Lots of Figs…..A Fig Pizza How-to...

Cooked figs on oatmeal

Cooked figs on oatmeal

Hello again.  This is a big week!  Mom had cataract surgery Monday which went great.  Her vision is almost perfect without glasses!  It was so easy and so successful that she signed up to get the other eye done in September! The other big thing is I close on my house on Friday!  I am so excited.  It took soooo long to find a house.  I think I looked at about 40 houses, many of which were really terrible.  I also have not had a "grown up" house with real furniture, pictures on the walls, my own bed in a over a year!  I miss having my own place and my stuff. I am excited to get moved and start putting down roots.  With mom and other family only a short two hour drive away it will be easy to visit.  I have been looking forward to this for many years, it is all finally here.  I close on the 14th but won't actually move until 9/3 and 9/4. I have an airBnB place for the two interim weeks so I can be around while the painters and floor guys do their thing. I hope to work in the yard and maybe even get started on a Fall garden.  I have a business breakfast next week which will also hopefully put me on the road to a job at the cancer center.  FIngers crossed.  I am still working on the job teaching with Kaplan which is a part-time, intermittent jig.  I hope to get that too!  Seems like everything is falling into place, just as it should.  If the cancer center job doesn't work out, I will start looking for chef work and some hands-on nursing.  Either way will be a win! 

So what else is going on……the fig tree is full of figs.  More than Mom and I can eat, which makes the deer, butterflies, and birds very happy.  The tree is probably 25 feet tall, so the birds get everything we can't reach.  I leave a bunch down low for the deer so everyone gets their share.  I only like them cooked so I am searching for things to do with them.  I cooked some for breakfast a few times.  Just cut them into pieces, put into a saucepan with a little water and a spoon or so of maple syrup or sweetener of choice, and cook for about 10 minutes covered, and a few minutes uncovered.  They get thick, sweet and syrupy.  Perfect over a big bowl of oatmeal. 

I made this pizza last week and it was amazing.  Figs, goat cheese or blue cheese, caramelized onions and balsamic drizzle, topped with a little kale….

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I will tell you how to make it, rather than write it out as a whole recipe…..Make your favorite pizza crust.  Parbake for about 10 minutes.  To make the caramelized onions, thinly slice an onion.  Melt 1 Tbsp olive oil and 1 Tbsp butter in a big skillet.  Add onion, a big pinch of salt and cook over medium high heat, stirring often, until the onion starts to brown.  Turn heat to medium low and cook for about 15 or 20 minutes, stirring from time to time, until they are as brown as you want.  For the balsamic drizzle, put about 1/3 cup vinegar into a small saucepan and heat to a low simmer.  Let cook and reduce until the mixture gets thick and coats the back of a spoon.  When you dip the spoon, you should be able to run your finger down the back and it will leave a nice empty space.  Don't overcook as it with thicken as it cools and if you go too far it will gel.  To make the pizza, brush a little olive oil over the crust.  Spread the onions around the crust to make a scant thin layer.  Thinly slice figs and place them evenly around the pizza.  Sprinkle with crumbled blue cheese or goat cheese.   It will take around 10 figs and about 1/3 cup of cheese depending on the size of your pizza.  Cook until browned around the edges and the cheese melts.  Remove from the oven and very lightly drizzle with the balsamic reduction. Top with either some thinly sliced kale or arugula, tossed with a little vinaigrette.  Mom was skeptical when I told her what I was going to make, but she loved it.  I also made a really delicious gluten-free fig cake. I'll post that in a few days.  If you hate figs, bear with me, fig season is short! 

So when I walked earlier this week, the goats were out where I could get close. They came right up to the fence, probably thinking I had treats for them.  So cute!  The 4th one didn't want his picture taken... 

After three months, Red and Domino have finally discovered the bird feeder out the kitchen window.  They now love to look out and join us for most meals…Last night Domino thought he would just sit at the table! 

I guess that is all for now.  I'll post when I can. Fingers crossed all goes well with the closing!  Have a good week.