Monday, September 22, 2008

Curiosity Challenge~Figs-Update

Here's an update. I washed, cut, and then ate a fig. I guess I was expecting this magical "AHA" moment or a moment of pure bliss....but nope. The figs have a mild flavor and the closest fruit that I could compare it to is a cross between a mild flavored guava with the outer texture of an apricot. My guess is that the figs I bought were probably not at their peak.

So this is what I ended up doing with my figs...

1. Thinly sliced them, drizzled honey, and broiled them. Toasted thin slices of bread, spread cream cheese on them, placed the fig slices on them, and then drizzled more honey on them. Not bad.
2. Diced up some figs, cooked it on a pan with sugar, water, and honey to make a jammy syrup concoction.

3. I hear about panna cotta all the time. Especially when those chefs on Top Chef are suddenly surprised they have to make a dessert (hello, note to future contestants, watch previous episodes of the show. You are gonna have to make a dessert eventually).

So I decided to attempt to make a buttermilk panna cotta with a dollop of my fig jam. It was pretty good. The buttermilk adds a bit of tang to the dessert and the fig jam adds a sweet contrast.
*On to other news. Get excited, today the season premerie of "Heroes" is on NBC! Whoo-hoo! Hopefully this season is better than the last season! I'm plopping myself down in front of the TV for 3 hours. So if you call me between the hours of 7-10pm (CST) I will most likely NOT answer my phone.

9 comments:

K and S said...

sorry to hear it wasn't the greatest for you. at least you got to try them :)

Kendell said...

I had figs once...while at the culinary institute....they were really yummy.
Enjoy Heros tonight....I hope it is all you have been looking forward too!

Anita said...

I think I did a panna cotta with figs a while back too. Figs are interesting - I like them, but only in small amounts. They're best when they're very ripe. Great to hear about your experiments though - it's always fun to discover new foods!

chou said...

I've never made panna cotta, maybe I'll give it a whirl this weekend . . . I've never had a fabulous fig--yet. I think one is out there, though. Waiting for me. How was the dinner?

genkitummy said...

kat-i am going to buy more figs sometime in the next few weeks and try again. i blame it on myself for not doing my homework on what kind of fig to purchase.

kendell-did i mention i miss you? i saw i missed your phone call. now it's too late to call you. poo. heroes was good. i dunno though, to save time i might just watch it online the next day...less commercials.

anita-i will definitely go and seek out very ripe figs and try again!

c.-i don't know if i made the panna cotta right, but the way i made it, it's a really easy and a simple dessert. i can understand why those "top chef" people always made it as a default.

K and S said...

good I'm glad you are not giving up on them :)

bricogirl said...

Well you've certainly given figs a decent chance. Here are a few Fresh Fig Recipes from France if you're interested. Figs are great when paired with strong salt flavors like smaoked ham or goat cheese.

genkitummy said...

kat-nope, i'm not giving up on them yet. :)

bricogirl-thanks for the suggestion. when i purchase figs again i will attempt those recipes!

K and S said...

yah!