The trend to eat local and seasonal produce is so popular in the UK nowadays that it’s almost at risk of tiring the ethical consumer and becoming a bit like one of those fad diets. However, it is useful to go back to basics and remember why it makes so much sense to incorporate it in your daily shopping plans and choices....more
It's true. I have a thing for figs. Fresh, just-picked-from-the-tree figs, that is, not those scary black dried things found in the bulk food section of the grocery store. So many varieties, so much versatility. Black Mission, Blue Celeste, Brown Turkish, Desert King, Naples White, Papa John, Tiger and the list goes on. I'm always amazed when I encounter people who either don't like figs or, if you can believe this, have never tried a fig. How is that possible?
Now listen, I don't choose my friends by what I can get out of the relationship, really I don't! But, this year my fig tree failed me (or maybe I failed it, given the drought) so when my friend called a few days ago and said her tree was giving her more figs than she could manage to harvest, and would I like some, well... you know where this is going already, right?I went over and picked the next morning and came home with more figs than I could safely eat before they went bad. In casting about for a different use for figs, I came across this... ...more
Fig HappyPhillip's parents have a quant little garden out the back, filled with lots of fresh produce. Things like lettuce, shallots, garlic, spinach and tomatoes - along with a fig tree and an olive tree. Each evening I meander through the garden and peruse the fig tree for fruit ready for eating.The figs are just coming into season and I can't wait for the first plump and juicy fig to be ready!...more
I had “muffin, muffin, muffin” dancing around in my head this morning and baked chocolate muffins with slices of figs. I like eating raw figs, but I also like baked/grilled ones because their sweet flavor gets stronger. Chocolate flavor and baked figs…Yummy combination!! Chocolate flavor goes well with any kind of fruits. Amazing!http://cookin-log.junkoco.com/index.php/2010/11/16/chocolate-muffins-figs/ ...more