Hilda StearnProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Fig Recipes for all Seasons

My good friend Carola has the most amazing fig trees in her garden. Twice a year they are laden with fruit and she has become something of an expert in creating new ways of eating this healthy crop.

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No matter how much you like a fresh fig after a while it can become a little, well dare I say it (quietly) predictable?!  Figs with yogurt, figs with crème fraiche, figs with ice cream are all well and good however eventually you will shout: ENOUGH! So Carola – an amazing cook and entrepreneur – has created a range of tasty alternatives that are amazing in their simplicity.

Duck with figs

Serves 4

This is a truly moorish dish that is so simple to make.

Take two duck breasts and pan fry them to seal in the flavour and release the juices. Slice up and place to one side. Chop and slice into segments an apple and large potato (use one of each per person) and put them into the pan on a low heat coating in the juice until soft.  Add a couple of figs for each person and then return the duck pieces to the pan. If the pan is ovenproof pop it into the oven for about 30 minutes on a medium heat (gas mark 5); otherwise use a shallow casserole dish. There is no need to cover the pan/dish and apart from the occasional basting there is nothing more to do! This dish is ready when the potatoes are soft which should be in less than 30 minutes.

You might like to serve it with some fresh seasonal vegetables and plenty of bread to soak up the juices. I am almost drooling just recalling the flavours!

Pizza Carola

Fig pizza ingredients #Recipe #Figs #Pizza @Hildast

This now features on the menu of the pizza van in Caromb! Testimony to its yumminess!

A simple yet stunning creation that is great as an hors d’oeuvre or simple lunch served with a salad.  The list of ingredients is small and it takes about 10 minutes to prepare this flavorful dish. After about 10 minutes in a medium/hot oven it is ready to eat!!

Ingredients

  • 1 – Thin crust pizza base
  • Olive oil
  • 4-6 Fresh figs (sliced)
  • Emmental cheese (grated)
  • Black olives (pitted)
  • Fresh rosemary

Coat the pizza base with olive oil and a layer of thickly sliced figs. Top with grated cheese, rosemary and black olives. Cook in a hot oven for about 10 minutes until the cheese has bubbled. Slice and serve. What could be simpler?

September’s figs in December!

The choice of cheeses in France does make it difficult to choose however this is a great treat at Christmas (or any other time of the year, if I am honest!) and feels good for you too!

Take previously frozen figs from the freezer about 15 minutes before you want to eat them. Top a piece of cheese (works best with camembert, brie and any other soft cheese) with a slice of fig. Eat! It is that simple.

On the subject of soft cheese Carola has also created a cheese dish using a good Brie (Lidl is recommended!).

Slice the refrigerated cheese horizontally to create 2 rounds. Drizzle the inside of one with olive oil and add a generous layer of fresh basil leaves. Replace the other round to reform the cheese and wrap in some cling film. Refrigerate (ideally overnight). Then serve with crusty bread. Delicious!

Bon appétit!

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Hilda Stearn

Hilda Stearn

Hilda is a co-founder of a Kent-based business development consultancy Ministry for Growth and manages the Thames Valley office. Working with a diverse range of clients from start-ups to established businesses provides a truly varied working week. She is passionate about supporting ambitious companies to be successful and is recognised for her collaborative approach. Hilda is renowned locally for her skill in bringing potential business partners together. She is currently a volunteer business adviser for Young Enterprise and participating in this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week by mentoring a new business based in Buckinghamshire.

Hilda is fortunate to be able to balance work with regular trips to Provence where she continues to find new hidden gems that she readily shares with friends and her followers on Twitter (below) or via Ministry for Growth .

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