The Fig Tree is one of those blogs you stumble on and are just wowed with the photography. You know the ones I'm talking about, the kind where it looks like everything just belongs and you ask yourself why you can't produce those kind of shots. Well, it takes talent and practice and more practice. So while you continue practicing, just sit back and enjoy the work of Courtney over at the Fig Tree in Manitoba and check out her photography business called Pink Poppy Creative.
Not surprisingly, The Fig Tree combines two of Courtney's passions, food and photography. She has been a vegetarian for 15 years and loves to showcase food in its natural state. This Mango Avocado Salad with a Pineapple Mint dressing is a pretty good example of Courtney showcasing Mother Nature at her finest.
As someone who was a very picky eater growing up, Courtney isn't out to convince anyone that eating vegetarian or vegan is the way to live. Her goal is simply to get people into the kitchen so they can experiment and get creative. If it happens to be with fresh, unprocessed, natural products, than even better!
Speaking of creative, how about swapping out tuna with chickpeas and whipping up a Better Than Tuna Salad Sandwich. The key is to replace the flaked tuna with flaked chickpeas. It only takes about five pulses of the food processor. Chopped almonds and celery finish it off and give it the texture we all grew up with, but in Courtney's words minus the "fishiness."
But, let's not make any assumptions here. It's not all about flaked chickpeas and fruit in a sald, The Fig Tree also knows decadence. It's not Fall yet, but this Pumpkin Maple Macaroni & Cheese has me longing for Halloween. And maybe top it off with a big glass of milk and a plateful of Peanut Butter Nutella Cookies.
When people think vegetarian, it's usually tofu (which Courtney is growing accustomed to), but it's rarely faux Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Pumpkin Maple Mac & Cheese and heavenly desserts. However, I think more people would happily eat vegetarian if they stopped by The Fig Tree.