August 18, 2012

Fig out

When I lost my mom a year and half ago to Alzheimer's I received two very special gifts from two different sets of friends. One was an Oak tree from two of my friends I've known since the 6th grade. The Oak is a symbol of wisdom, strength and endurance. It came with an engraved tag that stands beside it. I planted it in our front yard and watch it grow.

The other was Fig tree. This was given by a group of friends that I have known for about 25 years through AA and now as my neighbors. I am proud to have made and kept friends throughout my lifetime. The Fig hasn't actually been planted yet. I've tried a Fig before without much luck. I couldn't bear for this one not to make it so I am giving this one extra special care. It lived in the mudroom over the winter last year and I've got it in what I think will be it's permanent spot in my front yard now. My next door neighbor is Greek and he has a huge Fig that his mother brought here from "the homeland" he says. I tried to pick a spot this time that looks to be the same as his. This Spring I was delighted to see 18 figs on it. Though I lost them to birds, I believe it will flourish there once I plant it this Fall.

I love that my friends not only gave me something that I will treasure, they did it because they knew I would love the sentiment.

I found this recipe the September Whole Living and I'll keep it for future use. Once Figs are ripe they only last a few days so I like the idea of preserving them. I'll also be looking for some jam.

Honey-Caramelized Figs with Yogurt

1 T honey, plus more for drizzling
Pinch of ground cinnamon
8 oz fresh figs, halved
2 c plain low-fat Greek yogurt
1/2 c chopped pistachios

1. Heat honey in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook figs, cut sides down, until caramelized, about 5 minutes.

2. Serve over yogurt with cinnamon and pistachios.

Drizzle with honey, if desired.

It says caramelize a pound and keep them in the fridge for pairing with oatmeal or cheese.

This post was written by Mindi at Red Dog Barkery. Visit her Etsy shop for durable, yet fashionable goods, or her blog for bits that are sure to whet your appetite.