Blood-Curdling Parfaits

July 14, 2023

With simple breakfast dishes to kickstart your adventures, refreshing light meals to keep you on the run from otherworldly deities, and main dishes for when you’ve made it home safe, our newest literary cookbookRecipes from the World of H. P. Lovecraft—is sure to inspire and deliver a fright. In anticipation of its release, here’s one of our favorite recipes from the book, on sale July 25.

Yog-Sothoth Pots

Yog-Sothoth is a terrifying and all-knowing Outer God who appears in The Case of Charles Dexter Ward and “The Dunwich Horror.” In a 1926 letter to his friend James F. Morton, Lovecraft drew a detailed “family tree” for many of the entities he’d created. Yog-Sothoth is listed as the spawn of “The Nameless Mist.” Lovecraft is notorious for not quite describing some of his monstrous creations; his narrators are often struck dumb or driven mad by what they see, and left unable to put into words the horrors they have witnessed. Yog-Sothoth seems to invoke this kind of reaction, and is described in only the vaguest of terms as being formed of “malignant globes.” Being a timeless being made of evil spheres doesn’t stop Yog-Sothoth from breeding with a human woman, however, and the resulting offspring are the key figures in “The Dunwich Horror.”

Super-easy and super-fast, these pretty breakfast treats use frozen fruit for extra convenience, though you could use fresh if you have it. You could also add a little finely chopped mint for a refreshing burst of flavor and swap out the granola for mixed pumpkin and sunflower seeds.


Prep time: 10 minutes

  • 3½ cups frozen mixed berries, thawed juice of 1 orange
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 2 cups vanilla yogurt
  • ½ cup granola

1. Process half the berries with the orange juice and honey in a blender or food processor until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the remaining berries.

2. Divide one-third of the berry mixture among four individual dessert glasses or small bowls. Top with half the yogurt. Layer with half the remaining berry mixture and top with the remaining yogurt.

3. Top with the remaining berry mixture and sprinkle the granola on top just before serving.

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