Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Ringing In 2009 with a Bang!....Yeah and Chocolate Dipped Figs

2008 was terrible right? 2009 has to be better, doesn't it? Well, I'm not exactly starting off 2009 in proper fashion. Yesterday, I slipped and fell while I was walking to work. As soon as I hit the pavement I knew that there was something very wrong...something was broken..I heard a snap. I assumed it was my tailbone because...isn't that what people always break when they have a slip and fall accident. CB rushed me to the doctor's office, I've never gone to the doctor accompanied by CB, but I couldn't move, and I was going to need to get into a surgical gown for the spine test, so CB joined me in the doctors office for the consultation. Well, let me tell you, I wasn't aware of the fact that in order to determine the extent of nerve damage that I may have suffered during the fall, that a rectal exam was needed. Yes, you have just not rung in the new year properly until you have had a rectal exam in front of your husband...dear God that man loves me, he has to, there is just no question now.

Anyway, yes, the tailbone is broken, but in addition I've also fractured my sacrum. I have a doctor's appointment with a spine specialist today to determine the severity of the fracture and where we go from here. I'm not sure what to say...I'm just very..scared and upset...but at the same time thankful for a strong body that no doubt will help me recover from this. Please let me recover quickly from this.

I'm supposed to eat a lot of fiber...(listen I get it, this is a food blog, but it's also my stream of consciousness blog and if you don't want to hear about why I need to eat a lot of fiber...there are plenty of other blogs for you to enjoy...go to one of them) so, because the fractures are around the bowel area...a diet rich in fiber should help with making sure that going to the bathroom isn't too painful. TMI. Maybe, but you were warned.

Figs are a great source of fiber, and this dessert was so elegant and so super super easy to make. It's one of those desserts that looks like it should take forever, but is actually easier than chocolate chip cookies. Here's what I did.

I took about 10 black mission figs and 10 yellow figs (whatever they are called) I stuffed half the yellow figs with candied ginger and the other half with pecans. I stuffed half the black mission figs with almonds and the other half with coconut. Stuffing the figs is simple, just take a sharp knife and make a slit in the bottom of the fig, stuff the fig with whatever you want, and then simply pinch the seam together. The figs are so sticky that they seal back together without much effort.

After I stuffed all the figs I simply dipped them in a bowl of dark chocolate candy melts (the kind you buy at Michael's Arts and Crafts) then placed them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper until the chocolate set, which wasn't too long.

Please try this recipe, it's my own, and I think it's super easy and elegant.

Rating = So Damn Good


Marianne said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your fall! It sounds painful. I hope you recover quickly. The figs look delicious and the concept would work with dried fruits as well, like apricots or plums.

AM said...

Aw jeez I am sooooooooo sorry to hear that this has happened to you. Be a good patient, accept help and heal quickly. Aw crap I can't believe how bad that sounds. Hope you are better soon.

Anonymous said...

That hurts just reading about it. I wouldn't think you could even walk around let alone make this yummy sounding dessert. Take Care. Wishing you a super speedy recovery.