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Free things. Figs!

I love figs in any form: fresh, dried, roasted, jammed, or newton.

The other day I started to notice all the fig trees in Isla Vista. Judging by all the fruit on the ground, other people must not notice them either.

I picked 3 lb off one tree alone.

At one point while standing on a top branch, I found myself at eye-level with a guy brushing his teeth on the second floor of an apartment. Luckily, Isla Vista home to stranger sights than a girl sitting in your tree and eating figs.

No special shopping required, I whipped this jam out with what was on hand and some thrift-ed mason jars.


Right now, I should be doing homework, or working, or getting some sleep or cleaning or whatever.

But all I would like to do is make some extra spicy gingersnaps to eat with this jam.
Or some goat cheese.
Or some ice cream.

Fig Balsamic Jam
Check the ingredients of your balsamic vinegar, it should only say “balsamic vinegar”. If you try to cook down fake ingredients you could end up with really gross jammy black goop.

3 lb figs, quartered
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. balsamic vinegar
1/2 t. salt
1 lemon (juice and zest)

1/2-pint mason jars- I filled 6

Cook all ingredients except lemon over medium heat for about 30 minutes, or until thick and jammy. Stir in lemon zest and juice and cook for another 5 minutes.

Seal in hot mason jars and process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes.

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Flowers and free things

Made: paper flowers

I love it here in Berkeley. My little burrow-room beneath a lemon tree is tiny- but I am barely there. Most of the time, I’m biking, sitting in a coffee shop, or at my sister’s. However, the other night I did hear my neighbors (a young couple) fighting about he fundamentals of communism and the authenticity of their art. Only I was too tired to laugh.

Across the street

I am actually sitting in Cole’s Coffee in Rockridge right now. The Flor De Cana Coffee is lovely and I really want to go get something tasty from the bakery up the block. But I’m a little scared of the Red Cross lady whom I said “no” to earlier when she asked if I had a minute. She gave me look that said “Really? You are walking your bike aimlessly and looking at pastries in the window”.

I might have to fake a phone call when I go to get treats.

Blue bottle latte and a creme fraiche, strawberry, tobacco scone

I’m trying to stay crafty while I’m here. I have a pile of thrift-store finds that need just a bit of alteration and a big list of want-to-makes. I did however, find an awesome mint green jacket in a donation box on the street. No alterations required.

Found: jacket

Found: small whale

I made these little flowers from a yellowed and worn- out copy of Robinson Crusoe for a friend’s baby shower.

Also. I can’t get enough beets.

Baby arugula, steamed beets, young goat gouda, dried figs, and reduce balsamic

Outside on the steps

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