Early morning. Rain. For the first time since last season, I need to wear a hoody and my favorite boots. It is cold and wet outside, but the magnificent colors warm my body. Oh, yes, Fall has just entered the door...
Soon the maple trees will be at their best, wearing the most vibrant kinds of red, orange, and brown. The tomato will make room for the various types of pumpkins. The kitchen will smell again like an apple pie and stews. I am ready for fall! I am ready for shorter days, but more time in the kitchen; for cold nights, but warm cuddles in my favorite wool blanket with a glass of Pinot Grigio and an easy read... 
And just like that, I remember the Sunday farmers' market and all those fruits and veggies filled with freshness and flavor. I wanted to buy every kind I saw. Yes, I have committed myself to buying locally and seasonally often as possible. I may not be a farmer, but I truly admire their labor and hope one day to live on a farm with a big garden or an orchard :)  I think about the ripe fresh figs I bought from a local "fig pig" who grows figs trees in Ontario. True, Ontario is colder than France, but even here the trees can grow successfully with a quick, shorter season in early summer and a second, main crop in late summer through fall.
Thus, I see a day made for baking. 
As much as I love having figs fresh, I wouldn't refuse these luscious fruits grilled or baked. And somehow I always pear figs with favorite goat cheese. This time, I am adding a teaspoon of ground lavender buds into the softened goat cheese to create a more "dramatic" and exciting flavor. Then, I am spreading the lavender goat cheese over a sheet of puff pastry, sprinkle chopped walnuts over cheese, mounding figs in the center of the pastry and drizzling it with honey. For a final touch, I sprinkle it with lavender buds. I am folding the pastry border up over figs to form a galette.  Simple! It's quick and easy using sheets of butter puff pastry instead of making the dough.
Figs, lavender, goat cheese, walnuts, and honey. Baked into an imperfect galette. 

Isn't it just what the season calls for?          

Have a delicious Autumn, Dear Friends!

Thank you!


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