Friday, July 31, 2009

Food of the Gods

Pearl is a 'Jill of all trades' right now. 

She's discovering what she's interested in doing when she grows up and she's also finding her way in her hobbies.

As of this writing.  The grown up job will be marine animal something.  Preferably, training.  Preferably with Sea Lions.

The hobbies are wide and varied.  It has always included art.  Last year, quite by mistake, it became theater and singing.  
Lately it has been decadent desserts. 
 The dessert to pictured above has a very simple title but a very complex taste.  It's Figs in Puff Pastry.  Please click on it, so you might enjoy all the yumminess you can via a photograph.
For those of us lucky enough to eat them, they are sinful.  

We are lucky enough to have a wild fig tree growing not far from the house.  Right now, these same figs are going in the grocery store for $9 a pound!  The only price we pay for our figs are a few chigger bites.  More than anything, we are amazed that the tree produced any fruit at all.  We are 25 inches behind in our rainfall.  The temperature has been over 100*  at least 45 times since the beginning of May.  Those things are not conducive for anything to grow, let alone a fruit bearing tree.

This recipe was harvested out of the latest issue of Good Housekeeping, but I'll repeat it here, since it's so easy.
Plain Yogurt
Puff Pastry
Cut the puff pastry into equal size squares.  Bake as directed on the box.
While they are baking, sweeten the yogurt to your liking with honey.  
Once the pastry is cool, cut the figs into bite size pieces.  Slice pastry in half, add a generous amount of honey sweetened yogurt and figs.
Drizzle with extra honey if you like.

As my sister says, "Sugar, Butter, Flour, what's not to like!"
This recipe has all three things. :)


  1. Another great picture of Pearl with an amazing animal! They must be feeding it those pink shrimp they feed to flamingos to make them pink?

  2. I agree with Dani, another great picture of Pearl! The fig dessert looks pretty scrumptious.

  3. I had to enlarge the photo cos my brain couldnt unscramble what the hell it was LOL

    what a great photo.....


  4. Aww, I love that photo of your beautiful daughter...and I especially love her fashion sense, being true to what is comfortable....just like me! hehe!
    I hope she follows her dreams, too. So many of us start off wanting to be 'something' when we 'grow up' and then stray far away from those hopes and dreams by the time we're adults.

    That fig dessert....Oh yummo! Miss Pearl has true talent.
    But I'm not surprised that figs do so well in your area. Aren't they grown successfully in places like Iran, Egypt, and Pakistan where the heat is usually always triple digits and rain fall is scarce?
    Your growing season is also longer, unlike ours which is typically only 3-4 months.

    Do you know that I have never eaten a fresh fig? How lucky you are!

    Wanna trade some peaches for some figs? hehe!


  5. Figs! Heaven's forgotten food. Here in Sonoma, we have a wonderful country French restaurant called The Girl and the Fig featuring all sorts of figgy goodness, from a Fig Martini to a Fig Royale to start your meal to chicken with figs for entree to dessert cheese plates that also feature figs.