Fresh Figs So Unlike Fig Newtons
Posted by terrepruitt on September 15, 2012
As you may know I’ve been having an organic box of produce delivered every other week. My hope was in addition to getting fresh, yummy produce I would receive some new things that I normally would not have come home with from the grocery store or farmers market. Well, up until last week, I think I had received some pretty basic things. Different varieties of fruits and veggies, but nothing too new, right? I am asking because I don’t remember. I am thinking I did receive something else I hadn’t had before, but I can’t remember what it was. Oh, except those Shishito peppers that did end up being thrown away. After I tasted one every time I just looked at the container I felt like I needed something to drink to get that bitter taste out of my mouth so I couldn’t bring myself to cook them. In my last box I received a container of beautiful figs. Mission figs. I remember I tried some figs last November. I remember it was November because we had gathered to watch V for Vendetta and one of the snacks was figs on goat cheese. I don’t remember have eaten figs before because they just seemed icky to me. I think I had only been presented with dried figs and I don’t like dried fruit. I actually KNEW I didn’t like figs because of fig newtons. Now, I know that a fig newton really isn’t a fig and I should have not based my liking of the fruit on such a thing, but I had. So here I was with a container of figs. I had no idea what to do with them. What do you do with a fig?
So I asked a few people. Believe it or not their response was the same, “Just eat ‘em.” Um . . . no thanks. My husband likes to just eat them and he ate one. When I told him I didn’t know what to do with them he said to just give him the go-ahead and he would eat them. He said they were good.
The bulk of the recipes I found online seemed to be tarts, pastries, desserts, and ooey-gooey things. And salads. Sigh. I thought I would go to the store and get some goat cheese and try making that dish that I had eaten before, but when I went to the store I found crumbled goat cheese and not a “brick” for slicing.
I can’t remember exactly, but I believe the snack was a piece of fig on top of a slice of goat cheese, with honey drizzled on it. Really rich, but very yummy. Kind of desserty.
I was happy and excited I received something I hadn’t had before, but I was stumped as to what to do with it/them. Even though I bragged about Farm Fresh To You having recipes on their site, I kept forgetting to look at it.
Do you like figs? How do you eat them? Do you know a savory dish that uses figs?