Eat, Cook, Link, and Be Merry!!

Encore about figs:

I already mentioned our prolific fig tree—absolutely LOADED with Long Yellow variety figs the size of tangerines. The tree survived in a pot for a few years before I planted it in the ground, and it has been growing (pun intended) crazy ever since. The reason for our abundant harvest could be that my husband trimmed it practically to a stump sporting a few limbs last January. Now, we are competing with June bugs the size of helicopters that alight on the ripest, sweetest figs. These HUGE, whirring bugs give me the creeps. I preferred the possum who gobbled up the best figs two years ago. We couldn’t figure out what monster ate so much fruit overnight until the poor beast fell into a garbage can we had forgotten under the tree. He was not a happy camper. My husband, kind heart that he is, returned him to the wild with the help of a spray of water. The possum has stayed away since. 

 The problem remains:

What to do with an overabundance of fruit:

Last year I made enough fig chutney for an army. I also sun-dried sliced figs.

This time around, I am making fig jam. I eat the jam whenever I am in Morocco (Aicha brand fig jam is a favorite of mine, and so is their apricot jam). Recipes for fresh fig jam are difficult to come by, I discovered. I thus relied on the method my French grandmother used for measuring quantities: equal amounts of sugar and fruit, and a little lemon juice. I simply added a sprig of rosemary for a light floral scent.

I am now happily binging on bits of Long Yellow figs afloat in a heavy golden syrup. Fresh fig jam rocks!

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Figs are in season–and my fig tree is loaded: Indeed, I am now competing with the birds that always seem to zero in on the plumpest and ripest fruit. There is no fruit I love more (save, perhaps, a ripe apricot), than a honey sweet fig still warm from the sun. Fig recipes to follow soon!

Enjoy the fruits of summer,

 Kitty

 

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “Eat, Cook, Link, and Be Merry!!

  1. Alicia

    Hi, Kitty! You came in on my RSS feed and I was so happy :-)

    Thanks for the reminder that it’s fig season. We used to have a fig tree at my childhood home, so I know what tree-ripened, sun-warmed, lucious figs are – heaven.

    Maybe the farmer’s market will have some.

    Stay cool in this hot weather :-)

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  2. susan g

    I am excited to find you online! I have “The Scent of Orange Blossoms” which is a delight to read and a pleasure to cook from. I look forward to enjoying more books and the entire website too.

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  3. Kitty Post author

    Hi Susan:

    Speaking of figs and the Scent of Orange Blossoms–in the book, you will find a recipe for Cornish Games Hens with Fresh Figs in Honey Sauce–a lovely summer tagine!

    Thanks for joining the discussion,

    Kitty

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  4. Tony

    Marhaba Kitty, my name is Tony and I just discovered your blog today. I absolutely love making Moroccan food and actually have lemons preserving now that should be ready to use in a couple of weeks. I wrote about them on my blog: http://www.antoniotahhan.com/2008/08/13/dont-make-lemonade/
    Your books all sound amazing! I’ve added your blog to my RSS feed – I can’t wait to read more about what you cook up : )
    cheers,
    Tony
    ps. the fig jam sounds SPECTACULAR!
    pss. you know what other fruit I also like to turn into jam? I had it on my trip to Syria this past winter, it’s called
    مربة الكباد
    I don’t know the name of that fruit in English (I’m not even sure it exists). It’s sort of a cross between an orange, a grapefruit and a lemon. have you had it?

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  5. Kitty Post author

    Ahlan wa sahlan, Tony:

    I am afraid I am not as fluent as you are in Arabic–though I do speak enough darija–Moroccan dialect–to get me around the kitchen and in and out of the souk! I can’t think of the citrus you are talking about–but I will find out for you. Some Middle Eastern fruits are unknown in North Africa.

    I made more fig jam today. It looks just like the preserves I have when I am in Morocco. A touch of grated lime rind really does the trick! Next, I may make candied eggplant, if I can find small enough specimens. Do you eat that in Syria?

    Keep on cooking!

    Kitty

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  6. juliamckinney

    Hey, this is my first post here and everything looks and sounds great! I am working on losing some weight (having bad cholesterol at 28 sucks) and the Mediterranean diet is awesome. All the food tastes wonderful! I am excited to stumble onto this site (found it through the Eating Well magazine)

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  7. Kitty Post author

    Hi Julia:

    Thanks for your comment. You are right. Mediterranean cuisine is especially good for anyone on a diet since it focuses on fresh fruits and vegetables, and incorporates a number of grains and legumes—all ingredients that help lower cholesterol.

    I hope you took the time to browse around my site. You might like to try some of the recipes.

    Moroccan dishes are renowned for their unusual blends of fresh herbs and spices. They are unlike any other cuisine in the Mediterranean. My recipes in Spice Scented Morocco, the article in the October 2008 issue of Eating Well magazine should be right up your alley. The okra and chickpea tagine and the Moroccan chorba vegetable soup explode with flavor and are easy to make. Try them! I would love to get your feedback if you do.

    Good luck in lowering your cholesterol. Keep checking in!

    Kitty

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