Never go to Costco hungry.
Tomorrow I’m hosting a gourmet grilled cheese gathering, and before heading to the local Italian market, Caputo’s (it has its own cheese cave!), I decided to swing by Costco to beat the crowds. I was right: at 9:30am, there was still a chance to park within a mile of the door.
I went to Costco with a grumbling stomach, but felt pretty good willpower to fight the urge to purchase everything in sight. My problem wasn’t snacks or junk food. My battle is the produce section! All I wanted to do was devour every piece of fruit in sight. Between meat, cheese, and berries for the party and my enormous fruit craving, $222 later I was reassuring myself that everything would be okay.
One of my favorite finds today was a beautiful word on a sign out the corner of my eye. Nestled in the freezer end caps between the yogurt and chicken wing samples was a bag of giant, plump, Smyrna figs. I had never seen frozen figs, but I know that during the brief two weeks that Costco carries figs every August, I purchase three flats of them. I love those succulent gems from nature!
When I put away all my groceries, and after gnawing on a mango and a few cuts of soppressata, I heard a faint voice calling out from my freezer. I opened the door and swear I saw a little fig waving at me. I couldn’t take it. I ripped open the package and took a large little beauty in my fingers and took a bite. What a perfect treat! Cold, semi-sweet, and astringent.
I could only imagine how tasty and creamy a fig smoothie would be. I racked my brain for smoothie-worthy ingredients that would also pair well with figs and took a chance. The result was a thick, smooth concoction with nutty undertones, hints of mint, and bright hits of honey in every sip.
If you like figs and honey, you’ll love this luscious smoothie that makes you feel a tad bit like royalty!
- 5 frozen figs
- 1½ cups almond milk
- small handful of hazelnuts (10-12 nuts)
- 8-10 mint leaves
- generous drizzle of honey (1-2 tablespoons)
- Put all ingredients in a blender for 1-2 minutes and enjoy!
- For best results when blending, add part of the almond milk first and the remainder last before blending.