i’m not a foodie, but i play one on T.V.

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It’s hard to call myself a foodie on days like these when I seriously contemplate eating a can of Cheez Whiz for lunch. A foodie can appreciate things like mineral water and brie. A foodie would not keep her pantry stocked with economy-sized 32-packs of Ramen noodles.

I’m no fancy-pants and I don’t pretend to be. Actually, that’s a lie. I’m not fancy-pants but I do pretend to be, quite often. Sometimes my Cheez-Whiz-covered-Ramen-snubbing, brie-and-mineral-water-loving side makes an appearance (typically as my alter-ego, Mrs. Nesbitt, a tea-party frequenter with a missing arm). Last night, as I found myself surrounded by buckets of figs from Preston’s aunt’s tree, was one of those nights.

I donned my apron and decided on the perfect dessert: Greek yogurt with glazed figs drizzled with honey. I used Food Network Magazine’s recipe as a basis for the dish: Halve 2 cups fresh figs and place in a small pot with 1 tbsp. lemon juice and 2 tablespoons each red wine, water and brown sugar. Cook over low heat, stirring, until the figs are soft, 20 to 25 minutes.

The result is a delicious dessert, snack, or even breakfast if you don’t feel weird tasting red wine before noon. If you have any fig recipes, kick ’em my way — I’m on my second batch of jam and I still have a few pounds left.


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4 responses to “i’m not a foodie, but i play one on T.V.

  1. Natalie, did you know that I’m obsessed with figs? I cry at figs. When I see them like this, in abundance, my heart dreams about beholding figs, beautiful, and glorious figs, even though I’m Canadian and getting figs around here costs an arm and a leg and sometimes more. They’re not even in our stores except for one scant month of the year. And I think that month is over. Boo!

    • Oh girl. You need to come to Texas. I know it’s probably an expensive flight, but the amount of money you’ll save on gorging yourself on figs will probably make up for it. When I found out Preston’s aunt and parents had fig trees I froke out… they’re literally a dollar apiece at the store!! I was up until 3 a.m. making jam but I guess I overestimated how many I needed. I’ve been eating them fresh but if you have any good fig recipes I would love to hear them!

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