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Poached Figs / Komposto de Figos

To everything there is a season, and a reason.  Sephardic custom – all Spanish custom – is to finish everyday meals with a very simple but specific category of desserts:  things soft, light, sweet and simple.  It’s the time for puddings, custards, flans and simple fruit dishes, cold in summer, warm in winter.  Cakes and more elaborate desserts – and lots of them! – are for festive occasions.   This was certainly the norm in our house, and I suppose it served us well by establishing sound eating habits with room for the occasional exercise in outrageous excess (When we were growing up, large and lavish birthday or holiday meals were immediately followed by a second meal, equally large and lavish, called dessert).  Continue reading


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