Lavender + Wildflower Honey Crème Brulèe

by nwadmin. Average Reading Time: about a minute.

The Girl and the Fig.

The artwork alone makes you want to try everything. I went in for a salad and walked out with a salad, bread and fig jam, fig lotion, more jam and a cookbook that I can’t keep my face out of. The staff was all too happy to chat with me about ‘whatever’ even though they were super busy. I wanted them to adopt me, take me home, give me a bed to sleep on and serve me Crème Brulee.

I took my food in boxes to the park to bask in the sun having arrived from a cold winter in Boulder Co. After lunch I fell asleep in the grass. It was like a dream. I woke up with red tail hawks flying above and the view of a man in a convertible mini reading a book. Coming from Boulder, a place where there is lots of mental and physical space, I had forgotten that people sneak away to parks often in the Bay Area for an ample slice of non-demanding privacy.

Somehow in this place of plenty, Sonoma CA, reading a cookbook instead of fiction is perfect. And today, as I make Creamy Polenta, Braised Chicken with Prunes and Olives, Lavender and Wildflower Honey Crème Brulee from my new cookbook, and assume a normal workday, I’ll be looking out my backyard at the bunny hut, a palm tree, a huge oak tree that seems to keep the Sonoma Creek safe and two baby redwood trees that Dakota goes a little nuts around when he smells them.

So, why leave Boulder and move to Sonoma? …maybe I couldn’t live without The Girl and the Fig Cookbook.


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  1. Verna Wilder says:

    Niya, it sounds like you have come home! Good for you for knowing you needed figs, for knowing that in your body before figs even came into your mind. I know you will savor every little bit of your life in Sonoma, as you did here in Boulder for your brief time with us. I like thinking of you sleeping in tall grass, blue sky overhead, red hawks . . .

  2. Good luck in your (re)new(ed) home. Send us a CARE package full of fresh figs, and we’ll have everything we need here!

  3. Good luck in your (re)new(ed) home. Send us a CARE package full of fresh figs, and we’ll have everything that some of us need here in Colorado! 🙂

  4. Ben G. says:

    Well, so that’s what’s been going on. Figs=Nomad. Maybe it’s dates, or banana slugs on rewood trees. They love curly red-headed women in Sonoma. I know; I was once there and fell in love with one. But, alas, alack that was sooooo long ago. Anyway I’m glad your happy,and your body has been heared; write.
    Ben G.

  5. Niya: It sounds so wonderful! I’m going to send an email to ask more questions. Keep up the blog–those of us still in the cold need a dose of California to brighten our days! xo Rosemary

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