I cook a lot, but I only blog occasionally. Why? Usually, because I’m trying out someone else’s recipe and I like to blog about recipes that I either develop or that have diverged enough for me to consider them my own. That leaves out most of what I eat.
Why do I do it that way? I like to read blog posts with recipes – even if I have no intention of ever trying the recipe. I’m weird like that, but I want to post more often. I like getting comments and talking to people about what I’ve written, and the only way to keep people engaged is to give them more stuff to talk about.
With that in mind I have a sorta recipe to share today. What’s a sorta recipe you ask? It’s almost a recipe, but it lacks specific directions, amounts, or even ingredients. Instead, it is a suggestion of what goes together based on what I like. It’s the sort of recipe outline that you can, and must, adapt to your own tastes. For the sake of convenience I will still post a recipe-type section at the bottom.
Basically, this is one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast. It’s simple and nutritious while feeling luxurious at the same time. Serve it with a latte and granola and it’s a great breakfast. On its own I think it could fill in as a fast dessert. Basically this is a glop of greek yogurt, a sprinkle of toasted walnuts, a slight handful of sliced fresh figs, and a drizzle of local honey. That’s it. Nothing complicated, crazy, or time consuming. The hardest part is probably finding the fresh figs (at least in this part of the world). They show up sporadically from late August until sometime around now. So this morning was probably my last taste of this wonderful concoction until next year, but if you still have access to this ancient and venerable fruit please try this for breakfast (or dessert) and let me know what you think.
Nutty Fig Yogurt
A few figs (usually I can only get black mission figs)
1 small handful walnut pieces, toasted
1 glop* of greek yogurt (like Fage)
Honey to taste (I usually use about 2 teaspoons, I think)
Place the yogurt in a bowl. Quarter the figs and add to the yogurt. Top with the walnuts and drizzle the honey over it all. Stir it up and enjoy.
Use your favorite nut – I know that walnuts and almonds go well with the figs, but try pecans, pistachios, or brazil nuts.
Use your favorite plain yogurt – even if it’s made with goat’s milk.
*A glop is roughly a 1/2 cup.