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My Fig Tree, the Birds and the Squirrels

My fig tree is as tall as the storage house at the back of the lot. It is as big as the storage house. I can only
reach about 7 feet to pick the large, luscious figs that are beginning to ripen to their sweetest. I COULD get a tall ladder and move it a few feet at a time around the tree to pick the figs. (.Don’t tell.)

I devised a plan for harvesting those figs. I was willing to get in and around the first seven or so feet of the tree and pick those plump figs. And I was willing to let the wildlife have the figs in the top half of the tree. In my nicest voice I have made that fact known to the birds, squirrels and any other creatures that want to have a treat. Have they accepted my invitation–my reasonable plan. NO!!!! With unmitigated gall they have been in MY part of the tree, and not only that, they are eating figs that are not completely ripe–just barely turning color. How rude when I was and am so willing to share!!!!!.
However, if I can get sneak enough from the birds, etc., or if they have a change of heart, I am going to make the following recipe:

JUANITA’S FIG BRUSHCETTA

l Baguette, sliced
4 ounces goat cheese
Fresh figs, sliced
Honey for drizzling.

Toast the baguette slices.
Spread with about 2 teaspoons  or so of the goat cheese.
Place 1 sliced fig on each slice.
Drizzle with honey, to taste.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Try this with a Pinot Noir, if you like a red, or a Sauvignon Blanc if you prefer white. I also found a “fizzy” Portuguese white that will be nice with this recipe.
Let me know what you think of the wine choices, please.

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