"A Global Movement of Positive Energy!"
Since coming to China almost two years ago, I have made friends with many of the Chinese people and learned a lot about how their culture is different than mine. I have often been struck by how different the Chinese education system is to my own as well. The children go to school in classes of 40 or more. They each have individual desks and rarely interact with their classmates or teachers. They are taught to focus on their own studies and can easily spend hours a day studying by themselves.
When they get older, there is a strong focus on marriage and finding a husband or wife as quickly as possible, so they can start a family. This is almost considered a measure of their life's success. I decided to ask someone firsthand about their experiences in China to gain a clearer understanding. It's very easy to have misconceptions of a place you've never lived before, so I also asked her perceptions of how Western women's experiences differed in similar situations. Please meet Kitty Wong, a 29-year-old Chinese woman from Southern China.
Fresh figs are wonderful! They're in season in many places right now, so enjoy them while you can...
I hope I didn't freak you out too much last week by pointing out that most figs have bugs in them—tiny wasps that basically dissolve within the fruit as it ripens—because fresh figs are wonderful! They're in season in many places right now, so enjoy them while you can.
Due to a vacationing neighbor's goodwill, my husband and I have been figging out for the past few days. We pick huge handfuls of figs from her tree each evening, and yet the ground is still splattered with a surplus. Here are a few of the ways we've been enjoying them, thanks for your suggestions and other sources:
1) Maple Roasted Blue Cheese Figs
Slice off the stems cut a small "X" in the top of the fig, and arrange on a foil-lined baking tray. Stuff a few pieces of blue cheese into the cut top of each fig. Drizzle with maple syrup and bake for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees. If it's a small batch, just use the toaster oven.