Food on Friday # 41 ~ Figs

Figs?  FIGS!!!  I used to believe figs only came in biscuits called fig rolls, (or cookies called fig newtons).  Now I am more of a worldly-wise guy I know figs are delicious fresh, and in a load of cool recipes.  I’m also given to understand that the warmer parts of the world are awash with ripening figs just now.

Figs are the original superfood.  As well as being highly nutritious, they are also good for helping with constipation, (I knew that), indigestion, piles bronchitis asthma, and high blood pressure.  There is a couple of millenia of anecdotal evidence that figs are an aphrodisiac too.  (male or female or both?)

From the White on Rice Couple, Todd Porter and Diane Cu, we have this cool and very easy dish; baked figs with bacon, blue cheese, roasted nuts.  Todd and Diane are based out of Orange County in SoCal, and I think my friend who lives out there will like this recipe.

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Baked Figs With Bacon, Blue Cheese, Roasted Nuts

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Teighan Gerard hails from Silverthorne, Colerado, and there must be a lot of figs there too.  Teighan, (aka Half Baked Harvest), always has fabulous-looking salads, and this one is no exception; nectarine and fried mozzarella caprese salad, (there are figs too).

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Nectarine & Fried Mozzarella Caprese Salad

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For a cool mixture of sweet and savoury in an allergen-free recipe, Heather Christo has this couscous salad with currants, figs, and pistachios.  Great to make too much and take the leftovers to the office for lunch.

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Couscous Salad With Currants, Figs, & Pistachios

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I don’t drink these days, but I still enjoy booze in cooking, and I think pork tenderloin is such a great cut.  Add some figs to that and we have bourbon fig & gorgonzola stuffed pork tenderloin, thanks to Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It Is.

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Bourbon Fig & Gorgonzola Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

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This is such a classic dish, either as an appetiser, or as a party staple, and I’d forgotten all about it until I was writing this post.  So, thanks to Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower, we have bacon wrapped figs.  (The good news is these are zero carbs and do your digestion the power of good.)

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Bacon Wrapped Figs

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I know a girl who will love this dish, and I promise her this is the most exotic easy appetiser ever, or a great snack.  So from Cooking Without Limits I strongly recommend that ‘the girl riding shotgun’ tries these pears and figs with blue cheese.

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Pears And Figs With Blue Cheese

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Finally for this week, something classic and simple ~ from the Perth Hills in Western Australia, Ros at Cooking up the Pantry, has this great fig and macadamia salad with labne.  (Labne is marinated yogurt balls.)  ((I may try this with almonds instead of macadamia…))

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Fig And Macadamia Salad With Labne

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liebster-12Thanks ever so much to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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5 responses

  1. I love fig bars but had no idea they were such a versatile food. Thanks for this bit of schooling ☺

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  2. Well…figs are definitely NOT carb free…but I think you may have been thinking that bacon and figs are gluten free?

    And by the way Mr. Collier…you have forgotten the obvious way to consume figs…and that is to pluck them right off the tree, dust them off, and eat the whole thing!– skin and all!

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    1. Nope, after zero research I thought figs would be pretty carb free, turns out figs are stuffed with carbohydrates…. Thanks for enlightening us. Ahh, Aphrodite, to lie beneath a fig tree and pluck fresh figs for thee.

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  3. Figs are YUM! What a great share, thanks, Jack. 🙂

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    1. Please eat figs responsibly, they are reputed to be an aphrodisiac.

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