Have you ever had a problem that you couldn’t quite grasp? One where the solution danced around the perimeter of your mind evading your mental reach? This explains my relationship with Figs.
When I see them at the store I feel almost as if I’m on a first date, hesitating to take a closer look, yet taking wayward glances in an effort to establish a comfortable rapport.
With high hopes of creating a treasured Fig recipe, I take them home, but end up staring at them in their farm stand container on my counter top, trying to approach them from different angles, coaxing them to expose their elusive qualities.
You see, in my experience the Fig does not reveal itself up front, you have to get to know it, slowly and with many coddling tries. So every few months, I revisit the Fig to see what else I can learn from it.
Here are a few facts I learned on http://www.californiafigs.com:~ Figs are the most talked about fruit in the Bible. Some even think it was THE forbidden fruit ~We know from the Genesis story that Figs were the first in high fashion, since Adam & Eve made coverings for themselves using them ~Figs have more fiber than any other Common Fruit ~ Figs are a Ficus species ~ Figs are a natural humectant used as a preservative in baked goods ~They are high in Alkaline, which some say aid in the process of becoming smoke-free ~It was even used as a Coffee substitute (not sure I’ll be trying this)
Figs can be roasted, which is how I cooked them the very first time, marinated in Balsamic Vinegar, and baked with Prosciutto & Goat Cheese. I liked the way they tasted, but it seems like they needed a little bit more….sugar, maybe?
They can also be dried and used like dates in baking, but this process seems arduous for an impatient person, and I really want to come up with a way to enjoy them when they are fresh.
Here is another post I wrote months ago, vowing to make Chez Pim’s Fig Tart, which I never did. But this is the year to do one small thing, right. So at some point this year, I will make this recipe (please hold me accountable!), and you can link to her recipe as well. If you make it before I do, let me know how it turns out!
In any case, what I’ve discovered through this whole Fig affair, is that even though I don’t have all the answers, the journey to discovery is a worthwhile process having merit all its own. Sometimes it’s not about tackling an issue or problem full-force, but delicately approaching it from all sides, respecting its elusiveness and accepting the mystery for a time.