 'other thing' I was going to make". So I whizzed around the supermarket to pick up some pre-made mini meringues and some low-fat vanilla yoghurt, and ta-dah! Strawberry Mess.
Oh, and the dessert that wasn't up to scratch? I will show you that another time, maybe. It was an apple crumble that tasted alright, but isn't that glamorous in the va-va-voom department.
1/2 a punnet of strawberries (about 5 strawberries per person), washed, hulled and sliced
125g low-fat vanilla yoghurt (or whipped cream flavoured with a few drops of vanilla extract)
6 marshmallows (pink or white), halved
8 mini meringues (store-bought or homemade), crumbled
1. Layer the ingredients attractively in a tall glass.
2. Serve with a flourish
Some of the ingredients, including fluffy marshmallows, crispy meringues and lush strawberries
Layer everything in a glass...
And blush modestly at the compliments.