Figs and keeping it simple

Figs with honey and gorgonzola.

Fig and shallot pizzette with balsamic vinegar!

Fig and Shallot Pizzette with Balsamic Vinegar

Photo by Janet Hudson

Figs wrapped in prosciutto and drizzled with pomegranate syrup.

Figs roasted with just a sprinkling of feta.

Fig and walnut tart!

Fig and walnut tart

Photo by Jeremy Keith

It all sounds good, huh?

Not gonna happen in my mom’s house. This, however, is:


Maybe your mom or dad or auntie got fancy with fruit. My mom just didn’t. I don’t remember my mom ever doing anything with fruit besides cutting it, and often not even that. We just ate fruit plain. The only fruity dessert I ever remember her making was her cheesecake, which took a can of fruit pie filling on top (usually cherry; sometimes blueberry). That’s it; I may think of something else, but it will certainly be an exception to the general rule of eating fruit out of hand, without doing anything to it. Oh, my dad ate salt on his watermelon; does that count?

Anyway, figs are a special favorite of my mom’s, and mine, too. I cried when my Aunt Edie cut down her fig tree, because the free figs were going away. And to this day, they’re an extra-special treat for me, especially since James doesn’t even consider them food, so they’re mine-all-mine.

Plain. No embellishments. Because that’s the folkway of my people.

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  1. Yummychunklet wrote on October 9th, 2010 at 5:10 am Uhr1

    Interesting, my mother never did anything fancy with fruit either.
    Though she would peel and cut the fruit in fancy shapes for us.
    Yummychunklet recently posted..Balsamic Chicken &amp Brown Sugar Pound Cake

  2. Melissa B. wrote on October 9th, 2010 at 8:54 am Uhr2

    Sounds like a recipe I’d like to try! SITS sent me by, and I’m glad they did…
    Melissa B. recently posted..OBX in the Pink

  3. Lalas Pequenos wrote on October 9th, 2010 at 9:04 am Uhr3

    Aren’t they the most beautiful fruit! The flavors are just so lovely! Wish I had a fig tree.

  4. Carin wrote on October 9th, 2010 at 11:39 am Uhr4

    I grew up getting figs every Thanksgiving off of (great) Grandma Childers’ tree. It was just about the only time I had figs, because no one else we knew had a tree, and it was the only time we visited Grandma Childers. I never thought about it at the time, but now I look back on those figs as a special treat of my childhood. :)

  5. Strawberry CAKE wrote on October 10th, 2010 at 11:14 am Uhr5

    Serene, was super meeting you at Blogher Food you site and pictures are gorgeous. I love figs..i will have to come back to this post. Sitting in airport now waiting for flight home. Hope the potluck was a success.

  6. Serene wrote on October 19th, 2010 at 9:00 pm Uhr6

    Thanks so much; it was great meeting you, too. The potluck was nice, but by then I was so burned out on social stuff that I didn’t last very long.

  7. OMG! Yummy wrote on August 30th, 2011 at 2:34 pm Uhr7

    In the end this past Saturday – I went au naturel too – just a little balsamic because they went from fabulous to sublime :-)
    OMG! Yummy recently posted..Don’t Forget the Figs!

  8. Serene wrote on September 2nd, 2011 at 6:37 am Uhr8

    Ooh. I’ll have to try that!