Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fig Recipe

Figs cut on the top, ready to be stuffed with cheese
Last year we did a post about collecting figs with a few links for recipes but did not take any photos to show how we use figs in recipes. This year our fig harvest has been late because of heavy frosts in the spring.  Compared to last year, the trees are producing fewer figs and we suspect the two late freezes could be the reason.
Figs cut and in the pan
 Our favorite recipe is to stuff figs with goat cheese or cream cheese and then roast them in the oven. You simply cut a cross-shape in the top of the fig (where the stem has been removed), place them in a greased pan, and then put small dabs of goat or cream cheese (or both!) inside of the figs. We roast them at about 350 degree Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes until bubbly and they are DELECTABLE!
Figs stuffed with cheese

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Surfing Heron

Small green heron floating on the island of debris

We had a lot of rain the other week and it seems to have churned up debris from the pond that has settled on the surface. This has created a few small islands that our resident green heron has taken to surfing on! It will ride on the small islands and the wind pushes the island of debris and the heron around the pond as the heron hunts for fish! Seems like a relaxing way to spend your day, floating around on the pond.