Thursday, August 17, 2006
A few years ago one of my friends from my book club gave me a small fig tree from her yard. She has had a large fig tree producing for years and her whole family enjoys the delicious treats she makes from its fruit. I didn't expect this seedling to live or thrive in my yard, but I put it in the only free sunny spot and gave it a chance. This year is the first good crop we have had. Buddy Boy loves them and plucks one off the small tree every chance he gets, green and hard or red and soft and ripe, he doesn't seem to care. I am going to have to start collecting them and look up some recipes. Any suggestions? I used to love Fig Newtons, back before I was diagnosed with Celiac Sprue and learned I can't eat anything with wheat, rye or barley. I am really looking forward to trying to make my own fig bars with rice or bean flours. I think they will taste better mixed with a little honey and baked, rather than fresh off the tree, in spite of what Buddy Boy thinks. It's nice to have something right from the garden, though, isn't it?