Hello October and hello Autumn (Fall), it's great to see you again. With your arrival it can only mean one thing. Figs.
Figs are one of those fruits that I associate with Italy. I'm not sure why but it might be that I have seen many Italian cooking shows over the years that include this fruit in their recipes. So when I see figs in stores, eat them and cook with them, I think of Italy, in a good way. I also think of Autumn. The second fig harvest of the year is upon us. The rich, dark, purple hues that come about at this time of the year.
Figs don't ripen once they are picked. I now remember to buy figs that are already ripe and dark in colour. Like myself, Figs can't withstand temperatures below 20 degrees. They thrive in a warmer, Mediterranean climate, which is also to my liking. Basically, I'm partial to a warmer, sunnier climate. This begs the question, what on earth am I doing living in London? My answer is, when one makes a commitment to the man she loves, one must also make sacrifices. In my case, living in a country that has significantly less sun and colder temperatures than I would like. I'm not complaining though!
The weather has been unseasonably warm at the moment in London and the Indian Summer still lingers on. It doesn't feel like Autumn at all. If it weren't for the scattered leaves of golden yellow and orange that line the streets and parks, you would think we were still in the grasps of summer. This fig dish almost doesn't feel right to share with the weather being so mild. But I can't resist roasted figs with savoury goats cheese, smothered in sweet honey perfumed with a hint of thyme.
Happy Friday and have a great weekend!
8 ripe figs
8 small cubes of goats cheese
1/4 cup honey
Handful of pistachios
3 sprigs of thyme
1. Heat the oven to 200 C/400 F/ Gas Mark 6.
2. Make a cross on top of the figs cutting halfway and place on a roasting tray.
3. Insert a cube of goats cheese into each fig.
4. Sprinkle the pistachios over the figs.
5. Roast in the oven for 10 mins.
6. Heat the honey in a saucepan with the thyme on low heat and steep.
7. When figs are cooked, drizzle the warm honey on top.
Serve immediately when warm