Here's a funny one: I don't like tiramisu. I've also never cooked with cardamom...but I just entered a Fig and Cardamom Spiced Tiramisu in a contest. Go figure.
The good news is my husband loves tiramisu. Like, obsessively, disgustingly, loves tiramisu (which is good as he's got a lot to eat)...and I, well, I have a new love for cardamom. Double win!
Before I go any further though, you can check out the recipe, "like" it, make comments, whatever you like over on the Food52 site. Food52, by the way, is the brain-child of Amanda Hesser (of abundant New York Times and food-writing fame) and Merrill Stubbs (her partner in crime). The premise is that home cooks make some pretty amazing food. Each week there is a contest with a theme of sorts (this week was cardamom), and the winner's are published in a compilation at the end of the year.
The article mentioned on the Food52 site, on Saveur, about cardamom is really interesting - the final paragraph is the best! Worth a read just for the ending alone!
Things I've learned from this endeavor? Well, for one, photographing tiarmisu or some trifle-like dessert is really difficult. Kudos to people who do it well! Secondly, I realized I love the challenge but the prize isn't all that important - the challenge spurs creativity and invention, and that I always welcome.
But most importantly I invented another excuse to use and eat figs...and really, that's all I needed to make me happy.
Hope you enjoy the recipe!