70 F - I am still game.
80 F - it's hit or miss.
90 F - well....I want to play with food, but I really don't want to be anywhere near a stove or an oven or any other heat generating device that can be found inside of my kitchen (rice cooker and crock pot excepted...and the coffee pot - its never too hot for that morning cup of coffee)
Which means that meals either have to be cooked on the grill or prepared sans heat.
On those days when the temperature at 8 AM is already closing in on 80, you can keep your eggs, pancakes, waffles and hot sticky buns.
There will plenty of time for all of that in a few short months when the temperature reading on the thermometer is a little less scary.
But for now, I want something less complicated but still satisfying.
And portable - something easily carried out to the back deck where it can be enjoyed with that Saturday morning cup of coffee.
This month's Daring Cooks challenge was to make homemade yogurt. The second part of this month's Daring Cooks challenge, was to make something with that yogurt - preferably something that met the requirements laid out above.
Like these fig & yogurt cups...
Plump figs and sesame seeds form the base for these yogurt cups. Throw in tangy Greek yogurt, a healthy dose of maple syrup and some granola and breakfast is served. Or lunch. Or dinner....
Hey, you won't see me judge.
Surely, it beats a dinner of six marshmallows and a hunk of cheese. Not that I've ever done that... Um, yeah...
Fig & Yogurt Cups
Adapted from The Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook
8 dried figs
1 1/2 Tbs black sesame seeds
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 1/2 cups Greek yogurt - plain or vanilla
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground galangal or ground ginger
4 Tbs maple syrup
Granola, for serving
4 half-pint canning jars or other similar sized lidded containers
Soak the figs in a small bowl filled with hot water for 10-15 minutes to soften. Drain figs well and chop into 1/4" sized pieces.
Using the back of a fork, smash together the figs with the sesame seeds and salt until a thick "paste" forms. Divide the fig-sesame paste among the four containers and press the mixture into the bottom of the jars.
Stir together the yogurt with the cinnamon and galangal (or ginger). Divide the yogurt between the four containers by layering the yogurt mixture on top of the fig mixture. Top each container with 1 Tbs of maple syrup.
To serve, sprinkle granola on top - as much or as little as you wish. I promise, I won't send the granola police out after you.
Assembled cups may be stored tightly covered (minus the granola) in the refrigerator for a few days.