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Get figgy with it

Fresh figs are at their beautiful best at the moment in Sydney. If you can stomach eating figs after watching that particular Sex in the City episode, this post should provide some inspiration.

I have used Brioche in this recipe, which is a type of French bread that has a rich, slightly sweet taste and yellow colour thanks to the egg and butter used to make it. You could of course use your favourite bread, or skip the bread altogether.

Figs with goat cheese ingredients

Juniper berries are a key ingredient in gin or generally used with rich or fatty foods. Allspice is different to mixed spice, but according to Ian Hemphill of Herbie’s Spices, allspice has a flavour reminiscent of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg hence the confusion with mixed spice.

Baked Figs with Goat Cheese and Honey Vinaigrette

* This recipe was inspired by a Baked Figs with Ribblesdale Goats Cheese and Pink Peppercorns recipe by Rachel Tooher-Rudd that appeared on the British TV show Come Dine With Me. I have modified and adapted it over the years to come up with the below reincarnation.

Ingredients

  • 8 fresh figs
  • 4 thick slices of brioche
  • 115g goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 juniper berries
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Rocket, or other salad greens, to serve

Method

  • Heat the oven to 180°C.
  • To make the vinaigrette, crush the juniper berries in a mortar and pestle, then add the honey, white balsamic, dijon mustard, allspice and olive oil.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Remove the stalks from the figs.
  • Cue a deep cross in the top of each fig and squeeze the base to encourage the figs to open up.
  • Place the figs in a baking dish.

Figs

  • Stuff the middle of the figs with the goat cheese.
  • Drizzle half of the vinaigrette over the figs and cheese.

Figs and goat cheese

  • Toast the brioche until golden brown on each side.

Brioche toast

  • Place the toasted brioche and figs in the oven and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Use the remaining vinaigrette to coat the rocket leaves.
  • To serve, place a piece of toasted brioche on each plate, top with some rocket and 2 figs, drizzle any juices from the baking dish over the figs. Enjoy.

Baked figs with goat cheese

What is your favourite fruit? Has this post inspired any new ideas?

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Spring salad

The weather in Sydney is warming up (apart from some freaky weather last week that resulted in snow in the Blue Mountains), and with the warmer weather I tend to prefer lighter meals.

There is such a wide variety of oils and vinegars available, that salad ideas are really only limited by your imagination (and perhaps your budget).

Dressing ideas include walnut oil & white balsamic vinegar, pomegranate molasses, and ideas for salad greens include watercress, rocket, baby spinach, herbs such as parsley, mint.

Goat cheese or chèvre is a lovely addition to a salad, it’s creamy crumbly texture and tangy flavour adds an extra dimension.

There were no fresh raspberries available this week at my greengrocer so I used frozen raspberries.

The recipe below provides quantities for one, it can be easily scaled depending on how may people you are catering for.

Raspberry, Goat Cheese and Pistachio Salad

Ingredients

  • 20g shelled pistachios
  • 50g goat cheese or chèvre
  • 1/2 a bunch of watercress or other salad greens
  • 20g or 1/2 a punnet of raspberries
  • 2 teaspoons pistachio oil
  • 2 teaspoons raspberry vinegar

Method

  • Heat oven to 180°C and toast your pistachios for 10 minutes.
  • Allow the pistachios to cool.
  • Pick your watercress into sprigs, discard the excess stalks, and add your sprigs to a bowl

  • Add the pistachio oil and raspberry vinegar to the watercress sprigs and toss to coat everything in the dressing
  • Crumble the goat cheese into your salad
  • Add your raspberries and toasted pistachios. Your salad is ready to serve. Enjoy.

What is your favourite salad recipe? Has this post inspired any new ideas?

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