Broiled Figs with Goat Cheese:
It’s been all work and very little play for my crew over here. Times are challenging and we all are going through our own inner struggles, as well as our country.
Our family watched the President’s speech last night and I was moved by his strength and dedication to rebuild our country despite all the negativity that is thrown his way. Unfortunately, some of our society doesn’t want to see the underdog win…like it’s not enough to go around? And this is why we have to win, rise from the ashes and become victorious! No matter how hard and how tired you get, brush yourself off and rise!
This brings me to my fruit trees in my backyard. Over the last few years our trees (fig, orange, lemon, persimmons and avocado trees) haven’t been baring fruit and I’ve been upset and a little depressed about it. What had I been doing wrong? Was it because I didn’t get to prune our trees this season (because it’s extremely expensive)? So, this spring I fed them a special organic fertilizer and then I moved on to more important things that I had to get done in my household.
Well, late yesterday my husband Tyson and our daughter Aliyah went down to our lower yard where most of our fruit trees are and to my surprise they came up with a bucket full of ripe figs from our tree and informed me that all of our fruit trees are in bloom with lots of fruit. Our orange, lemon, persimmons, avocado and fig trees are full of ripe fruit!
I can’t tell you how happy this made me feel inside. New fruit baring on our trees! I feel like the fruit trees are a foreshadowing on what’s been going on in my life. Some tough hardworking years and not always seeing the fruition of all your hard work but suddenly, just when you try to think of what else you can do to make it happen, then, just then, your fruit begins to bare!
I know I’m rambling on this blog but I can’t tell you how happy I am to see new fruit on my trees and how it’s a sign that things are getting better!
Never, ever give up!
Ali in the Valley
Photo by: Michael Brian Photography
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Broiled Figs with Goat Cheese Recipe:
6 stalks fresh rosemary 6 large fresh figs, stems trimmed, halved lengthwise 1/4 cup liquid honey 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
Strip the leaves from the bottom of the rosemary stems, leaving about 1 1/2 inches of leaves at the tip. Place stems in a bowl and add cold water to cover.
Soak for at least 30 minutes. Skewer fig halves crosswise on each rosemary stem. Arrange the skewers on a plate with the cut sides of the figs facing up.
In small bowl, mix together honey and lemon juice. Brush the honey/lemon mixture over the cut side of the figs. Preheat the broiler to high. Broil the figs cut side up until they are lightly browned and softened, about 2 minutes. Top with cheese and place back under broiler for 1 minute. Serve on the skewers while still hot!
Figs are one of the most delicious and moist fruits. They can only be eaten completely ripe and are full of nutrients. A fig is full of energy, sugar, calcium and phosphorus. Even when dried, they maintain their nutrients. Figs also contain iron, magnesium, vitamins A, B & C, folic acid, zinc, sodium & potassium. Figs are also considered a good medicament for constipation because they are full of fiber. They also lessen the acids in the stomach, and thus are great for pregnant women.
Figs and Goat Cheese Salad:
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup olive oil
Figs, cut into halves
Red onion, very thinly sliced
Tomato, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper
In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar with the honey until well combined. While continuing to whisk, slowly add in the olive oil in an even stream. Set aside.
Place desired amount of mixed greens in a large serving bowl. Top with figs, red onion, crumbles of goat cheese and dried cranberries.
Pour dressing over salad and toss until everything is coated. Season with salt and pepper, and gently toss again.