Thursday, April 18, 2013
Fig season seems to come and go in the blink of an eye.
Every year it is the same.
No sooner have I noted their presence in market stalls and scurried home to research new recipes, than they disappear, and I am left to wait another twelve months for experimentation.
Missed opportunities due to too much research. Story of my life.
This year, I grabbed the figs and ran. And in my haste, I forgot to test them for ripeness.
Normally, when I think figs, I think fragrant, pregnant parcels of sweetness, all juice and seeds.
The ones I pulled from my paper bag were disappointingly dry and unyielding.
What to do?
Apply lateral thinking, and do what you would with any dry and unyielding specimen brought home in haste, without proper vetting: loosen them up with a bit of grog.
Several mighty slugs of brandy, a tablespoon or three of brown sugar, water to just barely cover the fruit (stems trimmed and split in half), a medium flame, and we were off.
Twenty minutes later, I had a pot of sticky, syrupy, figgy indulgence.
Warmed and spooned over plain-Jane porridge or simple vanilla ice cream, it makes the mundane divine.
No recipe required.
But you might want a cigarette.