Appetizers

Fig Flower

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This dish is very simple, but sometimes simplicity is inspiring. It’s the first time I ever opened a fig this way, and found out how beautiful it is. In Chinese we call the fig “flowerless fruit,” because seemingly it never blooms before becoming a fruit. But the truth is there are hundreds of flowers hidden inside. What we see when we open the fig, are the flowers that have already turned into fruit. The have lived the entire life cycle already. It’s just amazing! So why not meditate a little,

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1/2 cup lettuce or spinach
2 figs
1 egg white
1 teaspoon honey
Place the lettuce on a place. If you do not like to eat the fig skin, then peel it off. From the top end of the fig, cut vertically in a criss-cross manner, and you’ll get four petals. Don’t penetrate the bottom, open the “flower” and place on the lettuce. Use a deep small, round, deep spoon, place half of the egg white in it, and lower into boiling water. Be still so it doesn’t overflow into the water. When you take it out, it become a small ball which you can then place at the center of the fig. If you don’t have a small spoon, you can always use a bigger one, cook the entire egg white, and divide it after cooked. (Non-vegan alternative: substitute egg white with soft cheese such as ricotta or mozzarella) Note: Skip the honey if the fig is sweet enough.
Nutritions

Calories
41

Sodium
24mg
1% DV

Fat
0.64g
0% DV

Protein
1g
3% DV

Carbs
8g
2% DV

Fiber
1.0g
4% DV