Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Go FIGure

Can anyone help me FIGure out what to do with a bunch of figs?

We have a big fig tree in our yard and it's FULL of these little purple fruits.

Since nothing fig related has ever ignited thoughts of ecstasy within my soul, I'm sort of clueless as to what to do with these...but people keep seeing the tree and saying with such joy..."You have a fig tree?" They seem so happy and a little jealous...and yet, I'm not sure what all this happiness is really about.

What are figs good for?

Figgy pudding? Is that even real? I thought figgy pudding was like ghosts.

I won't lie...that is my favorite part of the song...because for some reason, I can't help but shake my head while saying the figgy pudding part...I always thought the consensus was that we were joking in this little diddy...everyone knows we are just kidding...right...we really don't want someone to bring us that...who REALLY wants figgy pudding?

A Christmas tin filled with Heather Gernenz's puppy chow. Yes. Someone should bring me that.

Or a cup of raspberry mocha coffee from Starbucks...yep...someone should bring me some of that...

But figgy pudding?

No. You can keep it.

We might as well say, "Oh bring us some
nasty skin lesions, oh bring us some nasty skin lesions, oh bring us some nasty skin lesions and bring them right now."

The only other thing I can think of are fig newtons?

Ew.

Who wants fig newtons when you can have a cookie instead...or really anything else instead?

What should I do with figs?

Here's what we know so far...

We're not eating them raw.

After a dissection, we found out that they look like an ovary on the inside.

No thanks.

I'll pass.

Any ideas?


As in you have personally eaten that idea and it was a positive experience?

13 comments:

Hendrick Family said...

If no one comes up with anything, we could always opt for working for the discovery channel...filming the squirrels eating the figs right off the tree. What they go to in order to chew on an ovary is quite impressive!

Anonymous said...

Heather-
STOP dead in your tracks. Pick those figgy puddings, girl! Here is how you eat them... cut off the stem part where mentioned fig was attached to the tree (kind of like cutting off the ends of an onion before chopping it up). Now, peel back the peelings. Eat that ovary, um..., I mean, fig like it's a grape. If a fig by itself has you a little squeamish, you can always spread a ripe one on a slice of bread and on another slice spread peanut butter. Like a peanut butter and fig sandwich. It sure would be a hit at my house. See if you can handle it! I think you'll really like it. Figs are mostly just sweet - not gross like in the newtons. Enjoy! If not... how much is shipping to Lafayette?!?
:) Simonne Broussard

Hendrick Family said...

Good stuff, Simmonne! I just ate one off the tree whole...without looking at the inside...and it really wasn't that bad...but then I couldn't help but thinking maybe there was a worm in it...I mean...what if?

So...

Keep the ideas coming. We've got a bunch of this little things!

Heather

Anonymous said...

if you have no other activities, you can always make fig preserves. I promise it's good. Or (when they are REAL ripe), eat the insides straight

Anonymous said...

you can save some and give them to me.
Huh...Huh?
that would be fantastic.
Chad

Carrie said...

I have no idea but please let us know what you decide to do with them. We never got day 7 of the respect challenge. Did I miss it? Carrie

Hendrick Family said...

Carrie...yes...the whole 7th day of the 7 day challenge...causing much controversy...it's hilarious.

Aaron said, "Why didn't you write a day 7 post?" I said..."Well...I actually did write 7 posts...I wrote one a day for one week, but I guess I just numbered wrong, because I didn't call the first one day 1." Leave it to me to number wrong. That's what I do! Math is NOT my strong point...not even the simple counting part.

I'm sure there will be more marriage stuff though on here...since I'm still married...and still can be a super huge idiot.

Stay tuned!

Heather

Weaver Family said...

Here's one of the best things I've ever eaten! Make up some cornbread mix (a kind of sweet one, like Jiffy or something) and then spoon into muffin tins (about half full). On top of that, put about a 1/2 tsp. of cream cheese and one half (or a whole one if they're small) of a peeled fig. Top it off with more cornbread mix and bake like usual. You'll have a little corn muffin with a warm sweet suprise inside. Seriously good!

I never would have believed it, but when I worked in the hospital a former patient of ours came up and brought a bunch of these by to thank us. I was thinking to myself "just swallow it down and smile -- don't hurt the man's feelings" you know...

One of the best things I've ever eaten! I make them whenever I can find figs! Try it!

Bev Brandon said...

OH MY!!!!
OH MY!!!!
OH MY!!!!
FIGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WILL TRADE FOR FIGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MY FAVORITE FRUIT EVER...
HAD A FIG TREE IN MY BACKYARD
IN NEW ORLEANS GROWING UP...
I CAN EAT VERY LARGE QUANTITIES
RAW, COLD,IN ONE SITTING...
DOES SOMETHING TO INSIDE OF YOUR MOUTH IF YOU EAT TOO MANY AT ONE TIME BUT IT'S WORTH IT....
I TRADE LOTS OF THINGS FOR FIGS...
GOING TO CALL MY FRIEND'S FAV FORT WORTH FIG TREE
IN THE MORNING TO SEE IF IT IS
BLOOMING...GASP...IF I LIVED IN COLLEGE STATION, I WOULD BE IN YOUR TREE RIGHT NOW PICKING FIGS...

Thomas Supercinski said...

Google search for 'fig recipes'

Tara said...

Heather,
How funny! You are blessed to have such fruitful land! I know, I agree, figs are a little odd and intimidating, but because of Nathaniel's love for them, I've learned a few ways to make them tasty. So, first of all, if you're looking to get rid of some, you can give Nathaniel a bucket and make his summer. One time when we were dating, I attempted a fig cake and it turned out to be amazingly good. I found the recipe on the internet and it involved buttermilk and yummy spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, so I'm sure you could find a similar one online.
Nathaniel also thought it was cool because men of war in the Old Testament always left there home with fig cakes (I'm sure they were a bit different then).

"Abigail lost no time. She took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five dressed sheep, five seahs of roasted grain, a hundred cakes of raisins and two hundred cakes of pressed figs, and loaded them on donkeys." 1 Sam. 25:18

There you go! You can send Aaron to work with fig cakes! :)

Your website makes me smile,
Tara

Melodi said...

I guess I missed this post earlier! My friend, Julie, asked me if my mom would come teach us to make fig preserves. I called her and she said, "YOU want to make preserves????????" I think she thought the rapture had occurred. She came and we spent hours making preserves that we gave as Christmas gifts. Everyone loved them. I didn't eat them. One of our dear friends owns two pick-your-own fruit farms, so I had to eat a raw fig to satisfy him. It surprised me. Not too bad. But the most vivid memory I have of fig trees was the one in our backyard when I was a little girl. That's the one my mom took switches from to train up this child!!!!!!!!!!

Meg said...

Allrecipes.com is my favorite recipe website EVER. I did a search for "figs" based on the highest rating. Check it out at:

http://allrecipes.com/Search/Ingredients.aspx?WithTerm=&SearchIn=All&Wanted1=figs&SortBy=Rating&Direction=Descending

If for some reason it doesn't work, just go to allrecipes.com and do an ingredient search. Then click sort by "rating."

There was one recipe for a cookie that involved chocolate - I mean, anything's good with chocolate.