Fig-tastic Day! Preparing for next season’s cycling holidays.

Dear son Sam is here for a visit and we’ve spent a fig-tastic day cooking up a storm with the glut of figs from our 2 very mature fig trees.

Just a couple of weeks back our cycling holiday guests were asking where all the figs were? We were doubting whether we were actually going to get much of a crop this year as, after the heavy spring rain and very hot and dry August, the fruits were looking small, green and immature. But the last 2 or 3 weeks, with a mix of showers and warm sunshine, has brought them on a treat.

So today we’ve made: fig chutney (with chillies, ginger and golden sultanans); a really tasty fig and Banyuls vinegar compote to accompany our roast duck breast this evening; the best ever ground almond, yogurt, star anise and fig cake – sticky, moist and arromatic (a Yottam Ottolenghi recipe) plus a liqueur made from figs, sugar, orange peel and eau de vie de prunes – which will have to steep for a while and should be perfect at Christmas! If there’s any left our biking guests might get to taste it next season!

We also ate fresh figs, Roquefort cheese and our own fresh walnuts for lunch… it’s a hard life!

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Figs in the saucepan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fig Chutney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fig cakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fig liqueur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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