Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Foods of Sagittarius

Like Aries and Leo, Sagittarius also needs meat and spice. Sagittarians should avoid excess alcohol and too many rich foods such as chocolate, too much fat, and fast food. They should eat lean meats and fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears, strawberries, figs, and potatoes. Sagittarians should also consume whole grains and foods that are good sources of vitamin C. All the information I’ve seen on fire signs also recommends raw eggs, but I don’t recommend those to you unless you have a strong stomach and a healthy immune system. Just in case.

Not only are they delicious and good for you, pears and figs are also in season when Sagittarius is the ruling sign. Here, then, is a recipe for a delicious fig and pear crumble. It is full of sweet fruit and gently enhanced with honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg. If you want to avoid too much sweetness, reduce the amount of sugar in the crumbly topping, or skip it all together.

Fig and Pear Crumble

1 package dried Mission figs, quartered
1/8 cup Port wine
3 large pears, any kind, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
1 tablespoon flour
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg (fresh if you can get it)
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon butter

Nonstick cooking spray for the baking dish

For the topping

½ cup AP flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar, light or dark (I prefer dark)
¼ white sugar
Pinch of salt
6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into cubes

Preheat the oven to 350F.
Coat an 8x8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Alternately, you can butter it, but we’re trying to avoid too much extra fat. Nevermind the butter in the topping. ;)

Put the figs in a bowl with the wine and let marinate 15-20 minutes.
Place the pears in the baking dish. Sprinkle with flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Melt honey and butter together and drizzle over pears. Arrange the fig quarters over the pears.

Combine the flour, salt and sugar for the topping. Rub in the butter with your hands or a pastry cutter (or two butter knives, or whatever) until crumbly. Sprinkle over the fruit.

Bake for 40 minutes, or until topping is brown and filling is bubbly. Serve warm.

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