Saturday, August 18, 2012

A French Country Weekend

Absolutely delicious fresh dates.
Wishing and hoping; hoping and wishing. . . My latest make-a-wish-upon-a-new-fruit choice was with fresh dates.

As you know, I've been told by French friends one should (must) make a wish on each new fruit we eat for the first time in a calendar year.
Dates, the way we normally see them (and many people eat them). Non, merci.
I really, really, really don't like dates. However, I really do like fresh dates. If you're not familiar with them, they're difficult to describe and I'm not even sure that the ones (three actually) I ate were ripe or not. They were hard, sweet, but not cloying, and didn't have that texture I find disagreeable in the super ripe dates that I can't bear to eat.

My wish is always the same.  I spied some luscious looking fresh figs for next week.

Weather report: Extremely hot, no air movement, lots of sun, drooping flowers, potager begging for water, just a normal August day.

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend, my darling amis.


kathy said...

Not a date fan either, but love fresh figs. I've never seen a fresh date (non-dried) in the market, only hanging off date palm trees, and now I'm sort of curious. However, on the way to Palm Springs, you can stop and have a date milkshake, and those I admit are quite delicious!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I really don't like dates either...but I really do like making wishes...maybe it is worth it!

Kristien62 said...

I have never seen fresh dates. Actually, I love dates stuffed with walnuts and rolled in powdered sugar. It was a treat we would have at Christmas.

déjà pseu said...

I've never seen fresh dates either. I do love dried dates, but don't eat them often due to the high sugar content. A friend gave us a small potted fig tree that's actually bearing some fruit, one of which looks just about ready to pick and enjoy.

Bon weekend, Tish!

BigLittleWolf said...

I confess: I adore figs and dates. Rarely eat either (though the fig jellies in France are divine).

Have a lovely weekend!

helen tilston said...

Hello Tish

May all your wishes come true. My favourite fruit is figs, when in season. I had the best tasting figs in Italy. I have not had a fresh date (of the fruit variety) ever!!

Hope your week is extra special
with lots of fresh dates

Helen xx

kabayoz said...

I'm happy to know that fresh dates have better texture and taste then dried. I'm not a fan of dried dates or dried figs, but love fresh figs.

Hope your wish will come true. Have a wonderful weekend!

Karena said...

Tish I do love both! Fresh Figs especially and my Trader Joe;s carries them! Stuffed dates make a nice addition to a desert table; creme cheese and pecans etc!

Have a great weekend!

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A Well Styled Life said...

I love dried dates, never tried fresh ones though. I've actually never seen fresh dates. Figs are almost too sweet for me, but I force myself just to be polite.
Happy Sunday

Jennifer said...

Hmmm, I might try fresh dates sometime, if I ever see them anywhere. They're not common. I really don't like date either! But I'll do almost anything for a wish! Your weather sounds just like mine here in California.
Have a great week!

Jill Ann said...

I have never seen fresh dates either, and quite honestly it never occurred to me that they existed! Obviously the dried dates had to come from somewhere, but I just never thought about it.

I don't normally eat dates on their own, but love them IN things; I have an old recipe for date coffee cake that I love. Growing up, no one I knew ever ate fresh figs, but I love them now. Our local Nordstrom Cafe has the most delicious salad: field greens with fresh berries, sugared almonds, fresh figs, and goat cheese, finished off with a vanilla-ish viniagrette. SO delicious.

knitpurl said...

Never saw fresh dates either. Can eat them or leave them. Sorry to learn of the very warm weather. One must adhere to old adage this too shall pass. Loved last Friday's shoe post.

Vivi Needleandpins said...

In Israel, we eat the fresh yellow dates frozen.
They are symbolically served on our new year, in september) with the blessing
"that they be consumed." that implores "may... our enemies be consumed."

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