|Their leaves were the height of fashion back in Adam and Eve's day.|
Painting by Cranach the Elder (what a name!)
|It was very hard to refrain from eating one whole plastic sleeve of fig newtons.|
|If a frog and a pig were to reproduce, they would have bouncing baby figs. |
As claimed by the wind-up robot show host version of Kermit, anyway.
You can see robo-Kermit woo Piggy in this YouTube video.
Once I moved to California, I learned the real truth about figs, and that truth is: they are delicious.
It's currently fig season, which means that if you're in a warm climate like we enjoy in the southwest, you can probably find them at grocery stores in your area. I've seen them at Trader Joe's and Super King in the last few weeks, and since I'm a fan, I picked up a box to enjoy and share with you.
|Here are two of the green figs I bought recently.|
|When they're sliced open, I find them both beautiful and kind of repulsive. |
Like how I imagine a cross-section of an alien's chest would look.
|My favorite way to enjoy them is to cut one up into eight pieces, and build fig-cracker-snacks as a mid-afternoon treat.|
|My secret ingredient? Trader Joe's goat cheese medallions. Man, I can't get enough |
of the single-portion servings that Trader Joe's have released recently. (And that's
exactly why I need single-serving portions... I can't get enough!)
|My serving size is one fig, eight low-fat wheat crackers, 1/2 ounce of goat cheese.|
(You can substitute light cream cheese if you don't like the tang of chevre.)
If you're feeling sweet, I bet a drizzle of honey would go well with it.
Figs are also available right now at... you guessed it... farmer's markets. I guess that's my theme for the week. Do you have a farmer's market near you? What is it like? What do they sell? Have you gotten to know one of the farmers there?
OK! I'm off for the day, but I'll be back tomorrow with my Fashion Friday column. I'm doing something that I have to muster my courage for... so I hope you'll come back and check it out. And until then - take good care of yourself!