MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH FIGS

Figs are everything.

Figs are life-affirming.

And not just because they taste like heaven, are aesthetically perfect, a thrill to CUT IN HALF or even just to hold...

After Food52 reminded me that it was fig season (the most wonderful time of the year), I immediately felt inspired. I went to market that night to pick up a pint of fresh figs and went to bed like a child on Christmas Eve. I hopped out of bed and after just one cup of coffee, went at it. Something just came over me -- inspiration that I haven't felt in quite some time. i made honey roasted fig ice cream and after every fig was gone, i kept going. i made my first batch of 'Stachio in ages. i even made Vanilla Bean, which I NEVER, EVER MAKE. 

Fig season is one long affirmation (scratch that -- it's not long enough!) that reminds us that Earth is filled with precious gifts. It reminds us to slow down and take time to appreciate the little things in life.

 i did just that today.

THE SCOOPSIES GINGERBREAD HOUSE

The Scoopsies Gingerbread House is decked with some of the ingredients I've had loads of fun with. A wreath made with coriander, mint, and rose petals; an elderflower, lavender, chili pepper, and jasmine rooftop; cinnamon stick and cinnamon bark gutters; a tea biscuit door matt, Matcha Green Tea ice cream shrubs sprinkled with coconut flake snow; a sugar cone tree layered with fresh mint and topped off by a star anise; and a snowman made of Moscow Mule ice cream with a cinnamon bark nose and jasmine eyes. Happy holidays!

LEGIT GRASSHOPPER PIE

A DOUBLE DARE I COULDN'T RESIST. LEGIT GRASSHOPPER PIE! MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP WITH CHUNKS OF CHOCOLATE AND BITS OF CHOCOLATE COVERED GRASSHOPPERS FROM THAILAND. 

CAN I TELL YOU A SECRET? THIS IS THE ONLY FLAVOR THAT I HAVEN'T TRIED. I'M TOO SCARED! BUT I GOT THE STAMP OF APPROVAL FROM MY TRUSTED TASTE-TESTERS! ALTHOUGH, I'M A BIT HORRIFIED THAT MY ROOMMATE CALLED THIS HIS 'FAVORITE FLAVOR"...

WOULD YOU TRY IT?