Friday, October 16, 2009

New desserts, the green of clover and a snake!

I made this truly inspired dessert last night using the last 2 dozen fresh figs, cooked down with a couple of Tablespoons of sugar, juice of half a lemon and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon.  When cooled I added about a 1/4 cup of toasted almonds and a 1/4 of dark chocolate chips.  I wrapped the jammy mix into a log of pie dough and baked it.  I must say, they are scrumptious.

The clover popped almost over night and is now covering the bed I prepared last week with green.

I found this little guy hiding under the landscape fabric that I lifted up today in preparation for planting garlic.  I captured it in this orange bucket for a positive ID as at first I thought it might be a copperhead. Careful study and consultation of the field guides left us pretty certain it was a baby northern water snake.  Makes sense as I have seen the adults at the pond, which is where I took it to release it.  The eyes were the most obvious thing to say non-venomous as the pupils were round and venomous snakes have narrow slitty pupils.


Nell Jean said...

Never had figs with chocolate. Sounds tasty. I wonder if I will think of this next summer when figs are ripe again? Maybe I could just cook down some of the breakfast figs (low-sugar preserves, kept in the freezer).

Blossom said...

Snake .. a baby snake. that's cute! As long as it's not poisonous.

Garden Girl said...

Nell Jean- I think this would be very good with preserves of any flavor.
Blossom- we made sure it wasn't poisonous, checked and double checked! And it was very cute.

Randy Emmitt said...


I think your snake is actually an immature Black Racer, a good one for the garden, they eat mice and will take bullfrogs too.