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Sunday, January 02, 2005

TMAS Birthday Party: Goat cheese stuffed roasted figs

Ok, I'll fess up, this recipe is actually courtesy of Marco Pasanella at Food and Wine. But pretend it's Mrs. Ziyal's famous recipe!

To make this delectable treat:

  • Quarter 12 figs, cutting three-quarters of the way down.
  • Stuff the figs with goat cheese.
  • Roast in an oiled pan at 425° for 12 minutes, until softened.
  • Serve drizzled with warmed honey.

For extra yumminess: drizzle the roasted figs with a little sweet wine. That's Mrs. Ziyal's secret, anyways. ;)

“That’s my parents’ restaurant,” he shouted, pointing to CafĂ© Shiraz, a hole-in-the-wall place with cinnamon and garlic scents emanating from the open door.

“Is that where we’re going?”

“Later, maybe.”

“Where, then?”

He grasped my hand with his nimble and smooth one. “Ask no questions, I tell no lies.”

Commercial buildings blurred into brownstone apartments then towering evergreens near Cornish College of the Arts. He turned into the campus parking lot and led me through the heavy doors and stained glass to the current art exhibit: Travels through Space and Time.

Later, over kebabs and hummus and his mom’s famous stuffed figs, we talked about light sources and vanishing points, MIT and Baird. He told me about his parents leaving everything to come here and start a restaurant, I told him about my parents disappearing into their work. I asked about physics. He asked about art. I stopped short of telling him about Xanda.
(excerpt from Chapter 2 of TELL ME A SECRET - read the first 2 chapters here!)


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