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Tuesday, 18 September 2007

I ate figs for SHF #35!

And I liked them!!

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Really! Not in the same way that I like chillies or chocolate, but they aren't so bad.
When I was very young, I remember being on a family holiday in Menorca, and my mum was picking juicy, ripe figs from a tree at the harbour. I tried them along with my brother and sister, but they weren't for me.

I was hesitant when Ivonne at Cream Puffs in Venice announced that figs were the theme for this month's Sugar High Friday. Would I still feel the same way about them? I decided to make a fig tart, something similar to the beautiful creation I had seen on Ivonne's page and as luck would have it, my local supermarket had some fresh figs on sale. My luck then ran out as my oven decided to die on me.
Instead, I toasted a few pine nuts and mixed them with some mascarpone. I sliced the figs in quarters down to the base and put the mascarpone inside. I drizzled them with some local honey and a little balsamic glaze. They were surprisingly delicious!

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P.S. I went a step further with this left-over fig and added some Stilton to the mascarpone. Not bad, not bad at all! These would make a great little appetizer.
And I'm going to see if there are any more when I next go shopping, because.... I really like them!

11 comments:

Marie said...

Beautiful pictures Nic, as always! I made myself a fig, feta and walnut salad earlier and it was delish!

Ivonne said...

Oh, wow!

I'm so glad that you made this and that you tried the figs. Your pictures are just beautiful!

Thanks so much for taking part in SHF #35!

marye said...

Oh these look good! The only way to get fresh figs here is to grow them, I am planning on planting a bush or two next spring.
Your pictures are great!
Thanks for visiting my blog.

bri said...

Bri here from figswithbri.com, and there really is little better in the world than a sweet ripe fig and delicious cheese. Yum! Beautiful photos.

Valli said...

I finally saw some fresh figs at the market yesterday. I shouldn't have hesitated because they will be gone soon and I will have spent another season fig-less. Your beautiful photos and recommendations make me want to go back and put figs in my cart by the bucketfuls!!

nicisme said...

Feta, walnut and fig salad sounds delicious Marie!
Thanks for hosting SHF this month Ivonne, can't wait to see all the fig recipes.
Marye - Maybe I should plant a bush too!
Hi Bri, figs and cheese.... Yum!
Valli - I just bought some more today, not sure what to do with them yet.

Tulip said...

Beautiful photo Nic as usual! Recipe sounds good to, maybe I'll get some figs while I'm out shopping in the week. The stilton version sounds intersting too!

Hippolyra said...

Figs and blue cheese are lovely together, try grilling figs with blue cheese and parma ham, pop them on some herby leaves and top with a warm raspberry vinegar and honey dressing... I have been known to have my fig jam with cheese.....

Jeanne said...

OMG... Those look absolutely incredible. I have 4 figs sitting in my fridge that need eating approximately tonight and this looks like a very viable option! Stunning photos too :)

nicisme said...

Thanks Tulip - I love a bit of stilton!
Hippolyra - Mmmm.... that sounds really good too! Will have to give it a go.
Jeanne - thanks for the lovely comments!

Jeanne said...

Me again. I made a version of this idea, with verjuide and pine nuts and they are FABULOUS. Thanks so much for the inspiration!