November 18, 2011

Fig tart & frozen pecan pudding

November 18, 2011
Combining food items is often done intuitively. You just  know almonds and apples, or beetroots and a pinch of sugar, go well together. But if we think about it closely, the same universal principles of match-making apply to any other relationship! Everything has an inherent quality and nature that comes out and flourishes when in harmony with a given form. To understand how each ingredient contributes to and interacts with the whole in a natural way is the key to successful cooking. Or marriage! Or family-life, business-relationships and friendship.

Ego differentiates the human relationships and those of matter. Have you ever heard a grain of salt throwing a temper tantrum because it isn’t in a leading role in a sweet preparation? In order to achieve the goal of cooking, we don’t doubt about the wet nature of water or the sour nature of lemon. But ourselves - our nature - in relationships, we are bewildered about. We forget to interact in order to enhance the whole, because we are preoccupied in forcing our physical, emotional or intellectual needs and desires. As long as we don’t acknowledge and act according to our nature, cherish and be satisfied with it – no matter how complex cooking procedures we apply to our relationships – the meal won’t be delicious. Both, cooking and living, are conscious processes. Cooking often seems easier!

The fig tart I made is a happy family that reciprocates lovingly with the frozen pecan pudding. There is enough similarity and difference in taste, texture, colour and structure for an engaging dialogue. An important lesson to learn from a humble tart and a spoonful of ice-cream. Sweet teachers, literally!
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35 comments:

  1. Oh, what a splendid combination! That pudding looks divine and your pictures are just exquisite.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Amazing photos again, yummie tart! I've never eaten frozen pecan puding before! I'd love to try it!

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  3. This is a really wonderful blog. It is trully yours in taste, in colours and style. So amazingly beautiful!

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  4. Sweet Bhaktiji, thanks ♥ ♥ ♥ Coming from you, one of the best cooks I know, I'm thankful for the encouragement. I was thinking today of the definition of a cook and, besides Srimati Yamuna and Sriman Kurma, your beautiful face came to my mind. You are the kind that given two matches and a sack of potatoes in the middle of a forest, within no time you create a wonderful feast for 108 persons! That is a cook! Invested with the potency of divine love.

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  5. such a beautifully written post, Lakshmi! And as always I am in awe of your photography! brilliant!

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  6. Such powerful thoughts put forth with such simplicity. Each time I take away something so useful. Thank you Lakshmi.
    The tart and the pudding, ofcourse are splendid.

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  7. Hi Lakshmi! So I live in the US and the conversion of measurements always throws me off. I made "the cake" last week for my husbands birthday and it fell so flat! Do you have any recs for a good converter?

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  8. Hi Lakshmi, just as I imagined from the photo ... I love it

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  9. Tiffany, I'm sorry to hear! It must've been disappointing. You can Google cooking conversion. The first one that comes up is a pretty good link: here I hope it helps.

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  10. Oh, what a beautiful blog you have. The tart is stunning.

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  11. I've recently discovered oecans (a little late) and I love them so this ice cream looks wonderful to me!

    Laksmi, I love coming to visit your blog. It's so beautiful and inspiring.

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  12. Your pictures are absolutely stunning!

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  13. I am so glad I found this, wow, wow, wow!!!

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  14. Those figs look so juicy, sweet and tempting. Lovely tart and ice-cream :)

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  15. This tart looks lovely and those gorgeous purple figs SIGH! You know I don't like ice cream but the last photo is tempting me so badly !!!
    LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog and love all your recipe. :)

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  16. Thank you for your feedback.

    Kankana, how can you not like ice-cream??? I could maintain myself (and have been) by it :-). An it shows, too :-).

    A confession: the fig tart looks better than it tasted. The skins were rather thick and unpleasant in the mouth. Had I cut the figs in slices, it would have been a different story. Ice-cream, on the hand, was as tasty as it gets. If not more.

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  17. I haven't been able to check Google Reader all this week until now and what a lovely surprise to see three new posts from you. It was like Christmas! All the pictures are amazing as always. The last one makes me the happiest. :)

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  18. Wow, stunning photos! So glad to have discovered your blog.

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  19. What no Hing in either of these recipes?!!
    Of course just joking. Now I am noticing your dishes and spoons and even they are out of this world.

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  20. Amazing photos !!! i love this combination !

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  21. It looks delicious and your pics are beautiful!!! (I agree it comes easier with cooking!)

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  22. Oh goodness.. how I love your Oooopss moments:) Both the tart and the ice cream sounds divine and this is the kind of ice cream i love. light. no eggs, no thick custard, no not being able to move after the indulging.

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  23. I just found your blog and I love it! Gorgeous photography, recipes and texts :)))

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  24. I would do anything for a scoop off the table in the last shot. Anything! Gorgeous and inspiring Lakshmi!

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  25. I knew about your photography talent but this new layout shows your graphic talent as well. What do I say? I love it. I got to try that ice cream recipe of yours

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  26. Sneh & Kulsum, thanks. This ice-cream is tasty! The consistency needs a little work still, but that's a minor defect. Without an ice-cream maker it is difficult to achieve a perfect result.

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  27. Hey Lakshmi, I just wanted to say that I popped by your blog via tastespotting.com the other day and have been returning frequently. I want to make this tart and the ice cream/pudding for dessert for Christmas and just read the recipes to familiarize myself with them. I was wondering just how many figs you used? It's a bit hard to tell and I would rather have too many figs (as you can just eat them by themselves) than too little! It's not exactly fig season, so when I do buy them, I want to make sure to have the right amount! ;) Thank you so much - and thanks for this fantastic vegetarian blog!

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  28. Thanks for the interest. I had about 15-20 figs. I recommend that you slice them instead of cutting them in quarters or halves. Good luck!

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  29. Laksmi- it looks like I found the way to improve the teaxture of your icecream. After you froze it, cut it in pieces- put into blender- blend it nicely (as quic as you can) and froze it again. It will help for sure:-))))

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  30. Cintamani - great! It makes sense. Thanks for the tip.

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  31. So delicious looking! I love the photos too!

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  32. If food photography can ever be sexy , THIS IS IT.
    No question
    Thank you.

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